Retirement...never thought it was that close

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  1. ned

    ned Valued Member

    Certainly in the UK I think there are far less jobs now where you can see out your time until retirement age with an adequate company pension. My friend works for the county council and every year all jobs are up for appraisal meaning you have to re-apply annually.
    At least having a trade and being self employed means you can carry on working as needs be and then hopefully wind it down when you hit the mid 60's (or sooner hopefully).
    That is if you don't get injured or hurt, a prime reason for older folks to keep up martial arts and maintain a fit and supple body.
     
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  2. Xue Sheng

    Xue Sheng All weight is underside

    update, I just discovered, technically I can retire in 5 years....it seems I was off by a year...1 year closer than I thought......it still seems a bit surreal

    Although there is also the possibility of getting laid because of budget issues related to Covid
     
  3. Mushroom

    Mushroom De-powered to come back better than before.


    Well it is the oldest profession. We wont judge
     
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  4. Xue Sheng

    Xue Sheng All weight is underside

    Well that is a rather embarrassing typographical error with rather poor proof reading on my part....forgot the "off" sorry

    should have been "Although there is also the possibility of getting laid off because of budget issues related to Covid"
     
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  5. axelb

    axelb Master of Office Chair Fu

    Ah to wish for more budget issues all round based on the original typo :D
     
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  6. Xue Sheng

    Xue Sheng All weight is underside

    a retirement incentive is likely coming soon, I've seen the bill and guess what, I qualify, I did not expect that. However I do not think I will take it if it comes. I want to go out at a higher pay grade so I am still looking at 5 to 7 years. But it is a real odd feeling to know I actually could retire this year. Dang I'm old.
     
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  7. Mushroom

    Mushroom De-powered to come back better than before.

    I sometimes think...wow. 20 years till I "retire". Its not long at all.
     
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  8. Xue Sheng

    Xue Sheng All weight is underside

    You know, I never thought that. Pretty much until I started this thread I always thought it was a long way off.....and now...technically, it is closer than I originally thought...its here......if I want to take it
     
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  9. axelb

    axelb Master of Office Chair Fu

    By the time we get there, I expect the government will have raised it at least 10 years :rolleyes:

    I've worked with people who made some "good choices" in work and life, and retired early 50s, I couldn't believe it when they told me!
     
  10. Grond

    Grond Valued Member

    "They say the number one killer of old people is retirement." Budd, Kill Bill: Vol. 2.
     
  11. Xue Sheng

    Xue Sheng All weight is underside

    I'm going to be teaching taijiquan and maybe xingyi and bagua....so it is just going from one job I am real tired of to one I enjoy
     
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  12. Xue Sheng

    Xue Sheng All weight is underside

    technically for full retirement, as far as the government is concerned (social security), they raised it 2.5 years on me. My parent would have had 6 years from what my age is now. I have 8.5 years
     
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  13. Mushroom

    Mushroom De-powered to come back better than before.

    My current choice is 55-60. My Dad worked till he was close to 70. Restaurant life is hard work but he did chef-work.

    However I do potentially semi retire every Tues , Weds, Fri and Saturdays....those 6 numbers keep disappointing me though lol
     
  14. Xue Sheng

    Xue Sheng All weight is underside

    I could have gone at 55 too, if I had the years. I now have the years, but I will wait for a few more
     
  15. Xue Sheng

    Xue Sheng All weight is underside

    Well, I have the years to qualify, and I was not considering, but recent events are making me consider retirement.
    Lots of folks retiring, before the incentive, which is good because that leaves the item open to be filled and one of those is a direct advancement for me.
    But they can't do that at this time, pandemic and budget issues you know. so no advancement, but I do get the privilege of adding all his duties to mine, and that effectively doubles what I am responsible for
    And then a miracle happened....a political friend to someone...was not working at a high enough salary...the same or a little less than I make currently.....and miracle of miracles...cue angelic music and lights from above.....they get that job....but not the duties...those are still mine
     

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