The Job

So I’ve been working a job since the end of December. Four overnight shifts a week at a nonprofit residential home for people dealing with mental health issues where I hang out in case anything happens. With internet, tv and a full kitchen at my disposal, it’s pretty much like hanging out at home. It’s been about 4 months now and so far there were only two nights where I was actually asked to do anything. And that just consisted of going out and giving some people rides from the hospital to their apartment.

There are two overnight workers on each shift, but we work on separate floors, so it’s essentially 7 1/2 hours of quiet solitude with 15 minute bookends where I socialize a bit with the other employees during shift changes. A few times one of the residents has been up late and wanted to chat, but they’re usually only interested in a three minute conversation before they meander their way back to bed.

If I’d have known jobs like this existed I probably never would have bothered even going down the early retirement road. With work so easy, there wouldn’t be much incentive to. Of course the pay isn’t great, but it’s not bad. And the benefits are pretty spectacular. I really respect the way the organization is run too. – With lots of respect for the population they serve, and they treat their employees with a tremendous amount of dignity. Thanks to improved pharmaceuticals, treatment methods, and rearranged priorities, the residents are able to live pleasant, relatively independent lives, integrated into the local community as much as possible. Whereas fifty years ago these same people would have essentially just been imprisoned in a hospital and medicated into a stupor.

I’m not sure how much longer I’ll stay. I’ve got it in my head that I’d like to quit before my next birthday in November. But that’s just so I’ll be able to brag that I “retired” at 28. But it really depends on how quickly I get the next couple of rental properties setup. I could see staying on board into the following spring. Plus there’s a fighting chance that I may actually take on some paid work as an attorney at some point down the road, essentially making my claim to retirement at 28 too suspect to be worth bragging about.

I mean, it is a pretty great job, but even so, with my passive income streams I just won’t have much use for the money other than to just build the nest egg ever higher. And it would be nice to be on a normal sleep schedule so that I don’t have to leave parties early to go to work, or sleep through the typical daytime social events. For now though, it’s the perfect way to encourage myself to study for an extra 30 hours a week or so.

 

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4 Comments

  1. Posted April 15, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

    While I’m happily retired, yours sounds like a gig I could go for.

    I’ve always been a night owl anyway and even now find myself up all night reading or writing. being on call while I’m doing that and socializing a bit sounds like a sweet bonus.

    and, extra cash can always find a use.

    I remember you posted the story of how you found this job. How about a link to that post?

    Oh, and if they have one of these places up here in NH, let me know. :)

  2. Posted April 16, 2012 at 12:51 am | Permalink

    I remember you posted the story of how you found this job. How about a link to that post?

    Go reread the first sentence ;-)

  3. barb
    Posted April 16, 2012 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    Really?
    You would throw away a job b/c it would sound cool to retire at 28?
    What if that job changed your life forever 3 months after your “retirement”?
    Do you really think at 28 you won’ t get another job , ever?
    While there will always be a stigma around “work”, redefine the word work.
    Work allows you the opportunity for other things besides cash, and study time.
    Social interaction and connections may not be really big at your present job but who knows where you will end up.
    As for the landlord gig…..keep going . You are on the right track.

  4. Posted April 18, 2012 at 12:57 am | Permalink

    Really? You would throw away a job b/c it would sound cool to retire at 28?

    Yeah.

    What if that job changed your life forever 3 months after your “retirement”?

    What if an experience I have that I wouldn’t have had if I had kept working could have changed my life and I missed out on that? Or if you were referring to the additional three months of wages, that isn’t very significant compared to my assets.

    Do you really think at 28 you won’t get another job, ever?

    I think it’s pretty much impossible, despite my best efforts, not to get paid for something over the next several decades. But I do think I have a pretty good shot at never working what someone would call a “job” ever again, either as a W2 employee or as an independent contractor. The only real danger of working coming back into my life being if I ever decided to start a business, or take up some legal crusade. But I’ve gotten pretty good at avoiding those temptations.

    Work allows you the opportunity for other things besides cash, and study time.
    Social interaction and connections may not be really big at your present job but who knows where you will end up.

    Yeah, I’m sure if you squint really hard and look long enough you can find the good side of anything.

    As for the landlord gig…..keep going . You are on the right track.

    Thanks Barb!