November 5th, 2012

At last!

Posted in The Job - Experience by 200

So, I’ve finally managed to go part time.

I decided a while ago that although I still need to earn a living – I have kids to assist thru university and I can’t survive on just a police pension – life is a little more important to me than work. For the last three years, since I retired, my family and I have enjoyed a greater standard of living than ever we did when I was a copper, but I don’t want that to lead my life. It’s starting to hit me that I am probably around two-thirds through my life, and I only want to be working for the bare minimum of the third that’s left.

I have stuff I want to do outside the job, I’m becoming more interested in other pursuits, and to be honest, I don’t want to go down the route of some of the other people who work in that control room, i.e. becoming ill with stress and having to take months at a time off work.

So I am now known at work as part-time-weeks.


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  1. Geeorge says:

    Absolutely the correct decision.
    Enjoy yourself.

    November 5th, 2012 at 02:56

  2. Geeorge says:

    I must be getting old, as well.

    November 5th, 2012 at 02:57

  3. Robert Pangborn says:

    To para-phrase Monty Python, “You lucky, lucky bast**d”. Well done and enjoy it. Police Orders are still too full of people that have died within a couple of years of retiring. Your job now is to draw your pension longer than the period you paid into it. Happy days………..

    November 5th, 2012 at 17:39

  4. russell says:

    You have earned it
    wish i could retire but some crook milked my pension plans so i contend myself with having fridays off !!!!
    Never mind the kids wil be able to look after you soon :-) :-):-):-)

    November 5th, 2012 at 21:37

  5. Ted says:

    Congrats. I’ve been retired 3 years now. It feels far longer. Those 30 years feel like a different life sometimes. My stress levels are far lower than before. I feel healthier and sleep better. I actually applied for a few full time jobs but I’m glad I didn’t get them. I work every Mon and Tue for one job. Then I’ve another job where it’s on a as and when required basis. I’m offered shifts and say yes or no. I tend to work 4 days a week and about 30-35 hours but knowing I’m doing most of it because I want to means it feels less. Ican go to a two day week any time I want. I’ve had a three month and a two month cycling holiday in the last 3 years. I’m planning a two month trip next year.Like you I’m better off financially despite working less.

    I heard a few retired cops say they didn’t think the job was that stressful until they retired and the stress came off. I found that to be true. The combination of long hours, shifts, and the pressure of work in the police today makes for a lot of stress.

    A stressful workplace can be enjoyable in it’s own way but only for a certain length of time. I’m glad I didn’t have to work in that place until I was 60.

    November 7th, 2012 at 17:31

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