Tuesday, June 16, 2009

First Jobs

For the past couple of weeks I have been looking hard for a part time summer job, and this past weekend I got hired on at a department store. So it's no wonder that lately I've been thinking about some of the jobs I've held in the past.

My very first job was at Steve and Barry's, a large discount store that sold clothes and shoes, with everything being below $20. I spent entire days folding clothes, making displays look neat, and picking up after messy shoppers (fact: women are slobs when they shop). It wasn't my favorite job, but it did pay for gas and nights out with friends AND I got a 30% discount so pretty much all of my clothes for a year there were bought at Steve and Barry's. The chain finally went out of business last year, though, about a year after I left to go to college.

After Steve and Barry's, I spent a summer pulling weekend shifts with my sister at a dinky little diner that specialized in all-you-can-eat spaghetti and Yum-Yums (ice cream sundaes, essentially). Then I got a job as a lab assistant in my university's medical center, where I still work. And now I'm back to retail, albeit at a much nicer store where things generally cost a good deal more than $20. Guess I'm moving up in the world, right?

Where was your first job? Restaurant? Clothing store? Alpaca farm?

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  1. I've only ever really worked as a lifeguard and a server (and now my internship)! I worked in retail once for like three months and HATED it, I was SO bored all the time! I love serving because it's so social and usually you're so busy the shift FLYS by!!

  2. Zellers! (think Target, but Canadian and not as great). In the cafeteria-style restaurant. I could make a mean Denver sandwich.

  3. I spent most of my summers as a camp counselors (5 to be exact). I spent one summer doing an internship, and one summer working in a chemistry lab with one of my college professors.