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What Was Your First Job?

Tue May 10, 2005 10:54 am

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Tue May 10, 2005 11:02 am

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

just kidding...

though, i really hated that job.  banghead 
 
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Tue May 10, 2005 11:07 am

My first job ever was as a Travel Consultant in an Agency. I hadn't worked until then.
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Tue May 10, 2005 11:10 am

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

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RE: What Was Your First Job?

Tue May 10, 2005 11:32 am

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.
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Tue May 10, 2005 11:43 am

My first job: porter at my local bowling alley .. name of bowling alley: Columbus Square Bowling Palace
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Tue May 10, 2005 11:44 am

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

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RE: What Was Your First Job?

Tue May 10, 2005 12:00 pm

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.
 
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Tue May 10, 2005 12:01 pm

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.
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RE: What Was Your First Job?

Tue May 10, 2005 12:29 pm

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
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RE: What Was Your First Job?

Tue May 10, 2005 12:32 pm

Working here....

http://www.thepoint.hci.utah.edu/

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]
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RE: What Was Your First Job?

Tue May 10, 2005 12:37 pm

Me? I'm 13. Can't get a "real" job.
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RE: What Was Your First Job?

Tue May 10, 2005 2:54 pm

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.
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RE: What Was Your First Job?

Tue May 10, 2005 3:00 pm

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.....



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Thanks

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RE: What Was Your First Job?

Tue May 10, 2005 3:00 pm

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!
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RE: What Was Your First Job?

Tue May 10, 2005 3:02 pm

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


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RE: What Was Your First Job?

Tue May 10, 2005 3:29 pm

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.
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RE: What Was Your First Job?

Tue May 10, 2005 3:43 pm

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.

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Tue May 10, 2005 4:08 pm

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.

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RE: What Was Your First Job?

Tue May 10, 2005 4:14 pm

Pumping gas at a local gas station, Crossroads Amoco. I was in high school, and it paid for hockey equipment....
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RE: What Was Your First Job?

Tue May 10, 2005 4:24 pm

Paperboy. It was so boring. 400 papers every Friday night for the smallest wage ever!  Sad
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RE: What Was Your First Job?

Tue May 10, 2005 4:45 pm

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

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RE: What Was Your First Job?

Tue May 10, 2005 4:52 pm

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 !!
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RE: What Was Your First Job?

Tue May 10, 2005 6:38 pm

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?
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RE: What Was Your First Job?

Tue May 10, 2005 6:45 pm

I was a humble cleaner making a small and honest living Big grin
 
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RE: What Was Your First Job?

Tue May 10, 2005 6:53 pm

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 it wasn't a paid position.

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RE: What Was Your First Job?

Tue May 10, 2005 7:06 pm

Stuffing brochures and other mailings for a small pharmaceutical company during the holidays.
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RE: What Was Your First Job?

Tue May 10, 2005 7:12 pm

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 stay in an elevator of a congress center and go up and down all day long...
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RE: What Was Your First Job?

Tue May 10, 2005 8:38 pm

East West Airlines  Smile
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RE: What Was Your First Job?

Tue May 10, 2005 9:06 pm

strategy consultant after university
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RE: What Was Your First Job?

Tue May 10, 2005 9:19 pm

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 in the crappy shoe department, earning a paltry 1.82 GBP an hour and serving stuck-up middle aged-women. I hated it so much.

Whilst at University I worked as a checkout assistant at ASDA, which was even worse!

I'm glad those days are over.

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RE: What Was Your First Job?

Tue May 10, 2005 9:22 pm

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 as an assitant analyst at IATA working on traffic statistics, economics and forecasting
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RE: What Was Your First Job?

Tue May 10, 2005 11:16 pm

My apprenticeship as an office clerk at a big Finnish mobile phone company was my first job after I finished commercial college.

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RE: What Was Your First Job?

Tue May 10, 2005 11:41 pm

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 pharmaceutical industry in 1986.

Quoting FlyingNanook (Reply 12):
And I got my very own pair of goggles because for some reason I needed goggles to wash beakers.

Damn straight, Jen. Anytime you're in a lab, you should have safety glasses on. I've seen explosions and other accidents that happen really quickly. It's best to be on the safe side.

Logan
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RE: What Was Your First Job?

Tue May 10, 2005 11:44 pm

Quoting Logan22L (Reply 33):
I've seen explosions

That's how you know you're doing it wrong !
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RE: What Was Your First Job?

Tue May 10, 2005 11:52 pm

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 34):
That's how you know you're doing it wrong !

LOL, JGSmile It's the Darwinian approach to chemistry.

Logan
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RE: What Was Your First Job?

Tue May 10, 2005 11:53 pm

Quoting Logan22L (Reply 33):
Anytime you're in a lab, you should have safety glasses on. I've seen explosions and other accidents that happen really quickly.

Absolutely. As a foolish lad new to a synthetic laboratory, I made several key mistakes.

I distilled some benzyl chloride into a bottle without adding a stabiliser.
I stored the bottle in the wrong cabinet, so it was sat next to a half-litre bottle of Bromine (shouldn't have been there- oops!), and 2 litres of petroleum spirit, 2 litres of ether, 1 litre of chloroform and 2 litres of ethyl acetate.

On a particularly hot summer day, the benzyl chloride decided to self-polymerise. The resulting explosion took out the bromine, which in turn caused a fire with the other solvents.

I was glad to be wearing glasses and a lab coat that day as it went off very close to where I was working!

So much for the lab, which had just been refurbished! Maybe I should have stuck at the shoe shop!

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RE: What Was Your First Job?

Tue May 10, 2005 11:57 pm

Quoting Kieron747 (Reply 36):
a half-litre bottle of Bromine (shouldn't have been there- oops!), and 2 litres of petroleum spirit, 2 litres of ether, 1 litre of chloroform and 2 litres of ethyl acetate.

Sounds like Saturday evening cocktails, Kirkie-style  Smile
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RE: What Was Your First Job?

Wed May 11, 2005 12:06 am

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 37):
Sounds like Saturday evening cocktails, Kirkie-style

Kirkie seems more like the isopropanol type. Keep the Kitty Dukakises coming!

Logan
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RE: What Was Your First Job?

Wed May 11, 2005 12:07 am

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 that I've known for ages...pay's not bad either!
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RE: What Was Your First Job?

Wed May 11, 2005 12:10 am

Salesperson in Best Buy .....
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RE: What Was Your First Job?

Wed May 11, 2005 12:13 am

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 and other expensive gifts. Now I won't say how my daddy got his money but you'll just have to take my word that he has more than anyone else in the world.

Someday I hope all of you will come and visit me and we can have a huge party. Daddy will even send his private Airbus 380 for everyone. I know you must all be so jealous because my parents give me lots and lots of money.

And for those of you who doubt what I say, I should warn you that my daddy will use his connections to hurt each and everyone of you. So be nice to me.

I hope I've impressed everyone with my stories and that I seem far more interesting than I actually am.

Signed,

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RE: What Was Your First Job?

Wed May 11, 2005 12:22 am

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, but mostly bad. Most of the people I work with are good people, but there can be some arseholes (like any company I guess). At the moment I am contemplating moving on to another company, in the same job, but with more selling and less fart-arsing around doing other stuff (putting out delivery, merchandising etc). Also a large minority of the customers are chavs..."Oi Bruv, I've go' for'y quid to spend, give me the BEST digi'al camera wiv like 6 faaasend pixels!"

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RE: What Was Your First Job?

Wed May 11, 2005 12:27 am

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.
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RE: What Was Your First Job?

Wed May 11, 2005 12:28 am

Quoting Logan22L (Reply 38):
Kirkie seems more like the isopropanol type. Keep the Kitty Dukakises coming!

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.  Smile
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RE: What Was Your First Job?

Wed May 11, 2005 12:28 am

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 a theme park, similar to Bush Gardens, Knott's Berry Farm, etc.)

Chip
 
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RE: What Was Your First Job?

Wed May 11, 2005 12:47 am

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 44):
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.

Michael Dukakis, the former Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (twice, non-consecutively) also ran for President in 1988. His wife, Kitty, had some pretty well publicized problems with drinking and depression, and once (at least) it came out that she had drank rubbing alcohol. Just my tasteless side (side? crazy  ) coming out.

Logan
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RE: What Was Your First Job?

Wed May 11, 2005 12:54 am

Quoting Logan22L (Reply 46):
Just my tasteless side (side? ) coming out.

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. Big grin
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RE: What Was Your First Job?

Wed May 11, 2005 12:56 am

Ran a small train in Almedia Mall in Houston, 1977.
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RE: What Was Your First Job?

Wed May 11, 2005 12:59 am

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 a 15yr old :p). started to expand too much,.... i ended up sub-contracting friends to help .lol
- paperboy (nuff said)
- Ice steward. mostly stewarding out at weekends, then went on to help at the ice dicsos, some of the totty was very nice  Wink
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