Inspired by the recent Twitter explosion of the same ilk: What were your first 7 jobs?
Frisch' s Big Boy
Ralston Purina/General Mills
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
College campus security.
Construction site security.
YMCA youth/adult sports coordinator.
Cottage staff at youth mental health group home
Frozen yogurt clerk
Processing plant (turkeys)
I've only had 7 jobs. That's all of them.
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... 🌟💥🎉🍾👍🏼😃
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")
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.
Soccer complex grounds keeper
Video rental guy
Is insurance your field now, Ron?
Absolutely not! I retired 9 years ago and have been a dad ever sense.
Awesome. That's probably way more fun than insurance adjusting anyway.
Department store sales clerk
(had children & left the workforce for ~12 years)
Go you on the fashion model thing. Now, I can't help but think you're beautiful. But, what s a paraeducator?
A paraeducator is a fancy term for teacher's assistant. 😊
Ah, I see. Thank you for clearing that up for me.
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!
That's awesome. Always good to get a self confidence and self esteem boost.
Paperboy, construction, computer repair/network manager, meter reader, groundman, and utility lineman (currently)
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):
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.
What is N-YHS?
New-York historical society
Ah okay. Wonder why they use a dash. Seems odd, unusual anyway.
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 😊
Huh. Cool. Learn something new every day.
Burger King (only lasted 3 days)
self storage (bought out a few times)
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.)
Scoop shop attendant
Movie theater concession attendant
Printing a newspaper
Selling flowers, farm work
Fast food employee (twice)
Cashier at car dealer
I had more than a few temporary jobs.
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.
Babysitting, front desk of my dorm, Walmart associate, teacher
I haven't had seven jobs.
Chemistry Lab stock boy
Oh, I forgot about factory worker.
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.
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.
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
Rental company, worked for myself, and worked for the first equipment rental company again. Which is where I am now.
Thank you for your service, marine.
Only had six jobs so far.
Supplemental instructor? Is that like being a back-up or adjunct instructor or an instructor of health supplements, or maybe something else entirely?
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
Ah, sounds like some good experience.
NCO club night manager
Worked at a 5 & Dime (16 years old)
Cashier at department store (While in college)
Branch Manager of Bank
Liability Claim Manager (retired @55)
Cashier @ Home Depot (my retirement job)
Lol.... I've had exactly 7 jobs in my life!
Wow, I wish I had a prize for the 7 jobs thing, but this is as good as it gets....🌟💥🍾🎉👍🏼😄
Didn't realize it until I wrote it out! :)
Customer Service Rep
Program Manager (where I am now)
What kind of program?
Do you like it? I had a couple of temp jobs at insurance companies way back when. Moral was in the gutter.
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 Starbucks...technology has allowed us a lot of flexibility.
Big 👍🏼 for that second paragraph. So sorry about the stress though!
There are definitely days that I would like a less stressful job. But I would not leave the industry...it has been so good to me, and to women in general...increasingly so in the past 15 years.
Roofer, car wash, service station attendant, dry walled, railroad switch man, timber cutter, deputy sheriff, hypnotherapist, locksmith, prison inmate counsellor, ordained minister. Now retired.
That is quite the variety. How did you become a hypnotherapist? Like, what spurred that? It's an interesting one for sure.
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".
Interesting. Certainly the first time I've run into someone who does such a thing.
Veterinary tech! I'm so envious. I love animals!
it is very rewarding and very difficult work. 8)
1. Equipment Carrier (for 3 weeks as a favour)
Picked peas in a field
Cashier at a pharmacy
Shipping and receiving clerk
Then decided college would be a good idea:
Manager of 14 people
Go to school boys and girls.
Seems college was a good choice for you.
The best $8,000 I ever spent. 👍
Space camp? Can you expound upon that?
Uh...yeah. Expound please! 😄
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.
Food prep (sandwich shop)
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
I wish I had finished my degree.
Never too late.
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.)
There was a 71 year old in my graduating class. First to get a degree in her family, too. Despite having kids + grandkids.
Yes, you are all correct. However, I want the degree for higher income now. 😂😂😂
Well yeah that's (part of) the idea lol. I could quit now and coast through life on just a bachelors, but I want MOAR 🤑🤑🤑
Restaurant: salad, expediter, prep cook
Fast food manager (subway)
Nursing home internships
2. Pin chaser (bowling alley)
3. Takeoff estimator for earth moving..
4. Oil changer
5. Airplane mechanic (Air Force)
6. Internet technical support specialist
Takeoff estimator for earth moving? What is that?
And what kind of pilot? My husband was a jet fighter in the AF, one of the Wild Weasels.
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.
Math Tutor, Personal Assistant, Custodian, Teaching Assistant, GIS Intern, GIS Office Consultant, GIS Technician/Real Property Lister.
What does a GIS technician do exactly, Kim?
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.
Interesting. Thanks for explaining.
Softball official scorer
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.
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.
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.
Good for you!
-Retail clerk at my dad's shop (~15 years)
-Budtender at a dispensary (6 months)
-Environmental chemist (3 months to date)
Ah, congrats on the fairly new job.
Thanks. Having a degree in hand is a proven method 😁
Lawn mowing/snow shoveling
Restaurant - bus boy, dishwasher, cook
Young Men's Clothing Store
Plastic Injection Molding Factory
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.
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
Ooh, study abroad. That's something I always wished I had the opportunity to do. Where did you get to study?
My current job (#7), is for an international education non-profit that leads accredited and non-accredited study abroad programs.
Neat. Did you like it over there or was it as gloomy as everyone says it is with all that London weather?
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.
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!
3- Data Entry Operator
4- Daycare teacher
6- Teacher/Department Head/Team Leader
7- Adjunct Professor
Curious...teacher & adjunct professor of what?
Taught in MS (7th) for Literature. Adjunct for ESL and Literacy majors (specifically assessment of Literacy).
This may be a naive question, but things have changed a lot over the years, what is "MS (7th)"? Something for 7th grade maybe?
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.
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.
Roofer, insulator, carpenter, U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard.
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)
That last one is interesting. What exactly is that?
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.
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.
Interesting. Not at all what I would have pegged you for.
What would you have pegged me for?
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.
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.
Seems quite understandable. Pretty sure I'd get tired of having chairs thrown at me too.
Bus Boy/Stock Person
Retail Vice President
CEO/Owner Retail Consulting
Great career progression
Medical research laboratory assistant
Cytology laboratory technician
Credit bureau reporter
Print shop jack-of-all-trades including offset printer
Clinical laboratory supervisor
Are those in chronological order?
You didn't have any jobs outside of your field as a teen?
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.
I've got the same question.
Oops. I was too slow. Interesting, Susan.
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.
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.
Cool history, Susan.
Waitress, Dishwasher, and Fountain worker
Data Entry & office everything person for a collection agency
Administrative Assistant (at multiple locations)
Computer Installation Technician
Computer Tech Support Technician
Yes. That was my AFSC in the USAF.
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."