My dad is a retired civil engineer who loves the abstract side of civil engineering. Anyone have tips for how he can use his skills and keep busy in retirement?

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Volunteer with a habitat for humanity. They are always doing home construction/repair project for less fortunate families. I did this in high school and it’s what interested me to get the same degree as your dad.

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freelance / consult a bureau?

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Not sure what the abstract side of civil engineering means. My father started building a house, from scratch, pretty much by himself. As in not just the design part but also the hammering, etc. etc. He’d hire labor every once in a while but for the most part its just him. It was an expensive hobby.

Anyway, I’d suggest metal or woodworking. If he is artistic at all (my dad isn’t) that can be rewarding. Another poster said habitat for humanity - agree with that one! You might also suggest some non-obvious choices like cooking school for home chefs.

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Taking up some freelancing advisory work if possible.

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