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Old 06-19-2020, 07:36 AM   #101
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Old 06-19-2020, 07:43 AM   #102
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Old 06-19-2020, 07:59 AM   #103
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It's hard to say exactly. As far as my main career, it was 20 years full time and 2 years part-time. But I did a lot of part-time and occasionally full-time work prior to that, too, in a handful of different jobs. Maybe 30 years if you add it all together and don't differentiate full vs. part time.
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Old 06-19-2020, 01:49 PM   #104
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Old 06-19-2020, 02:23 PM   #105
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Old 06-19-2020, 02:38 PM   #106
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I got my first part-time j*b in 1975 (age 15). I started w*rking full-time around 1982 (age 23). I w*rked continuously from then until I retired in 2018 (36 years).
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Old 06-19-2020, 06:54 PM   #107
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Old 06-19-2020, 09:01 PM   #108
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Old 06-20-2020, 04:45 AM   #109
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43 years working in the Oilpatch based on retiring end of Dec, 2020.

Will have paid into Social Security since age 16 for 45 years.

Was working mowing yards from time I could barely push a lawn mower, hauling hay, watermelons, farm work, working in parents store, etc....
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Old 06-20-2020, 06:41 AM   #110
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I agree with the caveat that completing an MBA while working is very beneficial. At least it was for me.
I had a different experience. At one point I was considering getting an MBA. I had taken the GMATs and had schools interested in me applying. But at the time, my Megacorp tended to promote from within. My management told me that it was fine to get a MBA for my own personal reasons, but advancement in the company would depend on my on the job performance. So I never pursued it (though I did over the years take some graduate business courses that Megacorp provided).

I can see it helping you with skills if one wanted to enter and advance in management. But I did not have that desire, though I was a manager for about 6 years before Megacorp extended technical careers to the executive pay level. I preferred that route.
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Old 06-20-2020, 10:34 AM   #111
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Started babysitting at age 12, worked part time though the rest of school/college.
If you only count full time for a "company", the answer is 39.
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Old 06-20-2020, 04:40 PM   #112
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Worked out ok.

Other than that, "looking for a nice used car"?
I've a dozen of them!
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Old 06-22-2020, 11:20 PM   #113
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Oh boy I feel I am struggling at work everyday. It has been 7 years since I started workimg full time and I don't know if I can go past 10 years.

I work in tech support handling questions about computer coding and platform. I enjoy leaning and helping people. But I get tired easily and the work load seems to only go up.

I feel like rat in a wheel and just look for a way out. Right now I am saving up for FIRE but I feel like the more I know about the numbers and projections, the higher possibility I will risk it and quit my job earlier than planned. The past 7 years to me was like a century. SS is based on the avg of the top 35 yrs annual income. I really don't think I will last that long.

Perhaps it has something to do with my age. I started full time employment at 36.
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Old 06-22-2020, 11:38 PM   #114
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Old 06-23-2020, 01:11 AM   #115
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Old 06-23-2020, 06:51 AM   #116
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Old 06-23-2020, 03:30 PM   #117
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Exactly 20 yrs, but there were a lot of long breaks between gigs.
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Old 06-23-2020, 03:39 PM   #118
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34 years of work history - but not all of that full time.

3 years was during college - and I typically worked 24hr/week.
Full time after college until my late 30's.
Then when older son was born I worked 24 hr/week for 18 months.
I transfered jobs within the company and boss insisted I up to 32hr/week.

Those are nominal hours. (3days/week and 4 days/week.) But like any engineering job 8 hours/day was not the reality - more like 10 hours/day. So much closer to full time.
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