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Posted by DnstrDan [Email] (#1361) [Profile/Gallery] (more from DnstrDan) on Sun, 4 Apr 2021 17:37:12 Share Post by Email
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Roger, if I were in your situation, I would renew it. Of the mentors and older colleagues who retired long ago, I observed that those who “flipped the switch” successfully never thought too much about it. The fact that you’re pondering it may mean you wish to keep your options open. I know that I do. I see myself throttling down to part-time sprints a few years from now, after I hit 65 and Medicare eligibility. One thought is to alternate work on proposals and studies for several months with equal amounts of time not working at all.

This past year, I had no work at all during my “COVID Sabbatical” (aka Beta Pre-Retirement) and that helped solidify my changing stance on traditional retirement. Fortunately I found a very good full-time direct position again just last month, which unlike my last two contracting gigs comes with full benefits and educational reimbursement. The point is that a one-size-fits-all paradigm of retirement no longer exists, and hasn’t for a while.

Coincidentally, I passed my EIT after graduating from Purdue (so glad I took it then), but never bothered sitting for my PE because it wasn’t required to work in the aerospace industry. Over the past year, I’ve thought about going for it, both for the mental challenge and as a matter of professional pride. (I confirmed with the State of Indiana that my EIT never expired.) What I ended up doing instead was studying for and passing my first two levels of certification in SysML. I try to keep current technically, as it helps me remain competitive in a marketplace that favors the young.

It’s a big deal for me to keep my mind nimble as long as possible. If possible, I d like to avoid the fate of my mom, whose last five years of life were hobbled by full-blown Alzheimer’s.

_______________________________________ '04 9⁵ Aero Sedan (m/t) '04 9⁵ Aero Wagon (a/t) --- '99 9⁵ SE (LPT) - donated in '20


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