January 20th, 2008

What next?

Posted in Not the Job by 200

Now that I’m on the home straight leading to the last fence before the finish line (retirement), I often find myself dreaming about what’ll happen next year. I’ll be 50-ish with at least 25 years of working life in me and not the bloody faintest idea what to do with it. Well that’s not strictly true, I have loads of ideas what to do with the next 25 years, it’s just that all of them will still require me to pay for a mortgage, children going through university & everything else so I’ll need a job, of some description.

The trouble is what does 30 years as a police officer qualify you for? There must be loads of things but when I try to narrow it down what is there? I know mates who have gone into security, joined a private investigation team, worked for the Highways Authority & the council. I know someone who turned his hand to tree surgery, several who are courier drivers, a couple who deliver very expensive cars from one part of the country to the next. Someone delivers & collects caravans, one churns out works of wooden furniture from his garage. There is theguy who now runs a pest control business, at least 2 electricians & one training to be a plumber. Quite a few stay on in the job in one form or another. I know a chief’s driver, officers who have returned as civvy driving instructors, quite a few police comms ops return the next day as a civvy comms ops.

Me? I’m not sure I want to do any of those things. The trouble is it’s a big scarey world out there. When all you’ve done for the majority of your working life is police work in some strange way’s it’s a safe world, you have a regular job. As long as you don’t nick anything or post stupid things on the Internet (doh!) they can’t kick you out so it’s a pretty regular wage. You don’t have to worry about the bosses shipping everything to Poland or China, you don’t need to worry about people not buying your cars any more. Out there in the real world there’s a whole lot of variables I’m not used to.

I’ve got a year or so to think about it & plan.

Maybe I can just sell the kids and move to the coast.

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7 comments

  1. PCSO says:

    It would be a real shame to let all of your training and experience go to waist. I would think it would be better to get back in to the police environment. Civvy Comms? Or dare I say it, become a PCSO or civvy police or PCSO trainer.. like many other ex police looking for a similar but quieter lifestyle, fewer stats, no paperwork and o.k money??

    Do you actually want to work? I’d rather sell up and move over to France or Spain personally .

    January 20th, 2008 at 13:35

  2. annette says:

    My husband, Geoff, retired 12 years ago, I still work.
    The reason is because there is twenty years difference between us. I’m 51 and Geoff is 72.
    We were both worried about what he was going to do when he retired as he likes to keep busy.
    He loves politics and a friend suggested he put up for councillor in Bromsgrove. This he did. And he won.
    He loves it. It is stressful but like Geoff says after working all those years (20) as a full time union official for the T.G.W.U. nothing is as stressful as that!
    So, do you think you would like to be a councillor and try to help the community?
    You have time to think about this.
    To be honest I can’t wait to retire, I’m sick of working. (for nothing by the way) When I eventually retire
    I would not work again and I wouldn’t leave this country either.

    January 20th, 2008 at 14:03

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  4. Reactively Proactive says:

    30+ scheme? Stay on longer. hahahahaha. Silly boy!

    I suppose it depends whether you have become institutionalised and need something police related or if you can make a clean break. Is there a hobby that you enjoy doing and could turn into cold hard cash at the same time. Personally I would go away travelling for 6 months whilst you decide exactly what you want to do after that. Australia and New Zealand are cliche but are stll fantasic options.

    January 20th, 2008 at 18:08

  5. Twining or Black in Blue says:

    Do you have to go?

    January 20th, 2008 at 18:57

  6. Officer Dibble says:

    If I remember Blackstones I think selling the kids is still a no no. The Coast is overrated if the latest weather and pictures is anything to go by.
    Personally I hope to do something totally unconnected.Easy to say as I still have a few more than you to do.

    January 20th, 2008 at 22:45

  7. 200 says:

    I could stay on as I am – under recent guidelines they don’t have to make you retire when you’re a young stribling like myself. I could also stay on under the 30-plus scheme.

    To be honest, I think 30 years is enough as a copper. I’ve already taken several years off my life by working shifts for 30 years (according to research, shift workers die earlier than those who work 9-5)

    I’d love to doss around doing odd jobs and whatever interests me but I have a mortgage (I won’t be paying it off with my commutation) and will have kids at uni.

    I reckon I need a job with about £14-£17grand to keep me at my current earnings (more would be nice)

    January 21st, 2008 at 21:54

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