From an office job to outdoor field work – how Richard achieved a work-life balance at 60

During his time as a Regional Field Interviewer, Richard surveyed people on their door steps for data that would be used for research, for various projects for the Office for National Statistics which informs key decision makers. This allowed him to connect with people across different communities – something he found to be especially fulfilling.

He explains, “When you’re out on the road, you meet so many different types of people from all walks of life – it’s amazing. Work can be really varied, there’s so many different things going on and no two days are the same.

“Especially during the summer, doing the job was lovely – getting a bit of fresh air and sunshine. Before Covid too, some people would invite you in for a cup of tea and a chat. Often it was pensioners who just wanted a bit of company for half an hour. The stories they would tell you were just wonderful and would really brighten your day.

“There really is so much opportunity at Kantar Public to do loads of different types of work – if you’re committed to doing it, it’s really great.”

“The only challenge is the weather. If it’s pouring down or freezing cold, you’ve still got to get out there, and be cheerful at the door!

“But that’s just like everything in life – things are rough and smooth now and again. But the good easily outweighs any of the bad in this role.”

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