I recently had a chat with an educator friend of mine. He won himself a government job in a government school upcountry. As we talked, he told me, he had been given a house for him to stay in. The house comes with a garden for the occupant to grow some food. Isn’t that so cool? The funny thing is the former occupant of the house had refused to leave it I think because he didn’t have where to go with his family. This is an educator who has been living in this house probably for the most of his life and now retirement comes and he has nowhere to go and he has to be chased out of the house for a young educator to occupy it. My friend says the old guy passes by once in a while to harvest the crops he left in the garden.

So I and my friend were wondering if such instances also happen in other professions. I told him, I think it happens to everyone in any profession. Someone can work all their lives without ever stopping to think, after here, what next!! I think jobs that come with such benefits and more can blind the employee and they don’t plan for their future after the job. Now, I wonder who is to blame, the employee or the employer. Anyway, let us leave that.

What I am saying is that, when you get your first job or whatever job you are getting, always begin by planning for your exit. Ask yourself, am I going to be at this job for the rest of my life? How do I use this job to prepare for the future when I will not be working? What is my retirement plan?

I am not writing this because I have everything figured out but that conversation got me thinking. What next after the job?

We concluded with my friend that such instances are there so we can learn from them and not make the same mistakes.

Don’t simply retire from something; have something to retire to. Harry Emerson Fosdick.

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