My brother retired from job yesterday
April 1, 2010 5:09am CST
My brother retired from his job as General Manager of a factory not extracts copper, gold and silver from copper ore. He is 60 now, this reminded me of my retirement 4 years ago, i am 64 now. He wants to join some service again. He will not get pension like me, but he will get a hand some amount, which he can invest or put in bank, this can earn a monthly pension for him, i told him this and he agreed. About the job, i advised him NOT to join any job, because job means 'servant' after all. i told him to work as 'consultant' to companies that produce metals, this will be independent job, he can earn much more. I also told him to on a tour in india, meet all our relatives and his friends.Next go for a tour abroad with his wife as i did. I think i advised him right. Any suggestion from your side that i can tell him? Cheers my friends. Prof
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1 Apr 10
Why dont you try and talk him over to have his own business instead? just a small one that requires less capital, i mean so your old enough to be the boss of your own company.He might want to try it out, it wont hurt to at least advice him to and then you can help him out too. Instead of just being a servant try something like being the boss this time.
1 Apr 10
dear professor, i am sure there is a law there which provides retirement benefits as one leaves his company. your brother could at least use some of it and invest in some business where he could manage on his own. that way he will not feel stagnant doing nothing or if he has the talent to write books, or other talents, he will already have all the time and maybe that is a good thing. or he can try your suggestion of working like a consultant. that way, he can still enjoy the benefits of being able to travel when he and his family feels like it. you gave him a very good suggestion. ann
1 Apr 10
Hello Professor ji - it was nice to note that your brother has retired working for so many years and he being your younger brother you have given a most suitable advice. But how far he is going to follow is totally left to him.Because he has his own set of mind and also he has to listen to him family. If this would have been a case with me I would just ask him what is your future plan - because,no one will tell the truth./ The truth is hidden in the heart which will not be revealed but can be seen in actions. Any how it is nice to see a brother extending the true love. Tell your brother my good wishes.
• Garden Grove, California
2 Apr 10
hi professor 2010 if he can get a consultant job thats a ploy that will earn him better money and be self employed if he can get it. and it sounds like he can. Yes I image a tour of India his home country would be good too to meet all the family and his friends. Sound like you have given him good advice. I would suggest he get that job as just sitting around gives you the retirement blues. suddenly you are without a job, something that has always defined a person. so you do need something to do, something that you love to do.
1 Apr 10
There are retired people undergoing a lot of stress and tension. No doubts there are many retirees who spend their time in a worth-while way. However, there are others who seem to have nothing to do and are leading an aimless life. These people have worked hard all their lives and retirement should be a period when they can do what they have always desired but missed. In fact, this should be the best period for them, as time is their own with no deadlines to meet. At 60 he is still not too old and has many more fruitful years ahead of him. Probably he can do a little traveling and think what to do with his time and the gratuity that he received from his pension. I opt for early retirement from employment on my own accord and I think I have made good of my life after leaving the workforce.
1 Apr 10
Why not put up a small business to keep him busy. In the US many old people there still employed and they are still accepted to work because of their experiences. Unlike in our country when you are 60 and above you can't no longer employed here because of age requirement here.
1 Apr 10
The 60 now compared to before doesn't look their age. They can still contribute to society and our Asian mentality is different from the west as the they see those retirees are no longer worth employing due to age factor. I think it is a good idea to run a small business to keep him occupied. Something that can work the mind.
4 Apr 10
If he is in a position to work for some more time, let him do that. Many people are doing that now. Work for another 5 years, save some more money for a comfortable retired life and then sit at home pursuing your life long ambitions like reading, writing etc.
• United States
3 Apr 10
I think that the advise that you shared with your brother is absolutely wonderful. He's been a servant of a job for many years, so you are absolutely right that the first thing that he should plan after his retirement is a trip to enjoy with his wife. And then as far as having something to do after retirement, I love the idea of being a consultant. That way he is able to somewhat choose when he wants to work and he will definitely find that his time is worth a lot more that way.
2 Apr 10
You have good advice for your brother. With regards to investment, I hope he will not put everything in just one bank on in just one investment. He has to diversify so that in case one of these fails he has other alternatives. And he must study well where to put his hard earned money. One of my dreams after retirement is to go on tour. That's giving oneself a break after working so hard for how many years. Also, a friend of senior age told me about his retirement years ago from a multinational company in our country. Before he retired, the officer of their human resources department gave him an exit interview. Usually after retiring, retirees become idle. This could be one of the reasons why sickness start coming in. One of the advices given by the human resource personnel was this: After retirement, the retiree should still practice what one usually does while working as if they're still employed. This sounds ironic but I think it's a good idea. Common things that the retiree may still do are changing clothes for work, wearing work shoes, taking a walk or going out of the house as if you're still going to the office or workplace. Maybe this is some sort of an antidote for a withdrawal syndrome from retiring from work.
2 Apr 10
As far as I know,I think you provided him with a really nice advice.My friends taught me that doing nothing is the biggest boredom. He is welcome to come to China to teach,to travel and to be a consultant.It is a large country and the people like foreign experts and they like to embrace novel ideas,not to mention some of its exotic scenery and culture. What do you think?