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Old 08-29-2017, 04:00 AM
 
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Age 9, babysat a 2 and a 5 year old. The pay was awful!
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Old 08-29-2017, 04:32 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Summer jobs starting at age 16. Into the Marine Corps six days out of high school.
I joined military at 20 yrs. One of the best decisions in my life, imo. Not sure I could have handled it at 18, though. Wasn't mature enough, maybe. Who knows. Maybe I could have. My father was somewhat of a drill sergeant at home.
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Old 08-29-2017, 05:17 AM
 
Location: SW Corner of CT
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started P/T at 16.....went F/T at 18. From my first day of work (P/T) my Mom collected half my pay for rent, and gave me a shelf in the Pantry and Fridge for food.
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Old 08-29-2017, 06:24 AM
 
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Maybe 14 but more likely 15. Dishwashing.
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Old 08-29-2017, 07:25 AM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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I started babysitting for pay at 14, as well as working at a nearby stable for cash and riding privileges. I got my first actual job with a schedule and a paycheck at 16, working at a fast casual type Mexican restaurant as a server and cashier on nights and weekends while in HS. At 18, I was working as assistant manager of a ladies apparel store and at 20 as a financial counselor at Planned Parenthood, and as a credit clerk at a jewelry store in the mall. At 21, I entered the USAF.

From age 18 until retirement at 51, I never went more than 3 weeks without full-time paid employment.
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Old 08-29-2017, 07:52 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Probably 9-10 when I did a paper route and mowed neighborhood lawns, but my first real job was at age 14, peeling potatoes at a fish & chips shop.
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Old 08-29-2017, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia/South Jersey area
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My first job with an official employer was at 16. YMCA summer camp counselor.
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Old 08-29-2017, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Northern Wisconsin
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Caddy at a country club at 13. $3 for 18 holes.
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Old 08-29-2017, 10:32 AM
 
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12 years old - deliverd orders for a drug store. 17 worked at a coop at college, 20 hrs /week as a breakfast cook. 17 first full time job as a mail boy at the U.S.G.S.
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Old 08-29-2017, 11:42 AM
 
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First full time job? 20.
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