Catalyst for a New Career

James Hansen

James Hansen

The opportunity to enjoy a long retirement after a distinguished career is a goal to which many aspire. For one retiree, however, unforeseen circumstances transformed retirement plans into the birth of a new career.

James Hansen worked for various businesses throughout his youth until he found a permanent home at a long-haul trucking company. After spending 21 years at the firm, he retired at the age of 64 to enjoy his golden years. Three years after his retirement, however, his former employer filed bankruptcy and ceased operation.

Initially, Hansen’s retirement wasn’t effected by the unexpected development. Six years after the company dissolved, however, he became concerned that his retirement could be reduced. To avoid losing needed income, Hansen made the decision to return to the workforce.

He tried his hand at working for a hair salon company for six months and then spent another six at a major retailer until he finally obtained employment at a company he truly desired.

When he received the news that he had been selected to become a casual mail handler at the Postal Service in 2008, his hope to become a USPS employee was fulfilled.

“I envied people working for the Postal Service,” said Hansen. “The carriers looked to have wonderful jobs, as well as the clerks and mail handlers from which I observed.”

In addition to working as a mail handler, Hansen also worked as a clerk and a custodian. In early August of this year, he received some welcome news.

“I had been with USPS for slightly more than six years when I was made a career employee just 18 days before my 79th birthday,” said Hansen.

Though his retirement income from the trucking company was never reduced, Hansen enjoys working as a career custodian for the Postal Service in Salt Lake City and has no plans on retiring again anytime soon.

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