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Re: What was your longest job?

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Jobs--I had eleven, I think--five before marriage, with ten years "off" to raise two children. Then my husband got sick, and soon passed away. Six more jobs of various lengths followed, with various outcomes. Several of them were at casinos. The longest, last, and my favorite, was as a slot attendant. For over thirteen years I refilled machines with coins, later tickets, and paid winners with cash. In between, I walked my area--6-8 miles a day according to a pedometer. I like people, and enjoyed assisting them. Finally had it with the cold, ice, and NJ humidity, retired early, and headed for California. Haven't seen a mosquito or a snowflake in eleven years, and that's fine with me. I visit one of the many casinos around here once in awhile, and trade "war stories" with the attendants. Sometimes think of part-time work at one if them, but not enough to actually do it
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My longest job was marriage and parenting. It's a job that is still ongoing long after the children are grown and raising their own families. Yes, I had many jobs that paid money, but I've retired from the workforce, but not my chosen volunteer job of many many years as matriarch of my family. The marriage is gone, but the family built within that marriage continues under my heart, sweat, and tears....still with no monetary pay. I could talk about all the various paying jobs I had (which were many), but none compare to the family unit I have for an eternity. Jobs come and go, but parenting for me continues. I'm blessed to be able to continue passing down wisdom and discipline to my own grandchildren. My youngest daugher asked me if I'd do it all over again, and I said yes without hesitation. She said, "You would?" I said, absolutely! The work I will leave behind when I leave Earth continues on in my children, grandchildren, and now with my first great-grandchild who turns one year old in July. Jobs pay money for our labor. Raising a family pays so much more. I thank GOD for the blessings of my family. 

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I worked in the Architectural/Structural Design field for about 35 years

 

I never had a job that lasted more than 5 or 6 years because I was a worker bee and not a company principal.

 

BUT . . . I CAN say this:

 

My employers were always glad to have me in their firm while I was there and that I worked with the brightest and most intelligent people no matter where I worked, and, I am also privileged to say that for 35 or so years, I loved my work and enjoyed going to work every day.

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I worked at a college for 17 years.  I was the groundskeeper. It was the most interesting and best learning experience I've had as far as work goes. I'm grateful for my time there. I met so many wonderful people and had so many great experiences in the 17 years I was there. 

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Re: What was your longest job?

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This is  an interesting topic  and congrats @AARPTeri

 

Quite a lot of variety in the responses so far.  It is always interesting to hear what others do as work takes up a big block of your life and I am always hopeful that people are doing something they enjoy or at least don't hate.

 

I have worked for several companies in various positions in what would be considered "Credit and Finance".  My two longest are very different companies. The first was a privately held company, owned and run by a family who went from door to door sales to a hugely successful company selling all over the country and my current and hopefully last : ) which is a huge corporation.  As you all know, the difference in paperwork and processes between my earliest office jobs and today's, are really hard for the newest employees to fathom.   Bookkeeping done in paper ledgers and then billing machines etc long before the computer systems of today.  But the basics are the same : )  I worked at the first approx 20 years and came to this one as a last job (after being self employed for some time) which I have now been at for more than 15 years..  hard to believe.  I really enjoy what I do which is really important in staying. 

 

Life's a Journey, not a Destination" Aerosmith
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   My longest "career" job was 35 years teaching first grade in public schools. Never boring, just annoying when technology crept in and we had to spend more time on the computer than with the kids. I remember my last principal...the only one who was not a nice person saying, "Didn't you get that email I sent?"  I answered saying, "Oh gosh, I'm sorry, I was TEACHING!" She had no answer to that.

Lots of fun in the early days though when you could do almost anything you wanted to get your points across to the kids. The most fun was teaching them to read. They'd come in in September knowing only the alphabet and leave you in June reading books. Cat Happy

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5 years as a caseworker for the Illinois Dept of Public Aid. Was going to grad school at night, dropped out of that after finishing 3/4's of the program, then had to decide what I wanted to do when I grew up. Went into IT and never stayed longer than several years at any company.

 

   The caseworker experience was on one hand, simply awful. On the other hand, I learned a great deal of what was happening out in the world.........


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Edit: typos fixed
ASTRAEA wrote:

@AARPTeri - How about "What was your most exciting job?"

 

A friend & I got summer jobs at 16, working for the NYPD! When I'd call my Mom's office, her boss would tease by calling me "Tess Trueheart" - comic strip hero Dick Tracy's girlfriend. It was exciting just getting clearance for the job .. having to be fingerprinted the old way .. with ink & having your fingers rolled on a 10-card! Smiley Happy The work itself was fairly routine .. cross-checking central records with those the precincts sent in daily for half the summer, and then pulling & refiling accident reports for insurance claim requests for the other half.

 

The most exciting "experience" the first half, was when the regular employee sitting next to me during lunch the first day, had an epileptic seizure .. and I wasn't fazed because my dog was epileptic! During the 2nd half, the only excitement was when the copier would catch fire regularly, because it was used continuously copying accident reports, and the paper would occasionally jam in the feeder.


Oh gosh, @ASTRAEA, that does sound like a fun summer job! Smiley Happy Especially the burning copier. (technology!) I think I'd have enjoyed that job.

 

I've worn a lot of professional hats and have painted many titles on my shingle, most of which I did because I found them interesting (and that people would pay good money for the service! Smiley Happy) but the job that was hands down most exciting was news stringer. This took me all over, often granting access to officials and locked down environments in emergency situations, but also put me in the middle of demonstrations and in a helicopter photographing riots. (Twice I ended up in the middle of a riot ... that was ... um ... electrifying.) With a minicam on my shoulder I was absolutely invincible (youth!) and not only did every door seemingly open to me, crowds seemed to part in order for me to pass. Very heady stuff. Dangerous, at times. And I'm glad I survived it. Smiley Happy

 

 

 

"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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@AARPTeri - How about "What was your most exciting job?"

 

A friend & I got summer jobs at 16, working for the NYPD! When I'd call my Mom's office, her boss would tease by calling me "Tess Trueheart" - comic strip hero Dick Tracy's girlfriend. It was exciting just getting clearance for the job .. having to be fingerprinted the old way .. with ink & having your fingers rolled on a 10-card! Smiley Happy The work itself was fairly routine .. cross-checking central records with those the precincts sent in daily for half the summer, and then pulling & refiling accident reports for insurance claim requests for the other half.

 

The most exciting "experience" the first half, was when the regular employee sitting next to me during lunch the first day, had an epileptic seizure .. and I wasn't fazed because my dog was epileptic! During the 2nd half, the only excitement was when the copier would catch fire regularly, because it was used continuously copying accident reports, and the paper would occasionally jam in the feeder.


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Well duh me. I overlooked the fact that I worked for the school system while I was in high school. So I did work for someone else once. But I had my own classroom and worked on compiling curriculum packets for use by teachers at satellite schools as well as offering one-on-one tutoring. Anyway that was only a few years.

 

I post this in the interest of accuracy, blah blah blah. Smiley Happy

 

"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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