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What Was Your First Job??

kenzie!kenzie! Posts: 5,055Registered Users
Just wondering--mom thinks I should get a job this summer so I do something productive instead of sleeping all day. And it will look good on college applications.

So post away! Thanks in advance!
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  • mandatoryfunmandatoryfun Posts: 878Registered Users
    My first job was in a Coldstone Creamery. I quit after a week...food service really sucks, people don't really have any respect for their servers. And Coldstone is even more demeaning in that they make you sing for tips.

    My first "real" job, one that I actually stuck with, was secretarial work in a plastics factory.

    If I were to get a job to put on a college app., though, I might do something a little bit more interesting, creative, or personal. Working at animal shelters, community organizing, etc. These were things I really wanted to do as a teen, and things that really seem to impress colleges...but they're unpaid, and I always needed the cash.

    But I don't mean that a college would look down on a kid who worked at a grocery store or anything. I think it still "counts," just in a different way.
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  • kenzie!kenzie! Posts: 5,055Registered Users
    I have over a year of volunteer work with the Humane Society, and a year of volunteer work with a Historical Reenactment and Preservation Society.....so I have the volunteer work down....but I need money for school stuff--I don't get an allowance ((thankfully my grandparents are very generous)) and I have to pay for stuff every so often....

    And, oddly enough, I was considering working at Cold Stone. They're always hiring around here, and ours is constantly dead, so it wouldn't be very hard....but maybe I won't. :D
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  • mandatoryfunmandatoryfun Posts: 878Registered Users
    And, oddly enough, I was considering working at Cold Stone. They're always hiring around here, and ours is constantly dead, so it wouldn't be very hard....but maybe I won't. :D

    Maybe you should go for it, then. I live in a pretty busy area, and our Coldstone was poppin' all the time. Taskmaster Jack, our manager, threw me into a Saturday-night shift my first time on the job. Saturday night in mid-June? With no experience making these Coldstone creations? It was a dessert disaster. And in all honestly, that single experience and the manager's 'tude probably contributed the most to me quitting it so fast. Working at Coldstone was sh*tty, but it's not like I was unused to dealing with difficult people. Just not 10-20 at a time! :banghead:
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  • SCGSCG Posts: 5,416Registered Users
    I got my current job the summer before 10th grade.

    The idea of giving up my weekends and most of my summer was kind of nauseating at first, but it's turned out to be pretty bearable. :p

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  • CurlyminxCurlyminx Posts: 5,581Registered Users
    Del Taco.

    I loved it. I worked there for almost two years. Then I went to work at Disneyland. Which was even better.
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    I got a job at a major pharmaceutical company during my senior year of high school. It was a co-op program where I went to school mornings, and worked in the afternoons. I got hired full-time by them after graduation and worked in Big Pharma for the next 15 years.
  • duckyducky Posts: 927Registered Users
    My first real job was as an assistant vision therapist at the same clinic where my mom was the receptionist - fancy job title for mostly data entry work.

    After that, I got a job doing admin assistant work for a construction company, and I had that job for almost two years - until I went to college.

    I think office work experience is especially good for college, but any kind of customer service will be good experience for the rest of your life.
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  • *Marah**Marah* Posts: 8,032Registered Users
    My first job was as a clerical assistant for DFYS (Division of Youth and Family Services). The reports I had to type up and file would make your damn hair stand on end. People can be so horrible to children. :angry3:

    I was actually glad to move on from that job.. oy!
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  • KikapooKikapoo Posts: 1,087Registered Users
    My first job was as a receptionist at Great Clips--I greeted customers, made appointments, cleaned, did laundry...and swept hair. Ew. But I was 15, my prospects were limited.

    After that I worked at Publix (a supermarket chain in the southeast). I worked there through college, in customer service. It seems like a completely irrelevant job, but it actually has helped me get jobs. Any experience working with the public is valuable. People I've interviewed with have actually commented when they see my resume, "Publix--they have GREAT customer service!" Also, working with a ton of cash on a daily basis shows responsibility and trustworthiness.

    Anyway, while in college I also did a work study job at the library...which led to my current career path! My favorite job by far. :-)

    Good luck!
  • kenzie!kenzie! Posts: 5,055Registered Users
    I don't think we have any of those here.....except Cold Stone of course. Well, I'm sure we have somewhere that would hire me for office work--I can type very quickly--but I think that would bore me to tears.

    I have a guaranteed job at Caribou when I turn 16 because we know the owner and manager, but that's not til December. And I know that there's quite a few places around here that hire at 15, I just have to find one that I would want to work at!!
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  • mrspoppersmrspoppers Posts: 7,223Registered Users
    My first job was at a local burger joint when I was 16. I worked there until I left for college. For the most part it was fun and the customers were generally fine.
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    My son who is 16 just got hired at Cedar Point Amusement Park. BUT he is not working in the park itself, he is working at their Hotel Breakers as a room attendant. Living in Sandusky, Ohio, Cedar Point has always been a very popular choice of work for teens in our area.
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  • AmdaAmda Posts: 251Registered Users
    I've been working as a sales floor assistant at Target since I was 16. I'm 17 now, and it's still easily bearable. Definitely get into working if you can - increased financial independence is brilliant, and so are the opportunities to meet new people.
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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    I worked in the office of the factory where my father was plant engineer. Mostly I compiled the figures that went into the payroll. I did some other general office stuff -- substituting for the various workers when they were on vacation. It wasn't hard, and there was enough variety that I wasn't too bored.

    Later I got a job in an appliance store. I tracked the inventory (this being before computers), sold small appliances, and "managed" the gift department.

    Not super-great stuff for a resume, but both jobs paid a bit more than minum wage, which helped financially.
  • spring1onuspring1onu Posts: 16,528Registered Users
    My first job was a telemarketer. I don't recommend it. :lol:
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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    Summer 1989 I worked as a street vendor selling balloons and other such parade junky items. It was $5/hr and strictly under the table. I was 14. The same year in the fall I had a job waiting tables for $3/hr, under the table. Do you mean that type of job or as an adult?
  • geminigemini Posts: 3,325Registered Users
    I was a library page. It paid way better than minimum wage at the time and the hours were reasonable.
  • TrenellTrenell Posts: 3,562Registered Users
    I have to giggle when I think of my first job. I think I was in the 10th grade. JC Penneys Model Teen Fashion Board, or something. We did mannequin modeling, store promotions (purfume spray girls) and a fashion show in the mall. SMH. Complete with our lame a$$ headshots in the juniors dept. I always forget that that was my first audition.

    Next, my senior year I worked for Disney (food services) for the X-Mas and Spring break season.
  • Who Me?Who Me? Posts: 3,181Registered Users
    My first actual job was when I was 15-17 (sophomore until senior year in high school, i think), working in the daycare of a gym. If you like kids, I'd definitely recommend this! It was great because there were always at least 2 of us on at a time so you got to hang out with someone, and when it was quiet we'd just watch Disney movies and stuff with the kids. And if kids were acting up, their parents were just a couple yards away on a treadmill or whatever, so we didn't actually have to discipline or anything!

    In addition, I worked one summer in the office at my dad's work answering phones, and the summer before going to college I worked at a Pier 1 Imports--I basically spent the day folding napkins and straightening glasses, blaahhhhh.

    After I got to college the only jobs I've had since are things "in my field". I didn't do any more service type work, or just-make-a-few-bucks work.
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  • MoppyTMoppyT Posts: 998Registered Users
    Gift Wrap at Marshall Field's. I started when I was 15 or 16 and worked there off and on and during breaks all through the rest of high school and college. I loved it, and have retained my mad wrapping and bow-making skills.
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  • MunchyMunchy Posts: 5,206Registered Users
    When I was 15 I worked as a paid actress for some local shows, and later as a paid actress for an educational improv/scripted theater group.
    At 16, I became a job coach/career and college counselor...yeah, I'm fully aware that I had no experience in careers or college. lol
  • BekkaPooBekkaPoo Posts: 3,861Registered Users
    First job, Burger King when I was 16.. salary about $11/week after taxes- I only got about 3-5 hours a week. I quit after 3 weeks because I made enough money to buy my Lollapalooza tickets..lol

    Second job, maid at a hotel during the summer after 11th grade. Salary about $125/week after taxes. Big improvement in money, but had to quit because I don't even like cleaning up after myself, much less after a bunch of strangers. I stayed there for the entire summer though.

    First real job that paid a few bills was working in a bank as a proof operator (aka check processing). I liked that job because you got paid by speed.. the faster you worked the more you could make. I was making about $13/hour there, but you could make up to $20/hour. This was a full time 35-40 hrs/week job.
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  • nynaeve77nynaeve77 Posts: 7,135Registered Users
    My first job was a board operator at a radio station. It was a lot of fun, actually.
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  • gekko422gekko422 Posts: 4,869Registered Users
    In high school, I didn't work, I volunteered as a vet tech at my vet's clinic.

    In college, I worked all the way through. In the summers, I taught horse back riding at a girl scout camp (4 years). During the school year, I was a sports official for the intramural sports program - I officiated flag football, soccer, indoor soccer, volleyball, basketball, and softball. When needed I was also a youth soccer league referee and high school volleyball referee, those were only when someone else couldn't make it, I would sub in for them.
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  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    I got my first paper route when I was 7. That grew into a monster route (for my tiny hometown anyway) by the time I was 12 - it was a big enough route that Mom or Dad would drive my brother and me. Which meant that from the time I was 12 'til I graduated high school, I was up at 5 in the morning every other day (my brother took the other days). It was pretty freakin' horrid but the money was NICE. I had way more money than any of my friends! My bosses (Mom and Dad) were damned cool, too. :)

    I did workstudy in college and worked in a variety of offices, including a stint as the 911 operator at my college town's police/ambulance/fire station.

    I also was a cocktail waitress for a few months, but that didn't work out very well. :lol:
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  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I modeled and worked as a camp counselor (I was 13).

  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    MoppyT wrote: »
    Gift Wrap at Marshall Field's. I started when I was 15 or 16 and worked there off and on and during breaks all through the rest of high school and college. I loved it, and have retained my mad wrapping and bow-making skills.

    I'd love to be able to outsource present wrapping. I HATE wrapping presents. I love making bows and curling ribbon makes my heart go pitty-pat...but I hate the actual wrapping. My husband does it for me and I go in after him and pretty the presents up with ribbons and buttons and bows and all sorts of fandangles.
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  • MunchyMunchy Posts: 5,206Registered Users
    Oh, I forgot, I also had a paper route at 11 or so, and then was a camp counselor at 15 (before the other jobs). FUN!
  • MoppyTMoppyT Posts: 998Registered Users
    PartyHair wrote: »
    MoppyT wrote: »
    Gift Wrap at Marshall Field's. I started when I was 15 or 16 and worked there off and on and during breaks all through the rest of high school and college. I loved it, and have retained my mad wrapping and bow-making skills.

    I'd love to be able to outsource present wrapping. I HATE wrapping presents. I love making bows and curling ribbon makes my heart go pitty-pat...but I hate the actual wrapping. My husband does it for me and I go in after him and pretty the presents up with ribbons and buttons and bows and all sorts of fandangles.

    Ah... I was with you until you said curling ribbon. Call me SnobbyT, but I just can't use that stuff. Actual handmade bows ONLY, even wired ribbon is pushing it. I know, hardcore. Hard. Core.
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  • rockthecurlzrockthecurlz Posts: 910Registered Users
    I got my first job when I was 17. I had to tried to get hired on earlier, but didn't work out till' later. It was working the box office at the movie theater. I loved the fact we got to see free movies. The theater I worked at even let us rotate weekends, so we would not lose all of our friday/saturday nights.
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