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Decision made - Summer 2020!

Discussion in 'Retirement' started by Cantwaittogo, Jul 26, 2019.

  1. Cantwaittogo

    Cantwaittogo New commenter

    I never thought it would come but it has. I toyed with Christmas 2019 but staying until the summer will give me a bit more time on my financial planning.

    PM will be a doddle this year!
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  2. bonxie

    bonxie Senior commenter

    You can now start counting down!:)
  3. Cantwaittogo

    Cantwaittogo New commenter

    I've got an app - 11 months 20 days
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  4. djhappy

    djhappy New commenter

    Well Cantwaittogo, I'm in the same position as you. The reality hit when we had our family home valued this afternoon as preparation for the big move. Keep us updated on how your year is going - I'm planning to do the same!
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  5. Cantwaittogo

    Cantwaittogo New commenter

    Will do Djhappy!
  6. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Lead commenter

    Cantwaittogo, glad you've made your decision. I'm still wavering … have cut down to four days a week this year, so will have a three day weekend - not working Friday. Lots of options - Head is fine if I want to cut down to 3 days for one more year after this. OH is also cutting down the same way, so we're just going to see how it goes. I'm really looking forward to the long weekends this year!
    tall tales, Jamvic and Startedin82 like this.
  7. thejudgesscoresarein

    thejudgesscoresarein Occasional commenter

    I’m going in December 2020 just after my 60th Birthday in November 2020. I could work up to my 65th, but I want to enjoy a long retirement and after what will be 38 years in the sector, it will be time to move on.
    The HT who gave me my first teaching role back in 1982 retired in July 1985 and passed away in January 1986. Worked for 40 odd years to only enjoy six months of retirement. Sad really.
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  8. grumbleweed

    grumbleweed Lead commenter

    I'm still dithering too. Mainly because I'm sort of hoping we will have voluntary redundancies next year (3 rounds of those over last 6 years). But the fact that I'm now 55 and can go when I want is quite liberating. Trouble is I do actually like my job, so I'm torn between giving up to have time with Mr GW who retired 9 years ago, and carrying on whilst I still enjoy it. I already work part time.Eithet way I think I'll plan a year ahead.
    tall tales likes this.
  9. Startedin82

    Startedin82 Established commenter

    Hi @thejudgesscoresarein - I started in 1982 like you and finished last Easter (19).

    It's very sad when you hear about people dying very early in retirement (my mates brother dropped dead of a heart attack on day 3 of his retirement recently - although not a teacher) but don't forget that these retirees are the exception. I lost count during my career of the number of times I was told by various old sages in the staffrooms of schools I worked in that if a teacher retired at age x then he/she would only have an average of x months of retirement etc etc - it's a myth I was relieved to find out.

    Enjoy your final term!
  10. eljefeb90

    eljefeb90 Senior commenter

    If you've done 30+ years full time teaching, have no/low mortgage outgoings and the job is beginning to pall , I can't see why you would want to keep going, personally. The teacher's pension is still a very good one. It is a major perk of a job .I felt like I had won the lottery (and still do after well over three years). Why defer a lottery win?
  11. coffee101

    coffee101 New commenter

    Good for you!

    It could be summer 2020 for me too!! Mental-health wise and school-wise I'm probably more fortunate than many, but the opportunity has arisen (thank goodness I started paying my AVC's 20 years ago) and I think I'm going to go for it. It's scary actually making the final decision though, after 31 years in the job, 28 of which at the same school!
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  12. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Well done @coffee101 . It will be a wrench after that many years and must have indeed be a tough decision, but everyone says retirement is great. And although my early retirement was forced on me and that took a while to feel comfortable about it, I can honestly say I am starting to enjoy it. I used to think I'd do some tutoring but even that holds little appeal now.
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  13. seasoned

    seasoned New commenter

    Retiring early at the age of 58 after 37 years service was far from a 'wrench' for me ; more like a 'release' .....!!! It's just a job at the end of the day and at my age there are more important things in life like personal well being and mental and physical health.Life's great at the moment - but it's also very fragile - none of us know what's around the corner, especially being of a 'certain age'.My plan for early retirement was not to make any plans - and just enjoy every day. Good times ..!! :)
  14. Rach05

    Rach05 New commenter

    Got the countdown clock, got the t shirt and also bizarrely have got myself a very parttime job ready, total fluke! So i will be a bit busy till i retire with 2 jobs but then if it works out a very tiny permanent 1 day a week set up!
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  15. Rach05

    Rach05 New commenter

    NOT in teaching!!
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  16. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Why is it few people want anything to do with education when they retire I wonder? ;) :p
  17. Rach05

    Rach05 New commenter

    I feel totally saturated by anything vaguely school like at the moment ( even tho my sch is quite nice!). Just time for a change :)
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  18. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Lead commenter

    I used to think I'd do voluntary work hearing readers when I retired - I haven't retired yet but am getting closer to that day. But I do know now that I won't be doing anything in education when I do go. OH is just about to start voluntary work in a local hospital. That might appeal, or I wouldn't mind a charity shop.
    Rach05 and Lara mfl 05 like this.
  19. djhappy

    djhappy New commenter

    I have decided to hand my notice in first week in January to finish next summer. I think this give the school time to replace me (SLT and leader of a core subject), but more importantly will take the pressure off me. I can then get on with it!

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