Bill Thomson (right), 66, from Larkhall, has a seasonal job at the Motherwell branch of Wilkinson
Who'd have thought I'd be selling women's perfume? 18 months ago I was made redundant from my job as business development manager for a large company.
My daughter, who works for Wilkinson, suggested I apply for a job there over Christmas. The next thing I knew I was working on the perfume and aftershave counter. I loved it so much, I was there again this last Christmas.
Nobody's ever questioned my age. If you've got the right outlook and talk to customers in the right way they realise you're not just some silly old man there to fill a space.
Working in the retail trade is a complete change for me. But I was given basic training for shop floor work and just took it from there. And this year I was put in charge of training my co-worker, Gemma, who's 21.
I'm comfortable around younger people. I used to coach youngsters at my local swimming club and my children are in their 30s, so I have quite a young outlook. Gemma and I have completely different lives, but we can still appreciate each other's experiences.
With age comes experience and patience. I've learnt that, as long as you know what you're doing, you can do the job just as well without rushing.
It's great to get out of the house. I love meeting new people at work and having a chat. In the staff canteen there's lots of banter and you get to hear about different things. Through talking to younger people in the workplace, for the first time ever I've changed to a cheaper gas supplier.
The last thing you want is to become a couch potato. I spent 35 years in a job that required a lot of travelling, so now I like to spend more time at home, but I still want to keep my brain active. So long as I've got my health, I don't think I'll ever retire properly.