Government career leads to amazing retirement

Life is great in South Carolina, and come January 2, I’ll be retired for eight years and time has flown by.

Not sure if you can use this but here you go: My government career led to an amazing retirement

Growing up in the DMV (DC/MD/VA) meant one thing when it came to finding a job —  look no further than applying for a position in the Federal Government.  I did just that and way back in 1974, after taking the civil service exam, I went on an interview and was offered the job. Thus began my 35 year career starting as an assistant to the secretary to an administrator at the Department of Agriculture.

Over time I applied for and rose through the ranks in the human resources field retiring from the position of HR Benefits Systems Analyst with the National Finance Center. During my tenure I worked for only two agencies, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Smithsonian Institution. I retired on January 2, 2010 and relocated to South Carolina.


Looking to find a volunteer opportunity in S.C., I was lucky enough to land a couple of positions. I became a docent at the Horry County Museum and the L. W. Paul Living History Farm.  To think my government career was in two agencies, USDA and SI, it seemed fitting to volunteer at the museum and the farm.

I continue to this day at both and love what I do.   Additionally, I attend our local NARFE chapter meetings and have met many others who have successfully retired, relocated and are relishing what life has to offer.

Having a long, rewarding government career has enabled me to enjoy what I hope to be a long, rewarding retirement.  My advice to anyone looking to retire, explore the opportunities in your community that will reward you as your career did.

Jody Nyers
Conway, S.C.

Nearly Useless Factoid

By David Thornton

Teeth are considered part of the skeletal system but they are not counted as bones.