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Old 01-16-2017, 12:34 PM
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started working part time at 14, full time at 16 delivering pizzas for dominoes, then got into hvac at 18 & retired at 49.
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Old 01-16-2017, 12:59 PM
Location: 5,400 feet
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Started working at 15, worked pretty much fulltime after highs school, went to college evenings, amassed a few degrees and retired at 52.
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Old 01-16-2017, 01:12 PM
Location: Los Angeles area
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Originally Posted by V8 Vega View Post
Worked right out of high school but was a functioning alcoholic for years until it got the best of me and I didn't work for 3 years before I got straightened out. Sober for 33 years now.
Congratulations on your 33 years of sobiriety! I imagine it was difficult to get "straigntened out"?
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Old 01-16-2017, 01:52 PM
Location: SW Florida
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No, I had breaks during complicated pregnancies and child rearing.
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Old 01-16-2017, 02:16 PM
Location: Albuquerque NM
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I started working the summer before my junior year in fast food and worked every summer and part-time during high school and college. Before that I had lots of responsibility around the home since we five siblings lived with my divorced dad and I was the oldest girl. After getting a science degree, I worked in a lab for 4 years and was laid off when the grant expired but used some savings and the time off to complete an engineering degree while working odd jobs. By the time I graduated with a ChemE degree, oil and gas went bust and there were few jobs in the region. I was fortunate to get a job with the government and have been employed with no breaks for the last 32 years. But I canít wait to retire at age 62 and have no plans to work again.

That oil bust was a blessing in disguise as it kept me from working in that industry, the main employer of my degree. My older brother worked as an accountant in oil and was laid off numerous times during his career. Each time he went on unemployment, depleted savings, and worked for temp agencies as possible to stretch out his benefits. One of the temp jobs would become long term and eventually transition to salaried position for a few years until the next downsizing. He got laid off at least 5 times, the last a couple of years ago at age 62, and is now retiring on early social security and his small retirement savings. During a couple of layoffs, he made trips to Atlanta and LA to check out the job market but by that time was too specialized in his accounting field to easily get a job.
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Old 01-16-2017, 02:28 PM
Location: Lakewood OH
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I began my first full time job in 1962. I worked almost non stop until I retired in 2010. I just took a couple of years off to further my education and maybe a month or two here and there because I was out of work.
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Old 01-16-2017, 02:45 PM
Location: Los Angeles
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Originally Posted by Curious Investor View Post
I am asking this question to people on the retirement board because I suspect many of you are older and can look back at their life with a perspective.

My wife retired recently and told me she felt lucky that she had a record of nearly constant work and advancement from the date she graduated from college to the date she retired. Her only break in the action was 7 months of unemployment when she was laid off her job. (7 hard stressful months of job hunting). At the time she was completely stressed out but many of her now retired friends told her they had been laid off or fired five or six times during their careers.

How about you? From the date you started working full time after finishing school, how many breaks did you have due to employment termination (layoff or firing)?
Not counting paper routes, I officially began my working life at the age of 14 unpacking boxes at a Pic-Way Shoe Mart. I am 64 now and the only time I have been without a job, including all through college, was one week in 1984 that I took off before starting a new job the next week. Other than that I have been fully employed for the past 50 years.
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Old 01-16-2017, 03:28 PM
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I'm not going to count any work I did before 20 years old. A steel mill recruited some of us grads from our electronic tech trade school. It was considered 36 years of continuous service, but there was a gap for 3 years for military. Never laid off. We briefly went down to a 4 day week, once. Retired at 57 with pension, cheap company medical insurance & 401k.

We started with electronics training. On the job we learned about various communications systems, x-ray and ultrasound measurement & inspection equipment, computers to machine language and component level, proportional control systems, pneumatic controls, systems of measurement & control of flow, pressure, level, weight, & temperature. That's just a start of the list. We didn't all become experts in everything, and I was not the best, but we each had at least some functional understanding of many technologies. We were the guys, and a few gals, who could fix everything. As far as I know, no one who left that job had any trouble finding related work elsewhere.
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Old 01-16-2017, 05:44 PM
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... "Threw (news)papers" until HS, starting at age 10 ... Employed after HS, during Jr. College ... and by Unca Sam's Army ... the only times I ever went without a job was when I moved my Family to Austin (TEXAS, of Course!), and for almost a year (in Cali) after I got a layoff at age 62 (2007), but couldn't find another full-time job.
Right-after I'd started on early SocSec, managed to land a part-time job with a local high-tech company which led to a full-time contract position, and have held continuously, since December 2009.

2017 will be *MY* Year, though!

... Thanks! - TC
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Old 01-16-2017, 05:59 PM
Location: New Mexico
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I did odd jobs now and then through college then dilly-dallied for a year while expecting to be drafted (...wasn't) and I finally got serious and worked 30 years at one employer and then retired early...as a burned out administrator. After three months I started working at a different line of work part-time and did that for seven years. I volunteer now.
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