Working or Retired

A Working Life

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Memories of your first job and working career.

Do you remember the first job you had after leaving school?

  • How much was your first pay and what did you earned every week?
  • If you were living at home then you probably paid board to your parents.
  • Did you stay in the same industry over your working life or experience different careers and jobs?

Are you still working today either full time or part time?
Where are you now working and do you enjoy your job?

Share your memories of working over the years and the first job after leaving school.

then comes Retirement

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When is it time to retire?

Deciding when to retire is not always an easy decision to make.
Many people go from full time to part time work before retiring for a variety of reasons.

  • If you are retired what do you do now you are retired?
  • How hard was it to make the decision the retire?
  • Are you enjoying retirement?

Chat about life as a retiree and share any suggestions you have for people considering retiring .

 

11 Comments

  • heino ehlers says:

    yes I was looing for the old born in the 40 ts but I hope to enjoy this site as well
    heino

    • Born: 1942
    • Location: braunschweig gernany here since 1953
  • heino ehlers says:

    I also enjoyed the old born in the 40s so lets keep up with it.
    I am looking for Klaus or Marita wicht they lived in gilles plains sa would love to hear from them Heino

    • Born: 1942
    • Location: braunschweig gernany here since 1953
  • robyn says:

    MEN’S SHED – Australian Men’s Shed Acssociation

    If you are retired and looking for something to do with your time then perhaps joining a Men’s Shed could be an option. It provides a safe, friendly and welcoming place for men to work on meaningful projects and to contribute to the wider community.

    For anyone who would like more information or wants to find if there is a Men’s Shed in your area visit the Men’s Shed website

    http://mensshed.org/

    We would love to read any comments from Men how belong to a Men’s shed talking about what they enjoy about the group and the things they are involved in.

    Robyn

    • Born: other
    • Location: Born in the Forties
  • Sue says:

    Is this a new version of ‘born in the forties’ cause there aren’t so many comments to read about, as there was in the other version. I’m hoping that this one will build up to that, if that is what is happening, as i really enjoyed the other version how it was set out! Keep up the good work guys.

    • Born: 1946
    • Location: Perth
    • robyn says:

      Hi Sue
      Yes this is a new version of ‘born in the forties’ as we were having a lot of problems with the original site and it was difficult to find a solution. Unfortunately we had to find a new system which meant that the comments were lost but hopefully this one will build up like the other. I hope you get used to the new version and help build up some comments for us.
      Robyn

      • Born: 1940
      • Location: Born in the Forties
  • Jim says:

    We love Canberra however somedays, like yesterday, make us think why we ever moved here. Minus 5 in the morning and then 6 degrees at best all day.
    But then, come summer and we wouldn’t swap Canberra for anywhere else. And just for the record, we moved here for business reasons and we really don’t regret it at all. And if the politicians didn’t go home for winter we would have a lot more hot air to heat us.

    • Born: 1939
    • Location: Canberra.
    • robyn says:

      We lived in Canberra for a few years and enjoyed our time spent there. Every year we went to Floriade which is a great event and often went out to the markets at Hall. I did some family history research at the National library and we often took visitors to the War Memorial.
      One year we read the War Memorial had an open day at their storage facility at Mitchell, I think it was called Big Things, so we took advantage and spent some time looking at all they have in storage.

      • Born: 1940
      • Location: Born in the Forties
  • Jim says:

    Who said that you stopped work when you retired?
    We found that we were asked to do little jobs in all the organisations that you belonged too because you wern’t working anymore. When we moved into our Retirement Village, as we were the youngest couple, guess what, ” Can you help with this function please”
    “Would you do this or that please” But the reality of it all is, Yes, we are doing lots of little jobs, however it is all work that we like, not work that we have to do and we get a great deal of pleasure from the enjoyment of the older people here in our Village.

    • Born: 1939
    • Location: Canberra.
    • robyn says:

      Jim it sounds like you are busy and enjoying your retirement. It is great to be doing all the things you like to do and a bonus to see the older people in your Village enjoying themselves. Keep up the good work.

      • Born: 1940
      • Location: Born in the Forties
  • robyn says:

    After I left school I started work in a solicitors office as an office junior or as it was called in those day “A girl friday”. I am sure they would not call it that today as probably not politically correct and all that.
    I spent a lot of time out of the office delivering papers to the courts and going to the Telecom office for them to send telexes. At lunchtime I would spend an hour on the switchboard, an old plug and cord switchboard, so the receptionist could have lunch.
    It was all a big adventure for a girl how grew up in the country. It was exciting moving to the city, Melbourne, and living in a flat. I never had a lot of money but i learned how to budget and ways to save money like shopping at the Victoria Markets for food.

    • Born: 1940
    • Location: Born in the Forties
    • heino ehlers says:

      hi Robyn,
      I worked in the Gumerecha post office when I was 14y at night yes I remember the old phones this was 1956 and you could not pick up a phone and call anywhere you had to go through a exchange of another party to get somewhere like some small town in NSW or QLD and I would be listening to it while I was hoping it will not take too long as I wanted to go back to bed. well they where the days, well now I am retired and sitting here at 7am on my computer.
      hope to hear from you.
      Heino

      • Born: 1942
      • Location: germany in aust.since 1953

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