I’m nowhere near the retirement age as I am 53 years old... I have no pension or savings but worked for the company for 15 plus years. And I have only graduated high school.It’s scary with all these closing and I’m getting old. Should I hold on for dear life or try to find something else full time as well? Please no judgements.
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How are you 53 and have no retirement or savings? Not making a judgement because things happen in life. Was this something you didn't really think about, bad choices or life circumstances (sickness, accidents etc)
I ask because I find that many of the people I work with who are older have never thought of retirement or savings and some of them have made a pretty good living. Many have nice houses and multiple cars and take nice vacations but when our store closed they had nothing to fall back on.
Maybe, give some advise for the younger generation and make your bad situation into a positive.
Invest the time in yourself and your future. While you are at Sears, take the time to look for another job. If you think the store is one that won't be closing in a month, maybe take time to look for a job that you think would be good for you. It may take some time but you can find a job better than the one you have. I didn't realize how bad it was (I was at corporate) until I got another job. It changed so slowly I didn't notice. There are jobs out there where you can get raises, promotions and compensations for good performance instead of being miserable day after day.
There is no scenario where you are better off one year from now at Sears versus another opportunity. Sears is wounded at best, dead at worst. Go to work for a vibrant retailer where you have some potential career as well as financial upside. I'd focus on Aldi and Costco if you can, they're both decent companies that pay well and are growing. Best of luck to you!
Agree with the rest of the posters. GET OUT. Snag-a-job is good for retail opportunities if that's what you're looking for. If you're in a decent-sized city, jobs are begging for people to fill them in many cases. Every retailer in my area has a sign up.
OP you still got time to move out. I would strongly suggest what a lot have said apply to Walmart, HD, Lowes, Target, Costco, Sams, Aldi any big corporation that is still doing good. Play it smart and don't quit Sears until you have had another job offer. You might have a HS diploma, but you have tons of retail experience that would look amazing in your resume. Its better you try it now because the older you get the harder it gets to get a job.
Definitely look for new positions. Don't let the HS diploma limit your thinking either. Truth is that unless you're in a specialized field like architecture or engineering, what you learned in college has little bearing on your job. Employers like to say bachelors preferred but go for it.
Consider training programs too. Now while you have a job.
The fact is none of us know when Sears in closing but we all know that it will close before you reach 65. 13 years. It won't be around.
Wal-Mart was mentioned. You could consider home depot. Around here some locations have a good rep but some don't so you have to watch out for that.
A saying that I try to remember is -- A Year from Now, You'll wish that you started Today.
Get out now. If you wait to be let go at your age, you’re looking at permanent unemployment.
Please try and get out. I worked for Sears 18.5 years, my store was closed down last March 2017. I am like you I only have a HSD. I was able to get the pension, very little of a pension, and a little 401(k). Please try Wal-mart, you do have customer service and retail experience. Go for it. I will be praying for you. With God all things are possible. Peace
Wal-mart. Your qualified and already understand retail. they give raises and training. You can get stock options (my neighbor has worked there for 10 years and has almost 200 worth of stock now). You get bonuses for hard work, store making money, low theft. It seems like they really want everyone to succed and be a part of a team. You can advance as little or as much as you want. And i do know a store manager of an average store makes around 150 thousand a year or more. Good luck