Do You Miss Work?

Discussion in 'Senior Employment' started by Ed Wilson, Oct 5, 2021.

  1. Al Amoling

    Al Amoling Veteran Member

    Aug 20, 2016
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    I don't but it seems that my sub-conscious does because I have dreams about work and there always unpleasant because I'm always in a quandary in the dream.
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  2. Bobby Cole

    Bobby Cole Veteran Member
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    Jan 21, 2015
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    I am still gainfully self employed but there are times when I think about going back into food and beverage for a spell then I think about the commitment it takes to hold down a position. e.g. having to live with a schedule, employer expectations etc.
    And then there’s my own proclivity to demand excellence and advancement from myself and that too takes commitment which, let’s face it, advancement means more commitment and greater expectations from others and more hours.

    At this stage of the game, I can’t even guarantee how long I will keep a position because frankly, I love my freedom.
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  3. John Brunner

    John Brunner Veteran Member

    May 29, 2020
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    I've always had great relationships with my bosses. When I got laid off of my last job (which shoved my into retirement), one of my prior bosses there also got laid off. We had often told each other that we would finish our careers out there, since neither of us felt was had another "do over" in us. She is a year younger than I. She was not in a position to quit working just yet so found another job. In the DC area, you can always find work, your lack of motivation notwithstanding. I had moved to the middle part of the state and looked for work in Charlottesville and in the state capitol. Options here are limited to working at universities, hospitals, and (in the case of Richmond) banking.

    I looked and got discouraged. I could also tell that my heart wasn't in it. I could not cobble together an enthusiastic demeanor, and couldn't inflict any more damage on my self-respect (or on those interviewing me) by even pretending. Had I still lived up north I could have jumped right back into it for another few years and stayed on auto-pilot. But finding a job here took more effort and motivation than I could scrape together, and after taking a look at my finances, I figured that as long as I didn't do any international travel (absent the occasional 7-11 visit), I could make things work.

    I had advanced pretty much throughout my career, managing large staffs with lots of responsibility in the business. My last job of 10 years was an independent position I had created for myself where I kind of free-floated in the business, getting involved in lots of interesting projects and putting my experience to use as sort of an internal consultant. I missed managing people, but also found relief in not having all the accountability for the work done (or not done) by others. And it was that unique position I made for myself that hampered my ability to find another job when I got laid off, because there was no clear standard equivalent in other businesses.

    I still miss doing the actual work. I was Treasurer and general business guy (and field hand) for a non-profit for 7 years. I really loved it, but they ran out of money and volunteers. I've not found a replacement, and don't think I'm likely to.
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  4. Frank Sanoica

    Frank Sanoica Veteran Member

    Feb 21, 2016
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