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Old 08-19-2019, 11:04 AM
 
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How many people that have retired in the last few years have done so, just because they could no longer find a job?


I had the crazy idea that once I got closer to retirement age I would find a new job in the area I wanted to retire to. After a couple years that changed to find a job close enough to the area I wanted to retire to, that I could stand the commute for five or so years.


Now after a few more years its become, stay where I am and pray for a miracle!


It seems after you reach sixty, no one has any interest in you for any position. We are too old to move up, too old to step down and too old to stay where we are!


Becoming a hermit is looking better everyday.
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Old 08-19-2019, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Woodstock, GA
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A good friend of mine has just turned 60, and has been looking for work in IT support for the past several years (a career he has been active in for 35 years). He finally gave up and has taken a job at Menards. He's going to get his CDL and training for driving forklifts. So there are some places that aren't afflicted with ageism and are still willing to hire those with greater life experience.
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Old 08-19-2019, 11:11 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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It seems after you reach sixty, no one has any interest in you for any position.
If you intend to keep working after 60 (need to or desire to) get that job before then.
HAVE it, be IN the position, when you cross those age marks.
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Old 08-19-2019, 11:20 AM
 
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I got my best job offer ever after I retired. It was a dream job but I had no interest.

I am sure it depends on the job and the career path. If you have a job that is largely based on experience, knowledge and skills then employers are going to be interested.
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Old 08-19-2019, 11:27 AM
 
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If you intend to keep working after 60 (need to or desire to) get that job before then.
HAVE it, be IN the position, when you cross those age marks.

You also have to be with a company with low risk of getting laid off.
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Old 08-19-2019, 01:31 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I'm still working at 67, but started here at 57. Around here the jobs for the retiree are limited to lower pay, part-time like retail, where they are happy to hire older people that are reliable and don't do social media on their phones between customers. I see people my age or older working at the gas station convenience stores, Home Depot, Safeway. I know a retired teacher that got a license and worked as a real estate agent. I have a small side business that I will keep going after I retire, but it's only about 4 weekends a year, for about $4,000 in extra cash. I hope to spend my time doing my many neglected hobbies.
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Old 08-19-2019, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I think the older you get the harder it is to get a job. The reason is the company does not want to go through training and then have you retire a few years down the road.
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Old 08-19-2019, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I know a lot of people who were essentially forced into retirement from their main careers back in the Great Recession. Many either retired for good or had to settle for part-time or low wage work.
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Old 08-19-2019, 02:50 PM
 
Location: USA
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Depends on your area of expertise.

I can retire tomorrow and pick up a part time job making $30,000 or more a year. Easily. Sometimes, age -> experience -> demand if you're in the right field. One of our vendors is a little put off that I can't attend an upcoming conference. They really wanted me on several panel discussions but, our policy is to attend those types of events every-other-year at best.
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Old 08-19-2019, 03:09 PM
 
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My husband was laid off from being a engineer at 53 and in the past 7 years has only had 2 consulting positions that only lasted a year each.
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