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Old 06-05-06, 02:18 PM   #1
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What kind of job did you have when you were younger?

Well, im usally quite creative in most other scenarios, but i just can't think of something interesting, and a lesser known job choice to undertake for the time-being, now that i have a few months off from my first year of college. Hopefully after hearing some input from fellow bf members, it might help spark a nice idea, that i'd like to try. So lets hear what you were doing when you were in h.s, and what you did shortly afterwards.
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Old 06-05-06, 02:22 PM   #2
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My first job was at Big Boys (restaurant) setting up the salad bar. I wouldn't recommend that. I did a lot of things in college - one of my favorite was to work as security at a library. Great job.
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Old 06-05-06, 02:23 PM   #3
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My first job evar was working in a pizza joint. Not shabby as a first job. Then I also worked at the local ski resort --much more fun. Did a summer working for the City of L.A.'s IT dept between junior and senior year. Right after high school I flipped burgers (http://www.findarticles.com/p/articl...v24/ai_8782013 --watch out for popup ads) for 18mos, then I began working for the City of L.A.'s IT dept, running cable and other such mundane things. Then got on at SHL Systemhouse, doing Network Admin, and things went from there...
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Old 06-05-06, 02:25 PM   #4
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pizza place in H.S. mini-golf theme park in college. both sucked but were easy. as an adult...no way!


edit: forgot my 1st job - telemarketing for the police department. lasted only 2 weeks then got the hell outta there.
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Old 06-05-06, 02:26 PM   #5
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1st job (age 15): Dishwasher at cuban cafeteria style restaurant called "The Big Guava".
2nd job (age 16): Dishwasher at dirty little italian restaurant called "Sergios".
3rd job (age 16): Bag Boy, Publix Supermarket
4rth job (age 17): Bag Boy, Kash-n-Karry Supermarket

Not too interesting, eh?
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Old 06-05-06, 02:30 PM   #6
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first jobs? Gas Stations...

I started this job at 21, still here after 27 years! Water/wastewater Treatment/Water Pollution Control.
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Old 06-05-06, 02:31 PM   #7
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First job...laborer for construction company in Dodge City, KS. Hard and hot all the time, but the pay was good.
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Old 06-05-06, 02:38 PM   #8
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Worked at my family's drugstore from the time I was 12 and could ride my bike there after school. Started off with the whole taking out the trash, sweeping the floors, dusting shelves, cleaning the parking lot, changing lightbulbs routine. Moved up to working the register, driving deliveries, and working in the pharmacy when I was 15. Routinely put in a 20-30 hour week during school years. Built up a nice little bit of savings.

After college, I worked for the USPS for a year and a half doing mindless data entry. Good pay, completely boring.

In between did various stuff for spare change. Security shifts in college dorms, summer maintenance crew at school, and daily temp jobs (the worst of the lot). All were good to do for a time, if only to see what it was all about.

If I had a shot at it again, I'd probably go to a resort town in the Rockies or overseas and work half a year or a year. Just to go somewhere new and meet new people.

Now I'm just in the cubeville corporate world thankful for a nice paycheck and great medical benefits.
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Old 06-05-06, 02:42 PM   #9
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One summer when I was in high school I'd gotten my life saving patch so I could be a life guard. But I couldn't get enough shifts at the pool to make any money so instead my dad got me a job on a ranch. Specifically, I moved sprinkler pipes and cut suckers in a prune orchard. Terrible hours (we started at 5:30), min. wage, back breaking physical labor. On a positive note, I developed massive biceps and shoulders and I improved my Spanglish.
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Old 06-05-06, 02:46 PM   #10
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First paid job was in the Youth Conservation Corp working at Panola Mountain State Park. About 10 high school kids building trails and overlooks, swimming in the lake at lunch. Life was good.
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Old 06-05-06, 02:47 PM   #11
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i worked by cleaning delivery trucks, and loading them up and unloading. Moved huge a$$ trucks around the lot. But im 15 so yea, plus i got laid off so i said i quiet cuz he just pissed me off(boss) he kept saying call me i got a job for you, so i called him when he told me to and he said sorry no work needed i have some one else, after 5 times i called him and said i quiet, F*** YOU!
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Old 06-05-06, 02:54 PM   #12
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First job. Worked in a pharmacy.. One handicap at that young age. Then, I did not know the names of all the condoms.They were behind the counter... I did a silly thing.Embarassing.
the brand the guy wanted sounded like cigars. Went to the cigar counter. First week on the job. Never knew there were so many brands of condoms.
Glad the world has progressed. Now you can pick up your condoms next to the shampoo. BUt, I think there are fewer brands of condoms than there used to be. From there, My summer jobs progresssed to the auto plants in the summers.
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Old 06-05-06, 03:08 PM   #13
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First job was in Jr. High. I worked as a bus boy at Toppers Steakhouse. I was too young to be working!

After HS, worked at a SERVICE station. Yeah, we checked your oil and cleaned your windows while we pumped your gas. Learned a lot about cars.

In college, got a job as a data analyst at a Naval Weapons and Research Facility mainly because I was a good draftsman. I also drew pretty well and was a decent musician, so I was able to pick up drawing and music gigs here and there.

I had music and engineering scholarships to get me through college, so extra money was a bonus.

You know, it wasn't a lot of money, even at the time, but I still had lots of fun. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!
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Old 06-05-06, 03:37 PM   #14
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1st - behind the counter at a good Jewish Deli

2nd - barback at an after-hours nightclub (I was underage, and could get in...awesome!)

3rd - bartender at after-hours nightclub

4th - framing at an art gallery

5th - technician at an art conservation lab

...that takes me a good few years past high school.
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Old 06-05-06, 03:48 PM   #15
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Old 06-05-06, 04:10 PM   #16
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high school (summers): construction laborer/carpenter's apprentice
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Old 06-05-06, 04:41 PM   #17
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I am in highschool now, and work in a machine shop
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Old 06-05-06, 04:44 PM   #18
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Old 06-05-06, 04:49 PM   #19
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I've done everything...*almost*

I've cleaned schools, I've worked in a mall shop, I've worked in a vegetarian cafe, I've been a waitress a couple of times, I've worked in a few gas stations, I've been a shipping clerk, I've been a reading tutor, I've worked in a Natural Food store, I've worked for the government, and now I'm an Office wh*re.

It makes me a well rounded individual, I think.
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Old 06-05-06, 05:21 PM   #20
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Summer job, age 16: research assistant, molecular biology lab. I don't really think of it as a job, but it was my first paycheck. Started as a volunteer working in the lab, and after five weeks, the PI decided to pay me the at the high school summer student rate. (I didn't apply in time to be part of the summer student program.) I still have my first ever tax refund check, a $1 state refund check that I decided to keep rather than deposit.

Summer job, ages 18-20: undergrad research, organic chemistry. Again, I don't really think of it as a job (more like training for my field of study), but I was paid.

Part-time job, age 20-today: consultant for a software company. In my mind, my first true job. Learned a lot from it about working. An early lesson is below.* When my parents found out, they couldn't believe I was doing this for fun. They asked whether I was low on money and how much money I needed them to send. Today, looking back on over 6 years in this capacity, this position has been a lot of fun and a diamond in the rough as far as opportunities (learning, financial, and social--many became my karting buddies in Boston!) go. Taking this job was one of the best decisions I've ever made.

Part-time job, age 20-22: bookkeeping for a restaurant. Free food. Yum. Did this more as a favor for some friends who had invested in the restaurant.


* Resigned 3 months in because I didn't have time to deal with the job from my apartment. Really should have asked for some help in the form of a computer instead. The guy who hired me had a lot of patience with me, happily, and suggested I take back my resignation and simply ask them to hand over that shiny $4K Apple PowerBook that one of them had. Lessons learned: When appropriate, speak up and work out concerns. Do good enough a job that people want you to stay at any price.
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Old 06-05-06, 05:23 PM   #21
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My first job was detassling corn in Indiana during summer when I was 13. You basically ride in baskets on the side of a tractor and pull the fuzzy tops off the ears of corn. Lots of fun

I saved enough to buy a Smiley brand moped. This was back before they increased the age limits and license requirements on mopeds. Life was good.
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Old 06-05-06, 06:43 PM   #22
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When I was at school I worked weekends in a timber yard. Lots of heavy lifting and came home with my clothes smelling of creosote all the time. After school my first full time job was as a storeman in a toy wharehouse. Still lots of heavy lifting but better than the timber yard. Been in my current job now for 17 years. Thankfully no lifting involved.
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Old 06-05-06, 06:54 PM   #23
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I worked in a Burger King when i was 16, then worked with disabled people to help them find work and the coolest job I got was to be hired as an "extra" for a mini serie that was on tv every week in Canada.
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first job was working at a seafood restaurant steaming crabs,clams, and shrimp in the steam room........dirty filthy hot sticky messy job, especially the cleanup part

also part time I used a 16ft skiff to run about 1300ft of trot line catching blue claw crabs on the chesapeake bay, mostly wye river area

2nd job was working as an attendant pumping gas mostly at the local airport

3rd job, delivering pizzas

4th job, delivering pizzas and selling drugs

5th job, doing punch out work and hanging drywall on the side

6th job courier work delivering almost everything---I drove cars, vans, and at the end 24ft straight trucks

7th job switched to bike messenger

8th job, became owner/operator of messenger business

8.5 worked at nationwide arena on changeover crew for about a year till #8 was enough, had to be worst job Ive ever had........changing an arena from hockey to concerts to football or basketball sets is mind boggling amounts of low payng physical labor
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First paid job was in the Youth Conservation Corp working at Panola Mountain State Park. About 10 high school kids building trails and overlooks, swimming in the lake at lunch. Life was good.
Hey! My mom lives near there! Great trail to forage some wild muscodines!
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