Value of Part-Time Work
Male, 64, married, five children Education: college graduate Job Status: Episcopalian rector for 41 years Retirement Income: $30,000 Health: reported good Retirement Category: early-voluntary, retired for two years, occasional part-time work
My work involved being a parish minister in local churches. I've had four assignments in the past 41 years; my last church affiliation lasted over 23 years. I tended to be a workaholic because the work was so engrossing. It was stupid, but for the first years I never took a day off.
Retirement was something that I had looked forward to. Five years before I retired I had surgery for an abdominal aortic aneurysm, which was followed by a gallbladder operation. My energy level never snapped back to where it was before the surgery and since I felt that my parish would need vigorous leadership in the next five years, I decided to retire. I also looked forward to having the time to do some traveling and whatever else people do in retirement.
I really think I was on the edge of burnout by the time I retired. I consulted a psychologist, who suggested that I move to another job. Well, the realities of life at that point were that it was very hard to move--there were more clergymen than there were places for them to work.