Thinking about a radical career change

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  1. Toto'sDad

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    You know if you want to change jobs that's what you should do. I had lots of jobs over my lifetime, and after I got grown, I never missed a meal from not having enough money to buy food. Somehow it always works out.
     
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    Ya'll may laugh, but I actually very much plan on supplementing my retirement income by playing poker.

    Not no limit, not tournaments, but good old fashioned limit holdem, where the bet sizes are fixed.

    I am -really- good at limit holdem, probably top 5% in the games I play in. I've never met anyone live that is better than me at limit holdem. I have read over 150 poker books, and I often like to make trips to Louisiana to play in the casinos there. I almost always come home a winner.

    Poker is a great hobby and a nice side income, but I sure wouldn't want to make it my main source of income.
     
  3. Leonardocoate

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    Does early retirement count? I was with a large distributor of hvac products for 30 years. The change in technology was constant and difficult to keep up with. Then I found a new product that I could sink my teeth into and I was able to re-invent myself and launch a new career with the same company and industry. I got lucky...but that too ran it's course so I retired and work part time in the same industry just for the hell of it. I am not ready to give up the folks I had been around for 30 years. They are part of me. That's my story...I must admit, Park service sounds pretty good...good luck....do whatever with passion
     
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  4. Hey_you

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    Yeah .That was an easy answer tho. Certainly more factors to consider changing careers than just more than,"I like it". Also a cabin tent! With some conveniences.
    Good luck on your decision Big_Bend. Lots to think about.
     
  5. 1293

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    Do it. I got thrown under the bus at 46 and retired. Best thing that ever happened to me. My job literally almost killed me. GI bleeding/anemia/kidney failure.
     
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    Working 40 or more hours a week at an entry level position earning maybe 25% of your current rate may not be as much of a lifestyle improvement as you envision. Is there a way for you to transition into part time or contract work in your field? As has been previously mentioned it is pretty tough digging in the employment market once you get past 50, and more so when much of your previous experience is not directly relevant to the new position. I made the switch from a professional technical and management position to sporting goods retail in the golf industry in my late 50’s when my job evaporated. Working my ass off now and really enjoying it, but another 10 years at the old job would have been more lucrative for sure.
     
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    one of my closest friends in high school, his dad was a professional poker player. We all called him 'the boss'. He had his son (my friend) late and was in his mid 60's when he was in high school. He and I would also go pawn shoppin and garage salin as he called it. He loved old clocks and would fix them and flip them... I started doing it with guitars and amps.

    He was from Strawn, Tx. He'd been a chef but when he tried to organize a union, he got blackballed and turned to poker.

    Later, when I was out of college, I would tend bar at the Rams games with his wife, Alene. She was a riot. When we'd go home, we'd compare tips and when I would have a lot more than she did, she'd actually cry. I told her we should just toss in together and split. I was pretty sure that she palmed a few 20's and the whole thing was a ruse, but I didn't care. We made great dough selling beer to Rams 'Fans'...

    Both are long gone now, but we sure had some great times together. The Boss was the first really serious, really talented BBQ person... he could bake like crazy too.

    He had his 'tv room' with an air conditioner and we'd watch midget wrestling and braves baseball on tbs and the ralph emery show... man, great times.
     
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    Until very recently I had entertained the dream of changing to NP ranger as a career, at some point. The more burned out I was with my work the more I researched it. I finally came to the conclusion that I’d rather spend time in parks as a visitor, on vacation. I found other ways to deal with burnout, and I’m coping better now than I probably ever have.

    That said, OP, have you looked into remote work gigs? Database, network admin, etc… can all be done remotely nowadays. Find a good remote/telework gig, and maybe you could still travel, camp, etc… Wait until you have some solid contacts before pulling the plug, though. Just a thought.
     
  9. Stanford Guitar

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  10. getbent

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    I think when I retire I am going to drive a water tender.
     
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    I would disagree with you that IT is a young persons game. The young guys know nothin' ;) Someone with your experience can be valuable for many companies/teams. I'd consider a) taking vacation, b) getting some help figuring out your burnout, c) find something that you can get excited about in your current job, d) looking for a more exciting job. These are pretty unusual times and a lot of people are stressed out working from home etc. I know the feeling. I would at least wait until life returns to some sort of normal, sounds like you're planning to do that anyways... You can always keep your eyes open *and* try and get the most out of your current job. How about becoming a manager? Did you use to have a passion for technology? Can you re-ignite it? Or just work a little less hard, you don't actually owe anyone anything (re: letting the team down), with your experience you should be able to do a better job with less effort...
     
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    Park ranger can be a tough gig, particularly if you come upon a group of morons in the forest who are emboldened by the seclusion and alcohol.
     
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    I quit knocking myself out for billionaires at 39. Haven't worked a full week in the 15 years since. Went to college, got a first class degree at 40 and work part time as an acupuncturist. Don't earn enough to pay back the loan. It gets written off when I retire.
     
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    If I'm not then I haven't been paying enough attention!
     
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    A young man's game, for sure. I have witnessed modern AV systems progress from whiteboards to overhead, slide, & film projectors to laser engines and passing signals 100% over ethernet, streaming, and the rise of the almighty laptop. It is overwhelming and 10 years from retirement, I often consider quitting and going to work at the funeral home and leaving systems & networks behind. Seriously, the local parlor is owned by a friend who has offered me employment on several occasions. I'll take a body & grieving family over a screeching Karen who never bothered to learn how their computer works any day.
     
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    I turned 61 last Tuesday. I did maintenance, remodeling, plumbing, electrical and HVAC most of my adult life. I was pretty good at these things but unfortunately physically this type of work took it's toll and now after contracting a rare @$*^'d up disease I'm officially retired/disabled. I complained to my lovely wife often about my daily duties after I came home but now if I could get my health and youth back, I'd keep my mouth shut and not complain about my job.

    Whatever you decide to do with your remaining years before retirement, I wish you the best and good health but if I were you I wouldn't choose a new career that's too physical. You may not be as young as you think. :rolleyes:
     
  18. Old Deaf Roadie

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    I would disagree. Once you step away, it will progress without you and playing catch-up would be darn near impossible. IT changes so fast that in the time it took me to tap this out, it probably changed again.
     
  19. wyclif

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    I work in IT, too. I'm a DevOps guy (requisitioning and setting up servers, backend programming, protecting agaist DDoS attacks, spinning up cloud server instances, running email and networking for large companies) and I'm only five years younger than you.

    If I were you, I wouldn't quit. If you're feeling burned out, I get that, but there's never been a better time to scale back. During this time of COVID, most tech companies are allowing work from home and remote work. Embrace it. Make it work for you. No more rat race. Get your home office setup worked out. Buy a good camera and microphone for Zoom.

    A lot of companies are even letting employees cut back hours as long as they get their projects completed. Some are even moving to four-day work weeks.


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    I recently watched it with a mixed group of family members and friends. It was a weird experience. I was the only one who loved the movie. Everyone else commented to the effect that it was "depressing." I can't understand that or wrap my head around it. I think a lot of people missed the point of that movie. It's about freedom and independence, about living your own life and staying positive even in the face of tragic circumstances.
     
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