Your first job. Love it or hated it?

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    Apr 16, 2013 5:31 PM GMT
    After doing an extreme amount of job searching for my first job, I've found many possibilities, but many of them take me out of my comfort zone. (They range from dish washer to store associate, art assistant and more) So I wanted to ask the good people of RJ about their first job, so I could get a feel for the whole "first job experience."

    What was your first official job? (That you got paid for and was not working with family)

    Did it relate to your field of study at the time?

    Did you like it? Hated it?

    How did you adjust?

    After getting used to it was it okay?

    Were you scared going in?

    What age were you?

    It may seem stupid to you guys, but I appreciate all feedback since I'm just trying to get a feel if some of my suspicions are crazy or not.
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    Apr 16, 2013 5:38 PM GMT
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    What was your first official job? (That you got paid for and was not working with family) Investment Banking

    Did it relate to your field of study at the time? Yes

    Did you like it? Hated it? Hated it!!

    How did you adjust? I went back to school and became a nurse.

    After getting used to it was it okay? If you're talking about my first job, yes it was fine! But afterwards, I saw things about the job that I didn't agree with. So I left!

    Were you scared going in? Of course!

    What age were you? 23



    Good luck to you! Whatever job you choose may be outside your comfort zone but give it a chance to see how you like it. You might enjoy it! If not, you can always move on to something else. That's what I did and it all worked out!
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    Apr 16, 2013 6:05 PM GMT
    washing cars at a local Toyota dealer in the 70ies. I loved the fact I got to drive alot of different cars of customers.. My fav was a 72 Alfa Graduate....and I stacked it up... LOL.. that was fun. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Apr 16, 2013 6:21 PM GMT
    hated it. worked at a video store which is now out of business. it was boring and the worst part was that the supervising manager was a racist douchebag that would yell about how he hated his job so much. he would say "fucking" this, "shit" that, "fucking customers" but yet he worked there for 6 years and was the assistant manager. icon_question.gif he was also the bitch that got me fired too. i didn't do my job well BUT fuck him for getting fired though and not telling me right to my face like he should have instead of being a punk bitch. he thought he was the shit because he read the star ledger (the state's local newspaper) thinking he knew everything but he was just a bigoted cunt.

    seen him sometime back and he isn't doing well off for all the shit he was talking acting like he knew it all. fuck him.
  • kevmoran

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    Apr 16, 2013 9:38 PM GMT
    Do you mean to say this would be your first job ever? Or just your first career-oriented job aside from part-time during school and stuff.

    If this is your first job ever, I would handle it much differently at your age. Look for a sales associate job related to your field so that you can learn general working knowledge. I would also play up any education you have in your resume, as having never worked outside of the family could be a point against you.

    But here's my answers:
    What was your first official job?
    Jo-Ann Fabrics, cashier and taught crafting classes
    Did it relate to your field of study at the time?
    I was/am studying Fashion Design so yes, indirectly.
    Did you like it? Hated it?
    It was okay, they never really trained me so the first few months were stressful.
    How did you adjust?
    After the first few months I was very comfortable and proved myself.
    After getting used to it was it okay?
    It was a basic retail job with no heavy responsibility, so it was just okay, not bad not good.
    Were you scared going in?
    A little nervous, but I knew I needed it.
    What age were you?
    15
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    Apr 16, 2013 11:00 PM GMT
    kevmoran saidDo you mean to say this would be your first job ever? Or just your first career-oriented job aside from part-time during school and stuff.

    If this is your first job ever, I would handle it much differently at your age. Look for a sales associate job related to your field so that you can learn general working knowledge. I would also play up any education you have in your resume, as having never worked outside of the family could be a point against you.



    Officially, I will count whatever job I get as my first job. I've never volunteered for more than a day, I was too busy with school to get a summer job, and the only work I did was for my father's small business. He paid me every so often, but I don't count it as official job experience since it was for a family member. I've racked my brain trying to think of anything to put. But there hasn't been anything I can count as official work experience that wasn't for someone I knew either directly or indirectly.

    I tried looking for a job in my field of study, but there isn't much out there that is nearby. In addition, most jobs require you to know skills that I don't know. Education is pretty much all I got going for me, but even that is still limited.
  • hanzo83

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    Apr 17, 2013 2:51 AM GMT
    Oh wow I hope your first job real job is a good one and pays well. My first job was at 16 my junior year of high school at McDonald's. I was a cook and although the pay was crap and they worked the shit out of me, it was fun because a good bit of my classmates and friends worked there too.
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    Apr 17, 2013 2:54 AM GMT
    Does blowjob count ???
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    Apr 17, 2013 2:55 AM GMT
    Loved it, it was something that i was really good at, fitness activity co-ordinator, gym supervisor.
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    Apr 17, 2013 3:04 AM GMT
    I was a waiter. Didnt love it nor that I hated it. It had its day. I met a lot of nice people and as I barely turned 16, they taught me a lot. And now that I have a taste of matching 401(k), I dont think I can go back to serving tables.
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    Apr 17, 2013 3:10 AM GMT
    My first job was at Dairy Queen. I quickly got promoted to Shift Leader because I worked my ass off. Yeah 16 y/o bossing around 19-20 y/o was amusing. Why did I leave? Because the douche owner / managers gave me a fucking 25 cent raise!!! ($6 to $6.25). The other Shift Leaders were making like $8. They "claimed" they couldn't afford better raises..... LOL give me a break. Some kid working 20 hours a week you can't afford to pay $30 more a week.

    My next job was a cashier / bagger at a SuperTarget. Worst part of that was crazy folks coming in spazzing at your bagging skills (99% would commend me on it, then you'd get a freak that yells at you for not doing it THEIR way, but still wanting you to do it). Also having supervisors reprimand you because you didn't offer a Target RedCard for 10% off to someone buying a stick of gum in the express line was annoying.

    I'm glad I have a desk job now... standing up 8-9 hours a day with shit pay sucks!

    It's kind of funny because at those two jobs I felt like I was physically working "harder" and getting paid a lot less compared to what I'm doing now. However, what I'm doing now takes a lot more skill and mental capacity. Guess that's the reward you get for seeking an education... though I still feel like unskilled workers should be getting paid more.
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    Apr 17, 2013 3:38 AM GMT
    My first job was working the midway games at Six Flags. I was in high school at the time. It involved baking in the sun and dealing with irritable people who would spend obscene amounts of money to win cheaply made stuffed animals that leaked styrofoam all over the place.

    When it wasn't busy, it was kind of fun though. There was a major high school dynamic in the social fabric of the place and I had a lot of friends there. After hours there was usually parties, drinking, sex and drama. In other words, kinda like RJ... icon_lol.gif

    Second job was a record store, which was pretty chill and I met some great people. Third job was computer store.
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    Apr 17, 2013 3:59 AM GMT
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    What was your first official job? (That you got paid for and was not working with family) Media Relations director for an athletic program...

    Did it relate to your field of study at the time? Yup!

    Did you like it? Hated it? Loved the job, but hated the red tape.

    How did you adjust? I got what I needed to get done and made connections that were important for me getting out of that job ASAP.

    After getting used to it was it okay? Eh, to a degree. I enjoyed working with the people... The admin? Not so much.

    Were you scared going in? Yes, I was working a historically black school and it was a different environment for me. But I grown to appreciate it and I think it made me much better as a person in the fact you can't judge every thing by outside perceptions. Although, some of those perceptions did come to fruition.

    What age were you? 25
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    Apr 17, 2013 4:01 AM GMT
    WaytoDawn saidAfter doing an extreme amount of job searching for my first job, I've found many possibilities, but many of them take me out of my comfort zone. (They range from dish washer to store associate, art assistant and more) So I wanted to ask the good people of RJ about their first job, so I could get a feel for the whole "first job experience."

    What was your first official job? (That you got paid for and was not working with family)

    Did it relate to your field of study at the time?

    Did you like it? Hated it?

    How did you adjust?

    After getting used to it was it okay?

    Were you scared going in?

    What age were you?

    It may seem stupid to you guys, but I appreciate all feedback since I'm just trying to get a feel if some of my suspicions are crazy or not.




    FIRST JOB!!! WTF! SHIT I WAS 14 WHEN I HAD MY FIRST JOB....you're a mama's boy, huh?
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    Apr 17, 2013 4:08 AM GMT
    My first real job was my best and I'll celebrate my 30th anniversary in a month and a half. Guess I liked it well enough to stick around a very long time! LOL
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    Apr 17, 2013 4:15 AM GMT
    TheGuyNextDoor saidLOVED IT!!!
    I worked at a movie theater my first ever summer job and ate my weight in BBQ potato chips and popcorn...

    what? I was 16.... Plus,, I actually cried when I got my first paycheck, cause it was so skimpy! Needless to say, I do better these days, than back then.


    I want your job. Right now! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 17, 2013 4:16 AM GMT
    Well, working on the farm doesn't really count, My first real job was when I was sixteen. I was a general sparehand on a cargo ship on the Great Lakes.

    Downsides: Dirty work, rough waters, cramped cabins, bad food.

    Upsides: 27 other men, all away from their wives, all sexually frustrated.

    Aye, I loved it.
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    Apr 17, 2013 4:21 AM GMT
    First job: dishwasher at some small Greek restaurant, my best friend was Greek and I begged him.
    They treated my like shit, because I was the only non-Greek working there.
    I was 14 so I put up with it.
    It didn't relate to my studies because they were mostly Wrestling and 4H.
    It did; however support my video game addiction--see way back in the day you had to put a quarter in the electronic box and play your hardest or you'd have to put another quarter in.
    Thankfully the manager at the ZIzzLER misread my application and hired me less than 6 months later and quickly promoted me so I could afford my new Dirt Bike addiction.

    You do what you got to do, till you can find something better.

    Had the most fun at a job I thought I'd hate--going back to a restraunt I used to be a GM at and being a waiter on the weekend, while going back to school.

    Worst job: Pizza delivery.
    I'm sure it's location and mine was shity: got robbed twice, my ride hit three times, the worst was having to deliver during a level two snow emergence--two hour delivery time and they were still all late--not one mother fucker tipped me; only bitched because it was late--god, I miss Columbus.
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    Apr 17, 2013 5:09 AM GMT
    WaytoDawn saidWhat was your first official job? (That you got paid for and was not working with family)
    Temp. summer job between my freshman and sophomore years in college working at an electronics factory. I filled in for an office worker who was taking a major vacation. They ended up keeping me for the whole summer.

    Did it relate to your field of study at the time?
    Not at all. It was just mindless summer work.

    Did you like it? Hated it?
    I liked the work, actually. It ultimately got me interested in using computers to make a job more efficient, which was nothing related to my field of study (history). Keep in mind, this was the summer of 1993, and paper processing was still king. I got to mix hanging out in the front office with lots of walking around the factory. Management liked me, but the lady who I was filling in for ended up hating me because I did her job better than she did. She ended up burning me to the temp. agency, and I never got another meaningful assignment from them again.

    How did you adjust?
    Fine, I suppose. I was painfully introverted and didn't get too social with folks. I learned the hard way that 3/4 of any job is kissing the right ass and keeping your nose out of trouble.

    After getting used to it was it okay?
    I've had worse jobs. I did learn that any future job I got had to involve some amount of movement. I'm just not cut out to sit still at a desk all day long.

    Were you scared going in?
    Not really. I knew I wasn't in over my head. It was just a random temp. job. I had more social anxiety than anything.

    What age were you?
    19

    It may seem stupid to you guys, but I appreciate all feedback since I'm just trying to get a feel if some of my suspicions are crazy or not.
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    Apr 17, 2013 5:13 AM GMT
    over time i started to hate my first job. Concessions yuck.
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    Apr 17, 2013 5:22 AM GMT
    WaytoDawn saidAfter doing an extreme amount of job searching for my first job, I've found many possibilities, but many of them take me out of my comfort zone. (They range from dish washer to store associate, art assistant and more) So I wanted to ask the good people of RJ about their first job, so I could get a feel for the whole "first job experience."

    What was your first official job? (That you got paid for and was not working with family)
    Picking cherries

    Did it relate to your field of study at the time? No.

    Did you like it? Hated it? Hated it. It started at 4 am in the cold and dark.

    How did you adjust? Kept hating it.

    After getting used to it was it okay? No.

    Were you scared going in? Yes.

    What age were you? 6

    It may seem stupid to you guys, but I appreciate all feedback since I'm just trying to get a feel if some of my suspicions are crazy or not.
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    Apr 17, 2013 5:31 AM GMT
    What was your first official job? (That you got paid for and was not working with family) Computer programmer, worked with IBM AS400 business mini-mainframes, RPG II

    Did it relate to your field of study at the time? Not at all.

    Did you like it? Hated it? Loved it.

    How did you adjust? I was like a sponge. Read, read and read. Learned alot.

    After getting used to it was it okay? Awesome.

    Were you scared going in? Extremely. I knew nothing.

    What age were you? 16

    As I recall, I was being paid something like $3.50/hr LOL
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    Apr 17, 2013 5:32 AM GMT
    What was your first official job?
    It was a preliminary position I had to take before becoming a CAD drawer/designer. So that I could learn about the furniture and offices I will be drawing, my boss had me work with the installation crew. I was an office systems (aka office furniture) installer.

    Did it relate to your field of study at the time?
    Sort of not really. It was 3 months after graduating from high school, I didn't know what I wanted to do yet. I took CAD classes at the community college during my high school years so I had a good background in what I was doing.

    Did you like it? Hated it?
    I loved it! The guys I worked with were professionals at what they do. They're the kind of guys who planned out their duties, sweat their butts off, solve problems and yet go home and drink some beer or smoke a doobie. But it was tough being a young scrawny short guy just got out of high school carrying 600lbs furniture.

    How did you adjust?
    I worked out at the gym and tuned down the partying.

    After getting used to it was it okay?
    Yeah it was great. But I wanted more so I moved out and went to school.

    Were you scared going in?
    It was like beginning of high school nervousness.

    What age were you?
    18yo
  • He_Man

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    Apr 17, 2013 5:33 AM GMT
    I was a sandwich artist at Subway!


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    Apr 17, 2013 5:54 AM GMT
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    WaytoDawn saidAfter doing an extreme amount of job searching for my first job, I've found many possibilities, but many of them take me out of my comfort zone. (They range from dish washer to store associate, art assistant and more) So I wanted to ask the good people of RJ about their first job, so I could get a feel for the whole "first job experience."

    What was your first official job? (That you got paid for and was not working with family)

    Did it relate to your field of study at the time?

    Did you like it? Hated it?

    How did you adjust?

    After getting used to it was it okay?

    Were you scared going in?

    What age were you?

    It may seem stupid to you guys, but I appreciate all feedback since I'm just trying to get a feel if some of my suspicions are crazy or not.




    FIRST JOB!!! WTF! SHIT I WAS 14 WHEN I HAD MY FIRST JOB....you're a mama's boy, huh?


    Summer before I started high school, I was forced to take an Earth Science class for the high school I was going to start (They did that kind of thing)

    Summer after freshman year in high school, I took advanced math classes, and P.E. classes.

    Summer after sophmore year in high school, I took a college English class, and a College History class.

    Summer after junior year in high school, I took a college movie history class and art class.

    Summer after I graduate high school, I finished two classe to get my A.A. degree.

    The summer after that, I took more college classes.

    Last summer was my first summer off. (I couldn't afford university costs for summer classes) I planned to get a job, but family problems arose, and I was forced (no I didn't have a choice) to help out with a few things.

    So, no I'm not a Mamas boy. I've been itching to leave the nest since I turned 18. But money and time never permitted. It's only now that I decided to slow down my schooling that I'm realizing how screwed I am.