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Hmm, my first job was janitorial work on third shift. The company did contract work with businesses (mostly banks, for some reason). I could probably still dredge up some decent horror stories from that job.

Currently I'm a cubicle drone at an IT company for... closing in on ten years now. It's pretty soul-crushing, practically to the point where I'd respond to my employee ID number as readily as my name, and I spend all day staring at computer screens. The job's proven rather hard on my liver, as I start drinking pretty much the moment I leave work.


And this is why I like working retail.
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First off: I'm as old as dirt. Many of you in time will surpass this (if you haven't already re liking what you're doing):

High school era: volunteer work in a fed hospital located in Baltimore, MD with a professional photographer......worked 40 hr weeks bc it was fun, best boss I ever had. Learned a lot about photography, life then through his mentoring. Also worked as a caddy at a private cc golf course P/T 1 summer but didn't repeat following years account bitchy clients.

College era 1st time through: cafeteria work P/T while in school, when living on campus; when moved off campus I didn't find work. Summers when attending college 1st time: USCG base laundry machine operator P/T, private owner boat dock hand, South Jersey

Upon graduation: used car lot P/T driver, many missed ops F/T work in PNW, (Seattle, WA). 2 Christmases did P/T work USPS Christmas casual at main PO, Seattle, WA. Uber-easy work, loved it but it was seasonal only.

Bought myself a job, became self-employed 1971 owner-operator contract trucker for an Indiana-based national HHG moving company operating 33-Western states and Canada. Mother co-signed the truck note as this 23-yr old (then) didn't have that kind of money to buy a rig. Paid it off in 5 years. Hard physical work but I knew that going in. Moved relationships 95% of the time, sometimes computers. Operated Kenworth K100 3-axle + company-owned 43'6" Kentucky trailer (55' was legal length, rig measured 54' 11") until 1980.

P/T work packer, mover 1980-1981, local Atlas Van Line agent Tacoma, WA. Couldn't find F/T work in Pacific NW so emigrated back to Midwest.

P/T work warehouseman, mover, packer United Van Line agent SW Missouri 1981-1983 before I attended a local University for oh, no another degree reinventing myself to get out of trucking. Summer work as charter bus operator 48-states, western Canada 1985, 1986 (ran on three 21-day bus trips to Expo '86), 1987 until let go when Oklahoma-based company sold out to Jefferson Bus Lines in MN 1987.

F/T work CAD drafter aluminum extrusion factory specializing in curtainwall and other architectural products, NW Arkansas 1987-1989. Kept mind occupied though work was tedious and hours OTJ were extensive. Learned much about corporate life....what was I thinking?

F/T work 1989-1991 18-wheeler contract driver for MO-based irregular route hauler 48-states pulling 48' & 53' dry vans. Ran as team-operation 3 months before opportunity to run solo taken. OK work as long as you don't mind being treated as a 6 year-old by Dispatch.

P/T Developmental Program Assistant for quasi-private operator handling MR and Cerebral Palsy clients 1992-1998 while pursuing Master's Degree Program at a SW Missouri University majoring in Guidance & Counseling. Quit degree program 1998 when parent contracted cancer. Work at MR / CP center was the most rewarding work mentally I could recall since high school job with photographer. I thought about career as Social Worker initially but after 5th year working there I was ready to go account burn-out.

P/T caregiver (had excellent hired help) until her death late 1998. Managed estate 1998-current.

Finally bought a computer 2005, met my first wife via eHarmony late 2005, been an ebay seller since 2006 downsizing the estate. Internet era has been very transformative for me.





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My first job was when I was 15, and I was working through a program with my state. I basically worked at my high school and assisted the janitors and maintenance people. I did this for 2 years.

My second job was working in a program called YCC (Youth Conservation Corps). I had to repair hiking trails and clean around public buildings. I did this for a year before I went to college.

My first summer of college I got a job with the USDA as a Biological Aide. I had to survey animals (Chirachua Leopard Frog, Northern Goshawk, Mexican Spotted Owl, and Narrow-Headed Garter Snakes). I just did that for the summer and had to go back to college.

Next job I had, I worked as an electrician assistant again for the summer. I just had to assist the head electrician and basically do what I was told. I.e. help install electrical fixtures, pull wire, install switches, etc.

My most recent job was working as a Wildlife Biologist. I had to relocate to California and was put on a crew with 5 other people. The scope of the project was to research pollination networks in regards to fire. The animals in question for this study were bumblebees, hummingbirds, and butterflies....along with the vegetation. Funding for the project dwindled and I was laid off.

Currently, I'm searching for another job. Like I said up above, I got laid off recently. Trying to find something Biology related, but if that doesn't work, I'll go back to college.


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Paperboy, busboy, dishwasher, landscaper, boat cleaner, carpet cleaner, soldier, janitor, research biochemist, teacher, engineer, senior electrical engineer. Hmm I design various things like pump stations, server farms, research facilities, assembly plants, hospitals, airports, shipyards, high security facilities etc.
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in no order:

accountant
bookkeepeer
computer repair man
grounds keeper
telemarketer
recovery crew for retail
sales
glazer
fast food
bus boy
newspaper packer
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My first job was at McDonald's for a good 3 years, and I hated it the entire time but it was just something to do through high school. When I entered college/vocational school I started working at a warehouse distribution center for a huge retail chain but got laid off after about 6 months because they started getting really slow. I went back to fast food so I could start paying off my school tuition, and when I graduated my instructor managed to get me a job at a TV station. So now I watch TV for a living and it's awesome.
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I made boxes in a crappy hot factory when I was 16. All my co-workers where 40+ illegal hispanics that gave me shitty looks and yelled at me in Spanish the entire 2 hours I worked there.
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Kreyola wrote:

My first job was at McDonald's for a good 3 years, and I hated it the entire time but it was just something to do through high school. When I entered college/vocational school I started working at a warehouse distribution center for a huge retail chain but got laid off after about 6 months because they started getting really slow. I went back to fast food so I could start paying off my school tuition, and when I graduated my instructor managed to get me a job at a TV station. So now I watch TV for a living and it's awesome.


I'm in TV too. Now we're TV buddies.
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I have worked in fried chicken, Asian food, a bakery as a dishwasher, a call center, a sandwich shop, several overnight security outfits, a national trucking organization, a taxi driver. That more or less covers it, though I am currently doing one of those things again or still.
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Retail, freelance writing, IT, and now I work in a kitchen for a little company that makes novelty foods and gifts.
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Computer Repair (as a freelancer and as part of a store)
Various fast food positions (front register, speaker, grill, sandwich duty.. etc).
Grocery stores (mostly stocking, since it's peaceful as hell)
Cutting tobacco (how I funded my gaming and computer needs as a kid until I was in my early teens)
Network Administrator (Internship and as an actual title)
Lab Assistant (while in college)
Pizza/Sandwich joint while I was in college, various other positions at the same time (most were stocking at small grocery stores)
Teacher/Professor (Business and ICT, at Working Men's College and University of Reading)
Technical Support (various "tiers")
Developer (ASM, C++ mainly. Been working on AWS-related cloud development lately as well)
Director of Cloud Operations/Development
School bus driver (volunteer)
Research Assistant
Quantitative Analyst
Statistician
Caregiver
Pizza delivery driver (extra cash mode)
Cashier (various places like 7-11/Gas Stations/etc)

In really no particular order - some are chronologically out of order, some are not. Lol
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eggrollsama wrote:

worked at a shithold called publix.
Grocery store


I take it you did not enjoy your stay there? xD
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1st off-- what is a job ?

since would once consider volunteering work as a job?

but if it's work for money then it's a pretty short list for me

1st job was with the government.. but currently working with private companies as a contractor

i'm looking forward to work with the government again with my next job.. it's something i enjoyed doing as a volunteer way back..
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I enjoyed quitting ^_^ a day in witch they scheduled me to work if that's what you mean
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iriomote wrote:

Hmm, my first job was janitorial work on third shift. The company did contract work with businesses (mostly banks, for some reason). I could probably still dredge up some decent horror stories from that job.

Currently I'm a cubicle drone at an IT company for... closing in on ten years now. It's pretty soul-crushing, practically to the point where I'd respond to my employee ID number as readily as my name, and I spend all day staring at computer screens. The job's proven rather hard on my liver, as I start drinking pretty much the moment I leave work.


Wow, that´s intense. How your eyes holding up with the screen time? Numbercrunching or support? :O
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