What Was Your First Job??

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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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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

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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My first job was a board operator at a radio station. It was a lot of fun, actually.
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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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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.
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I modeled and worked as a camp counselor (I was 13).
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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.
Originally Posted by MoppyT
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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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!

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.
Originally Posted by MoppyT
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.
Originally Posted by PartyHair
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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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.
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.
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I did the same program when I was a senior. I worked at a hospital as an aide. I was offered a full time job after graduation, but declined. I really should have taken it. They would have paid for my training and advancement towards being an RN. I was young and didn't like the different shifts. It would have interferred with my social life.
My first job was mucking out stalls at the barn where I rode on Saturday mornings. I was about 14 (and horse-mad, as well, which probably helped). I actually loved it - there was something about that sort of physical labour that was really fulfilling. :-)
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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.
Originally Posted by MoppyT
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.
Originally Posted by PartyHair
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.
Originally Posted by MoppyT
I do make my own bows, but I just love curling ribbon - it makes me happy!
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We could help each other out, PH. I love wrapping but have come to hate futzing around with the trimmings.

I started babysitting on breaks and weekends when I was about 12. I had my first real job when I started college - working at The Disney Store. They were very flexible and worked around my classes and other job (nanny). Babysitting paid better than retail. Lots. I also made a little extra money by selling my notes from lecture classes. I had forgotten about that till just now.
We could help each other out, PH. I love wrapping but have come to hate futzing around with the trimmings.

I started babysitting on breaks and weekends when I was about 12. I had my first real job when I started college - working at The Disney Store. They were very flexible and worked around my classes and other job (nanny). Babysitting paid better than retail. Lots. I also made a little extra money by selling my notes from lecture classes. I had forgotten about that till just now.
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Yeah, I typed for money when I was in college. It was more than typing - you people know my hatred of poor spelling and grammar. Let's just say that the fraternity boys got their money's worth (for the typing, I mean...).
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My first jobs were in family businesses. My one Grandpa owns an office cleaning company, and I worked in the office with him and my uncle. I did some payroll stuff, answered phones when the admin. assistant was out, stuff like that. TBH I think it was mostly busy-work, they just wanted to keep me occupied. I was young, I think it was the summers after 7th and 8th grade.

I didn't really work in high school. During summer vacations in college, I worked at my other Grandpa's bookstore. This was probably the best thing for my resume, since I now work in publishing.

My first jobs outside of these were work study jobs in college. I just worked in offices, filing stuff, opening and distributing mail, etc.
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Oh, and I have no idea what college admissions are like now, but because I had excellent grades and SAT scores, lack of work experience didn't hurt me at all. I did participate in a number of after-school activites, though. But, as someone else said, the experience could definitely be helpful once you finish college.
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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.
I got my first job at a movie theater too, when I was 16. I worked at the concession stand. However, we didn't get to see movies for free. I don't know if they allowed us to rotate weekends, though. I was fired after about a week. It wasn't because of the customers. A number of them were nice, actually and I've had several telephone customer service jobs as an adult, so I can deal with the public. It was because my cash register was off. I've never been good at math so that job convinced me never to get a job handling money ever again.
You guys had awesome first jobs!! I don't think we have anything that cool around here....

And I really wish we had somewhere where I could be a gift wrapper!! I would kick butt!
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