Did you ever have a job when you were still in school? If so, what was it?

Philippines
September 7, 2009 5:32am CST
Well, I'm fifteen years old and I live in a place where people working at my age is practically unheard of. Though, I work by writing articles on the internet and earn money so I don't have to ask my parents for money. Everyone I know wonders at this job and can't wrap their head around how I get paid or how I got the job considering my age. I know in other countries jobs for teens are completely normal and are available in a lot of places. So did you ever have a summer job or job while you were in school? And what was it? Do you have any experiences at your job that you've been able to apply to life? Or any funny experiences you'd like to share?
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• United States
7 Sep 09
I grew up on a farm. I had no brothers, just sisters. My dad raised vegetables and this was our only means for support. He was a very talented farmer and raised many crops on a 40 acre farm. Some people from the Western United States would think dad could have been a land baron because many of the farms in the Western United States are very large. In the North Eastern United States where we lived, there were large farms, but there were more farms that were approximately 40 acres. When you raise vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, cabbage, rhubarb, watermelons, cantelopes, carrots, green beans, etc., it is a lot of hard, labor intensive work. Our work would start in April and go full force into October (dad worked through the winter in the hot house sorting through crops that were harvested before the hard frost and selling to food packagers, restaurants, and grocery stores for winter income). He also planted spring crops and then when those crops were harvested replanted that land for a fall crop. He always made sure that part of the land rested so that it would not be overly stripped from it's nutrients. Our work included transplanting into fields, hoeing weeds, harvesting, sorting, packing vegetables, and selling at the main farmer's market. We would attend school, change into our work clothes when we arrived home, work until sunset and sometimes beyond on the farm, and then have house chores and homework after school and farm work. We were expected to do the best we could in school. There was no time to socialize outside of school with school friends. We were paid by piece work. For example, we made $.15 for a peck of tomatoes and $1.00 for a bushes of green beans. These containers were not considered full unless they overflowed the container. We marked each container with our initials and were not paid for picking anything that was not considered full or had damaged crops. We very seldom were paid by the hour. If we were paid by the hour, any bathroom breaks, lunch breaks, or days off (ha ha) were deducted from our pay. By the time summer vacation was in full swing, it was not unusual to put in 16-18 hours per day. When the crops were ripe they had to be harvested. Everyone pitched in. This was back in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. I kept some of my earning records in a scrap book and looked at them recently. I made somewhere around $300 per year on the farm. My parents supplied a school/church outfit, a work outfit, a pair of shoes, six pairs of socks, a pair of boots for winter, a winter coat, hat and gloves. Anything above this list we were supposed to supply on our own past the age of twelve. Before that time, anything we earned went in the bank. We became very good at recycling clothing that others gave to us and loved to go to the charity stores. When I was in high school, a wonderful teacher taught me how to sew and then I taught my sisters. We used to look for material on sale for rock bottom prices. I made my own prom dress and also helped my sisters make their prom dresses. I became so good at sewing that I tackled men's suits, shirts, upholstery, etc. This was a hard life sometimes but it was filled with fun and adventure. We learned at an early age to no one owed us anything. We learned that there were many ways to achieve a goal honestly. We worked alongside our parents. They set an example for us that has served us well over the years. Many of the people we grew up with looked down on us but we were being equipped with some wonderful principles that have served us throughout our life. It was such a blessing to work hard and accomplish things without many resources. I think that making an honest living is good no matter how old you are. It give a sense of self-worth that most people never experience throughout their lives.
• United States
13 Sep 09
Thank you for your vote of confidence. Your question really brought back a lot of good memories. Sometimes the things we think are the hardest in life turn out to be the biggest blessings.
@Ethelbv (31)
• Argentina
7 Sep 09
Hello,well I´m not as young as you are, I´m 43 but I remember when I was 16 I wanted my own money to buy new clothes so a friend of my father asked me to help taking care of children in a natatorium. It was a great experience for me.I could take contact with girls and boys ,I enjoied with them in the swimming pool ... That experience was very important for me because it made me know that I would like to be a teacher in the future. And darling...that is what I am now.
• United States
7 Sep 09
So, are you a swimming teacher or a regular school teacher then? I clean carpet and throw garbage for a friend's father, and I work for while, and it was fun then. Because I didn't know anything. Although the money is cheap, I was happy.
• Philippines
11 Sep 09
It's cool that you were able to do that in order to save for clothes that you wanted to buy yourself. I think this is a good quality. It sounds like fun playing with children in the pool! I'm very happy to hear that you are a teacher because the world needs teachers, and they are unsung heroes. Thank you very much for responding!
• United States
7 Sep 09
yea,i had a McJob at 15.then later i worked on the military base. um..the only thing i really learned on that job is exactly how impatient people can be.i didn't work so much for myself at the time,but to help my dad out because he got laid off from his job. teens can work here,but you have to get a permit from the school,which is ridiculous,it should be the parent's decision only.
• Philippines
8 Sep 09
Oh cool a military base! Yep, people can definitely be impatient a lot. Especially nowadays with so much technology. It's nice that you tried to help your dad when he was having a hard time. And a permit? That's strange. I've never heard of that. I agree that it should be the parent's and the child's decision.
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• United States
8 Sep 09
it is strange.i'm not sure if that's a my town thing,or if others have it. but it's more or less an unspoken agreement the kid will still go to school.
@jambi462 (4595)
• United States
8 Sep 09
Yup I worked at Burger King for like a month or so when I was in school for my sophomore year. It was pretty easy to work and go to school at the same time but then there was a scheduling error and they took me off the schedule for some reason. I have also worked at La Senorita's for the last year while I was in school and I really like that job because it's easy and it pays pretty well. The people there are also pretty nice as well.
• Philippines
11 Sep 09
That's cool, burger king sounds like a lot of fun. It sounds like it was fun and you earned money. It's nice that you found a place to work in called La Senorita and that you were able to meet good people and to earn good money. Thanks so much for the response!
@rovian (1927)
• United States
8 Sep 09
I once had a job working in the school I was attending at the time. It was with a different place, but they let those they hire work in their own schools and this was when I was either 14 or 15 years old. I signed up for cooking which turned out to be a bad choice as the budget had been cut and that meant we couldn't cook. As a replacement, everyone there had to do paper work such as learning how to type a resume, and watch videos about job interviews. It lasted for three weeks, then the teacher went on vacation and everyone was moved into gardening. It wasn't bad except a few had to do more work than others, and I was one of them.
• Philippines
11 Sep 09
That's cool, working in the same school you go to. It's alright that you managed to learn about working and resumes and job interviews. Gardening sounds like a lot of fun too, and it's a fun hobby. Thanks for the response and have a good day!
@satan88 (586)
• United States Minor Outlying Islands
7 Sep 09
I got my first job when I was 17 and i had just graduated highschool
• Philippines
11 Sep 09
That's cool. Even if it wasn't during school at least you were able to get a job afterwards. Thanks for the response and have a good day!
@mansoak (510)
• India
7 Sep 09
Woow you are lucky that you are earning at this age. If i am not wrong you were working in summer holidays. Thats good because you are giving some financial support to your parents and making money at your spare time. Keep up the good Job. I dint have any experience working during my college days. I was eager to do work but din't get anyone.
• Philippines
11 Sep 09
Actually I am working even during my school days. Thank you for the compliment and the support. It's alright that you didn't manage to get a job when you were in your college years, at least you were able to enjoy your youth and focus on your studies. Thanks for the response and have a good day!
@clorissa123 (4930)
• United States
7 Sep 09
Wow, so you are only 15 years old, and you learn to earn money from writing already. You seems got a great potential on this. When I was in high school 10 grade, I work for the Chinese restaurant, as bus boy for the whole summer. Actually, I earn some money from that time. It was age ago, and pretty fun though, because I work with my best friend there, and some girls are really gorgeous. Too bad, I didn't even have ball to ask them out.
• Philippines
11 Sep 09
Thank you very much for the compliment. It's cool that you worked at a Chinese restaurant. I love Chinese food and it's delicious. It's nice that you were able to work with your friend since it helps make life easier and you can have fun together. Thanks for responding and have a nice day!
• United States
7 Sep 09
In high school, I was a part time math tutor during the summer on my freshman year. In soph, I took college courses and volunteered at the library for hours to look good for college. Junior year, I worked at Jamba Juice and ColdStone. Senior year, I think I just hung out with all my friends because I was seperated from them when I went to college. Those were good times. In college, I worked in the student store for extra money. So during my teenage life, I worked a lot online. I discovered money online just recently from my friend. But too bad my friend moved away so I wasted a lot of time on scam sites for a couple of months )=
• Philippines
11 Sep 09
That's cool that you helped people with their math subjects and I like math too. It's also good that you volunteered at the library, I'm sure they appreciated your help. And those two stores sound like a lot of fun to go to and to work at. It's nice that you were able to find good jobs when you were young. Well you can find good legit sites through mylot.com!
@ShepherdSpy (8561)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
7 Sep 09
I had a job at 15 delivering Milk...I didn't much like getting up at 4:30am during the winter,though "skiing" behind the milk float with packed snow on the ground was fun!
• Philippines
11 Sep 09
That's a really cool job. And you certainly had to wake up very early! I'm usually still asleep at that time. And that does sound like a lot of fun! Thanks for the response and have a good day!
@twowizdom (861)
• Philippines
7 Sep 09
hi there KaraKATAD, actually, im also a student and currently studying. I also live in a country where teens having a job/summer job is kinda weird or not normal but in spite that I really want to have one just to earn some money during summer but its really hard to find one since most places require someone to be at least 18 or so. That's why I really haven't got the chance to even try having a job but I would really won't pass an opportunity if someone would ask me if I want one.lol
• Philippines
11 Sep 09
Oh that's nice that we have similar situations. It's true that we would usually have to be 18 or above, which sucks really. But I'm glad your open to opportunities. Thanks for the response and happy mylotting!
@cjfoust (614)
• United States
7 Sep 09
I did have a job while I was in school. At one time I had two part time jobs and went to high school, that is until my grades started dropping and my mother made me quit one of the two part time jobs. It was good money and very rewarding for a few months though. I learned a lot in my younger working years that help me today. My first job was being a waitress at a small sandwhich shop/ice cream restaurant. I was 15 then. I learned a lot of people skills and how to work with others as a team. When I first started I was very shy; however, by the time they closed up shop, I had moved up to a shift supervisor. It was a great place to work with regulars that came once a week to once a day. The steak and cheese sub there was the best around! Now, even 10 years later, I still think about that place.
• Philippines
11 Sep 09
Well it must have been hard to have two jobs at the same time. It's a good thing you decided to focus on your school though since it is important. An ice cream restaurant! That sounds like a lot of fun. And I'm glad that you moved up in rank. It's good that you still keep it in your memories and I hope you have a good day!
• United States
7 Sep 09
I had several jobs while I was still in school. I began by babysitting when I was 14, and when I was 16 got a part time job at McDonald's. From there, I also worked at a grocery store, and then another fast food place. I can't really say that I gained a lot of work experience, but I did learn a lot of responsibility, and found out what it was like to earn my own money. I think it made me more careful of money since I found out what I had to do to get it! I did enjoy my job at McDonald's, since I worked with two friends. We would sing songs and tell jokes while we worked, which certainly made the time go by!
• Philippines
11 Sep 09
That's cool, babysitting must be fun since you get to spend time with kids. Oh cool! McDonald's. I tried working at McDonald's but I wasn't paid though. Grocery stores sounds like a lot of fun too. And I'm glad you were able to learn responsibility and the value of money. It's nice that you had friends at your job too so you could have a good time.
@SomeCowgirl (32254)
• United States
7 Sep 09
When I was 17 I had a job my senior year as a waitress. It lasted four days and I was annoyed at the waitresses and quit plus the fact that I was not able to do my homework as I wished too. I was used to going to bed early so going to bed later effected me. Though even before I did my homework in the morning at school in the cafeteria. It was just common for me to do it then, or before the teacher started teaching in a class or classes. In any case, I have had jobs since then, at one point I had two jobs at the same time. As for funny experiences I can't think of any though I know I've had a few at one job.
• Philippines
11 Sep 09
That's really cool, waiting on people sounds like fun. I'd like to try it in the future just for the experience. It's a good thing that you quit though, so that you could spend more time doing your school work, since it is really important. Well I hope you had a good time at your jobs. Thanks for the response!
@xannebull (1800)
• Philippines
7 Sep 09
when i was in my fourth year in college, financial matters was so difficult at those times because my parents send the three of us college...so i have to find a way in helping them by working to have money of my own and never asked for them... i was a working student for two months and was glad to received a salary of my own though it was not that high, but still im proud of it... it only lasted for two months because i was doing my thesis and time was so demanding.
• Philippines
8 Sep 09
That's good! I'm sure your parents are really proud of you for trying to help them out when you were in college. I'm not in college yet, but I hope I'll also be able to work while I'm in college so I can be like you and earn to help my parents.
• United States
7 Sep 09
yes, I worked at ritas water ice. Good job and cheap water ice at the end of the day. I remember one time I tried to turn on this ice cream maker and it wouldn't stop. The other workers didnt notice until I yelled for help! I didnt even get fired! The most funnest moment ever. We tried to stop it with pans and we even gave out ice cream for 1.00 each a large. My boss got mad at me but he understood it wasn't my fault. I was just doing my job. :)
• Philippines
7 Sep 09
Hahaha that's really cool! Yum ice cream! I'd love to work at an ice cream store.
@gossipzz (500)
• Canada
7 Sep 09
That is great for you. Having a job in summer is great. You earn that little extra for you. Do not for forget that school is your priority right now. I think I started working around the same time aswell. My first job was in a daycare as a helper. It was also in the summer month. I still had time to hangout with my friends. I earned money for the extra clothing my parents could not afford to give me. Happy lotting.
• Philippines
7 Sep 09
thank you! And that's cool, I love working with kids too.
@Ammudoll (549)
• India
11 Sep 09
When I was in college I worked as a Tutor for 1st to 5th grade students at home. Me and my sister used to take care of the teaching classes and helping the students doing their school work, that was only few hours part time Job I can say. Later when I was doing my Graduation I have joined in an Insurance company that is not an easy job at all and not my cup of tea or coffee. However once I finished my studies I got a good job to work with good money. Hope you are getting enough money for your expenses. All the best
@delkar (1715)
• Romania
11 Sep 09
I worked in reallity just when i was in my second year of college . But from the high school, i was learning how to make money on the internet , and that helped me a little , because now , when i`m serious in earning some extra cash evey day , it takes me less time to learn a lot of things, because i know them since i was in high school . Now i`m just improving my ideas and i`m trying to make a living from online earning . Hope that i`ll manage that in the future . I`m ambitious, and i will not quit until i`ll make at least $500 / month from the internet .
• United States
10 Sep 09
I had a job ever since I was 9 was the first one. While I lived at home I babysat and such but left home when I was 15 so I had no choice but to work and go to school at the same time. Usually resturants were my primary jobs but it varied whatever paid for my way was all right with me.