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The average American has had seven and a half of these by the time they're 30. What are they?
The poll is here if you'd like to cast your vote.

The average American has had seven and a half jobs by the time they're 30. I had also thought cars.
I don't know how it works in other professions but in the union bakery industry it takes 10 years before you have a guaranteed pension when you finally meet the requirements. I don't think that 401k's can be transferred from one company to another. Does this mean the average American isn't planning on retirement but is counting on Social Security? I think they'll be in for a rude awakening if they are.

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zebulen
Apr. 26th, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
Sounds about right, now that you mention it!

I doubt the average American thinks much of retirement savings until after age 30. In my parents' case, and probably many others now, they don't ever expect to retire.
katsurian
Apr. 26th, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
I had it all planned out to have my house paid off 6 months before I retired so that I could retire at 50 with no debts or mortgage payment.
Then I moved. Now I've got another 20 years of house payments. :(
It's scary thinking about living on a limited income with no chance of extra overtime income when the cost of living keeps rising so fast.
zebulen
Apr. 27th, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, where did you move from?
katsurian
Apr. 28th, 2009 02:39 am (UTC)
I was told that most accidents happen within 7 miles of home so I moved 15 miles away! :D
I used to live just east of the Hollywood District in Portland.
sillyliss
Apr. 26th, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
Does jobs mean positions or companies? I've worked at a grocery store, title insurance company, non-profit, newspaper, bank, and three different universities. And I'm thirty. :)

How many jobs have you worked at?
katsurian
Apr. 27th, 2009 12:02 am (UTC)
I figured it was companies.
Wow, that's quite a list. Well, compared to me anyway. :)
I've worked for 2 companies. I started out part time after school at a bakery plant for a local grocery store and took the apprentice baker position they offered me upon high school graduation. I was 36 when they closed down and I started where I am now. I've been here for 10 years.
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