Approaching my 59th birthday, I'm thinking more about how long I'll stay in this job (speculation on how eagerly my departure is anticipated by other staff is counterproductive). I'm aware that in the last forty-some years, our library has not had a director stay until age 65, and as I look around at my fellow boomer/administrators, I certainly see a lot of people retiring as soon as possible. Two director colleagues who have retired in the last year have both advised me that they're not a bit sorry and everyone should retire ASAP. Change can be good for the organization as well as for the director.
I've been working continuously full-time since 1975, here since 1978, and as Director since 1996. As a career winds down, there are challenges:
- Stay fresh
- Don't burn out
- Don't coast
- Think long range
- Think big picture
- Stay positive
- Stay involved in local and professional community
- Focus on organizational goals
I'm eligible for Social Security in 1,105 days. But who's counting? I've got a lot to learn and a lot to do!