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New career, new retirement

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Dorothy A., age 67
San Jose, California
Not retired
Married, one adult son
"I don't see myself ever retiring. I have too many things I want to accomplish."

Dorothy's Tips

  • Trust your instincts and don't be afraid to follow your passion.
  • Look for opportunities that can benefit from your knowledge and skill sets.
  • Take advantage of any and all employer-sponsored training before you retire.


  • 25-year banking career derailed by corporate reorg.
  • Parlayed her talent into lucrative business.
  • Found past training useful in new career.

Dorothy retired in 2 1/2 minutes after 2 1/2 decades in banking.

“I worked in banking for over 25 years. One day my boss called me into his office and said, ‘Your job is going to another state. You can move or you can take early retirement.’ It scared me to death, but I took the package.”

In a leap of faith, she turned her artwork into a successful business.

"I decided to follow my passion, which is art. I made greeting cards out of drawings that I’d done and started selling them to local merchants. I had no experience in marketing, and there were missteps in the early days. But today, my cards are sold all over the U.S. and in Canada.

“At the bank, they put me through a lot of training. I was eager to learn and I now use many of the financial skills they taught me. I don’t see myself ever retiring. I have too much energy, too many ideas, and too many things I want to accomplish.”

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