Days at Work

May 11, 2012

Tomorrow marks the day that my employment at Kansas State University ties the third longest stretch I’ve had at a single employer in nearly 30 years of professional work. As a consultant in the late 1990s and early 2000s my engagements changed frequently at times, making for shorter tenures as an employee for any one company.

My longest stretch at one employer was from June 13, 1988 through December 31, 1996, or 3,078 days. Number two on the list clocks in at 1,673 from October 17, 1983 until June 10, 1988. Today my K-State employment reaches 1,231 days which ties the previous number three, my self employment from October 17, 2000 through March 18, 2004.

All told I’ve work 10,282 days. If I work until my 65th birthday I’ve got 5,036 days to go. Working until I’m 70 bumps that count up to 6,836 days.

CompanyStart DateEnd DateDays
IDOAOctober 17, 1983June 10, 19881,673
CIPSJune 13, 1988December 31, 19963,078
MSFWJanuary 6, 1997April 22, 1998466
AICMay 11, 1998June 18, 1999397
Home AccountJuly 5, 1999September 22, 2000437
Partition SoftwareOctober 17, 2000March 18, 20041,231
Compass IT LLCJune 28, 2004January 26, 2007928
Argus Health SystemsJanuary 29, 2007December 30, 2008691
Kansas State UniversityDecember 28, 2008May 11, 20121,230

It is worth noting for any date-math savants in the audience that these durations were calculated using the DAY360 function in Google Speadsheet, which means each month has 30 days. So the durations are accurate to within 5 days per year.

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Mark H. Nichols

I am a husband, cellist, code prole, nerd, technologist, and all around good guy living and working in fly-over country. You should follow me on Twitter.