Hernan, Age 68, lives with his wife Mia, MTAA Super member since 2009.
Herman, tell us a bit about your work history
I worked in the mines in Western Australia for 18 years and then I worked for a few years at Toll. I finished up working after that, but after some time off I got bored and went back to work. For the last eight years I’ve worked at National Mailing and Marketing as a storeman — preparing invoices, managing bookings and doing whatever else needs to be done.
What made you decide to go back to work?
In the time after I finished up at work, I found I had nothing much to do with my time. I’m not into sports or golf or anything, so I didn’t have interests to fill my time. I went for a lot of walks and spent time around the house.
I like getting up and going to work each day. It gets me out of the house and it keeps me busy five days a week.
I also have a few things still to pay off, including my mortgage, so it’s good to have a wage coming in.
Do you feel like you’re treated differently as an older person in the workforce?
I don’t think so. I think it’s like having a job at any age — you just go in and prove you can do the job.
What age do you think you’ll stop working?
I have been lucky to have good health. At this stage, as long as my legs keep going, I’ll keep working. That being said, I’ll probably look at it again in a couple of years and see how I’m going. You never know what’s around the corner with your health, but so far, so good!