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Old 01-16-2017, 06:01 PM
 
Location: AZ
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I know what poverty looks like. Worked from 14 on without break. Full retirement in 2000. Makes me sick to hear stories of folks losing a job not due to any actions on their part.
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Old 01-16-2017, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Washington state
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I was working full time while I was still going to high school full time. My first break in employment came 31 years later when I changed jobs and I spent the summer looking for a new one, and then 3 years after that when the recession hit in 2008. At that point I couldn't find another job and then started having more and more serious problems with my back, until I was in so much pain I knew I couldn't work anymore. At this point, I'm all but retired.
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Old 01-16-2017, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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"School" for me was not college, but secretarial school, something that no longer exists.

Went right from there into my job and stayed there for 37 years, having moved out of the clerical ranks after 6 years.

I took my pension and now I work 25 hours a week in a related field.

Before the sec school, I worked as a cashier in the home-improvement chain store, and during school I worked afternoons and Saturdays at a dry-cleaner.
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Old 01-16-2017, 07:48 PM
 
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Always worked from age 14 on with short breaks during part of college. Retired at 55.
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Old 01-16-2017, 09:24 PM
 
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Nah,,my boss gave us ten minute breaks so we didn't work non stop

Took medical leave, vacations , and even got fired twice.
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Old 01-16-2017, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Saint Johns, FL
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Joined Air Force at 20, ending 2 years of College after HS. Had 2 year "break" at 30 going back to finish college, and then back in Air Force for another 10 years. Had 3 months leave stored up and found job 3 days after leave ended.

Worked as software guy for next 18 years solid, before fatigue and the boss from hell, made me go part time into consulting at age 60. Part time for 4 years until I knew i had enough to retire.
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Old 01-17-2017, 08:00 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I'm 64, but don't plan top retire for another 3-4 years. I got my first real job at a restaurant at age 14, and worked through college and graduate school. I didn't quit until I found a new job and stayed at the first one after graduate school for 17 years, 16 at the next, and now going on 9 at this last one. The only breaks have been vacations during my 50 years of working.
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Old 01-17-2017, 08:51 AM
 
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Always worked since junior year in high school. Worked all four years in college and started career right after that.
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Old 01-17-2017, 09:39 AM
 
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I'm 64, but don't plan top retire for another 3-4 years. I got my first real job at a restaurant at age 14, and worked through college and graduate school. I didn't quit until I found a new job and stayed at the first one after graduate school for 17 years, 16 at the next, and now going on 9 at this last one. The only breaks have been vacations during my 50 years of working.
The 90% folks I talk to at the senior center did not pick their retirement date. 50% lost their career job because their employer thought they were too old and laid them off or created a narrative that they were not doing their jobs. 40% lost their ability to do their job either due to mental or physical decline.
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Old 01-17-2017, 10:32 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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The 90% folks I talk to at the senior center did not pick their retirement date. 50% lost their career job because their employer thought they were too old and laid them off or created a narrative that they were not doing their jobs. 40% lost their ability to do their job either due to mental or physical decline.
That doesn't happen here, where experience is of great value, we have a fixed benefit pension, and 401K. Two co-workers just retired, one was 68, the other 71. The last person to retire before that was in October, age 72. Our average age is 52 (2,000 employees).
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