I'm blogging my #firstsevenjobs. I've seen several people share their first seven jobs and smiled the other week - now, I'm sitting down and sharing.
#1: White Hair Puller: As a school child (9-10 years old?) during one of my summer vacations, my aunt would pay me $.10 for each white hair I pulled out. After a month of hair pulling, she ran out of white hairs to pull, I was out of a job.
#2: Piano Teacher: This was an awesome job that I created for myself during my years in middle school to high school. I first started by going around the neighborhood asking parents of children aged 4-6. I figured I could take on 1-2 kids a day on top of all my extracurricular activities and interests, so I lined up students through word of mouth marketing. By the time I graduated high school, I had enough saved to make a nice big dent in my new college expenses (I was a full-ride student, so every little expense was a challenge to over come during my years in college.)
#3: Assistant at a Carvel Ice Cream Store: I had this job for 1 day - helping mop floors, greet customers, and random things they tried to think of for me to do. The second day I went back, they told me they didn't need me. I was shocked. I learned that if you're working a job that isn't really needed or bringing value, best go find another job fast.
#4: Candy Store Cashier: I needed a second job on top of the piano teaching because I wanted some additional work experience working outside the safety of my home and in a mall like other high school students who were always hanging out at the mall.... so I found out a great friend "Mikey" had this job at the Candy Store and they were hiring. The first day, I got paired up with this much college girl from the city (I was from the 'burbs of the 'burbs, a tiny hamlet). Oh man, she went to town bossing my nervous butt around. Told me to mop - saw how I mopped and she would exclaim, "there's no jobs here for a baby princess!" She taught me how to really mop a floor. She taught me how to get dirty to get a job done right. She eased up on me once I showed her that I was teachable - started teaching me about the politics and the going-ons of people at the mall. Who was dating who. How to spot a shop lifter. How to manage up to a boss. I got paid $5.13/hour and I learned so much in this job.
#5:Baby-sitting: I, like many teenagers, also babysat as needed. The pay was meager. $3 an hour, per child. It was also a great way to get exposure to American culture. (Side note: While I was born in the United States, and very Americanized in many ways, I actually grew up quite culturally sheltered from American culture. I spent most of my free time reading, practicing an instrument, at church, taking care of my brother or working.) While babysitting, I learned about Apple Crisps. WOW, THAT STUFF SO DELICIOUS YUM!!!
#6: Teaching Resident Advisor: Being a geek meant I excelled at a lot of things in nerdy genres. I got to be a Teaching Resident Advisor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's (RPI) summer program for genius high school kids. It paid awesome - and I applied the money earned there to my college budget needs. We taught math, computer science, HTML, stuff like that. In the off hours, I got to be a big sister to the program attendees and/or hang out with other smart geeks from other parts of the country. I think I made my very first Chinese girl friend that summer named Kristine.
#7: Albany Ambassador: Being a super shy kid about to go off into the big world with very little social skills, particularly speaking in front of large audiences, I decided to become an Albany Ambassador giving tours of the Capitol. I spent hours memorizing facts, dates, random trivia. Well, by the time I was ready, the State decided to cancel the need for a tour guide, so that was that.
Funny, all of my first seven jobs happened before I got to college. I had at least seven jobs in college, too - from concert event organizing, to being a Resident Advisor, and from waitressing to being an Actuarial Intern.
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