Retirement

I just wondered what age technicians on this forum are planning to hang up their lab coats for the last time? Will you wait until state retirement age
I'm only 31 so retirement is a long way off! I'd want to go as soon as I could afford it, but seeing the way our country and government are right now, I'm pretty sure I'm gonna end up working until I'm dead :laughing:

Both my parents retired at 60 and have good pensions - they don't realize how lucky they are! Once my Dad passes, I'm planning to move back in with Mum (or get a smaller place together). I'm hoping when this happens, I might be able to go part-time. I really hate working :laughing:
 
I retire in 3 weeks so this will probably be last entry.
Slightly sad to go. 33 years is a long time in one school.
Lots of great teachers over the years, some not so. No different from when I worked in industry. And that trade is all but gone.
The job itself? A sad decline I'm afraid. Poor money. Little or no promotion. Training spotty at best. Terrible discipline well, you all know the story.
The powers that be know why they can't retain/recruite people. They simply can't admit they got it wrong. A common fault in local authorities/politicians.
A worrying trend is the (very) slow drift away from practical work. You tube you have a lot to answer for.
I'm not in the worst school area by far. But, some of the tales I have read on here about Techs, or Technical Officers they call us here, are horrific.
So I wish all of you the best in the coming years. Who knows maybe the politicians etc. will waken up. I doubt it but, it's nice to think it might happen.
And for those of you who speak Gaelic "Cha till Mi Tuille"
Goodbye and good luck.View attachment 12511
Enjoy retirement and the chance to do all those things you've been wanting to do, but just never seem to have the time to do.
 
Totally agree Puds. We are all social beings, when we go home we don't think " I had a nice day because I saw a sunrise or sunset or some other pretty thing." it's all about our interactions with people. If someone is good or bad it effects us, such a shame that some people don't care.

We had a wellbeing lecture recently, delivered to the whole school. It was all about how to convince your subconscious that everything is fine after difficult confrontations. All I thought was that the people who cause all these problems are also in this room, why don't you teach them how to conduct themselves better when interacting with people, so the victims don't go away upset and stressed. Victim blaming again because it can't be managements fault.
The thing is, I have said it's depressing having no one to talk to & I get cries of, " rubbish! You have us!" From teachers. But they aren't in prep room, they aren't interested in tech issues etc.
There's the "party line" that department is like a "family".
Jesus, if my family was like this, I'd have run away years ago!
 
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I'm only 31 so retirement is a long way off! I'd want to go as soon as I could afford it, but seeing the way our country and government are right now, I'm pretty sure I'm gonna end up working until I'm dead :laughing:

Both my parents retired at 60 and have good pensions - they don't realize how lucky they are! Once my Dad passes, I'm planning to move back in with Mum (or get a smaller place together). I'm hoping when this happens, I might be able to go part-time. I really hate working :laughing:
A lot of jobs still retire at 60. They really don't realise how lucky they are!
I cant help being slightly envious, as unattractive a trait as it is, that neighbours & friends did jobs that weren't physically knackering & they now have 'early' & healthy retirements.
We interviewed for a tech the other day, one interviewee said they weren't interested as they thought the lay out of labs was awful & they couldn't cope with carrying trays no only up & down 2 flights of stairs but to a prep room that was the furthest away too.
She asked how we cope without trollies. Answer? We don't always!!
 
A lot of jobs still retire at 60. They really don't realise how lucky they are!
I cant help being slightly envious, as unattractive a trait as it is, that neighbours & friends did jobs that weren't physically knackering & they now have 'early' & healthy retirements.
We interviewed for a tech the other day, one interviewee said they weren't interested as they thought the lay out of labs was awful & they couldn't cope with carrying trays no only up & down 2 flights of stairs but to a prep room that was the furthest away too.
She asked how we cope without trollies. Answer? You look for another school.

Fixed.
 
On another tack... I'm off sick at the moment with shingles ( noticed painful lumps mid way through interviewing!) So, practicals had to be cancelled left right & centre
If we are so important that content can't be taught without us; why is our pay so crap?

Can you not just use your power of thought to conjure up a practical from home? Asking for a friend who is SLMT.
 
On another tack... I'm off sick at the moment with shingles ( noticed painful lumps mid way through interviewing!) So, practicals had to be cancelled left right & centre
If we are so important that content can't be taught without us; why is our pay so crap?
Ooh, painful, Puds. Hope you feel better soon.

I hope you managed to find a reasonable candidate for the job.
 
On another tack... I'm off sick at the moment with shingles ( noticed painful lumps mid way through interviewing!) So, practicals had to be cancelled left right & centre
If we are so important that content can't be taught without us; why is our pay so crap?
I hope it's not too painful, I had it about 10 years ago, but was lucky that it was only a bit itchy. But it can also make you very tired.
 
The thing is, I have said it's depressing having no one to talk to & I get cries of, " rubbish! You have us!" From teachers. But they aren't in prep room, they aren't interested in tech issues etc.
There's the "party line" that department is like a "family".
Jesus, if my family was like this, I'd have run away years ago!
A family, yes and we are all treated like Cinderella. Just don't call them the ugly sisters.
 
Reread it - he put the change in bold type. Would definitely agree with him.
Im on my phone & didn't scroll down! Lol. I would if i wasn't a 1000 yrs old & could travel. I keep repeating to myself, " Only 2 more years";)
I did offer candidate the choice to opt out of interview as she was so unimpressed. Interview went ahead.
We've taken someone on. They're self employed & can carry on with that along tech job that will provide steady income & holidays.
 
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I retire in 3 weeks so this will probably be last entry.
Slightly sad to go. 33 years is a long time in one school.
Lots of great teachers over the years, some not so. No different from when I worked in industry. And that trade is all but gone.
The job itself? A sad decline I'm afraid. Poor money. Little or no promotion. Training spotty at best. Terrible discipline well, you all know the story.
The powers that be know why they can't retain/recruite people. They simply can't admit they got it wrong. A common fault in local authorities/politicians.
A worrying trend is the (very) slow drift away from practical work. You tube you have a lot to answer for.
I'm not in the worst school area by far. But, some of the tales I have read on here about Techs, or Technical Officers they call us here, are horrific.
So I wish all of you the best in the coming years. Who knows maybe the politicians etc. will waken up. I doubt it but, it's nice to think it might happen.
And for those of you who speak Gaelic "Cha till Mi Tuille"
Goodbye and good luck.View attachment 12511
Enjoy your retirement. Above all have fun!
 
I retire in 3 weeks so this will probably be last entry.
Slightly sad to go. 33 years is a long time in one school.
Lots of great teachers over the years, some not so. No different from when I worked in industry. And that trade is all but gone.
The job itself? A sad decline I'm afraid. Poor money. Little or no promotion. Training spotty at best. Terrible discipline well, you all know the story.
The powers that be know why they can't retain/recruite people. They simply can't admit they got it wrong. A common fault in local authorities/politicians.
A worrying trend is the (very) slow drift away from practical work. You tube you have a lot to answer for.
I'm not in the worst school area by far. But, some of the tales I have read on here about Techs, or Technical Officers they call us here, are horrific.
So I wish all of you the best in the coming years. Who knows maybe the politicians etc. will waken up. I doubt it but, it's nice to think it might happen.
And for those of you who speak Gaelic "Cha till Mi Tuille"
Goodbye and good luck.View attachment 12511
Happy Retirement!! I fully agree with many of your comments. Sad times for technical staff in schools, under paid, little understanding of the job that we do by senior management, not appreciated.
 
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