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Do you know very many people who are in their mid-forties to mid fifties and just burned out on their previous career and radically switched jobs?
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      Mzd3 wrote Dec 12, 2012
    • Burned out, yes but didn’t change. They just  stick it out usually. Or, like me, add a second job for a change.




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      Vikki Hall wrote Dec 12, 2012
    • I don’t know too many personally but  I have heard a lot of stories about those who have. Being from Michigan and it getting hit by the economy a couple years before the rest of the country a lot of people there had to change careers or move. And some of those changes brought about changes in their finances too. I do know a couple that their pay is less than half of what they were paid.

      Made me realize that while the retail world is crazy and has its downside (working the holidays) there is always a job out there. And that I don’t really need all the “stuff” that comes with higher pay.




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      Marya1961 wrote Dec 12, 2012
    • Hub wishes at times he could quit his present job that he has been at for 33 years, yes, the man is a fixture there, and apparently he was offered a job in North Carolina not too long ago, but in this economy not sure if it is stable.

      I then bring him back to reality and mention the economy and how he has built up a pension, how close he is to the job (we live about 15 minutes away), he is able to have a side business (he repairs optical equipment), he has friends there and most important does he want to start all over again if he does not have to...he wakes up quick!




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      Tuliplady wrote Dec 12, 2012
    • I was looking around at work yesterday, and there are a number of us who are between 45 and 55.  And we‘re all doing something radically different than we were before.  

      I lost my job a year ago and decided I no longer wanted to be in the restaurant business, and so I’m doing something very different, for slightly less pay.

      A guy I trained this summer worked for the federal govt for 20 years.  He literally burned out (mental breakdown I guess) and is now doing something very different for far far less pay.

      Another guy was in construction for 30 yrs.  He went thru a couple tough years and “Just can’t get my head back in construction“.  So he works with us two girls, I’m guessing for lots less pay.

      Another guy was a surveyor for 20 years.  California economy...spent a year unemployed.  He moved up here and decided he just didn’t want to do surveying anymore and is working at a very different job for less pay.

      There are a couple other guys with similar stories at my job.  Since it’s so common where I work, I wondered if it was that way a lot of other places in the country.




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      Nathalie Girard wrote Dec 12, 2012
    • I know quite a few people who decided to drastically change their jobs for a better lifestyle in their forties. It seems a lot of beekeepers have very different backgrounds (mechanical engineers, teachers, accountants, etc.).




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      Marya1961 wrote Dec 13, 2012
    • I guess it depends on each person’s situation, plus in hub’s case he has all his family here and from what I observe about Philadelphians, that they rarely leave and many of them stay close to family and even in the same neighborhoods for generations.

      We tried a move back in 1986, went to Florida, hub was offered a good job, the place went bankrupt and I was pregnant...so, we came back here and the rest is history.

      We are planning for retirement now.happy




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      Lisa Middlesworth wrote Dec 13, 2012
    • I got layed off in 2007 as the real estate market started to crash. I have always worked outside of the home. I decided that I wanted something different and applied for a company to work from home. I love it! I really wasn’t ready for a change but I’m certainly glad I did. I’ve been working at home now for about 4 years.




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      Linda L wrote Dec 13, 2012
    • My previous employment were office positions. Life changes lead to my current work.




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