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Old 02-28-2017, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Over yonder a piece
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My first real job (other than babysitting since I was 10 years old) was working in the women's department at JC Penney's at the local mall when I was a junior in high school. I did it for about a year. My sister also got a job there at the same time, but working in the boy's department. After that I quit to go work at a bookstore in the same mall. I did that until I finished high school.

During college I worked at a radio station during the school year, and then as a government intern every summer.

I've been working for 29 years (if you count high school) and have about 20 more to go.

But once I retire I'll still keep a job of SOME kind, even if it's working only 15-20 hours a week. And I plan on doing a lot more volunteering once I retire as well (about 10-12 hours a week). Between those two things and my hobbies, I should be plenty busy during my retirement years!
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Old 02-28-2017, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Idaho
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First job: paperboy for the Los Angeles Times, kept that job for four years, probably started at 10, maybe 11

Last job: satellite instrument operations technician, +34 years - at least for one more week when I officially retire a week from today. Been on my pseudo retirement for a month or so, (burning accrued vacation). (Can't believe how dang busy I've been.)

In between a variety of jobs, mostly as a lithographic estimator. Longest period without employment was two months while I was waiting for the current job to start after earning my undergraduate degree.

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Old 02-28-2017, 11:55 AM
 
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First job 14 or 15 at an amusement park
Last job a steel mill, retired at 57.
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Old 02-28-2017, 12:12 PM
 
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First job: paperboy for the Los Angeles Times, kept that job for four years, probably started at 10, maybe 11

Last job: satellite instrument operations technician, +34 years - at least for one more week when I officially retire a week from today. Been on my pseudo retirement for a month or so, (burning accrued vacation). (Can't believe how dang busy I've been.)

In between a variety of jobs, mostly as a lithographic estimator. Longest period without employment was two months while I was waiting for the current job to start after earning my undergraduate degree.

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... C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S to YOU, VOLOSONG! ...
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Some of us are jealous!!
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Old 02-28-2017, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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Started working on my own at 12, meaning mowing lawns, washing cars, throwing papers.

First real job: Drain cleaning service I worked part time for at age 16 I was paid 25% of the labor

Second job: Passing out flyers all over Malibu for a Septic Cleaning Service.

First full time job: Muffler shop cleaning and then cutting out the old mufflers and pipes. $3.50 an hour Age 17

Hired full time at the drain cleaning service at 17 and paid a whopping $4.65 an hour plus 50% of the labor after 5pm and on weekends. Made more after hours then I did working during the week.

By 19 I was working in the Oil Fields in Taft California for $13 an hour and I thought I was rich.

had a slew of other jobs by the time I was 24 and then became a manager of a Window Washing company.

After heavy rains killed my money making ability I was hired by a locksmith company and taught that trade at age 26. By 32 I left the Locksmith shop for a position in the Facilities Department at a Hospital as a Locksmith. I am still there after 19 years. I worked my way up and now I am a Project Manager for the department. I plan on being here for at least another 20 years. I will be 71 then. LOL
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Old 02-28-2017, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Glen Burnie, Maryland
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Technically, my first job was babysitting. My first "real" job was at the lunch counter of a drug store after school and on weekends. I took the orders, cooked the orders, served the orders, and collected money for the orders. Once I graduated high school, my first full-time job at 17 was processing claims for Fireman's Insurance Co. Once I turned 18, I got a government job. I've been in an office (different employers) ever since and will probably retire from the company I work for now (very large construction company). At this point, I have worked 36 years full-time.
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Old 02-28-2017, 04:58 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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First job - Christmas help at JC Penney's at 16 or 17. Last job is the one I have now which is a data entry type position. I only work 12 hours a week.
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Old 02-28-2017, 05:37 PM
 
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ONE MORE WEEK for Volosong!! You're gonna love retirement. Keep us posted?
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Old 02-28-2017, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, LA
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My first job was on an assembly line in a factory when I was 19. Started at minimum wage, $2.05 an hour, I believe. I was socially awkward, it was not fun. But I made decent money, for that time and with no education other than high school.

Next job, again a factory, again an assembly line. Became line leader, made a bit more money. Cute guy came on the line, eventually I asked him out---still married to him to this day. It'll be our 40 year anniversary this coming July.

Yeah, and I just turned 62, been unemployed for over a year. Don't know how this "retirement" thing is going to work.
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Old 02-28-2017, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Central Connecticut
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I started at McD's when I was 17 and worked there for three years. I wanted to work tobacco like my younger brother and a couple of my friends when I was around 15, but my father said it was too dirty a job for girls. I found out years later that he was just trying to keep me away from the boys working there.

After McD's, I worked for just over a year as an inspector of jet engine parts before getting laid off with 600 other inspectors. By then, I was married and pregnant with my first child, so back to McD's I went and worked as a manager. Because my schedule was flexible, I stayed for 16 years while raising my children and ultimately returning to college.

My last place of employment was an engineering consulting firm, where I conducted environmental investigations and clean-ups first in the field, then as a project manager. I worked there more than 21 years.
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