Today marks my 19th
year working for the same company. I joined on a temporary contract in August 1995, was taken on permanently three months later and here I still am.
During this period, there have been a couple of great years, the odd bad one (when the company appeared to lose all direction and my job was at risk) but mostly, they’ve been good years.
I’ve also been fortunate to have had some great bosses I’ve respected and learned a lot from.
Another good thing is 19 years paying into the company’s defined benefit pension! When I joined the scheme all those years ago, I didn’t realise how important this would be – in fact, I only realised a couple of years ago what type of pension scheme it was and that there aren’t too many of these types of pensions in the private sector.
Who do I work for? Well, I’d rather not name the company directly (although I may have mentioned the name in comments on other people’s blogs when they’ve bought shares in the company and I posted a picture of our London HQ here
….) but it’s a very large US multinational corporation.
I’ve had various roles (six so far), mostly in the Risk function. One role included travel around Europe, eg Paris, Rome and Madrid. Another had me based 4 days out of 5 in our Stockholm office for over 6 months, which was an interesting weekly commute! This was my most intense and challenging role but also one of my most enjoyable. Not a lot of travelling involved with my current role (contracts specialist), just the odd trip down to London and occasionally to Bristol.
There are a lot of employees like me, people who have been with the business 10+ years – in fact, all members of our department have clocked 12+ years, apart from the new guy (6 months in!).
Just recently, there was a woman who retired after 25 years with the company at the age of 64 – she looked so happy on her last day and got a great sending off. All I could think of as I was congratulating her with all the others was that I hope not to be that old when I finally hang up my boots!
Speaking of old, I was talking to one of our Apprentices the other day and I realised that he wasn’t even born when I started working at the company! Yes, that made me feel quite ancient but you know what? Although 19 years sounds like a long time, it hasn’t felt like it.
Perhaps there is an element of truth in that time appears to go faster the older you get – my niece has just turned 8, yet it doesn’t seem that long ago when she was still in nappies – how did the years fly by so quickly!? And why is it nearly Christmas already!?
And that gives me hope.
If 19 years have passed so quickly, then the next 10-15 years of saving and investing should be an utter breeze, so I’ll be FI / ready to retire early in no time!