Retired man seeks work?

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  1. realitystops macrumors regular

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    I retired a while ago for reasons of a personal nature.

    Not a web savvy man but know my way around photographic stuff quite well (ex Pro Tog)

    I have seen many work on line 'cons' and wonder if there are real jobs out there that will actually give me a sense of purpose and a bit of cash. Not seeking a career.

    Based in Scotland but the world is my web-based oyster.

    Any ideas anyone??

    p.s. - odd hours would not matter at all!
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  2. Huntn macrumors G5

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    An interesting question. I'm also retired and I imagine that the part times jobs, with meaning and decent pay, I'd want to do are limited. Cashier? No, especially no to a job that involves standing all day. Walmart greeter? No (lol). I worked through college as an electrician, in both new and old work, and at one point imagined that as a retiree, I could work as a part time, small job electrician, but getting a license stands in my way. Where I live it may include time as an apprentice.

    I also considered hooking up a camera to a radio control helo and taking real estate photos. After investing about $500 in a RC Helo, and managed to crash it due to mechanical issues, I realized that I would need an on-call mechanic who knows more about RC helos then I do. Flying was not the issue, maintenance was. Helos are about 10x as complicated as an airplane, but for aerial real estate photos, a helo is required. That was about 5 years ago. Since then my impression is that RC helos are becoming much more user friendly, but I have dropped the idea worrying about liability issues.
     
  3. vulcanvillalta macrumors 6502

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    I'm still a good few years away from retirement, but I always kinda hoped to work at a library somewhere. Or at least doing something with books. But who knows, it probably won't end up happening. Libraries probably wont exist in 20 years.
     
  4. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040

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    Sad, but true. Look at the front page. The LA Unified School District is spending big money on iPads/Tablets for the students.
     
  5. puma1552 macrumors 601

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    If I were retired I'd work as a golf course ranger three mornings a week chasing the pretty beverage cart girl around.
     
  6. shinji macrumors 65816

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    Why not the obvious choice, photographer? Are you tired of doing that or something?
     
  7. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

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    Bookstores no, but libraries yes. At least the big ones. There are all kinds of materials needed for research that may never be digitized or at least not soon.

    You could always get a job delivering newspapers. Oh, wait. Never mind.
     
  8. Solomani macrumors 68030

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    Google Search is the modern library for today's generation. And Wikipedia also.
     
  9. vulcanvillalta macrumors 6502

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    True. That is more efficient than a library, anyway. Hopefully libraries can find a way to stay open; Idk.
     
  10. realitystops thread starter macrumors regular

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    Reasons

    I suppose the "essential tremors", poor fitness and failing eyesight have taken a lot of the pleasure out of photography as being there, seeing the shot and holding the camera still while hitting the button are problematic.

    I still take images but with a tripod/remote release and long setups but don't get the same buzz that I used to from the results (my bad).

    The market for my stuff is full of bright, talented and deserving people so there it is:( .

    Looking for something a lifetime of travel,various careers,image knowledge and computer proficiency can be of use.
    Teaching would be good but the UK is a bummer of a place for that so struggling a bit.

    Hence the post in the first place.

    Further thoughts very welcome. :)
     
  11. Southern Dad macrumors 65816

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    If you are looking for real flexibility and have good camera equipment, consider being a stringer for local newspapers. Some of the best pictures that I've seen published in local papers are taken by stringers and sold to the newspaper. While it isn't always easy to find news stories to shoot, you do know where all the sporting events are. Get some great shots of the high school football game on a Friday night. Remember, newspapers have tight deadlines. You may actually need to contact them before the game is over, especially with late games.
     
  12. realitystops thread starter macrumors regular

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    see above

    see above
     
  13. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Yes, but you don't always find the more detailed sources that you may need on Wikipedia. More to the point, libraries have always offered the less well off a safe place to study and access sources of information.

    Besides, in the fields of public policy, and facilitation of public education (especially for the less well off) they offer a safe public space that no computer can yet replicate.

    I, for one, deplore the cut-backs to public libraries that we see taking place at present in some western countries & societies; it is not just about the provision of books (though that is hugely important), or the mistaken (fashionable) belief that books will be replaced by online sources (I doubt that; rather, as with radio & TV, I rather imagine that they will continue to co-exist).

    No, it is more the fact that library afforded an opportunity, and a safe public space where those who lacked the means and resources could actually find a place to learn. As such, libraries - especially public libraries - have always been a progressive force and place in an urban landscape.
     

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