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Old 03-11-2007, 03:11 PM   #1
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what was your first job?

and how old were you...

and WHY you started working?

a doubt I got last night... as I'm 22, still in college and had never worked (as in monthly/weekly payment) EVER

I'm still too young

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Old 03-11-2007, 03:15 PM   #2
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paperboy, since i was 10 years old.

in driving rain, snow, cold wind...

kids nowadays. so spoiled.

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Old 03-11-2007, 03:35 PM   #3
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I started babysitting when I was 11, for neighborhood families and my younger cousins. I delivered two different newspapers and in high school, I babysat for various people 4-5 times a week (I had 15 families who called me). During the summers, I nannied full time (everyday, all day, bleh). In college I was a computer technician, a TA, and lab assistant. Combined, I worked about 20-30 hrs a week while school was on and then did the technician job full time (40+) over breaks and summer break.

Why did I start working? Because I wanted to go to movies, buy clothes, go out for dinners w/ friends and such and my parents would laugh in my face if I asked for spending money. In college, I worked to pay for books, food, rent, and utilities. In high school, I worked more in the summers for something to do, since everyone else worked too.
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paperboy, 12 years old

for 3 years

gambling money
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1st job was a cashier in a supermarket. Worked there for almost 4 years.

I started working because I didn't want to depend on my parents.
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Old 03-11-2007, 03:43 PM   #6
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Working in the 5 and 10 cent store. I worked there for 3 1/2 years.
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Started mowing lawns at age 12 or 13...

and then once I turned 16 got my first "real" job at a theme park.

and then from there I went into the adult film industry.
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Old 03-11-2007, 03:48 PM   #8
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Old 03-11-2007, 04:18 PM   #9
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age 16, scooping ice cream for a living

Why? because I wanted money and my mom said
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Old 03-11-2007, 04:31 PM   #10
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At 17, working part-time as a receptionist at this law office where my mom worked. It was only for the summer. I don't consider it my first "real" job because my mom was there; I wasn't on my own.

A few days after I graduated high school, I started working at a CD/DVD store. That I consider to be my first real job.
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Old 03-11-2007, 04:36 PM   #11
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Delivering a weekly paper at age 12, I think. Worked in a deli, off the books, at age 14. Took that job because I wanted a little extra cash, now that I was in High School. Funny thing was, when I got the job, my parents doubled my allowance for showing responsibility.
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Cashier at a Hallmark cards store in the mall by my house. Worked there for about 2 years. My grandparents got a new car when I turned 15, and next in line in the family to drive. My parents stored the car in the garage until I turned 16. The conditions of my getting the car was I had to work to pay for gas, school parking passes, and pay for some of the insurance on the car. I don't think I would have gotten my license at 16 if not for the car. I had no interest in going to driver's ed when my friends all started to go. I know for sure I never would have gotten a job at 16 if I didn't have to. None of my friends worked and I didn't want to work either. Eventually, they all got jobs when they saw how much extra money I had
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Old 03-11-2007, 04:59 PM   #13
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I worked in the cafeteria (cleaning up the dining hall, and washing and putting away dishes) and reception (phones and answering the door -- which was on another floor from the switchboard) at the school I went to starting when I was 12. During the school year there were several of us working so I didn't work more than a few days a week, but during the summer only the local kids worked, so it was pretty steady.

I never got any cash for it -- it all went to pay tuition at the school.

Otherwise though because I lived in a fairly rural area there were few jobs available, especially for teenaged girls. So other than working at the school (and doing work/study at college -- worked making theatre sets. That was fun ) I didn't hold a "real" job until after college.
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Old 03-11-2007, 05:04 PM   #14
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Originally posted by U2Man
paperboy, since i was 10 years old.

in driving rain, snow, cold wind...
Exactly the same. For about four years.

Why? Hm, maybe... money?

My bank account always was so light weighted, so I had to get some money for it

Later I worked for Motorola, checking mobiles, packing mobiles or put togeth the boards.

That was to finance my trip, but alas they didn't employ me as much as I wanted to.

In Australia I did some door knocking for World Vision for about one month.

Back in Germany I worked at a gas station, as cashier and everything else. There was also a shop and bistro, so it was pretty much everything to do.

That for about three months.

Now I work at the university I study in a project to evaluate and benchmark airports.
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Old 03-11-2007, 05:42 PM   #15
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I got my first legal job at age 14, literally the week I was legally old enough to get a job. It was at a Woolworths Variety store. I don't think they even exist anymore. I stayed there for years. When you are 14, you work for one reason, and one reason only: $$$.

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