September for me is a time of new beginnings. As a kid, I always loved going back to school–new school supplies, new clothes, a new grade, and new books and things to learn. September is also the beginning of the Jewish New Year–a time for reflection, looking both backward and forward and turning over a new page. And finally, it is a time of incredible beauty–fall leaves and cooler nights. It’s my favorite time of year.
For a while now I have been thinking about going back to work. I have enjoyed the time off in the last year since I returned from China, but I have also felt at loose ends, and found myself wasting a lot of time. I kept having the nagging sense that it was too soon for me to hang it up and retire. Having said this, I think this is a very personal decision and I know a lot of people who have retired at my age or even younger who are having the time of their lives, and who wouldn’t dream of giving up their free time and going back to work. For a while, I thought I might be one of those people, too.
But, over a period of months, I realized that I am not–at least not yet. So, earlier this summer, I decided to start looking for a job–whether full or part time, I wasn’t sure, but definitely something that would energize me and allow me to continue to contribute. And with all the market swings and economic uncertainty, it was also a reasonable decision from a financial planning perspective, as well, particularly since I have family members on both sides who have lived to 90 and beyond.
Fortunately, the universe heard my decision and responded in record time. I actually found the position through an online posting, which I have come to view as kind of a lottery type way of getting a job–there are so many applicants per position, that often the HR people don’t even respond to a resume submission. I had only two rounds of interviews, and the entire process took less than six weeks–quite unusual in these times. I started the job last Monday. It’s a great company and the role is one that I like–lots of change management, international work, and bringing a team together. At the same time, it’s a different industry than I’m used to, so I’ll learn new things.
The company is in metro west Boston, meaning that I have had to find a place to stay during the week, and come home on weekends. Along with working full time, that will also be a big change. I’m hoping that down the road, I will be able to work at least part-time from home, though that will not be realistic for the foreseeable future. I am not sure how long this phase of life will last–as long as I enjoy it, I suppose!