Working late

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  • Published 20140801
  • ISBN: 9781922182425
  • Extent: 264 pp
  • Paperback (234 x 153mm), eBook

ANNIE WAS WORKING as a secretary when she turned sixty, a milestone she’d always regarded as her retirement age. Although she could have coped financially, she found she wasn’t ready to retire: ‘I felt there were still things that I needed to do out there, that I still had quite a bit to offer in the workforce.’ She took on several part-time and casual jobs: after-school supervision, administration for a short-term project, setting up her house for international homestay students.

Annie is one of an increasing number of Australians who have decided to work into older age. In a recent Australian Bureau of Statistics survey of working adults aged forty-five or more who had a retirement age in mind, almost half said it would be between sixty-five and sixty-nine years, and close to one-fifth wanted to go on working until they were seventy or older. Furthermore, over six hundred thousand reckoned they’d never retire.

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Darryl Dymock

Darryl Dymock works as a writer and also part-time as a senior researcher and adjunct lecturer in adult and vocational education at Griffith University....

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