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Old 06-17-2020, 04:01 PM   #41
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I worked part time 2 years in high school. Pops advised that if I wanted to drive the family car I was going to pay the difference in the insurance and put gas in it.

I worked summers in college too. Pops advised we're paying tuition and room and board, you buy the books and the snacks and whatever else.
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Old 06-17-2020, 04:30 PM   #42
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39.5 years running business with DW starting at age 22. Lots of 6-7 days a week, 60-80 hour weeks to grow our business. We had fun but having more fun being retired!
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Old 06-17-2020, 04:45 PM   #43
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Didn't know I was so lucky - a bit less than 20 years in Corporate America (including a couple of delightful expat experiences) before bailing out to join the family biz in semi-retirement. Running a biz can involve some aggravations / risks (e.g., in my case, crazy politicians, crazy weather, crazy financial speculators, crazy neighbors (google "Dicamba crop damage"), etc.), but there's nothing like "being the boss" after many years of being a wage slave.
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Old 06-17-2020, 04:52 PM   #44
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Full-time, 27 years. Part time around 22 years, ten years of which was teaching and the rest working in my folks' restaurant while in school.
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Old 06-17-2020, 05:08 PM   #45
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I would venture to guess the average for women is lower than for men since some stayed home with kids. . . Not retired yet so can't say for myself.
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Old 06-17-2020, 05:43 PM   #46
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32 years full time. Plenty of part time and summer gigs starting at 15...first job was caddie at local golf club.
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Old 06-17-2020, 06:03 PM   #47
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44 years (Chemical Engineer-advanced process control) in the petrochemical industry. 11 years with company A (Louisiana), 4 with a small international consultancy (LA area), and 29 years with company B (Texas).

I worked as long as it was fun - left in part to give one of my folks the opportunity to lead the team. No children so the wife and I traveled extensively while we worked.
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Old 06-17-2020, 06:19 PM   #48
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33 years and 9 months at the same financial services company, all working with pension and 401(k) plan administration.
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Old 06-17-2020, 06:21 PM   #49
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33 years and 9 months at the same financial services company, all working with pension and 401(k) plan administration.
And before that I always had some other kind of job, waiting tables, grocery store, baby-sitting.
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Old 06-17-2020, 06:36 PM   #50
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How long did you work?
I started working fulltime when I was 15.
Then at 18 I enlisted in the US Navy, I served 6 years, I got out and I went to college for 4 years, then I re-enlisted and I served another 14 years. I got my pension when I was 42.

I guess I worked for 23 years.
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Old 06-17-2020, 07:04 PM   #51
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I was curious ... how long do people work full time before they retire?

For me, I plan to retire this year. It will 41 years of full time employment.
I do not count any years doing odd jobs or part time.

What's normal? what's average?
i started earning money at 13 pushing a 3-wheeled bike around my hometown selling ice cream bars. had a paper route for years and worked at a local Burger King for a year or two. worked close to full time at a local radio station during my freshman year in college.

married my high school sweetheart the next year (still together). worked three PT jobs while going to school FT. dumped those after 2-yrs for a FT gig working at local prison (Stateville outside Joliet, IL). stayed 3-years, most of that working as a shift clerk and in prisoner transport. transfered to a juvenile facility where i ran security communications. stayed there 3-years. next up was a local PD as a dispatcher. left after a year and went to a regional 9-1-1 communucations center as a dispatcher, promoted to shift supervisor after 7-mos., senior supervisor after 3-years and Deputy Director 7-years later. total time there...just shy of 28-years.
retired at 55+1 day. volunteered at the local history museum for a few years. worked as a school crossing guard (paid) for ~10-yrs and as a judge of election (paid) for ~8-yrs. at present I am pleasantly, completely unemployed.

counting everything i worked 52-yrs, as an adult 47-yrs and in terms of a pension 33-yrs.
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Old 06-17-2020, 07:14 PM   #52
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29 years after college graduation. But additional 9 years mixed full and part time from 15 to 24 years age. Worked full time at 15 and every summer through high school and college. Plus part time in school. Add in extra full time co-op during college.
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Old 06-17-2020, 07:17 PM   #53
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Old 06-17-2020, 07:34 PM   #54
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My story is I graduated in 1979 with a degree in Electrical Engineering, starting my full time job right away. I worked for a few companies, including a crazy startup, over 6 years.
After that I joined MegaCorp and I have been there ever since ... 35 years now.
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Old 06-17-2020, 10:14 PM   #55
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Left school at 14, peddled a bicycle round for twelve months as a telegram boy [remember those?]

Joined the Royal Australian Navy as a trades apprentice before I was 16, after 20 years I decided it wasn't for me and relocated half way across the country/continent to return to our hometown [I was married and father of two by then].

Six months looking for suitable work, finally fluked a position of Buildings & Grounds Maintenance Manager at a local university. Managed a staff of up to 50, plus umpty-hundred contractors and a several million $ annual budget.

At age 56 the BS bucket was full and I called it quits in 2011........never looked back

Total employment time, 42 years.

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Old 06-17-2020, 10:25 PM   #56
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I worked part-time at various jobs from age 16 through age 22 when I finished college. Those jobs included working at my local public library, at my college library (both as a page, shelving books), ushering at a Broadway show, some tutoring at my dorm, and being the game room and study room attendant during the graveyard shift. My highlight there was getting paid for 3 jobs the same day: I got paid for tutoring, game room duty, and doing some ushering that night.


Once I finished college, I worked full-time for 16 years before switching to part-time for 7 more years, starting at age 38. Those 7 part-time years included about 2 years mostly working from home, then 3 1/2 part-time 3 days a week without the WFH, then the last 1 1/2 years working 2 days a week. Still burnt out working (and commuting) even 2 days a week, I called it quits in 2008 at the age of 45, nearly 12 years ago.
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Old 06-18-2020, 04:46 AM   #57
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36 years full-time with one megacorp post college. Before that, 12 years part-time starting at age 11. Now retired 4 years and loving it.
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29 years full time as an engineer. Left full time work at age of 50 when they offered early retirement eligibility for pension. Next 17 years as a seasonal part time job with CPA firm.
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Old 06-18-2020, 04:56 AM   #60
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Joined my first meg corp at age 18, worked for 3 other mega corps before retiring 37 years later at age 55.
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