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    Re: Made redundant today - upset but trying to be positive

    I'm currently in the middle of a Redundancy exercise at work.
    It's about 12% chance that i'll be out on my ar5e after this concludes.
    However I'm 55 and I'm trying to get my head around VR and maybe retirement or working part time between 55 & 60.
    I currently work a 4 day week having come down from 5 days on 1st June 2019.

    I'm interested in advice on getting a job when you are older?
    Whats the jobseekers situation with VR?
    How did people find navigating Mental Health once retired?
    Anything really I guess.

    I work in IT as a Scrum Master on Agile Projects.
    I was an Oracle Developer until about 11 years ago.
    32 years at my Company.
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    Re: Made redundant today - upset but trying to be positive

    I'm so sorry you have this worry but I presume no decision has been made yet but you are sensibly planning for possible redundancy?

    You have skills which are very much in demand so would you consider doing any contract work or put yourself forward on a consultancy basis?

    I would imagine that for good mental health you would prefer to be in employment for as long as possible?

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    Re: Made redundant today - upset but trying to be positive

    Sorry to hear this, Tony.

    As an IT pro are you thinking of part time consultancy work? You could then work project to project but it may be self employed/contractor basis so there the obvious pension considerations and you would have to be cautious with your mental health as some employers might not want what they see as an inconvenience to them (you know how many a manager just wants an easy ride).

    You've got some in demand skills there. Agile was becoming more popular as I left project/programme work (PRINCE had added it to a version of theirs). To be honest, PRINCE environments are overbearing with often pointless paperwork delays and I've never known a project manager who follows it closely. I was more a continuous improvement guy so more Six Sigma. I liked Agile as it was more about getting the job done compared to what I watched in project offices with PRINCE which just strung everything out as our CI projects used to outpace them.

    Have you got any access to careers guidance for your sector so you have a better idea of what may be out there?
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    Re: Made redundant today - upset but trying to be positive

    Thanks for the advice.
    In the end I have opted for retirement.
    I think I have the funds to do that after soul searching.

    https://tonyamis.blogspot.com/2019/0...again-too.html

    I haven't ruled out IT contracting if I need to.
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    Re: Made redundant today - upset but trying to be positive

    Iím sorry youíve had to go through this, you have a great attitude about it though and have lots of options to pursue. Keep us updated with how you get on

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