It takes a lot to make Paul Critchlow nervous, but the night before his first day with Pfizer last June he had agonized over what to wear. As a military veteran who was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds he received during a major battle in Vietnam and former head of a brokerage firm, he didn’t want to appear too formal but shining his shoes and ironing his button-down shirt and slacks helped relax him a bit. The briefcase Critchlow carried with him into Pfizer’s Manhattan headquarters the next day acted as his security blanket. He lightly swung it back-and-forth by its sweaty handle in an attempt to rid himself of jitters. ‘I was anxious. I was worried that I might come across as an old know-it-all,’ he said. In Pfizer’s lobby, Critchlow approached the desk for visitors and announced that he was a summer intern, in case anyone assumed otherwise. Pfizer employed Baby Boomer Paul Critchlow (above) as an intern during the summer of 2016 Critchlow, then 69, returned to the workplace after retiring in May 2015 from Merrill Lynch Critchlow (pictured with two interns) was one of 25 summer interns with Pfizer’s corporate affairs division in midtown Manhattan,… Read full this story
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