JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1954 times:
Best of luck, Kaz ! Post a pic of you in your hairnet...
I can't really remember my first day of work, it was a very long time ago - it was in Johannesburg, my dad dropped me at the station, I caught the train out to Kempton Park (out by the airport - those were the bad old apartheid days when you could a) drive in relative safety to Jo'burg station and b) catch a train fairly safely) and took the staff bus to the Cargo section - talk about an Afrikaner homeland ! I was the only English-speaker in the deparment - they put me in accounting because my aptitude test scores were too high for me to be a freight handler, and GOD it was boring - I was on Accounts Recievable, or To Pay's - hmmm. There was one computer in the entire deparment, stuck in a corner, nobody knew how to use it. Still, it was my first salary - my first ever paycheque was ZAR618.00 - in todays money about GBP45.00 - per month ! And I thought I'd hit the jackpot ! And this was 1985, in case anyone thinks I'm about 100 !
Ben From Switzerland, joined Aug 1999, 1391 posts, RR: 47
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1947 times:
I was 15 (in 1993) and had a small advertisement in the city's main newspaper.
Something like: "Computer Consultant - Hardware and software, installations, upgrades and troubleshooting. $20 per hour. Call Ben on 92738975. No fix no charge".
I go sooooo much work from it. That was a time when shops didn't provide any support for the computers they sold.
The first job I got was a guy who had a brand new 2400 speed modem that he couldn't get working. It was the same as mine with the same problem I had just one week earlier.
It took me about 10 minutes to fix but he kept me there for ages fixing all sorts of other things on his computer. In the end I got $50. Not bad for 2.5 hours work. Even better when all the other kids at school worked the whole week at McDonald's to earn that.
CHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1935 times:
My first day on board the cross-channel cruise ferry i used to work on was hellish. The rest of the cabin crew like to "induct" the newbie with various nice things to "welcome" him to the crew of a well known Southern Port ferry company's flagship, on a route to a well known deep sea French port. I spent my first day welcoming passengers aboard with a smile and telling them where to find their cabins, and where the restaurants, bars, bistro, shops etc were - all in my smart white shirt, ironed grey trousers, tie, blue waistcoat etc - my workmates had stuck an Always Ultra to my back (with wings) and i welcomed 1,600 pax aboard with it stuck to my back - nobody said anything but they laughed their collective asses off when i got up to the crew mess....
I got nailed in my last job when i got told to go down to the Stationary office and ask for a Long Stand and a Heavy Wait. Fell for it hook line and sinker.
On my first day at ASDA when i was at College they got one of the checkout girls to come in as a customer and make like she was buying her weekly shopping, then ask me as an afterthought to quickly pick her up some pile cream (four tubes) some sanitary towels "the really heavy duty ones" - went for it totally...
What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
British767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 284 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1926 times:
My first day at work was May the 3rd 2003. I had to turn up at 8.45 for a staff briefing and for an introduction to the others. At 9.00 I had to start watching the first out of 5 videos, each about 30 mins each. Later on I had to do some training to do with basic stuff. For some reason at about 3pm the boss made us re-arrange the hi-fis as he was to busy to do it himself. Later I found out it was because the next week, the shop was due to have a re-fit or something like that. I also ahd to start serving customers, which was annoying because I couldn't use the till because I didn't yet have a PIN to get into it.
It was a bit scary but I got used to it after a while
DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7879 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1817 times:
My first job was at a local K-Mart when I was 16 years-old. There were about 20 of us doing grunt work to reset the store for a new grocery section. Basically all we ever did was reset merchandise. Worked 40 hours a week and made $6.00/hr... I thought that was a lot of money back then.
With jobs like that, if you have half a brain, you very quickly figure out how to do things and it becomes pretty stress free within the first 2 weeks.
Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
KC7MMI From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 854 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1806 times:
Well, if you want to know how the first day of my first job went...well, good I guess. As my first job was a directory assistance operator (411 & 555-1212) all we did is sit in a room full of computers, introduce ourselves and go over the basics of what we do. But the first day of actual work, we were all nervous. People were calling us for info and we had to get it to them in a timely manner using special searching methods on the computers. Nothing horrible ever happened. I quit the job (for another job) after working there for almost two years. I regret quitting my first job as my second job only lasted a couple months...
Filterboy From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1767 times:
Going back a little bit October 1993 to be exact I was 16 years old I had hair and life was good until I started work (I think work is the nastiest four letter word in the English language) I started stacking shelves and working the tills at curry's part time at the weekend for the next two years and realizing I will have to work for a least the next 49 year's.
Kaz Catering is a good laugh especially if you get to become a waitress and meeting lots of different people even the weridos. I am sure you will look quite fetching in your hairnet. hehehehe
ZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7202 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1753 times:
I was a kitchen hand and "didn't perform to their standards because I was too noisy ie. dishes making banging noises" So I told I wasn't needed.
They called me in a few days later and it turns out that despite the noise, I was the fastest dishwasher there, so it kind of worked out in the end.
Starting rate NZ$7.50 per hour when I was 15 yo
MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14811 posts, RR: 61
Reply 15, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1748 times:
Back in 1987, after I finally passed the university enrtrance exams, I had 5 months time until the next semester started. During this time I worked as an assistant mechanic in a oil /gas burning power station. I stated carrying the toolbox for a mechanic and generaly lending him a hand, but at the end the boss would just givve me a blueprint and tell me to manufacture the parts. I learned a lot (metal work, welding) during this time, which helped me later during my apprenticeship. I found out that I like to manufacture and repair technical things and to work with my hands and head. Only problem was that the work started so damn early (I´m not an easy riser, the one thing I like about my current nightshift job is that I don´t need an alarm clock and I´m usually fully awake when I go to work). I was late several times and I got fired .