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Old 08-28-2017, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Central NY
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16 clerk - part time - in department store.
17 stenographer - part time - in abstract and title company
18 secretary - full time - large corporation
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Old 08-28-2017, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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My first full time job was when I took a year off between my junior and senior years of college. I was 22. Before that, my first summer job was when I was 19.
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Old 08-28-2017, 02:56 PM
 
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At about 10 to 11 I started working at a local stand that was setup three times a year, doing Fireworks, Pumpkins and Christmas Trees.


First 'real' job, meaning I paid taxes was at 15 at a Dairy Queen.


Been working pretty much solid since then. 43 now.
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Old 08-28-2017, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I babysat at 12. I worked on a food truck in high school. Then I had a job as an aid in a nursing home, also in high school. I was rather ill suited to all of them.
My first real job was at 28 as a bank teller. I was pretty bad at that too, but I was pretty and personable, and eager, so I was finally good at being a staff assistant, which was a general secretary and customer service person.
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Old 08-28-2017, 03:31 PM
 
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not counting the typical lawn mowing and odd jobs around a boatyard, working on maintenance and repair projects starting when I was 12 ...

my first "real" business was a sailboat maintenance & repair/make ready for day use by the owners, dock/wash down, secure and clean up on demand at age 14. At times, I had 3 employees. This was an almost full-time summer business that ran from June through October until I graduated High School and moved away for College. Most of our day sailing customers were on weekends, but sanding/varnishing/painting was during the week ... easy to put in 50-70 hours/week. Lots of it was fun, but it really could be hard work and held to a very high standard. We had to do as good or better than the "pro" boatyards in the area and when working on a slip at a marina or club had to be very careful about dust/debris affecting other boats.
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Old 08-28-2017, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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First job 14 yrs old...landscaping
First real job 20 yrs old....US Army Soldier/Corpsman,Medic.
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Old 08-28-2017, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Old 08-28-2017, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque NM
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First job at age 15 at a bowling alley snack bar but I turned 16 four months later. I started working full-time the summer before my junior year in high school and continued working there part-time during the school year.
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Old 08-28-2017, 11:47 PM
 
Location: Backwoods of Maine
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I was 12 and already getting close to 6' tall, when an elderly gent with a beautiful German Shepherd hired me to run around the ring with his dog. Other dog show people noticed me, and wanted me to handle their dogs in the ring.

I never considered this an odd job, because 1) from that time on, my mom never had to buy school clothes for my younger brother and me, and 2) I continued with this work until I was 28, married, and our first child was on the way.

Oh - and I have owned German Shepherds ever since!
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Old 08-29-2017, 12:13 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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Summer jobs starting at age 16. Into the Marine Corps six days out of high school.
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