Working beyond Retirement like my Dad

My Dad enjoyed a new lease of working life after he retired from the police, and it is becoming a popular choice.

My Dad was a policeman for 32 years. In fact for all of my childhood I remember him either in uniform coming home for lunch or dinner or going out to night shift in plain clothes at 11pm. So when, and still a relatively young man in his mid 50s, it become time to retire I was quite shocked.

As it turned out it was really the start of his second career. He put his experience of the ‘force’ to good use and became a court officer, delivering summons and verdicts to people all over Scotland. He and his partner would pick up the days activities and then be off around the country. I swear he must have eaten lunch in more cafes than I knew Scotland even had.

As an addition to his pension it was a really nice little bonus and one that allowed him and my mum to enjoy holidays almost every month, either in the UK or somewhere hot when the weather was rubbish. So when it came time to finally retire for good, around 10 years later, it didn’t feel too soon and there was still plenty of time for my mum and him to visit every National Trust property in Scotland and England and go and visit my sister every few months in Eire.

I would go as far as to say that the extra working time has added years to their lives.

Who hasn’t been to B&Q recently and been helped by one of their ‘older’ staff members? The experience is far better than the officially employed staff. I think the joy of working again makes them happy to help. As this really interesting blog post , from shows, B&Q have been very deliberate in recruiting people from older age groups and have scrapped their compulsory retirement age for staff. What a great initiative and if they get staff like Albert then it is surely worth it.

In fact, there are now over one and a half million people over the age of 55 who are officially retirees but who continuing to work part-time. They are just part of the 7 million people in the UK for whom part-time work is a choice. At Red WigWam we hope to be able to help more of these people find temp work that suits them. Join the retired working revolution!

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