As this year's batch of redundancy victims and early retirees leave further education, the inquisitive among us might pause to consider what actually happens to an ex-FE lecturer or manager.
Do they recycle themselves and reappear in a similar guise in a different institution? Do they repackage themselves, kit themselves up with a series of different "hats" and become self-employed consultants? Or do they toss away their academic heritage and retreat to rural Wales to make goats' cheese?
Among my former contemporaries, one opened a newsagent's (a former head of business studies), another a bed-and-breakfast (a former head of communications), a third set up a record-producing business specialising in obscure classical pieces (a former physics lecturer) and a fourth became a professional singer (an ex-photography lecturer). And there is always the possibility of running a pub. After all, if the ex-principal of Stoke-on-Trent College did it.