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Old 12-05-2009, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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How many jobs have you had since you first entered the workforce? When you look at all of the positions you've held in your working life, including after school jobs, was the job you had at the time you retired your best job? By "best" I don't mean money-wise, but the one you enjoyed the most.

I'd be curious whether people were happiest in a position that was not necessarily the one that paid the most and/or was the last job they had.
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Old 12-05-2009, 01:26 PM
 
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How many jobs? Wow. A lot. Lessee....

Draftsman, printer, carpenter, fertilizer tosser (really - we threw fertilizer bags up to someone on top of a stack in a warehouse then did the reverse when an order came in), short order cook, printer again, worked in a supermarket, ran a machine that made cardboard canisters for hand grenades going to Vietnam, door-to-door sales, printer again, managed a landscape nursery, draftsman again, computer geek.

There were a ton of odd jobs in there as I traveled around the country in the sixties.

The one I have now (pre-retirement) is certainly my favorite. If personal computers hadn't come along I have no idea what I would have done with the rest of my career, except be miserable in some lousy job. Computer consulting saved my sanity.

I liked being a carpenter. I hated the winters. If I had lived in the south I likely would have stayed with it.
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Old 12-05-2009, 01:33 PM
 
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Delivery boy for drug store... bicycle..three different stores while in school...

United States Army...3 years after school...

Printing company 1.5 year

Printing department Houston Board of Realtors 1.5 year

Printing company 7 years

Printing company 28 years

Retired 7 years....I like this job the best...
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Old 12-05-2009, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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I started ,at 18 years old, on a burr bench in a large manufacturing company and in the course of a 40 year career there I retired as senior quality engineer for that same company.

While I enjoyed the challenge of the job ,and all the wonderful people I worked with, I ,too, enjoy retirement the best.
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Old 12-05-2009, 01:50 PM
 
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I started ,at 18 years old, on a burr bench in a large manufacturing company and in the course of a 40 year career there I retired as senior quality engineer for that same company.

While I enjoyed the challenge of the job ,and all the wonderful people I worked with, I ,too, enjoy retirement the best.
That is a bygone event! I spent 22 years at one company. Houston3 spent 28 years at one. Does anyone do that anymore?
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Old 12-05-2009, 01:53 PM
 
Location: southern california
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ran a board and care for 5 years for the elderly. paid really good. it was easy.
most rewarding job of my life, my wife hated it and it probably contributed to our failed marriage.
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Old 12-05-2009, 01:57 PM
 
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That is a bygone event! I spent 22 years at one company. Houston3 spent 28 years at one. Does anyone do that anymore?
I was just to lazy to learn anything new...LOL
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Old 12-05-2009, 03:09 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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That is a bygone event! I spent 22 years at one company. Houston3 spent 28 years at one. Does anyone do that anymore?
23 years at one place for me, from 1980 to 2003.

My first "Eek, they took out taxes" job was working the counter at a Tastee Freeze; everything after that was/is in Accounting and/or Management. Car dealership and a carpet store and a state prison while still in school, tin can factory, eggs (the 23 years), and now a state college.

Best job I had was no pay - I broke ponies for the old man who lived down the street, while I was in high school. Didn't mind going to work at all
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Old 12-05-2009, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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I started ,at 18 years old, on a burr bench in a large manufacturing company and in the course of a 40 year career there I retired as senior quality engineer for that same company.

While I enjoyed the challenge of the job ,and all the wonderful people I worked with, I ,too, enjoy retirement the best.
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That is a bygone event! I spent 22 years at one company. Houston3 spent 28 years at one. Does anyone do that anymore?
Yes, It will be possible for a very small percentage of workers to stay with one company for their working life. That said, All of these people will have very, very specialized skills so working your way up as I did is as dead as the do do bird!
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Old 12-05-2009, 07:56 PM
 
Location: South of Houston
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Not retired, but will be in a couple of years. I have been at my present job for 29 years. From 1980 til now. And still employed. Over my life time I have held several jobs as you can see.

Jobs held:

Paper route

Circus

Farm work

Railroad

Garbage collector

Salesman

Factory work

Welder

Brick layer

Carpenter

Warehouse

Herbicide control

Tree trimmer

Painter

City facility field technician

Drafter/Designer

Construction Engineer

Design supervisor
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