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Do you swap and change paid jobs? Or do you tend to stay in the same job for a long time?

What is the longest you have worked anywhere, not including home duties?

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Great questions especially when there are so many redundancies going around. I would say the longest I have been at a job was about 10 years.
29 years. Was PA to the CEO. The CEO changed the company to shareholding and retired and I was offered another job in the company. The replacement CEO did not want someone who didn't fit into a size 10 uniform who would on display to the "institutions" and fit his criteria. I did another 2 years and then was told there was no job for me. Nice to be appreciated after so many years of being a loyal employee and I only needed another couple of years before retirement. Got a wonderful job after that with people who appreciated me :-)
oh that is awful! After all those year.
Glad you found another job though.
by Finy
Thanks. :-)
by pfuit
I have been with my current company for 18 years & have no intention of leaving at this stage (unless my lotto numbers come up hahaha). I have had 3 different roles in the same organisation which makes it more interesting. However, there are a few people in my office who have been there 25yrs/30yrs + and even 42 yrs.
I have been self employed for the past 3 years and I would say that is the longest job I have ever had. Probably only last a little over 12 months when working for someone else.
I've never had an employed job before.
I worked for 6 years with my last company before coming to Melbourne.
I had a part time job for 14 years which I held as a second job for a lot of that time. It over-lapped with a full time job I had for 10 years - just squeaked in the long service!
I worked for the same employer for 6.5 years but it was a large organisation so I was able to move around a lot into different roles, Higher Duties, and promotions. That flexibility allowed me to have many experiences, doing project work, case work, and management.

The longest I have had the same job is for 3 years. That was owning a café. I must admit, it was very difficult to do the same work for 3 years. I would never be able to do that again.

I believe it is acceptable to move from role to role. However, be smart about it. For instance, if there is a role you are interested in doing but need to fill some gaps in your resume first, then put your hand up to take on additional responsibilities to fill those gaps in the resume, even if it means harder work for the same amount of pay.
If you move within the same employer across multiple roles it shows the stability of having one employer but the flexibility to take on new roles.
Oh May -I had a business for 27 years! I was perhaps comfortable there as well as all the other good things about it.
by Finy
Finy - 27 years is a long time! I haven't done anything for 27 years straight, except maybe have the same hair cut.
LOL May!
by Finy
Long enough so that I miss cooking dinner and my husband cooks for me :)
Any longer I would go Brain Dead.
by jonaj
Sixteen years! I had the best boss and a really fun design team who were more like family. Shame it had to end but the job ceased to be needed :-(

I have worked for myself for the last 11 years, but the longest that I worked for someone was 10 years ...
Coming up to 18 years with the same organisation.
twelve years...can you beleive it??
My position was rendered redundant in Nov last year and till date I'm on the job hunt.. I think I've been unemployed for more durations than the other way around.. my longest on a job is 3 years 8 months.. I hope to beat my own record sometime.
2.5 years for me and that was long enough! Turnover can be a good thing for all parties afterall.
24 years and still workin

5 years. Some places I worked closed and downsized. Market is not great but its good to have a side skill.
by Gia
2 x 15 years' with same Company, separated also by 15 years!

In the same 'type' of job, all my working career ie 45 years'.
26 years I owned a business but working for someone probably the longest was 18 months.
by Finy
18, 17 and 12 years. Only changed because of redundancies and retirement. Don't like change in employment but not opposed to changes in the job.
23 years working with the same company, however 5 years would be the longest in any one single job.
Fifteen years from 1998 until I retired in early 2004. I was the practice manager for a psychiatrist in Melbourne. Loved the job and my employer, who was a real sweetie, and a lovely caring man with his patients!
Maths appalling - should read from 1989!!
by norma
Twenty four years and then sadly had to retire due to ill health.
I worked for the Government but no perks when I retired due to ill health.
Farley
Farle, didn't the rest of the staff give you a farewell lunch & or flowers?
My husband worked for an airline from aged 24 to 57, when he took a radiancy.
We get the airline discount until he turns 92! (They get the discount for the number of years they worked for the airline.)
by Miro
Ten years, when I owned my own advertising agency.
I had 4 jobs in the 10 years I worked. 2 in the city, & 2 in the same suburb, across the road from each other not far from where I live.
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