at what age did you start working?

United States
July 30, 2008 5:23pm CST
last night, i was looking at my curriculum vitae to update the details on my employment history. as i was doing so, it made me realized that i have been working for quite sometime now. i started working at the age of 19. although considered fresh from school, my enthusiasm and dedication to work was never a big deal with my age. good enough that i was an eligible professional that i was not belittled with job opportunities around. on my 7th year being an employee, it seems that nothing has changed. i enjoy working, i cherish and value my main source of bread and butter. practically, no work, no pay.
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46 responses
@siZidni (1860)
• Indonesia
31 Jul 08
i started when i almost completed my bachelor degree in year 2000. at that time i was 23 years old. i am surprised that most of people here start their first job at early age.
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• United States
31 Jul 08
surprisingly but yes they were even younger to start working.
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@siZidni (1860)
• Indonesia
31 Jul 08
if you consider being a teacher in a course could be as work.. i think i started my own job when i was at 17 yrs old had been an english teacher in FIEC (friendly international english course) at my little town Dumai, Riau Indonesia
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• United States
30 Jul 08
I had started my first job at age 14, working for the 4H center in the town where I grew up. Then when I was 15, I had a parttime job at McDonald's. Also I used to babysit alot during the summer. I am now 40, have a great job as a customer service manager for Wal Mart and love my job. I look forward to going in to work everynight. I have a great group of cashiers that work under me as well as a great management team.
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• United States
30 Jul 08
wow! as young as 14 you were able to start working? that is something to know. here in the Philippines, working as young as that of your age is prohibited. your parents may even get answerable for child labor.
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@lilaclady (28270)
• Australia
30 Jul 08
I started work at the age of 15 which was the legal age a kid could leave school, I hate school so much I would have done anything to get out of it, so I took the first job I could as my mother wouldn't let me leave school unless I had a job...
• United States
30 Jul 08
unbelievable! a 15 year old kid is still considered a minor here in our country. if a parent by any chance tolerated her child as young as that could be charged with child labor. that is why child actors as well as commercial models were secured by their parents with a clearance from the department of labor and employment.
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@magojordan (3256)
• Philippines
31 Jul 08
I started working too at the age of 19. I worked as a student assistant at our college. I really enjoyed the work there even though I don't get a high pay I was really happy with the people there. I have already graduated from college and I have a different work now. I'm still adjusting though to the office
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• India
31 Jul 08
I started working from the age of 20 and there was no better qualification also I mean not even a graduation. Due to my house situation I had to work leaving my education. I always loved working meantime I always wanted to finish my education. But somehow when i started working I was not at all interested to study. Thats why I curse always my situation tat I could not complete my education. Its really embarassing in this world to live without the education. All should study well then only they have to go for work.
@angelia286 (2029)
• Singapore
31 Jul 08
I started working once I hit the legal age at 16. I remember the past as working and studying at the same time. My brother suffered the same fate as me. Lol, thinking back, I really had to thank my mother for imposing that sort of rules upon me and my brother as both of us grew up to become very independent young adults. My mum has this strange idea that at 16, we have to learn to fend for ourselves and that includes where money was concerned. At that time, we resented her for not giving us any pocket money as we no longer have any spare time to do the things that we enjoy, like hanging out with our friends and so on. This is because if both of us don't work, we don't have money. It was as simple as that. Over the years (6 years later), however, as we graduated from school and stepped into the workforce full-time, we begun to appreciate what our mum had done. This is because we are more independent and initiative where work is concerned, and our efficiency and work performance definately surpassed those who had just graduated. It is like at my work place, I had just received 2 promotions in just under 5 months with the firm. It was because of money that I started to work part-time nonsensical work, now it was because I want to gain as much experience as possible in order to move on to greener pastures. =)
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• Philippines
31 Jul 08
i started working when i was 18. i was just freshly out of high school and really detesting the fact that I'll be working my a** off at an early age. i know that i should be enjoying my college days and thinking about head-splitting thesis and graduating afterward. now after 4 years of being "out in the jungle", I'm really grateful that I started out young. now, my batch mates at my university has all graduated and most of them has been telling me that they're now officially part of the unemployed margin of the society. they're all practically bums! so now... i am proud that i started this early cause by now, i already know the ins and outs of the so called industry..
• United States
31 Jul 08
I started working at the age of 16, which I think is the common age for most people. I started working at a bakery/restaurant for $6.50 an hour! That was 10 years ago and back then that was a good amount! :o) After that job I got a job working for an office scanning in blueprints. I had that job for about 2.5 years before I went away to college. Once out of college I got the job that I have now, working as a 911 dispatcher. It's not what I want to do for the rest of my life but at least I'm in the field I ultimately want to be in.
@CharRay7 (1549)
• United States
31 Jul 08
Hi, I started work when I was 16 years old. I was still in high school so it was part time. I worked as a waitress at a Mr. Steak Restaurant. (I don't even know if they are still around anymore ) I worked there for only a year and then I worked part time at our hospital in the cafeteria. After I graduated from high school, I intended to go to college (so did my parents) but ended up getting a job at the local bank full time. I enjoyed the freedom of making my own money so much that I kind of gave up going to college. I worked at the bank for a number of years before I got employed by an insurance agency. I was there for over 16 years until I was sick and had to quit. I am now on disability and try to earn money online. I really don't miss having to go outside the house to work. I'm very happy staying at home at my computer doing things anyway I want when I want to do them. [i]Happy MyLotting, Char[/i]
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@relundad (2312)
• United States
31 Jul 08
I started my first job at 14, which means I have been working well over half of my life. I was able to work in a field that I loved, it paid very well and continues to be a joy for me. I worked in corporate America for many years and had a goal of quiting work at the age of 40 to start my own company. I made that dream come true and now I have the pleasure of still being able to make a difference in a family's lives and work for myself. For this I am overjoyed!
@joliefille (3697)
• Philippines
31 Jul 08
I started working when I was 22 years old. I graduated at 21 so I was like a bum for a year. My work experience had shown my progress. I started out as a tutor. I usually last for about 2 years in every job I had.
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@Pigglies (9340)
• United States
31 Jul 08
It depends. If you can count under the table jobs of less than minimum wage, I've had factory jobs since I was less than 10 years old. When I was 16 I worked at an animal hospital, but it was an unpaid internship which made me mad enough after a year that I quit. After that, I've always had paying jobs (well, allegedly paying jobs, some didn't work out so well). Although, I do still do volunteer work. I've been volunteering since I was about 14 at various places and doubt I'll ever stop.
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@zeroflashx2 (2491)
• Philippines
31 Jul 08
I started working when I was 20. It was just a freelance work for video games and computer shops. It wasn't really stable but oftentimes the pay is good. I started working for big companies when I was 24. It was when I was first hired as a tech support rep. I'm doing ok now. I love my work.
@dahlindy (13)
• United States
30 Jul 08
I started my first job when I was 17. I changed my mind during my senior year in high school, giving up on the idea of college, so I went directly to work. After 6 years of working full-time, I did decide to go to college. During those two years, I continued working part-time. I quit college when I got married, then continued working, but only part-time while we started our family. For the past 10 years, I've been working full-time and love it. I've actually just started back to school again (part-time) to complete my bachelor's degree. Finding the right job that satisfies you is the key!
@AshleyHasan (1025)
• India
31 Jul 08
I started working from 20. I am very independent person and I dont want to trouble people asking what I needed that's why I have started working early. It is my 7th year I am living happy life with my hub and I have two kids as well!
@maryannemax (12174)
• Sweden
31 Jul 08
good for you ashleyhasan! still working even with two kids already? i am just curious since most women after having a baby won't want to go back working anymore. have a nice day! anne
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@super_jj (1417)
• Philippines
30 Jul 08
When i went to college and needed some extra cash and had time to spare. I think i was 18 at that time. And from then on,i was used to working to be able to buy whatever i wanted.
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• United States
31 Jul 08
that is so true! the mere fact we work is for us to have the money to buy whatever we need and want. my friend always says whenever we go to the mall to buy some stuff after pay day "from the hard work, we deserve some rewards. the very reason we work is for us to have some money to get whatever we want". that really makes sense!
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@Pose123 (21671)
• Canada
31 Jul 08
Hi wendhieRN, I started working at the age of 17, and had just finished high school. I had a lot of responibility for someone so young, but I handled it well and never looked back. Blessings.
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• China
31 Jul 08
i finished my college education in a northeastern city and went back to my hometown for work after graducation.i got my first full time job when i was 22 as an engineer and those days when you got your first pay are still fresh in my mind...till now everything seems to be settled well ever since i was born--you have to do what you are told to and try to fit to the environment you live,besides,you have a family to support etc. all you have to do is to work hard and never let people around you down.now i guess i am a little tired of that.i want my life different from what it used to be and able to work to follow my own will.i hope i can achieve it before i am 30(:
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@vicky30 (4778)
• India
31 Jul 08
I started working at the age of 24.I left job because of my studies,but now again looking out for a job.
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@eihdra (3116)
• Philippines
31 Jul 08
I was 17 when i had my very first job at a popular fastfood restaurant. just got out of high school and wanted to prove to my family that i can take care of myself and even the small financial matters except for the tuition fee for college. I was about to start college and needed some help to start me off. But when I had it all going and had saved some money, I gradually declined their offer of financial help. Since then I never stopped working for different companies..I wanted freedom and individuality, so I moved out of the house eventually.. I only stopped working when I got pregnant with my eldest, because of the sensitivity of the pregnancy.. Went to back to work when he was 4 years old but that time I started my own business..