at what age did you started working?

France
August 28, 2010 12:21pm CST
I am feeling very old right now, I am 24 and I have yet started my career. I am still a student, struggling to get my Master, and longing to enroll myself in the adult life. So eager to earn money, and be rich!! Get a house, with a swimming pool, LOL :) and have REAL responsibilities At what age did you started working? Did you regret not pursuing your studies, or are you contented with your current life?
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@qianyun6 (2069)
• China
29 Aug 10
I haven't started working yet. I'm still a student, a 23-year-old student. But I'm eager to earn money too. Not for rich, only for surviving. I feel ashamed to rely on my parents financially. I think I need to have an economic independence to avoid being a "parents gnawer". So I admire you!
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@AmbiePam (50100)
• United States
29 Aug 10
The world needs more people like you. Too often people depend on their parents far too long.
• France
29 Aug 10
Haha thanks qianyun! There is nothing about me to be admired about, I'm just a bit hasty in life. All my siblings told me that a life of a student is the most FUN phase of life, but after hearing all that.. I still want to work! what's wrong with me? LOL
@qianyun6 (2069)
• China
29 Aug 10
Yes, student life can be fun if one doesn't care of financial dependence. And more important, one needs good parents. But I'm always thinking, if I didn't have parents, or my parents were poor, who could I rely on? In my childhood, my parents told me "Father have, mother have, is inferior to self have."
@divinchris (2449)
• India
29 Aug 10
I started working at the age of 23. Having joined my job 15months back now I feel its high time I change my profession. If everything goes well, I will do my Masters next year.
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@sagar21 (1583)
• India
29 Aug 10
yeah its better to do the masters..and get a better job... thanks wish you all success..
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@Hatley (164485)
• Garden Grove, California
29 Aug 10
hi lilmuchang wow old at 24! but still feelings are feelings. I started to work when I was 18 and just quite at age 79 and am now 84 and retired and tired of being retired. I did my college in piece somein my twenties went to junior college in my thirties, andd at last at 56 I got my BA in English, I am now content with my life for the most part as I am well educated but poor but happy anyway as being miserable makes me feel ill.'Happy suits me better.
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• France
29 Aug 10
Hi Hatley! Yeah, being miserable sucks.. Please don't be tired of being retired, you already worked all your life. And now it's your turn to take a breath and sleep all day long. I would really want that as a living LOL :)
@dollar3235 (2063)
• India
29 Aug 10
I completed my graduation when I was 23 and after that, I got a job in my field. Actually, I had plans for another course and then searching for jobs, but because of the situation, I had to get the job. I got the job, I was earning well, after one year, I was very happy with my job (I still am), after another 2 years, I feel as if this is not going to stop. I mean, when you are in college, your course will be completed, in 2-3 years. Then you will do something new and that will be exciting or atleast interesting. Think of youeself when you have to work in the same field that too for your whole life. Does it sound good? Earning money is good thing and every one is supposed to earn money for themeselves and their family. But, there are a few challenges in any job and things change a lot when you are out of the college. Consider yourself a very very lucky person that you have got the chance to do full time master degree. Try to enjoy as much as you can in these days, time will never come back. You will only have a few memories of this time when you will be working somewhere, you will have money and family but you will not be able to enjoy the way you enjoy when you are in college. Most of the things happen in your life for making it better in some way, if this has happened to you, you are very very lucky (If you do not agree read others comments in this discussion). Complete your master degree, get a good job! All the very best for your career, god bless you!!!
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• France
29 Aug 10
Hi dollar3235! It's not like I am regretting myself for doing this master degree of mine. I AM.. a lot in fact. I am very grateful to have the chance to pursue in my studies, in a field that I am interested in, and of course in a field that I think I am gonna ace in the future.. I am very lucky indeed! Don't worry, I will try my best to complete my master, and hopefully with it, earn a bit more in my career life later on! pray for me :)
@Pablo101 (17)
• Romania
29 Aug 10
Hi, me i start to work at 16 years old and now have 37 old years i belive at is good to start work young becos this give you chance to understand the value of money and the proud of take your life into your own hand without parents help at all.Is hard i know but is worth i belive...and of course in the same time you can finish your University and why not made your own happy family.
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• Dominican Republic
29 Aug 10
Well, I am 23 amd have a career, but in my country life is not so easy, i have to get my master degree very soon because professional competence here is very hard. So i think youre living a good life, just wait a little more time at work, and you are goin to see... So if somebody here a good way to earn extra money online, let me know please.
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@sagar21 (1583)
• India
29 Aug 10
I started working as pizza boy when I was in college....for some pocket money... now I have got a job in IT field ..and I'm satisfied thanks for sharing ... have a great day/night....
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• Czech Republic
29 Aug 10
I started when I was 18. I'm not contented with my life right now. and I think no one has been contented.
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@hestylim (1211)
• Indonesia
29 Aug 10
I started working at age 19. My first job is teaching English. I don't feel regret about anything. One thing that I surely want is to pursue my dreams now. To become a writer and published my own book. Hope you good luck with your study and your future!! ^^
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@jasmeena (850)
• Indonesia
29 Aug 10
I started working when I was 25-26, a year after I graduated. My first job was a reporter for an idealist production house, and despite working there for only 4 months, they still appreciate my ideas and we still keep in touch. Then I became and English teacher and now I am a front liner for British cultural body..Yeah, I sometimes regret that I didn`t take many good opportunities that came..but don`t look back. Learn a lesson from what you did, don`t repeat the same mistakes and go on. Be grateful with what you have but still keep on trying and never give up
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@cajimenez (452)
• Philippines
28 Aug 10
I started working at the age of sixteen. My first job is being a service crew at a fastfood chain. That was only a part-time job. I was able to finish my college degree.
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@puccagirl (7316)
• Israel
28 Aug 10
I started working at 17, but only parttime, I studied as well, for around 5 years, while working. It worked out pretty okay for me, and I don't regret it!
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• United States
28 Aug 10
I started working right out of high school. So I was 18 and it was my first job. I never really did the babysitting that most teenagers might do. If I did babysit, it was rare and just for family so it was free. They would just end up treating me to dinner in the future or something similar to that. The job that I received when I was 18, which was my first job, and is still my current job. The benefits are good and are what keep me there above all.
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@GemmaR (8526)
28 Aug 10
I haven't started my work yet either. You sound a lot like me! I have just finished the first year of my degree, and I always sit thinking about what I will be able to do when I have a really good job and a lot of money. I have to say, the house and the swimming pool are at the top of my list as well! I hope that I will complete my degree with good marks, and then be able to go ahead and complete an MSc. If I can do that, I will be very pleased with myself!
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@choybel (5059)
• Philippines
28 Aug 10
I think that you should consider yourself already lucky. Look at me, I just turned 25 and still a college student striving to finish a degree. I did several side jobs like tutoring and many other legal stuff during my early college life and I think that in some way it affected my view of studying.What I mean is that, when I first got hold of my own money from a hard work, I have felt that it was far better than education and then my focus in school started to decline. Anyway, I think you get the picture, so I must just say that continue on dreaming and working hard for the realization of that dream. No hard honest work goes to waste.
• France
28 Aug 10
Yes, I am still dreaming on, but at times I get nauseated just by imagining the tons of books that I've got to study.. Wow, we're on the same boat then, good luck in finishing your degree. At least you experienced working, experience is what matters most when you apply for jobs later on!
@choybel (5059)
• Philippines
28 Aug 10
I think age is also another big factor. I believe that most companies would prefer younger and more competitive applicants as they like fresh ideas and manpower into their business especially in my field of chosen job-to-be, so by saying this, I am really convince that I would be having a hard time getting a real job related to my course after I graduate, that is if I do get there in the first place. As for me, I am thinking of alternatives like going into business or maybe a profession in teaching.
• India
26 Aug 11
Greetings. I started working at the age of 15. Did small sales job. Then was an attendant at internet cafes and then was a computer technician. And now am working for as Technical Support. Though at times I do regret missing out studies, especially college. Though am pursuing it now but wish it was then when I was a teenage. Now I am 27. :) Cheers to all
27 Aug 11
yeah i know how much you regret your college studies... ;-)
@jlamela (4909)
• Philippines
1 Sep 10
You are still very young!anyway never bothered so much about your age it is just a numerical figure, everybody can start at any point in life, in fact success is not measured through age, it is on how you gracefully handled your self. Lots of people find prosperity later in life, so don't worry much about it the most important thing is you are making a wise game plan in order to achieve what you want in life. I got my first job when I am at your age but I don't think I gained prosperity now that I am already 36 years old.hehehe, so it's not about age, it is more on how you perceive life.
• France
1 Sep 10
Hi jlamela Age is just a perception, I totally agree with you. I think it's merely a peer pressure, I see all of my friends are all getting into the career life, and I'm totally JEALOUS.. Some of them even got married this year, so emotionally I am perturbed LOL So what if you're 36, you look fabulous hehehe. Enjoy life to the fullest, whatever your age is :)
@romania2 (237)
• Philippines
31 Aug 10
When I was younger, I did a couple of odd jobs here and there, mostly to earn some money or kill time during summer. I truly started working about six months after I graduated from college - which was last year. I started working in another country and I felt the full force of "responsibility". I had only myself to rely on, which was fun. I love love love my career choice. Right now, I'm pursuing more studies to enhance my career. (I'm still 22 years old, after all!) I'm sure by next year I will be in another country, doing what I love again.
• France
31 Aug 10
It must be hard for you to be far away from your family and friends, working in an unfamiliar country. Be strong now!! I've been there, done that.. it is for your own good :)
• United States
30 Aug 10
When I was 18 years old, I start college work-study during my first year in college, but it only lasted for a couple months. I was still in college depending on student loans. During my second year in college, I worked at a catfish plant at 19, but that lasted four months. During my university years, I was struggling financially and academically. I did not have a job and I was on academic suspension for one year. I went to another community college and I was still unemployed. I graduated from a six-month college program and decided to advanced another level. Instead, I was struggling again academically, and I flunked out of college. I was unemployed for two years until I found work at a navy base. When I was 23 years old, I told them that this is my first job and I got hired there. Four and a half years later, I was fired because of an assistant manager thought I picking with my fingers, but I had a calculator to figure out food products. During that time, I graduated with my degree at local university. A couple months later, I took a job at a car dealing place, but it only lasted until Hurricane Katrina. Two month later, I was working for FEMA, but it only lasted for eight days because I refused to travel to a place of disaster. A year later, I moved to another state to live with my brother and get hired at a small post office. I worked at this job for two months, but my brother was not happy about the wage I was making according to my college degree. I moved back home, and I went to my old community college to take computer classes and doing work-study, but I had conspiracy with a job in the mall and missing my job at work-study because a young student wanted to switch her work night with mine. My job in the mall only lasted six weeks, my work-study only lasted a year and a half. Before graduating from the community college, I had a job working as a desk clerk at temporary tax service, but I was laid off after working there for two and a half months. Since then I have been unemployed for over two and half years. I am trying to get disability because I was hurt by a stranger who attacked me in my apartment. I had been going online sending resumes, filling out applications, and going to interviews, but I had no luck. I have depression and a knee injury that had affect my ability to find a job. I do not expect to be rich at any day now. Good luck to your studies and career. May you have a pleasant future in years from now.
• France
31 Aug 10
Wow, you have had a long journey to come where you are now. I am sorry that you had a knee injury, and do not worry.. everyone has their phase of depression once in a while. I did had a moment of depression a while ago. But you just have to stand up on your own legs again, and learn from your mistakes. I wish you luck in finding a job. It's a dog eat dog world out there. But I am sure you will survive.. :)
• United States
30 Aug 10
Be careful about wanting too much, too soon. Be prudent and patient and always live within your means. As is often said, don't put all your eggs in one basket, diversify. Be sure to make a budget and stick to it. If you plan to use credit cards, pay them off every month. Interest rates are too high and if you don't pay them off every month, you'll be over your head in debt before you realize what's happened to you. But to answer your question, I was 20 when I started working. I didn't regret not pursuing a higher education, but I always hated school, so don't go by me. I'd say I'm content with my life. I consider myself very rich, but not in the way the world sees wealth. I know God loves me, I have family and friends who love me, I have a job, a roof over my head, clothes to wear and more than enough to eat.
• France
30 Aug 10
Hi 6precious102 Thank you for the advises, I am sure they would come in handy soon! Do not worry, I already have a credit card. And I am not the kind that spends more than I can handle. Be grateful for what we have, cherish those whom we have by our side. Me too, I am very grateful to have such wonderful friends and family members who would stick through thick and thin, and won't judge for all my wrongdoings.