Thoughts on a Second
Male, 68, single Education: college graduate Job Status: material handler, 21 years with a health institution Retirement Income: $20,000 Health: reported good Retirement Category: regular-voluntary, retired for 3 years, returned to part-time work
My work was my life, but I wasn't satisfied because I was working beneath my educational qualifications. I knew the job when I started because of my army experience. I had the idea I was going to move up, but when they found that I was so qualified they wouldn't permit me to move up.
I found out about this when a lady came to our business school during Career Day. She told us about a giant in the health care field and led everyone to believe you could move up the ladder. I thought this would be a good place to start, so I applied for the job.
The first thing I discovered was that they were not hiring anybody over 40 years old. I was 42 at the time. They told me their reasons; most people that age can't work very long, they get sick, they definitely don't like young supervisors, they already have had their minds made up on how they are going to do the job, regardless of what they are told, and they just didn't like that age people.
I asked, "Do you think there's anybody in the world who could do this job, get along with supervisors and coworkers?" The personnel lady said,