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Old 08-30-2017, 08:26 PM
Location: Minnesota
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At 17, Front Desk Clerk at a Holiday Inn. Great starter job for me. Learning customer service and being an ambassador for my area, Pittsburgh. Made many connections met so many people. That was the 3 to 11 shift.
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Old 08-30-2017, 10:17 PM
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First time I worked for money was at age 10, shoveling coal from a basement storage room onto a wheelbarrow in our NYC apartment building. Several boys and I would make neat little coal piles in front of the firetube boiler which supplied steam to each apartment's radiator heaters during winter. The building Superintendent (a nice old limping Korean War Veteran) would shovel coal from the piles we made and hurl it into the boiler's furnace to keep fires lit and steam flowing during winter. He'd pay each boy anywhere from $1.00 to $1.50 for helping him. That was a lot of money for a 10 year old boy back in 1970. With coal dust on our faces and hands, we felt like grown men coming home after a hard day's work.

This experience - so I believe - established in me the principle of never fearing hard work in exchange for a decent wage.

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Old 08-30-2017, 10:23 PM
Location: WA
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First job - Paperboy at - 11
First job where I received an actual paycheck -13
First "real" job where I supported myself - 19
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Old 08-30-2017, 11:30 PM
Location: Tennessee
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14 - tutoring.
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Old 08-31-2017, 07:02 PM
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I started baby sitting when I was in 5th grade, and picking berries in junior high.
First real paying job was in high school as a nurses aid in a nursing home.
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Old 09-01-2017, 08:40 AM
Location: Loudon, TN
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Originally Posted by gleamingobscenereader View Post
My answer is going to be different from most because -- The only jobs anyone can get in college is retail since you need your degree to work in your field (internships and volunteer work don't count because barely anyone offers it, and if they do, its unpaid. Welp, my parents were too controlling with me working throughout college - they forced me not to work during college, not even for summers when I had off. Even when I graduated and had to find a job, I wasnt allowed to work anywhere until I found a job I went to school for, not even retail. Literally couldnt find a job without retail, but thats a different question because of all the details (this is the gist of it).

When I graduated I was 24 y/o. When I found my job it was when I was 25 but I was practically 26 (when I started, I had another 3/4 months until my 26th birthday). I only found my job because they were so desperate for help that they literally hired anyone who came through the door unless it was obvious why they shouldnt hire you.
I wish that I would have had the option to go to school and not have to work at all. I do think it puts you at an educational advantage, but also a disadvantage employment-wise because you end up with a degree but zero work experience. Work experience, of almost any kind, matters to employers because it shows that you have some sense of responsibility, drive, and the discipline needed to get to the job and do the work expected of you.
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Old 09-01-2017, 01:08 PM
Location: Approximately 50 miles from Missoula MT/38 yrs full time after 4 yrs part time
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Stocking grocery store shelves in 7th grade at the local "A&P" grocery store in a town of 3000 back in 1945.
Then as a freshman in high school (1946), 3 friends and I got a job at the "FOULDS MACARONI " and Pasta food plant. (One of the guy's fathers, was a shift foreman and knew my Dad, who had passed away that year.)
At 3:30 pm every afternoon (when the day shift had ended,) we had to "blow all the broken pieces of pasta, dust and flour" off all the conveyors and related equipment before the night shift came on line for their 5 to 1 a.m. shift.
Each of us was issued an "Air Gun attached to a 75 foot long air hose.it just so happened that the hole in the BARREL of the air gun was a perfect size for the dia of their PASTA..........yeah, you guessed right, we had many, many "wars" shooting each other with pasta!!....The pay ($1./hr)
was good and our mom's thought the "free pasta was great!!
Then in 1948, age 16, junior in High School, got a job with an Asphalt Paving CO. for June, July, and Aug for the next three summers........had to join the union, however the $2.85/hr made it worth while..........time and a half for over 8hr/day, and double time on Saturday.
The hard physical labor (shoveling asphalt and running an air hammer breaking concrete), ended up being a contributing factor to saving my life in the 3rd year of having that job................but that's a whole 'nother strory!
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Old 09-01-2017, 01:18 PM
Status: "Support the Mining Law of 1872" (set 11 days ago)
Location: Cody, WY
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I was 9. I began my work life when I bought stock in Federal Uranium and Radorock Resources. I was never a blue collar worker. Yech!
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Old 09-02-2017, 03:35 PM
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Old 10-13-2017, 09:53 AM
Location: NYC
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Working class family: dad worked as an employee + owned a small business at the same time. Starting at age 13 I had to relieve him at the store after school M-F (& some Saturdays) while he worked the evening shift elsewhere, my high school wasn't local so I had to take a commuter train during morning rush hour into the city, took almost 1 hour with bus connections. So between these 2 factors my high school social life was pretty constrained to say the least.

I also worked my way through college, you could do that back then, but it took much longer to finish. I always say "College was the best 10 years of my life!" But I was spread too thin & didn't have any work/life balance & became quite rebellious eventually, but I was also one of the only ones of my teenage social circle to ever get a college degree.
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