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Old 06-06-06, 12:22 PM   #1
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Job Curiousity.......

This is just curiousity on my part kind of spurred on about the post asking about first jobs. My co-worker in 23 and he is the only one of his group that has ever worked. I find the incomprehensible but have heard in the news that businesses have a hard time getting student help because not as many students work. So here's the question......how old were you when you started working? Is anyone over 20 and never worked? If so, why?
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Old 06-06-06, 12:26 PM   #2
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I started working at a paying job the day i turned 16. I was working on my 16th birthday. Given my experience I am shocked that there are large groups of people who don't get jobs till they are 20-23. I have no idea how somebody would survive the 4-7 years.
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Old 06-06-06, 12:27 PM   #3
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I started working when I was 14 for a kosher catering company. I'm 24 now, going to school full-time, and working at a bike shop between school and sleep.
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I started working when I was 14 for a kosher catering company. I'm 24 now, going to school full-time, and working at a bike shop between school and sleep.
I also started working at 14. I begged my parents to allow me to have a job because I really wanted to have my own income and everything that went along with that. I can't imagine having to ask my parents every time I needed something - especially as an older person. I'm not being critical - I just don't get it.
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Old 06-06-06, 12:33 PM   #5
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My parents wouldn't let me go any earlier. And in our family there was no such thing as begging. You asked once if you thought there was a 25% chance that they might consider saying yes. If they said no you would bring it up in a year or 2
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Old 06-06-06, 12:35 PM   #6
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I started working at 16 as well. Kids are spoiled these days in my opinion. Mommy and Daddy do everything for them. I think kids don't work cause they don't have too. Mom and Dad pay for college and cars, clothes and etc. I had to work if I wanted new clothes. I came from a poor family with 4 kids, if we wanted something we had to work for it.
Times have changed and I see young girls with purses that costs more then my monthly groceries. Its sad in my opinion.
Okay Lex sorry I didn't answer your questions. I just went off on a rant.
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I know people in their mid-late 20s, and have never worked a day in their life..and just live off of their huige trust fund...or they work like 10 hours a week at a coffee shop or a bar..
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I started working at 16 as well. Kids are spoiled these days in my opinion. Mommy and Daddy do everything for them. I think kids don't work cause they don't have too. Mom and Dad pay for college and cars, clothes and etc. I had to work if I wanted new clothes. I came from a poor family with 4 kids, if we wanted something we had to work for it.
Times have changed and I see young girls with purses that costs more then my monthly groceries. Its sad in my opinion.
Okay Lex sorry I didn't answer your questions. I just went off on a rant.
Yep that was basically same thing here.
I wanted a brand new computer and some computer games and that is what I bought after my first couple of paychecks. Actually first manyt paychecks
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Old 06-06-06, 12:53 PM   #9
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I worked, sometimes two jobs during the summer, from the time I was fifteen. My first real bike and my subsequent bikes, my travel and my education mean so much more to me because I worked hard and saved to make them happen. I can't imagine how empty your life would feel if you were spoiled rotten. I'm so glad I don't watch TV to see things like hugely lavish 16th birthday parties for brats and 'Bridezillas' *****ing about their tiered wedding cakes. Vomitrocious.
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I started working and getting paid for it at age 10. My father paid me to work a this shop every day. And trust me..I worked hard for a ten year old kid!! I'd come home exhausted every day, but my fahter would give me $5 for a whole days work. I wanted a bike (Huffy Thunder Road) so baddly,... and he said. "Well work for it." And I did! I conitued working during the summers and most of my vacations until I was 16 and got a legit job. But it taught me that I had to work to get what I wanted. I know lots of people that never had that experience though. Had lots of things handed to them. My former brother in laws were 29 and 33 respectively and still lived at home and have never had steady jobs. One of them never worked before he was 22.
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I didn't work in high school, except doing odd jobs around the neighborhood, but moved out of my parents house and supported myself the second I turned 18.
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I was working 30hrs a week when I was 15.

I had jobs before that, but they were all under tha table, since I was legally too young to work.

By the time I was 18, I was working 40hrs a week.

By the time I was 21, I was working 80+hrs a week....that ocntinued for a while....fortunately I was hourly, and enjoying the massive paychecks...plus work had a nice couch and shower facilities, and good restaurants nearby. I was pretty much living out of the workplace during that time, and going home for the weekend.

Now, I'm back down to just above 40hrs a week....I'm just fine where I am hour-wise....i could use a little more payola though.
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Old 06-06-06, 01:57 PM   #13
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Old 06-06-06, 02:00 PM   #14
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My first "real job" was just before I turned 21. Several of my college friends never worked a "real job" before graduating. I don't count sitting in a library in a subsidized work-study program as a "real job" for this purpose. Why go find a job and work hard when you can get paid to just sit there? Why compete when there are non-competitive positions available with artificially high salaries? Not that I'm criticizing them. I wouldn't have bothered applying for the job I got (and still have) if it weren't for my desire to dabble in the computer industry.
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I started mowing lawns and doing odd jobs/computer service when I was 11 or 12, and got my first real job when I was 15.
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Old 06-06-06, 02:18 PM   #16
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at 11 started delivering papers and doing yard work in the neighbor hood. I have been working ever since (39 years and counting)
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I think I was 16. My first job was really horrible.
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Old 06-06-06, 03:18 PM   #18
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I started working when I was 14. Wanted to buy a motorcycle in the worst way. Wound up buying backpacking equipment instead. Still have some of it 34 years later!

Yes, maybe I spoil my kids by not making them work, but in their case, I think school has to be their first priority.
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Started my first job at 15.

Unless you count mowing the neighbor's grass which I started doing at around 11 or 12 I think.
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My first "real" job was at 14. Most places required you to be 15, but by Florida state law you could work at 14, with certain restricitons (not past 10pm and not more than 3 school nights or something like that).

It didn't last long though, because the restaurant just needed somebody who could be there more than "the law" allowed...and it was often difficult to get me out by 10pm.
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15. Not sure about now, but we had to register for a Child labor Permit.
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14 for me. Got my first over teh table job at 16.5
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Well, I hated the kids who "worked" at jobs their parents gave them at their companies; get paid 20 bucks an hour to fetch coffee for a few hours, and brag about how hard they worked for all the **** they have and their parents didn't buy them a thing.
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14 for me. Got my first over teh table job at 16.5
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I delivered newspapers at ~13, worked in the local hardware store at ~16, had a variety of part time jobs through college and grad school, but didn't really go full-time professional until I was ~27.
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