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Sketch your work, and work your sketch

I've been thinking about life and work lately. Always. Which has led me to sketch out this little chart you see below. This is obviously not iron clad. I don't know if I'll still want to go this direction in a couple years, much less do I know if these opportunities will be afforded to me, or if life might impose some other plan. Still, looking down this road as far as I can, it makes sense to sketch out at least the most rudimentary plan, just so that I have something to aim for and something to let me know if I'm on the right track. 

It does lead to a few interesting observations. First, Sarah, my currently youngest child, will graduate from high school in the year 2026. I'll be 52. And eligible for retirement with full benefits. Second, a career doesn't look very long when set out on paper like this. And third, I'll hopefully still have a lot of life left at the end of this chart. My plan is to still be going strong well after 60, and I don't think I'll be racing to join the remote and recliner club in Boca Raton. And so I wonder what life, and particularly work life, will look like in those years. Maybe I'll go hike the AT. This little chart may be pretty amusing to revisit then. 

 

School Year

My   age

Sarah’s age

Year in TRS*

Possible educator roles

Other events

 

09-10

36

1

4

Teach

Finish M.Ed

 

10-11

37

2

5

Teach

 

 

11-12

38

3

6

Teach

 

 

12-13

39

4

7

Teach

 

 

13-14

40

5

8

Teach

 

 

14-15

41

6

9

Teach

 

 

15-16

42

7

10

Teach

 

 

16-17

43

8

11

Teach

 

 

17-18

44

9

12

Teach

 

 

18-19

45

10

13

School Admin

 

 

19-20

46

11

14

School Admin

 

 

20-21

47

12

15

School Admin

 

 

21-22

48

13

16

School Admin

 

 

22-23

49

14

17

School Admin

Jacob’s senior year

 

23-24

50

15

18

School Admin

Toby’s senior year

 

24-25

51

16

19

District Admin

 

 

25-26

52

17

20

District Admin

Sarah’s senior year

 

26-27

53

18

 

District Admin

 

 

27-28

54

19

 

District Admin

 

 

28-29

55

20

 

District Admin

 

 

29-30

56

21

 

Other consult

 

 

30-31

57

22

 

Other consult

 

 

31-32

58

23

 

Other consult

 

 

32-33

59

24

 

Other consult

 

 

33-34

60

25

 

Other consult

 

 


* Teacher Retirement System.

Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 08:47PM by Registered CommenterBrian Rozell | Comments8 Comments

Reader Comments (8)

How can you be eligible for full retirement after 20 years? I would love to know more about that...I'm one year behind you and would love some insight into possible 20 year retirement!
January 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteralisha
My Dear Brian,
Have you ever heard of best laid plans. I wish you luck. I also agree with not retiring at age 52 but to keep going. that's what keeps you young I retired at 62 but still going strong.Jerry worked till he was 80. but with your career you are in a good position to retire and persue other ventures
Mary Lou
January 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary Lou
Alisha- I've had TRS tier 2 in my head, which allows members to retire at any age after 20 years of service. Alas, tier 3 does not have any age or minimum years of service for retirement, though taxes and penalties apply for withdrawal before age 59.5. Tier 3 also does not provide for a lifetime benefit but only a "defined contribution" plan that, in short, really sucks. More info can be found here: http://doa.alaska.gov/drb/ Now call your NEA representatives http://www.neaalaska.org/nea/node/157, write your state legislators and start saving in your own 403b.

All the best.
January 28, 2010 | Registered CommenterBrian Rozell
ok...i knew all of that about tier III. When you said "full benefits", I just thought it was worth asking if you knew something I didnt. Sorry to be a bubble burster! :) Well laid plan, however!
January 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteralisha
Someplace in there ought to be a plan for being an "author". You have that ability to see, feel, and express your life experiences in beautiful words.
January 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDad
Thanks, Julius. That's one of the best compliments I have ever been given. Thanks.
January 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrian in AK
Julius, may I add my sincere, heart-felt "Thanks!" to you as well? Whenever I convey to Brian my belief in his profound writing skills, the comment gets gently shrugged off. Thank you SO MUCH for your very kind and inspiring words to him. All the best to you and Jan,
Lizabeth
February 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMom (Lizabeth)
Julius is right.

Can I hike with you? Or at least be a character in your novel?
February 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwatson

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