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Krystina August 11th, 2016 4:25pm

Inspired by the recent Twitter explosion of the same ilk: What were your first 7 jobs?

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drself Gated Community
08/14/16 4:42 pm

Frisch' s Big Boy
US Navy
Konylak Conveyors
Cincinnati Electronics
Ralston Purina/General Mills

Shiggybythebay Proud Bay Area Native
08/13/16 12:30 pm

I don't think I have had 7 jobs. 1) Candy store in the mall. I was called candy girl through high school because if this job. 2)McDonalds 3) Financial and business software company 4) Quality control in electronics company 5) Manager of Apartment Complex

phen nebraska
08/13/16 8:40 am

College campus security.
Construction site security.
YMCA youth/adult sports coordinator.
Cottage staff at youth mental health group home

leilu SoCal
08/13/16 7:26 am

Frozen yogurt clerk
Veterinary receptionist
Retail sales
Retail manager

KatG Liberal in Ohio
08/12/16 2:59 pm

Processing plant (turkeys)
SAHM/daycare provider
Shoe warehouse
Vet tech
Cleaning company

I've only had 7 jobs. That's all of them.

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/12/16 3:33 pm

Cool. I believe you're only the second person here to have exactly 7 jobs. I wish I had a prize to give, but in lieu of... 🌟πŸ’₯πŸŽ‰πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ˜ƒ

KatG Liberal in Ohio
08/12/16 4:44 pm


08/12/16 12:54 pm

Swim lesson instructor, political campaign intern, museum docent, research assistant

That's all at this point (and a couple of those were paid in school credit, so only loosely "jobs")

user321 Indiana
08/12/16 9:27 am

Babysitting, Phillips66, an arcade in the mall, Village Pantry(another gas station), county park maintenance, and 2 dentist offices concurrently. That's all the jobs I've had, and I'm still at one dentist office.

ronderman North Carolina
08/12/16 7:42 am

Cutting grass
Soccer complex grounds keeper
Video rental guy
Apple/Macintosh reseller/tech
Insurance adjuster

ronderman North Carolina
08/12/16 10:41 am

Absolutely not! I retired 9 years ago and have been a dad ever sense.

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/12/16 11:30 am

Awesome. That's probably way more fun than insurance adjusting anyway.

SonoranBloom Formerly cowtown2
08/12/16 4:00 am

Department store sales clerk
Fashion model
(had children & left the workforce for ~12 years)

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/12/16 9:12 am

Go you on the fashion model thing. Now, I can't help but think you're beautiful. But, what s a paraeducator?

SonoranBloom Formerly cowtown2
08/12/16 11:32 am

A paraeducator is a fancy term for teacher's assistant. 😊

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/12/16 11:33 am

Ah, I see. Thank you for clearing that up for me.

SonoranBloom Formerly cowtown2
08/12/16 12:22 pm

Thanks for the compliment, Krystina. I went to modeling school with no intentions of actually working in that industry. I had low self esteem and was extremely shy. Modeling school helped me to gain confidence and step outside of my comfort zone. The agency associated with the school liked my look and sent me out on several jobs. It was fun while it lasted!

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/12/16 12:31 pm

That's awesome. Always good to get a self confidence and self esteem boost.

snozwaffer Dove Canyon, CA
08/12/16 12:29 am

Paperboy, construction, computer repair/network manager, meter reader, groundman, and utility lineman (currently)

08/11/16 11:43 pm

Haven't had 7 yet, working on building up that resume before I graduate college though. So far(listing some I'm not sure count because it was unpaid):
Camp Counselor
Pizzeria cashier + server
N-YHS group sales intern

Hopefully I can get some more experience with jobs and internships after having a bit more college education.

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/12/16 11:29 am

Ah okay. Wonder why they use a dash. Seems odd, unusual anyway.

08/12/16 1:47 pm

Haha I can answer that for you as a proud past intern! New York used to be spelled with the dash and so the society was founded with the old spelling and they've kept it since to maintain a bit of history. Everyone at the society is pretty proud of it and their softball team is called the Hyphens haha 😊

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/12/16 2:19 pm

Huh. Cool. Learn something new every day.

jmw7477 Indiana
08/11/16 11:25 pm

Burger King (only lasted 3 days)
self storage (bought out a few times)
Prompt Med
Dollar General
Sally Beauty Supply
Transformations (salon & spa)

(These are the only jobs I've had. I didn't get my first job until after I graduated high school. I got married only about 6 months after I graduated. I'm almost 39 and have been a housewife most of my life.)

arctostaphylos Ankh Morpork, New York
08/11/16 11:06 pm

Hebrew tutor
Retail clerk
Environmental educator
Scoop shop attendant
Movie theater concession attendant
Tour manager

htcbump Florida
08/11/16 10:24 pm

Lawn mowing
Shoveling driveways
Printing a newspaper
Selling flowers, farm work
Janitorial clerk

cpaswr just say the letters
08/11/16 8:36 pm

Fast food employee (twice)
Cashier at car dealer
Inventory picker
Factory worker

I had more than a few temporary jobs.

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/12/16 9:07 am

I did a decent amount of temp work too. I just counted all my positions as an administrative assistant, both temp and perm, as one.

Kay41 the Midwest
08/11/16 7:47 pm

Babysitting, front desk of my dorm, Walmart associate, teacher

08/11/16 7:37 pm

I haven't had seven jobs.

corino Utah
08/11/16 7:01 pm

Chemistry Lab stock boy

corino Utah
08/11/16 9:13 pm

Oh, I forgot about factory worker.

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/12/16 9:11 am

Redacted? Interesting. I can't imagine much other than a CIA spy that could be so sensitive it couldn't be stated, particularly after the fact. Even then, you can still say something like intel worker or government worker.

musiman28 Cotton country
08/11/16 6:05 pm

Worked in a farm, worked at a grocery store, worked at Pizza Hut, worked for a custom harvester, worked for a tractor dealer, worked for the custom harvester again, worked for a different tractor dealer.

musiman28 Cotton country
08/11/16 6:08 pm

And just for grins the next(and so far last) 7 are; worked for a farm chemical supplier, worked for a meat sales company, worked for the first tractor dealer again, worked for an equipment rental company, worked for another equipment

musiman28 Cotton country
08/11/16 6:08 pm

Rental company, worked for myself, and worked for the first equipment rental company again. Which is where I am now.

swjboucher Just Run
08/11/16 5:40 pm

Paper Boy

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/11/16 6:13 pm

Thank you for your service, marine.

spicysteve M14D SBS
08/11/16 5:27 pm

Only had six jobs so far.

Staff Writer
Supplemental Instructor

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/11/16 6:19 pm

Supplemental instructor? Is that like being a back-up or adjunct instructor or an instructor of health supplements, or maybe something else entirely?

spicysteve M14D SBS
08/12/16 5:39 am

It's a position for undergraduates who've done well in a particular course. The SIs hold their own classes with the section in addition to the lecture meetings with the professor. I teach physics 1

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/12/16 9:13 am

Ah, sounds like some good experience.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
08/11/16 4:16 pm

Grocery bagger
Kitchen help
Fry cook
Grunt airman
Radar controller
NCO club night manager

HappyLez No Worries... Be Happy
08/11/16 3:12 pm

Worked at a 5 & Dime (16 years old)
Cashier at department store (While in college)
Bank Teller
Branch Manager of Bank
Claims Adjuster
Liability Claim Manager (retired @55)
Cashier @ Home Depot (my retirement job)

Lol.... I've had exactly 7 jobs in my life!

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/11/16 3:35 pm

Wow, I wish I had a prize for the 7 jobs thing, but this is as good as it gets....🌟πŸ’₯πŸΎπŸŽ‰πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ˜„

HappyLez No Worries... Be Happy
08/11/16 3:44 pm

Didn't realize it until I wrote it out! :)

alynn Somewhere wonderful
08/11/16 2:47 pm

Customer Service Rep
Graduate Assistant
Service Administrator
Program Manager (where I am now)

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/11/16 2:56 pm

Do you like it? I had a couple of temp jobs at insurance companies way back when. Moral was in the gutter.

alynn Somewhere wonderful
08/11/16 3:14 pm

My workload is very heavy right now and it can be pretty stressful. There are days when I barely have time to go to the bathroom, much less take a lunch away from my desk. In the next few weeks I'll have some help, and that will make a big difference.

On a more positive note...
I like that the industry rewards those who work their way up...I started as a temp and now manage a $30M book of business. Most of my office peers are the same. I like that my work helps small businesses to compete against big companies, and that I'm helping both business owners and consumers. I like that I get to talk to people from all around the country, and that I've been able to build relationships with those folks over the years. I like that I can work from the office, from home, from a plane, or in has allowed us a lot of flexibility.

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/11/16 3:37 pm

Big πŸ‘πŸΌ for that second paragraph. So sorry about the stress though!

alynn Somewhere wonderful
08/11/16 3:48 pm

There are definitely days that I would like a less stressful job. But I would not leave the has been so good to me, and to women in general...increasingly so in the past 15 years.

meHE Not of this World
08/11/16 2:25 pm

Roofer, car wash, service station attendant, dry walled, railroad switch man, timber cutter, deputy sheriff, hypnotherapist, locksmith, prison inmate counsellor, ordained minister. Now retired.

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/11/16 2:40 pm

That is quite the variety. How did you become a hypnotherapist? Like, what spurred that? It's an interesting one for sure.

meHE Not of this World
08/12/16 6:39 pm

As a police officer we lost the polygraph in the 80's by a court decision. I found that by using covert hypnosis during interviews I could get the same results. I eventually did individual hypnotherapy away from work. I even taught classes in the Adult Education program. The classes were titled, "Behavior Modification Through Self-Hypnosis".

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/12/16 7:50 pm

Interesting. Certainly the first time I've run into someone who does such a thing.

FacePalm That Trick Never Works
08/11/16 2:02 pm

fast food
convenience store
cafeteria staff
veterinary tech
chem tech

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/11/16 2:20 pm

Veterinary tech! I'm so envious. I love animals!

FacePalm That Trick Never Works
08/11/16 4:02 pm

it is very rewarding and very difficult work. 8)

17millionTwats Leeds, UK
08/11/16 1:09 pm

1. Equipment Carrier (for 3 weeks as a favour)

ovcourse 8646 Bidenflation, CA
08/11/16 1:03 pm

Picked peas in a field
Paper boy
Stock boy
Dish washer
Cashier at a pharmacy
Auto worker
Shipping and receiving clerk

Then decided college would be a good idea:

Office Manager
Credit Analyst
Process Analyst
Manager of 14 people
Account Manager

Go to school boys and girls.

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/11/16 2:20 pm

Seems college was a good choice for you.

ovcourse 8646 Bidenflation, CA
08/11/16 4:51 pm

The best $8,000 I ever spent. πŸ‘

BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Texas
08/11/16 1:03 pm

Paid jobs...

Space Camp
Preschool Aid
Administrative Assistant
Registrar Assistant

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/11/16 2:19 pm

Space camp? Can you expound upon that?

alynn Somewhere wonderful
08/11/16 2:49 pm

Uh...yeah. Expound please! πŸ˜„

BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Texas
08/11/16 5:49 pm

I worked there for 5.5 years. I was a Registration Clerk initially & then a Habitat Clerk. I greeted all the campers as they arrived (registration was a bit more complicated than that, but you get the idea) & then I was in the office during the week answering the phone, taking messages, sorting mail, making PA announcements, etc.

singkitty In the cloud
08/11/16 12:33 pm

Shelver (library)
Server (hotel)
Food prep (sandwich shop)
Graphic designer

MyRedSkirt Cali
08/11/16 12:00 pm

1. Waitress at a retirement center
2. Ice cream sundae maker/grill
3. McDonalds (2 days)
4. Borders Books (barista & cashier)
5. Barista at Intel coffee shop
6. Data Entry for a Dot Com
7. Retail

MyRedSkirt Cali
08/11/16 12:02 pm

I wish I had finished my degree.

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08/11/16 12:14 pm

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susanr Colorado
08/11/16 9:17 pm

In fact, "Never Too Late" is the personal story of intrepid rebel educator John Holt's decision to take up learning the cello at age 40.

It was one of the things that inspired me to go back to college in my 40s and finish my PhD at 51. (There's someone around SOH who finished a degree - I think a graduate degree - considerably older than I did, but I'm sorry to say I've forgotten who that is.)

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MyRedSkirt Cali
08/12/16 9:48 am

Yes, you are all correct. However, I want the degree for higher income now. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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08/11/16 11:28 am

Camp counselor
Restaurant: salad, expediter, prep cook
Fast food manager (subway)
Hospital internships
Nursing home internships
Hospital administrator

DGroot America
08/11/16 11:21 am

1. Paperboy
2. Pin chaser (bowling alley)
3. Takeoff estimator for earth moving..
4. Oil changer
5. Airplane mechanic (Air Force)
6. Internet technical support specialist
7. Pilot

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/11/16 2:17 pm

Takeoff estimator for earth moving? What is that?

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/11/16 2:18 pm

And what kind of pilot? My husband was a jet fighter in the AF, one of the Wild Weasels.

DGroot America
08/11/16 3:38 pm

My dad was an estimator for a large earth moving company in California. They cut the hill tops off and fill the valleys to make level ground for houses. I worked with him one summer estimating how much dirt had to be moved so they could bid the jobs.

I'm an airline pilot now.

Kimbobee the middle of nowhere
08/11/16 11:18 am

Math Tutor, Personal Assistant, Custodian, Teaching Assistant, GIS Intern, GIS Office Consultant, GIS Technician/Real Property Lister.

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/11/16 2:42 pm

What does a GIS technician do exactly, Kim?

Kimbobee the middle of nowhere
08/11/16 2:55 pm

It really depends on what industry you're working in. I'm working in a Land Records department for a county government so I help maintain the spatial data of all of the tax parcels in the county. I re-map areas once we have better survey control, I split parcels when people want them split, I make maps of parcels/roads/GPS points/waterbodies etc.

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/11/16 2:57 pm

Interesting. Thanks for explaining.

orgblu10 Shamerica
08/11/16 11:08 am

Softball official scorer
Student aide
Substitute teacher
Baseball coach

Domino3 Abolish the ATF
08/11/16 11:01 am

11 years old- reffed soccer games, mowed lawns and cleaned pools
16-18 years- worked a braums fast food and ice cream shop(only in 4 states in southern Midwest)
18 to current- valet supervisor of 7 locations.
Hopefully when I finish my degree I can either become a teacher or firefighter.

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/11/16 11:15 am

Started young, especially in today's day and age. Props. You're obviously not among the lazy, entitled members that seem so prevalent among our younger generations today.

Domino3 Abolish the ATF
08/11/16 11:35 am

Haha it's a house rule. I had to start saving so I could buy a vehicle at 16. And no I'm absolutely not.

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Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/11/16 10:28 am

Ah, congrats on the fairly new job.

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allswel Minnesota
08/11/16 10:10 am

Paper route
Lawn mowing/snow shoveling
Restaurant - bus boy, dishwasher, cook
Young Men's Clothing Store
Casket Factory
Plastic Injection Molding Factory
Bar tending

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/11/16 10:19 am

Casket Factory? You know, that's one of those things that we all have to know exists, but you just never think about it. Very cool though. I do believe you are the first person I've ever talked to that's worked at one.

allswel Minnesota
08/11/16 10:26 am

Family business.

DrCarpenter Ann Arbor
08/11/16 10:07 am

1. Grassroots Marketing Intern
2. Assistant to the Chair (Religious Studies)
3. Textbook Editor (History)
4. Research Assistant (History)
5. Program Administrator (Study Abroad)
6. Project Leader
7. Associate Director of Operations

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/11/16 10:17 am

Ooh, study abroad. That's something I always wished I had the opportunity to do. Where did you get to study?

DrCarpenter Ann Arbor
08/11/16 10:21 am

My current job (#7), is for an international education non-profit that leads accredited and non-accredited study abroad programs.

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/11/16 10:22 am

Neat. Did you like it over there or was it as gloomy as everyone says it is with all that London weather?

DrCarpenter Ann Arbor
08/11/16 4:38 pm

It was sunny and beautiful every day I was there. It's my favorite British city so far. I also studied in Cambridge for a short period, and in Edinburgh for a few weeks.
We'll see how they compare to the rest of the cities I'm going to next summer; I'll be co-leading programs in 10 countries.

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/11/16 5:27 pm

Sounds like you got lucky on the weather. Great for you. I love to travel with a passion, so your plans for next summer sound like an excellent adventure to me. Enjoy it!

Wino I need a drink
08/11/16 9:58 am

1- Babysitter
2- Receptionist
3- Data Entry Operator
4- Daycare teacher
5- Nanny
6- Teacher/Department Head/Team Leader
7- Adjunct Professor

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/11/16 10:00 am

Curious...teacher & adjunct professor of what?

Wino I need a drink
08/11/16 10:25 am

Taught in MS (7th) for Literature. Adjunct for ESL and Literacy majors (specifically assessment of Literacy).

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/11/16 10:29 am

This may be a naive question, but things have changed a lot over the years, what is "MS (7th)"? Something for 7th grade maybe?

Wino I need a drink
08/11/16 10:52 am

Middle School. It used to be Junior High, now it encompasses 6-8 (or 9 for some schools) and is referred to as Middle School. Technically, there is more to it than that, but that's the most basic information as to the meaning.

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/11/16 11:02 am

Ah, of course. I'm from the northeast. We didn't use the phrase "middle school" where I grew up. Junior high was 7th and 8th grade for us.

biker4life Texas
08/11/16 9:50 am

Roofer, insulator, carpenter, U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard.

08/11/16 9:49 am

1. Janitor - 2 years (at my high school for tuition reimbursement)
2. Fast food grunt - 1 year (High school)
3. Bookstore clerk - 2 years (High school)
4. Telemarketing - summers (High school and college)
5. Lumber yard worker - 1 year (College)
6. Computer lab tech - 1 year (College)
7. Youth emergency services worker - 3 years (In college and post grad. first job in my field)

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/11/16 9:59 am

That last one is interesting. What exactly is that?

08/11/16 10:02 am

It was a shelter for kids who couldn't live at home because of their behaviors, their parents' behaviors, or because of some other factor like homelessness.

08/11/16 10:04 am

The site I worked at was for girls, and could house 15 clients at a time. Some of them had serious behavioral issues, so there was a certain amount of psycho-social intervention.

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/11/16 10:21 am

Interesting. Not at all what I would have pegged you for.

08/11/16 10:21 am

What would you have pegged me for?

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/11/16 10:24 am

Not sure. But, if it involved kids, I would have said something more along the lines of being surrounded by very angelic, well behaved children vs children with behavior problems.

08/11/16 10:28 am

Lol, I wish. After that I spent most of career working with kids in psychiatric and group home facilities until I finally got tired of having chairs thrown at me and opted for working as a program director in a mentoring program.

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/11/16 10:32 am

Seems quite understandable. Pretty sure I'd get tired of having chairs thrown at me too.

coloradical Vote or Shut Up
08/11/16 9:43 am

Bus Boy/Stock Person
Retail Manager
Retail Supervisor
Retail Vice President
CEO/Owner Retail Consulting

susanr Colorado
08/11/16 9:39 am

Medical research laboratory assistant
Cytology laboratory technician
Credit bureau reporter
Horticultural assistant
Print shop jack-of-all-trades including offset printer
Clinical laboratory supervisor
Medical transcriptionist

08/11/16 9:42 am

Are those in chronological order?
You didn't have any jobs outside of your field as a teen?

susanr Colorado
08/11/16 9:45 am

Only babysitting, which I'm not counting, since it was sporadic. I didn't have a job during high school - I lived in a village with no businesses except a small grocery store and maybe a gas station, and didn't drive. The first research job was a summer job between high school and my first year of college, and also the summer after that. The cytology job was at a pharmaceutical company after I dropped out of college.

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/11/16 9:46 am

Oops. I was too slow. Interesting, Susan.

susanr Colorado
08/11/16 9:52 am

I only got the first job because I had spent a summer at a research institute in Maine in a student program between my junior & senior years of high school, so I looked like I knew something when I went to the local medical school and asked if there were any summer jobs. I just happened to talk to someone who was helpful. That was actually medical school where I had my *last* job decades later, which I just left 5 years ago, and I did fairly similar work (mice & cancer), although with very different technology, but some of it in the same building where I had worked when I was 17.

susanr Colorado
08/11/16 9:56 am

I did some other not-in-my-field stuff for some years after I quite the hospital job before I got back into research - manual labor assistant to my ceramics prof, and assistant to my photography prof, basically running the student darkroom, but that was after job #7.

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/11/16 9:26 am

Waitress, Dishwasher, and Fountain worker
Data Entry & office everything person for a collection agency
Administrative Assistant (at multiple locations)
Chinese linguist
Computer Installation Technician
Computer Tech Support Technician

08/11/16 9:50 am

Chinese linguist?

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/11/16 9:57 am

Yes. That was my AFSC in the USAF.

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/11/16 10:08 am

And I'm so accustomed to military jargon and acronyms that I didn't think to write that out. AFSC is Air Force Specialty Code. Basically just a snazzy way of saying "job."