Post-Retirement: Return To Work After Retirement


Anees Fatima was teaching in a class full of students six years ago. Her career was going smoothly until her retirement came. After her retirement, she was confused about what to do.

The question itself is a puzzling topic to the retirees. There is a notion floating around that many retirees choose leisure in lieu of work. However, the research said otherwise.

An analysis report by Nicole Maestas, an economist at Harvard Medical School, in 2010, found that more than a quarter of retirees later resumed working. In 2017, a survey from RAND Corporation, found that almost 40 percent of workers above 65 had previously, at some point, retired.

“We definitely see evidence that retirement is fluid,” said Kathleen Mullen, an RAND senior economist. “There’s less of the traditional schedule: work to a certain age, retire, see the world. We see people lengthening their careers.”

The conventional view of retirement as an abrupt exit from the labor market is no longer valid today. Alternatively, a rising number of retirement-age adults work in paid jobs after retirement.

Take for instance, Vice Admiral Asaf Humayun, who joined the Pakistan Navy in Dec 1970. He was also a recipient of Tamgha-i-Imtiaz. He retired, eventually but the retirement wasn’t working for the admiral. He then returned to work as Director General of the National Centre for Maritime Policy Research. Furthermore, serving as visiting faculty at the Bahria University.

As many retirees discover, leaving one life to commence any other is challenging. According to a study by the Institute of Economic Affairs, published in May 2013, 40% of people after retirement are depressed and 6 out of 10 have been reported to have declining health.

Michael Longhurst is a former shrink who interviewed 200 retirees to understand retirement for a major research project.

“When people are in the workforce they often have recreational activities that they’re very fond of, such as golf or fishing, and they envisage that that’s what they will be doing in retirement,” he said.

“Now that’s OK during what’s known as the honeymoon phase of retirement, which is the time where it just feels like a long holiday, but after those recreational activities, there is just not enough in them to provide satisfaction or a sense of purpose.”

Manzoor Farooqui, a former senior auditor of NBP (National Bank Of Pakistan), was unwinding his recently-retirement period at home. When his father inquired about his post-retirement plans, “I have worked for 37 years in NBP and now wouldn’t need to do anything else,” he said. On which his father rejoined, “If you even possess Croesus treasure, it will too exhaust in time, if you wouldn’t do any work.”

Subsequently, Anwar-ul-Haq Farooqui (Manzoor’s father), who was also a noted doctor, furnished his unique formula of dentifrice to him. Which he had previously tested, during his sojourn in Rangoon and received positive feedback.

Initially, Manzoor was skeptical of the effectiveness of the product, however, all his reservations were polished off when he received extremely good response about his tooth-powder.

To avoid mental anguish, depression and frustration as many older adults who retired experienced, Mr. Manzoor started to work in his own tuck-shop near his home.

In his youth, he had a penchant for writing. He was inspired by the likes of Naseem Hijazi and Ismat Chughtai. He later penned three books in three different genres.

Now a septuagenarian, content with his life, he scoured his utensils and did daily household chores. While relishing and flicking through his books, “the purpose of our lives is to be happy,” he said.

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