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What Was Your First Job?  
User currently offlineCOEWR777 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 428 posts, RR: 1
Posted (11 years 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3795 times:


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User currently offlineSRQCrosscheck From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 211 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3787 times:

telemarketer! i bet i called every a.neter.  stirthepot   duck 

just kidding...

though, i really hated that job.  banghead 

User currently offlineAerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 8312 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3786 times:

My first job ever was as a Travel Consultant in an Agency. I hadn't worked until then.

User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3786 times:

I worked at a Tanning Salon called, "At The Beach"


User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3769 times:

Working at a silk screen printing shop as a printer's apprentice. I'm so glad I'm LONG gone from that business, but it was something I'll never forget, nor stop appreciating.

User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3761 times:

My first job: porter at my local bowling alley .. name of bowling alley: Columbus Square Bowling Palace

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User currently offlineXJRamper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2511 posts, RR: 42
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3759 times:

I caddied, as in carried a member's golf bag for him.


Look ma' no hands!
User currently offlineAirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3752 times:

I worked at UPS factory handling heavy packages and Inventory Specialist both terrible jobs but UPS payed like 12 bucks/hour. Everybody should respect those UPS and FedEx "rats" behind the scenes because they make everything possible and they have the toughest job.

I am trying to find an airport job during the summer probably handling cargo.

User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3755 times:

My first job was at a video store. After that I moved on to an aviation hobby store doing the same thing, dealing with customers, and a few miscellaneous duties. Overall, I think working in retail is a good learning experience for young students, but I don't miss it at all.

"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
User currently offlineSunking737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2112 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (11 years 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3743 times:

I worked with 5 other friends from high school at Knott's Berry Farm in California

We had a blast. I will never forget the summer of '78

User currently offlineSLC1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3742 times:

Working here....


Doing everything: Catering, Conferences, Office Assistant, Room Service, Cashier, Line Cook, Prep Cook, blah blah blah. We were on the Food Network once.

Explanation: we're a Hospital Cafeteria, but one that serves gourmet, healthy (e.g. Buffalo instead of Beef) food at the top of a world-class cancer facility on top of a mountain in SLC.

[Edited 2005-05-10 05:35:29]

User currently onlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4904 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (11 years 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3735 times:

Me? I'm 13. Can't get a "real" job.

Flying an aeroplane with only a single propeller to keep you in the air. Can you imagine that? -Capt. Picard
User currently offlineFlyingNanook From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 830 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (11 years 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3715 times:

I washed beakers for my university's chemistry department. And listened to NPR. The best part was that I had all the keycodes to get in the various labs to put the beakers away. That and the chem department stored pretty strong hydrochloric acid (9M? IIRC) in tupperware. And I got my very own pair of goggles because for some reason I needed goggles to wash beakers. But now I know the difference between an Erlenmeyer flask and a Florence flask.

Semper ubi sub ubi.
User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 56
Reply 13, posted (11 years 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3711 times:

My jobs since leaving school:

Tesco Supermarket (1 yr, just over)
British Armed Forces (about 3 yrs)
Train Conductor (now done this for 5 yrs and still counting)

My Next Career?

Hopefully for an airline.....

**My 500TH POST!!** WOOHOO Big grin



[Edited 2005-05-10 08:01:39]

Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8596 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (11 years 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3711 times:
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I started work with a construction company in a civil engineering learner programme. My dad is a civil engineer so I have been around construction all my life...despite dad's advice I followed in his footsteps and it lasted 3 weeks!

January 1979 I was 18 years old and the company posted me to a refinery construction site miles from anywhere, living in the single quarters sharing a room with a Polish contractor who knew almost no English and came in blind drunk every night. No thank you!

After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 56
Reply 15, posted (11 years 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3709 times:

Quoting Andz (Reply 14):
sharing a room with a Polish contractor who knew almost no English and came in blind drunk every night

You poor Guy!!  Wink


Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineAlcregular From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (11 years 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3705 times:

I started working two days after leaving school. I started working for a company called Late Escapes whoo were then bought out by Airtours and then renamed Going Places Direct. I was there for 2 1/2 years (longest i've stayed in a job) then I moved to a rival around the corner from them, Last Stop Holiday Shop, who then was bought out by Thomson Holidays and renamed them Team Lincolm, then I moved to Spain.

User currently offlineNKP S2 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1714 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (11 years 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3701 times:

Mechanic, general "go-pher", and cleanup prep-man at a new car dealership. My father ( co-owner and self-made ) allowed no "boss's son" cache', nor did I seek same. Put in 40+ hours/week for $50.00 hard cash ( in 1978 ). Thought I died and gone to heaven.

[Edited 2005-05-10 08:44:53]

User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 53
Reply 18, posted (11 years 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3697 times:

My first job after leaving school was in the Engineering Time Office at British United Airways, in the VC-10 hangar at Gatwick.

Main duties were writing out the daily time cards and making copious amounts of tea. It was there I leant that a brown stain in the tea mug was cholic and each cup should be scrubbed clean. I stayed about 9 months then moved to Passenger Revenue Accounts.At least i didn't have to make the tea there!!

Then I joined the RAF and stayed in for 23 yrs, 1 month and 13 days. Ah well, happy days.

Andy  old 

Growing old is compulsory, growing up is optional
User currently offlineAGC525 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 989 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (11 years 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3694 times:

Pumping gas at a local gas station, Crossroads Amoco. I was in high school, and it paid for hockey equipment....

American Aviation: From Kitty Hawk to the Moon in 66 years!
User currently offlineAtco2b From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 1114 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (11 years 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3694 times:

Paperboy. It was so boring. 400 papers every Friday night for the smallest wage ever!  Sad

Hey, you want to go out for pizza and some sex? What, you don't like pizza?
User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11963 posts, RR: 41
Reply 21, posted (11 years 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3689 times:

Working in a record shop downtown. Small place where I was the only one working in the shop during the day. I got paid to sit and listen to whatever music I chose to put on, all day. Doesn't get much better than that.  Wink


"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (11 years 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3687 times:

My first paid job was working at the Coca Cola stand at the Rand Show in Johannesburg, for 2 weeks, at the old showgrounds in Milner Park (before they moved out of town). I earned ZAR400.00 !

My first proper job was as an Accounts Clerk at SAA Cargo (International Recieved) at (then) Jan Smuts Airport. BOOORRRRING !!

User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 29373 posts, RR: 73
Reply 23, posted (11 years 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3677 times:

My first job was working in a General Nutrition Center (GNC) in Pt. Hueneme, CA. My favorite job ever was working as a fundraiser in London

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 13):
Train Conductor (now done this for 5 yrs and still counting)

Which train company?

Mangeons les French fries, mais surtout pratiquons avec fierte le French kiss
User currently onlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7233 posts, RR: 11
Reply 24, posted (11 years 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3675 times:

I was a humble cleaner making a small and honest living Big grin

25 Post contains links Mir : I was an intern in an architect's office making models. I worked on this project: http://www.kpf.com/Projects/Dulles.htm Fun times, but unfortunately
26 Jwenting : Stuffing brochures and other mailings for a small pharmaceutical company during the holidays.
27 CURLYHEADBOY : My very first job, while studying at the university, was a real crappy one: I worked for a company called "Flash Services". My task was basically to s
28 Post contains images HAWK21M : East West Airlines Joined as an Aircraft Tech,Left as an Shift Manager [AME]. Enjoyed Every bit of it. regds MEL
29 BA380 : strategy consultant after university
30 Kieron747 : For those Brits here you may remember the department store formerly known as Lewis's (now taken over my Debenhams). I worked there whilst at college i
31 Cornish : Well if we ignore my weekend paper round as a kid and various student jobs, GAP year teachings etc, then my first proper "career job" after my MA was
32 Sabena332 : My apprenticeship as an office clerk at a big Finnish mobile phone company was my first job after I finished commercial college. Patrick
33 Logan22L : My first job was in 1980, working as a bagger and cart hound for a local supermarket. My first real job was as an organic chemist in the pharmaceutica
34 JGPH1A : That's how you know you're doing it wrong !
35 Post contains images Logan22L : LOL, JG. It's the Darwinian approach to chemistry. Logan
36 Kieron747 : Absolutely. As a foolish lad new to a synthetic laboratory, I made several key mistakes. I distilled some benzyl chloride into a bottle without addin
37 Post contains images JGPH1A : Sounds like Saturday evening cocktails, Kirkie-style
38 Logan22L : Kirkie seems more like the isopropanol type. Keep the Kitty Dukakises coming! Logan
39 Brettbrett21 : My first job was/is at Staples office supply store, the work is pretty dull but the people are all cool and I work with a couple of my good friends th
40 LY7E7 : Salesperson in Best Buy .....
41 PacificWestern : I've never had a job let alone a first one. You see, my daddy has just heaps of money. Whenever I ask, and even when I don't, he showers me with cars
42 British767 : I am a Sales Assistant for a popular electronic store in the UK. Have been there for 2 years and 1 week (to the day). It has it's good and bad points,
43 PHLBOS : I was a stockboy for a small 5-and-10 chain called New England Stores during the summer and early fall of 1982. I was 16 going on 17 at the time.
44 Post contains images JGPH1A : Whooosshhhh - that's the sound of a cultural reference cruising over my head at FL350 ! I'll need the explanation for Dummies on that one.
45 ORFflyer : Besides being a paperboy, me and some classmates worked at Kings Dominion during the summer of 76. $2.10/hour in the pizza parlor. (Kings Dominion is
46 Post contains images Logan22L : Michael Dukakis, the former Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (twice, non-consecutively) also ran for President in 1988. His wife, Kitty,
47 Post contains images JGPH1A : Side ? Just the one ? Thanks for the explanation, I know who Kitty Dukakis is, just not that she liked a drop of the REALLY hard stuff.
48 TriStarEnvy : Ran a small train in Almedia Mall in Houston, 1977.
49 Post contains images Gladave : job list: from doing all these jobs within about 4 weeks of each other - door to door farm produce (you may laugh but at £30 a weeks its not bad for
50 Post contains images Superfly : Don't laugh but my first job was at Taco Bell (1989) and my job was to cut the cheese. Back then, Taco Bells cut the cheese in-house instead of having
51 Post contains images Logan22L : How can I not? Logan
52 Post contains images Superfly : Stop laughing Logan! I bought my first car with that Taco Bell money. A 1974 Ford Pinto for $250. It ran on regular leaded gas and it was only 88-95 c
53 Post contains images VirginAbby : Selling popcorn at our local cinema
54 VSLover : oh god superfly, how can you say "dont laugh" and "cut the cheese" on the same page?!?! my first job was as a cake decorator...but it was ice cream ca
55 PHLBOS : The main issue with Kitty, I believe, was her addiction to diet pills (amphetamines). 'Fly, That cut the cheese metaphor almost tops your pumping you
56 Post contains images Superfly : Your never gonna let me forget that one, ay? Gosh I wish I had a printed job description from back then.
57 Logan22L : Could be, could be. At least amphetamines are meant for ingestion. Isopropanol has just gotta burn a bit. Logan
58 Post contains images PHLBOS : I'm surprised that they didn't advise you to cut down on the refried beans.
59 Superfly : You need to have seniority and lots of clout to make it up to the refried beans in the hierarchy of Taco Bell.
60 PHLBOS : I was referring to eating refried beans during your breaks.
61 Greyhound : Inspecting vehicles and taking payments at our local insurance agency.
62 TWFirst : Dairy Queen. How appropriate, eh?
63 Post contains images Logan22L : I might have guessed you were a Mohel. Logan
64 Lemmy : I washed G/A airplanes at Hanscom AFB for a summer. Very cool job, I thought.
65 Post contains images UALramperORD : First job was Cart Attendant/ Caddy at my local golf course in 1998. Made real good tip money
66 Revelation : My first job: Making popsicles at an ice cream factory. Initially I was the lackey who took the popsicles off the machine and packed them into boxes,
67 Canuckpaxguy : Most people don't believe that I actually worked in a library...but yes, it was my first job and I was told to "shhhh" often by the senior librarians
68 Post contains images Saxdiva : My first job was in junior high--at a feed and livestock store. I cleaned chicken coops and unloaded feed trucks for $2 an hour. The job kinda sucked,
69 JGPH1A : Weren't those the cars that exploded if you looked at them funny ?
70 Duke : Research Assistant to the Quebec Ministry of the Environment's Complaints Department. A student job in the summer of 2001, after my third year of univ
71 Senorcarnival : I was a server at a Chinese restaurant the summer after I graduated from h.s. in 1999. I miss the tips, but I wouldn't go back if it was the last job
72 Post contains images Superfly : That is a cool first job. It's hell of a lot better than cutting cheese. No they had to be rear-ended at a moderate to high speed to get the explosio
73 Iakobos : First job (age 14) was selling peaches at a local supermarket. I threw the damaged on the side and selected only the nice ones and the clients were ve
74 Post contains images Superfly : Iakobos: Wow your job was to pick the best peaches? I voluntarily do that everyday!
75 KyleLosAngeles : My very first job was as a foot and hand model. Seriously!
76 Post contains images VSLover : because your hands and feet are really really really ridiculously good looking?
77 PHLBOS : To add: the Pintos (and later Mercury Bobcats) that had this problem were the '71-'76 Sedans and Runabouts only. The wagons, which had an extra 10 in
78 Post contains images Superfly : Oh gosh! "Hey lady want to see my extra 10 inches in the back of my cruising wagon?" When I was a little kid, a guy down the street had a 77-80 model
79 Iakobos : I wished that was it Larry... Sidenote to the night trains....if anyone wants to know what the company chief-cook did regularly (drunk like an Irish
80 SFOMEX : Census worker, when I was in high School. I had to visit every home in four blocks to ask them for all kind of personal information the government wan
81 777ER : Delivering leaflets for a real estate company when I was 8.
82 ZKSUJ : Actually since 777 mentioned it, I was a paper boy as well when I was 8
83 Avek00 : My first job was an internship in the US House of Representatives.
84 OYRJA : My first job was as a paper boy. I was a paperboy for 1 year before I got a job as a Buzzboy at KRP Airport.
85 Post contains images Diamond : They are better to look at than the rest of him, tha's for sure! [Edited 2005-05-12 19:16:57]
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