October 18, 2016

Retirement Age

Age retirement requirements vary from nation different states as well as the field of work. Most people retire when they attain the age of 50 to 65 while others extend to 70. From a personal perspective, I believe that one should be allowed to work regardless of their age as long as they can deliver as expected. Most people’s functionality reduces at the age of 70 while their expertise remains at the peak. The agreement on retirement age should be chosen based on a country’s workforce. In line with this, I suggest that an individual should not go beyond 70 years of age unless they are planning to be self-employed. However, there exist exceptions on for certain occupations. Such occupations include politics, which require high levels of experience and expertise (Benen, 2015).


Following the rate of youth unemployment in most states, it would be proper for the older generation to retire such that new opportunities are created for the younger generation. In line with occupation, there are different occupations that require employees to be healthy and physically fit (Jianzhang, & Wenzheng, 2015). The same applies with technological advancements, which are well suited for the younger generation thus rendering the older generation obsolete. Apart from age, employers should use performance to rate the efficiency of an employee and not their age. Unless the performance or delivery of the employee has weekend, one must be allowed to continue working (Li  & Iadarola, 2007).

In conclusion, the retirement age should be selected based on a country’s job market, economic factors, as well as young to old population ratio. Additionally, this could vary based on the level of experience and expertise required for different occupations. From the discussion above, employees should be allowed to work as long as they can deliver the expected results until the age of 70.