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Old 05-14-2015, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Aside from surgeries I had (6 months for a crushing hand injury, and about 2 months for rotator cuff), and about a 4 month unemployment several years ago, I've worked full time from 14 to 59 1/2. I'm "between jobs" now, with a job offer waiting on clearances, but I think it's time to bag it and actually retire.
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Old 05-14-2015, 11:51 AM
 
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I'm only 28 and facing a potential 8-week gap between jobs. I'm not going to make it to 65 with a truly continuous work history, in the strict sense.

In a looser sense, how much of a gap do you count? 2 months? 6 months? 1 year?
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Old 05-14-2015, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Spring, Texas
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I worked after school, weekends and summers from time I could push a lawnmower. Been paying Social Security since age 16....so over 40+ year and still working. Been in oilfield since age 18...

Yes worked many years w/o vacation and worked offshore 10 months in a year....and glad for it.

And always thankfull for the job and chance to work. I still am.
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Old 05-14-2015, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Kountze, Texas
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I've worked since 14 - (now 50) only breaks was when spouse transferred job (both federal) with cross country move and there wasn't something for me right away. He is retired now - but I have 6+ years and intend to continue.
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Old 05-14-2015, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Central Mexico and Central Florida
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I started working at age 20 for a local government; various jobs, good career path. At exactly 30 years, I retired (age 50). I hardly ever called in sick so I got a huge lump sum payment for unused sick leave.
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Old 05-14-2015, 01:40 PM
 
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I worked non-stop, all my life, even 2 and 3 jobs, until I was 57.
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Old 05-14-2015, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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In general, most people don't have enough liquid assets to take off for an indefinite period. If you resign and say "I'll get a job six months from now," you probably should have enough liquid assets to last for at least a year, maybe a year and a half. In today's labor market, doing this and then reentering the labor force seems to be getting progressively more difficult.
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Old 05-14-2015, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Venice, FL
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Worked from age 25 to age 56, then retired. No breaks. The kids kept needing shoes and food, and the mortgage had to be paid.
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Old 05-14-2015, 02:11 PM
 
Location: NYC
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On one hand I started working after school M-F & some Saturdays when I was 13 & worked my way all through university including taking a few years off to do full time construction before returning to class while working clerical jobs. Then 33 years at my profession.

On the other hand after I flunked out of college at 17 yo, no focus, I took a full time job for a year & then bought a one way ticket to Europe after I lucked out with the first draft lottery & spent 6 months hitch-hiking from Ireland through Turkey. 15 years later I got laid off & drove with a friend across the US & up to Alaska for about a month to check out the possibilities.

Other than that I was pulling the plow hard for 50 years or hard looking for work.... I'm glad I traveled boho when I was young, I saw a side of the world that most of my friends didn't know existed & I was always aware of my mortality.
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Old 05-14-2015, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Durham NC
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Been working since 1972 am going to leave my full time job after XMas to join the wife in NC. Might take a week off and its back to work.
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