There are so many emotions roiling about right now, that I am not sure which one is the most dominant. I think the top five are: scared, apprehensive, sad, wistful, and a bit excited. What’s even stranger, I’ve discovered you CAN feel all of these at once without exploding. And it’s OK.
The other evening as I was shutting down from work I got a text from a close friend and neighbor. “What are you doing tonight?”. A phone call followed shortly after with “We’re coming over. And bringing something to share. Tell Vlad.”. (click) To say I was intrigued is an understatement. It turns out Cecille retired today.
I’ve always joked that I only look at my company’s job postings to make sure my job isn’t in it. Usually good for a chuckle. Today, there it was – a job posting for my replacement.
Late Boomers are retiring earlier, and are facing challenges no other group has before, and we are looking for information to ease our path. Other than financial stuff designed to scare you into thinking you’ll never have enough money – so you might as well get that job in retail immediately – there is very little useful info available on what really happens to you when you retire. This is a major life transformation, and the best advice is to go back to work for less money? That’s like telling an alcoholic to have another drink – of the cheap stuff.
I can’t believe I am writing these words. Yes, I had The Conversation with my boss. It went very well. Here’s why.
After a lot of thought, and discussion within the family, I decided I would offer my boss an arrangement where I could work part time on contract for a while, use that time to help hire and then train my replacement, continue to offer global PR consulting to the company’s clients, and pass on some more knowledge to my stellar team.