Careers: A Choice Contract

Retirees find that for-hire work offers the best of both worlds

After 30 years at General Motors, Alan Korpi, an auditor and a certified fraud examiner, had just 30 days to decide whether to accept early retirement. But when the last day came, all Korpi knew he wanted was a 15-day extension. Ultimately he did retire, in November 1999, relieved and looking forward to the future.

Fast-forward to 2001. Korpi, who before retirement had roamed no farther from Flint, Mich., than Mexico and Canada, is an international troubleshooter who analyzes plant operations and car dealerships in places like Indonesia, Thailand and China. In November 1999, he hooked up with Jefferson Wells International,...

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