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Old 06-27-2014, 01:37 PM
Location: Albuquerque NM
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Bartending. I worked part-time bartending in graduate school. I'm a night owl and enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and mixing drinks. Of course I was a chemistry major.

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Old 06-27-2014, 02:10 PM
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worked for an advertising agency back in the 70's....it was fun, creative and I learned alot.
And I really like the people I worked with. Although, it was nothing like Mad Men
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Old 06-27-2014, 02:22 PM
Location: Northern IL
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For me, working in a department store (1st job) at a thing called "general stock". We did everything from receiving merchandise, helping security follow someone, going to folks houses to help with stuff they bought, locking up the store, it went on and on. Even saved a kid who got his hand caught in the escalator once. It was the variety I loved. Did not pay much but never got bored.
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Old 06-27-2014, 04:50 PM
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I worked at a tech company during the early 90s that had the sweet spot of meaningful work, company culture, rewards, benes, awesome infrastructure/tools/IT environment/processes and work-life balance. I never had as good a job before that and have failed to find as good of one since.
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Old 06-27-2014, 06:35 PM
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Originally Posted by LilyLady View Post
My best job was the time I spent as a fire/arson investigator. It didn't pay very well, but working for a municipal government rarely does unless you're one of the higher ups. Even so, I wouldn't change a minute of it.

Wow! I'll bet you could write a book. I always found fire/arson investigation absolutely fascinating when I was in college working on my BS in criminal justice. Lucky you!
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Old 06-27-2014, 10:55 PM
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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Originally Posted by nezlie View Post
You're retired now, or maybe soon to be retired, and now you can sit back and ponder about things in your life a little more since the daily demands of work are behind you, or soon to be. Yeah, that pressure's off or soon to be off. So what is the best job that you ever had? What we think of as "best" can mean different things to different people of course. In this case, for some it may mean great relationships, or feelings of accomplishment, maybe more money, or higher level of advancement... any of a number of things that make us remember a certain job with fondness. You tell us!

Btw, raising a family, that little 24/7 job that is often taken for granted by many, also counts here on this thread. It also doesn't have to have been a full-time job..... whatever was the fondest.
I have a couple of favorite past jobs. The first, in my 30s, was for a small janitorial supply company. I was hired as the bookkeeper but eventually got involved in ordering, sales and collections as well. The phone company trained me in collections. Interesting! Our bigger customers were schools, churches, hospitals and some gov't offices. I was able to go out and get sales, take people to lunch to discuss it and make bids, in general, had a really good time doing all that. This was in Detroit so had tons of opportunities. I was also going to college at that time and my boss didn't care if I studied and did homework...I guess he figured what I was learning was worth it. Accounting. lol

My other "favorite job" was at a resort that was privately owned by some very good people who turned out to be good for me! I started as a waitress and expressed interest in learning other depts. in the resort. I worked part time in the gift shop to give the owners some time off. I worked the front desk and eventually became the manager. All this and still keeping my hand in the restaurant. I did everything there except line cook because I didn't want to. I did dishes, I prep cooked for a while and baked bread every day. Eventually I became Food Service manager and THAT was my favorite job of all time. By this time the resort had been sold to another private owner who had brought in his own GM. We got along great and, again, I was pretty much allowed to work wherever I wanted. We had a Food Service manager who was terrible and when she didn't show up to run the Easter Sunday special doings she was fired and I stepped in. The boss just let me go and do whatever I wanted. I ended up managing two restaurants and two bars. He turned over half of his paperwork to me too so I was learning a LOT. Whenever he had to be out of town I was acting GM and nobody objected. The ONLY thing I never did at that place was Housekeeping. I was also the family reunion/weddings/group planner and instituted a Fri. night poolside BBQ. Loved that job! Left to move to AK but those were a great six years.

I think most people have had 'better' and way more interesting jobs than I have but I've had a lot more fun at some of mine than a lot of others. And jobs where I wasn't held back by someone else's ideas for 'my' place...well, that's good too.
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Old 06-28-2014, 12:25 AM
Location: NYC
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I was a projectionist at a university art cinema in my 20s & got to see some of the greatest films ever made, many of which I probably wouldn't have bothered to see on my own, from silent classics to exploitation, international, Hollywood classics, documentaries & porn.

In my 30's I had a job that allowed me to explore a lot of the West & meet some very unusual people out there. Neither of these jobs paid much but I would go back to either in a minute.
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Old 06-28-2014, 12:49 AM
Location: Pac. NW
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Bass player in a touring band.

I'd paid my dues in crappy small time bands and venues and finally got a break playing with some pros.

I had to learn a bunch of tunes I'd never even heard before in 2 weeks, and holed up my apartment with my bass and the music and got 30 plus tunes down, not counting popular covers that I'd at least heard on the radio.

Free beer, hotel rooms and free food. The other musicians were seasoned pros and I more than held my own.

Playing with seasoned pros onstage for 4 hours a night, my hands became like machines. My musicianship increased to the point that I felt invincible up there on that stage. Better than sex, I kid you not.

It was also quite a social studies lesson. Different locales, people of all walks, cool people, scary people. Upscale clubs and total dive bars. It was an eye opener.

Dead audiences and some really energetic ones as well. You never knew from one night to the next how it was gonna go.

It only lasted a year before I quit. It was the chance of a lifetime - so many musicians dream of touring and never get the opportunity.

It is without question the best job I ever had.

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Old 06-28-2014, 12:54 AM
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I was a shift manager for a huge truck stop for 4 years and it was the absolute best job I ever had and the most fun, least paying, most rewarding, most stressful and most amount of hours I have ever worked in my life and I would go back to that job anytime.
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Old 06-28-2014, 03:50 AM
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Age 20-25. I worked as a news captioning editor at a public TV station. The job largely no longer exists, because of closed captioning technology and the pay certainly hasn't kept up with other changes over the years. I had a 4-day workweek, interesting work that I found largely easy, interesting co-workers, and didn't have to dress. Oh, and there was status, which bothered me, since most people my age weren't doing anything noteworthy (yet). It was the only time in my life when I had more than enough money for the life I was leading at the time. I am still good friends with several people from those days.
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