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Old 06-17-2020, 01:38 PM   #21
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Old 06-17-2020, 01:44 PM   #22
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stopped working at age 50.

The number of years working depends on what you count as work

had two paper routes (one morning 7 days a week, one evening 6 days a week) from ages 12-16.

from ages 16-18 I worked part time as a busboy/host/waiter at a restaurant. About 20-28 hours/week

during college, 18-22, I worked 30-45 hours a week in food service (football and basketball season sent us into overtime), during the summers I worked at the restaurant I started at 16 - and my last summer before my last year I was a janitor at the college full time.

From 22-27, I had my first corporate job programming.

From 27-50 I worked at a large tech company.

So, if you count the paper routes - 38 years.

If you start counting at part time restaurant - 34 years.

If you start counting at full time work during college - 32 years.

If you just count after graduation, 28 years
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Old 06-17-2020, 01:54 PM   #23
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age 21 to 50 plus 4 summers college and about a year in two stints as a jobshopper aka contract engineer.

heh heh heh - aerospace stuff. My old buddy old pal retired Air Force - had my favorite saying -'if they didn't me pay to work here I'd have to buy a ticket so I could come watch.'
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Old 06-17-2020, 02:04 PM   #24
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If I only count full time work after graduation from college: 31 years, 7 months, 26 days. But who's counting?
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Old 06-17-2020, 02:15 PM   #25
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Started earning money in my early teens working various part time jobs and then 40 years full time after school.
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Old 06-17-2020, 02:33 PM   #26
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Thirty six years.
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Old 06-17-2020, 02:38 PM   #27
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Old 06-17-2020, 02:42 PM   #28
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Old 06-17-2020, 02:45 PM   #29
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44 years, got my first full time job the day I turned 16 (Alternating Evenings and Nights, 40 hours a week) while I was still in high school. Funny thing was, my grades went up.
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Old 06-17-2020, 02:59 PM   #30
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A bit over 27 years of which 21 were full time, but due to some lucky timing, 29 years years of max compensation for Social Security purposes.
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Old 06-17-2020, 02:59 PM   #31
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41 years of full time work for me. Lots of part time before that, though, starting at age 11 in the fruit orchards, and continuing through college.

Edited to add: My hubby has 53 years of full-time work, including two years in the army (he was a medic in Vietnam) and many part time jobs starting when he was a kid and going all the way up through college.
We both retired last year in June.

I guess we don't really qualify for "ER", do we? (smile!)
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Old 06-17-2020, 03:07 PM   #32
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Wow, these numbers are higher than I expected. If I make it to RE next year:

30.7 years including 5 summers of interning.
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Old 06-17-2020, 03:13 PM   #33
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Old 06-17-2020, 03:20 PM   #34
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36 years, give or take. Moved out at 18, stopped working at 54. Had a few small gaps along the way.
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Old 06-17-2020, 03:21 PM   #35
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It will be 37 years of working for me when I step out the door at the end of next week. Varied background of teaching, military and mostly telecommunications.

I don't count the years of working on the family farm growing up as work. My father always said "it's not work, it's a way of life." Realized later how smart he really was...
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Old 06-17-2020, 03:23 PM   #36
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Old 06-17-2020, 03:37 PM   #37
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35 total - 33 same Megacorp - from Engineer to Operations Director and everything in between including ISO coordinator (anyone remember ISO in the 90's?)
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Old 06-17-2020, 03:43 PM   #38
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(15+2+16.5=)33.5 years with 3 mega-corporations.

I'd been planning for retirement since age 32. Escaped at 56. Folks were shocked when I retired, as I didn't have a large pension coming (due to leaving before the typical 30-year career with one employer.)

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Old 06-17-2020, 03:55 PM   #39
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Old 06-17-2020, 03:56 PM   #40
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37 years for me. All with the same company.
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