What was your first Job?

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  1. hbk48942 macrumors newbie

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    mine was working at a garden centre as a chrismas temp for a few weeks.
     
  2. Apple fanboy macrumors P6

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    Part time? Washing cars door to door when I was about 12.

    Full time. Working in an indoor market when I was 15.
     
  3. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    I worked at a day camp taking kids out sailing.
     
  4. sdilley14 macrumors 65816

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    Part time: stacking hay bails in a 120+ degree hay mow in the summer when I was 12 or so.

    Full time: putting price tags on items, sorting items on a conveyor belt, and stacking boxes in a warehouse when I was 16 I think.
     
  5. Meister Suspended

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    I worked on a farm for the summer when I was twelve.
    I moved out of my parents place and got a job at a car parts storage facility at 17. Worst job I ever had.

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    I did exactly the same thing :)
     
  6. senseless macrumors 68000

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    Paperboy. 12 years old. Can you imagine the liability concerns today?
     
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    ^^ I was 16 when I started throwing papers.

    First "regular" job was part time delivering pennesavers once a week.

    Full time, with benefits better than my dad made after 30yrs in a factory was at a newspaper graphics department.

    Now: Self employed.
     
  8. sdilley14 macrumors 65816

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    Tough work, but it builds character!

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    Do jobs like that even exist anymore? Someone delivering an actual newspaper to somebody's front door?
     
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    I lost mine to mail, and I think digital publishing has really put the squeeze on traditional My Dad's America jobs.
     
  11. JamesMike macrumors demi-god

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    My first regular job was on a commercial fishing boat off the Oregon coast, hard work, but great money. I was 16.
     
  12. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 603

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    My first job was at 14 (soon as I got my papers), a summer job at the NY Aquarium in Coney Island. All I did was make pizzas and flirt with the tourist girls. Only downside was it was about an hour train ride commute. Worked there the next summer too.
     
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    Other than the usual newspaper route I had at 11 or 12 my first real job at 14 or 15 ( keep in mind I'm old ) was as an elevator operator for a hotel.

    This was the old type elevator where there was a handle to operate the elevator that required an operator.

    I tell you man. Some of the stuff a 14 year old saw in that hotel would blow most people's minds.

    $0.75 an hour plus tips.

    w00t !

    :p
     
  14. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

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    Stock boy,(everything was in a dark damp cellar, 2 flights down,)and cleanup after the butchers in Scholtz Meat Market in Schenectady NY, 1962-1966, swept the store, wire brushed the butcher block, wiped down the tile walls in the coolers and scraped up and put down new sawdust in the coolers and around the floors behind the meat case . Started at 3pm,quit at 10 Pm, Monday - Saturday, 42 hours for $36.85 take home, And I worked my butt off:eek:
     
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    My dad's hardware store back in 1967 when I was 15 years old. He paid me a whooping $1.65 an hour which was pretty good for a kid in those days.
     
  16. monokakata macrumors 68000

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    Stock boy in a trading stamps redemption center. Are there still trading stamps?

    $0.70/hour.

    This was 1958-60.
     
  17. malman89 macrumors 68000

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    At the age of 12 I became an official for USA Hockey and reffed ice hockey. First year didn't get many games, man did it blow up in a year or so. I was making thousands of tax-free money (cash) at 13-14. Still to this day (turning 26) I ref on nights/weekends. I probably make an extra $2-3,000 a year and I'm not even close to the hardcore, full-timers.

    For one summer after the spring hockey season ended, I tried the paper route, but it was for the smaller local paper and not as financially rewarding for the effort.

    16 I had my first W-2 job as a busser at Max & Erma's.

    Too bad my parents didn't make me save my money as a kid. I bought my own laptop back when they were expensive and useless, MP3 player (Archos - 20GB!!), and Xbox. Oh well. Better to get my stupid splurging out of the way then than now.
     
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    Mine was selling Computers, Xbox, Play Station etc. Well known Australian company called Harvey Norman

    I was on 10$ per hour plus 10% commission on anything i sold. I think i was about 16 when i started, i did work experience there when i was 15 through the high school.

    Lasted for 6 months - I left to go to my current place of employment
     
  19. thedeejay macrumors 65816

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    I started at a small time joint called McDonalds;)
     
  20. Peace macrumors Core

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    My mom used to collect green stamps by the book..
     
  21. maflynn Moderator

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    My very first job? Paperboy.

    My job working as a teenager - bus boy
     
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    I had a part time job in a shop selling toys and bicycles from 14 until I left school at 16.
     
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    Lifeguard from age 15. Which in my adult opinion is too young for anyone to be a lifeguard, especially looking back at it now recalling how we behaved on the job. We were kids.

    Great job though. Sat by the pool, got a tan, never actually had to save anyone. Made $8.50 an hour, and that was 10 years ago!
     
  24. JackieInCo macrumors 601

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    Delivering newspapers.

    Actual first job at a business was at a golf course in a restaurant that did in house catering for companies for awards dinners and other private events. They also ran snack bars at other golf courses who had pools year round. It was ok but boring a lot of the time.
     
  25. Old Muley macrumors 6502a

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    At 17 I got my first job as a dishwasher and bus boy. The experience solidified my desire to go to college.
     

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