How long do jobs usually last?

United States
March 7, 2007 7:37pm CST
With all the companies shrinking and folding, jobs are disappearing left and right. Some of the ones that aren't disappearing are being cut to part-time. How long have you held your jobs? My record is 7 years, but it was with a temp agency, so it wasn't constant work. The longest regular job lasted about 4 years. Is that pathetically short? Average? Somewhat long?
3 responses
@carlaabt (3509)
• United States
16 Mar 07
The longest I've ever had a full time job was nine months. LOL I've worked part time at my current job for almost two years. But now it's a stretch to even say I work part time. I only work two Saturdays a month now and have been for the last six months, so I can stay home with the baby during the week. Before anyone comments on how pathetic I am, I'm only 24. I was in school until I was 21 and then moved 1000 miles away at 22 when I got married. The nine month job would have lasted much longer if I was still in Missouri I'm sure. :)
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• United States
23 Mar 07
Working two Saturdays a month is definitely working. So is taking care of a baby. I was lucky enough to stay home with mine pretty much of the time too, and they benefit from that. Besides, they grow up so fast.
@juliefaye (1215)
• Philippines
8 Mar 07
I've held my job for 15 years and just retired last january to get back my sanity (lol). I love my job but can't stand the politics in the office anymore so before i could kill somebody, i decided to quit. Quitting is the best decision I've ever made.
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• United States
8 Mar 07
Congratulations on holding a job for so many years, and on being able to retire. I got a good chuckle out of the reason. I can definitely relate to that.
@misskatonic (3731)
• United States
8 Mar 07
My longest steady job lasted about four years as well. And would have lasted longer, but I moved. I've known people to stay in the same job for decades. I figure as long as you're enjoying it and feel it's fulfilling, stick with it and hope theres now downsizing. Or make yourself as indispensable as possible.
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• United States
8 Mar 07
I tried making myself indispensable at one place, but the business wasn't doing very well and I ended up being asked to work part-time. Finally I found a full-time job and left.