I'm a relative youngster at 52 but am definitely getting into the soddit mode. Been on furlough since Easter and now being offered 8 mths pay to f#%* off and work somewhere else.
Soddit I'll take that and sit out the recession, look for a job in the spring.
Dangerious, very mentally iffy. when the recession kicked in, in 2008, I found myself out of work, one month on site 2 off, 4 on. 3 off etc. The longest time out of work was 6 months, in that time your day instead of starting , for me at 05.30 , slowly expanded to 6.00 O'clock, then 7, then 7.30, and you get used to lazy days, once phoning the agencies, your mates in the trade, Personnel managers at the big construction, electrical company's is over, you get used too doing sod all, and when you do get a start, its doubly difficult to revert back to the old routine.
At your age, with retirement only a few years away, the unconscious thought of retirement, is the spur that conversely, slows you down. In my case beacause my trade is-was very physical, as the years rolled on, it became increasing obvious that these now old bones just could not cope any more, and so after 50.5 years working in my trade, I packed it in, already knowing what lay ahead, due to being out of work, for what amounted to, if added up, several years. You are 52, when it hit me, I was 58.