It’s been such a mild winter here in western Canada; spring has arrived earlier than expected, and we are all looking towards summer, even though the mountain still boasts lots of snow.
Life is busy whether we work full time, are semi-retired, or retired. It has been an interesting retirement journey so far, as I discover how much I am valued as a person and as a worker. I could easily fill my days with just play, and yet there is something fulfilling about the seasonal jobs I do, and the cheerful interactions with customers at the mountain and clients in the physio office where I do temp Work. I’m waiting to hear about my summer job, and if it doesn’t come through then I will get creative. Maybe travel more?
As I pondered my retirement a few years ago, I felt a concern about ageism being a factor for moving forward in other jobs. For the most part, this has not been the case. It was interesting last week though, when I attended a job fair. Almost everyone greeted me with interest and a positive attitude at the tables I approached for a pre-interview…all but one. At that table, it was interesting, as I observed the young woman dismiss me and put my resume under the pad where she was to take notes, take no notes, and basically decide out of hand, that she had no interest in me for the position. I must say that this was a first for me in my career! Watching her reject me, while being so unaware that I could see what she was doing, was a very different experience. Was it age? Was she threatened by my experience? Who knows. But I do know, that if I was her employer, I would not be impressed. She had forgotten one thing about job interviews – it is two way! She may think she was just interviewing me, but in that moment when I switched to observing her, I knew I did not want to work for her.
It is nice to be in a situation to make those choices…who to work for and who not…