What was your first job when you were growing up?

@vingyan06 (2488)
Malaysia
November 3, 2009 10:55am CST
I think most people went for their first job before they reached the ideal age to work. Many of us may want to earn a living, or just to help up the family or just for fun of it or to earn some pocket money. So what was your first job when you were growing up? How did you find your first job, how old were you when you start your first. Do share more here! Thanks
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@Hatley (164237)
• Garden Grove, California
3 Nov 09
hi vingyan06 well most farm kids learn to help out at an early age so I guess I was about seven when I learned to pick strawberries, and green beans, fresh peas, and heads of lettuce It all seemed more like fun to me as I was working alongside my mom and my grandpa.I was not paid except in fresh fruits and veggies. Then in my teens I helped my mom to harvest our apple crop and I did share in the proceeds from the sale of the fruit and felt very much the young adult with my own first earned money. I guess I was fifteen or so at the time.
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@liquorice (3901)
4 Nov 09
That sounds idyllic! I'm sure it was hard work, but it sounds like a nice life for a child.
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@vingyan06 (2488)
• Malaysia
4 Nov 09
Hi Hatley! It is a very good job to get the kids goes to the farm. They for sure will learn a lot there. Not to mentioned about the reward as small kids will need to have some free fruits or vegetables will do, LOL. I never been to a real farm . I am sure I will get excited to see the strawberries grow red in color, red apples and green beans. We don't have apple trees here,but we do have strawberries.
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• Las Pinas City, Philippines
3 Nov 09
my first job was a cashier crew at jollibee store. I was in college that time. Actually I did that job not because of extra income while studying but for some experience purposes and to get away from a boyfriend who was coming home for a vacation from USA and forcing me to marry him.hehehe. I was young and I don't want to get married until I didn't finish my college. But being a crew at jollibee I learned a lot. It was really difficult to work in a fastfood chain that a lot of customers are coming. My lips were always dried up because of talking to much, as expected of course coz i have to get their orders and suggest a product. i had no regrets anyway.
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@vingyan06 (2488)
• Malaysia
12 Nov 09
Hi Andrey, Thanks for your response. Glad that you like your first job. Is Jollibe a department store? Sometimes, it is not easy to work in a service line. We could see all kinds of ugly customers with bad attitude, but of course there will be some nice customers around. You worked because you want to escape from your boy friend? LOL, this boy friend was so interested in you!
• Las Pinas City, Philippines
12 Nov 09
jollibee is a fastfood chain like mcdonald. yeah you are right there many customers who are not really nice, maybe they taught it is just an easy job but for it is far away difficult than staying in the office coy you have to deal with different customers with different attitudes but of course there are also customers who nice and so patient to wait for their food or could understand how difficult to be working in a fastfood chain. with regards to the boyfriend (ex now) yeah he is so pushy and of i dont want coy i was still studying. working during that time is my only solution to hide..hehehe
@cwong77 (2011)
• Malaysia
7 Nov 09
hi vingyan.. interesting topic that could catch my eyes nowadays... I started my first job at the age of 17, when I officially finished by high school exam, and in the run of waiting for my results. I have contemplated if I want to start work immediately, or should I go for a long long holiday. However I decided to start work on 1 Jan 1996, which is the beginning of the year, after resting at home for 2 months, after the exam. I started as a admin asst dealing with shares market working with the top remisiers. I have then learned my first ever share trading, and knows how the participation affect the market movements. Overall, my jobs aspect has been very interesting, and not many in my friends group actually have this kind of career path.. I am glad to where I am..
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@vingyan06 (2488)
• Malaysia
11 Nov 09
Hi Cwong! I also started to work when I finish my high school exam. Seems like it is a trend for Malaysian student to go for a part time job before they want to continue or further the study. But of course for those who are from rich rich family, they might already go oversea to study without waiting for the exam result. It is a good job that you work in the share market company.
@Iriene88 (5346)
• Malaysia
6 Nov 09
I remembered applying for a promoter job with Procter & Gamble while waiting for my ACCA Level 1 result. Got the job but not sure to promote what until the briefing session. It seems they launch the latest product at that time in 1988..you guess what is the product? It is the latest design of sanitary pad with 'wings' for better protection. I was designated at a Chinese area (Savemart) which at that time I can't speak a single word of 'Cantonese' (a Chinese dialect)as I came from outstation. Hahaha, so what I did was just memorised those important words and descriptions of the benefit of that particular design sanitary pad. You know what, ended up I am one of the highest sales volume in Klang Valley..after Sungei Wang Plaza. At that point of time I am 20 years old.
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@vingyan06 (2488)
• Malaysia
9 Nov 09
Procter and Gamble is a very good company, perhaps you were getting a good paid job on your first job. I am sure you had a very tough time at your fist job seeing you couldn't speak any Cantonese but was designated at a Chinese are, LOL. It is not easy to learn Cantonese within a few days. For me, I feel embarrass if I was designated to sell sanitary pad. Even I will feel shy when I buy sanitary pad at Seven Eleven stores with he male cashier.
4 Nov 09
My first job was a Saturday assistant in a boutique when I was just 13. I only worked one saturday because they played tricks on me (sending me to the shop next door for "striped paint") so I was too embarrassed and upset to go into work the next week. But I wasn't put off alltogether. A few months later at age 14 I got a job in a jewellers and I loved it
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@liquorice (3901)
4 Nov 09
What cruel, mean people! I've never heard the striped paint one before, but you reminded me of something my grandma used to tell me. She said that when she first started work, they would send her out to buy pigeons milk! I'm glad that it didn't put you off and you enjoyed your next job.
3 Nov 09
i was 15 when i started work. Everyone else in my class was 16 , but because of my birthday, I was always the youngest.i had the opportunity in my school to stay on and perhaps go on to art school, but i opted to go out to work because all my friends went to work and had money to spend on makeup and clothes. my first job was with a big retail company. i worked in the office with lots of older women. my first wage packet was the sum of three pounds 10 shillings. (which incidentally is a lot less than the lowest hourly rate in my country ) We are talking 1963, the year of the Beatles, swinging London etc., Although I had got o levels, a levels and royal society of arts exam passes plus high results in shorthand and typing, my job was making tea and filing. just a little bit disappointing when you are 15.
@vingyan06 (2488)
• Malaysia
19 Nov 09
Hi Margerydaw, Thanks for your response. When I was young, I was money minded. I keep wanted to earn more money to buy cloths, shopping. What I want to say is we dont need to think too much on making money when we were young, studying for brighter future is more important. When we are qualified , we can even earn more money. More ever if we work when we are still too young, we don't get to pay much as we don't have much experience.
@jugsjugs (13038)
3 Nov 09
My first job was when i was still at school.Iwas cleaning a factory of an evening for two hours every day.Then when i left school i was working as a poultry processor.I then went on todo looking after the elderly when i was in my twenties and now i am a full time mum married with six children.
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@vingyan06 (2488)
• Malaysia
19 Nov 09
Hi Jugsjugs, So amazing , you have six kids there. You must be busy with your kids now and no time to work. I have only 2 kids and I already feel tiredness taking care 2 rascal kings. It is not easy to become a stay at home mum. How do you find your life as a mummy? Do you prefer to work or stay at home raising the kids? I still working even I have 2 kids here. I just read trough all the responses about this discussion, so happy it gains so many members to join this discussions and I find out many of us started to work when we were school students. Me too start to work when I was studying in the high school. But I only work during school holidays.
• China
3 Nov 09
A part-time job I had,something like promote sales,four day and 120RMB,to be equivalent to around 20$.It's important and being pedagogical meaning for me,I have not earn by myself.And now memorize used the money to buy a gift for my parents was really good,definitely,Mom always laughed as saw the gift.
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@vingyan06 (2488)
• Malaysia
12 Nov 09
Hi Lichee, Thanks for your response! Yeah, it is true enough, when we used our hard earn money to buy gift for our mother, they will be happy! People go for different job when they are growing up. I believe being a promoter is a normal and simple job. I was a promoter before. I like this job as I able to get some new friends and getting to know more about social with others.
@ahhh17 (10)
• China
4 Nov 09
I wac doing a part-time this year, they find the work I did not imagine so easy .
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@CatGods (4592)
• United States
3 Nov 09
I'm now 50 years old and 40 years ago, yep I was 10 years old I started working. There were things I wanted that my parents couldn't afford to buy me, so I found ways to make money like in the summer I would sweep peoples porches and sidewalks and in the winter I would shovel snow off of the sidewalks. I also offered to go the local store for people. They would give me a shopping list and the money and I would do the shopping for them and they would pay me a little money for doing it. Then when I got a little older I would baby sit children, pets, and houses when people went on vacation. At the age of 14 years old I got a job in a ice skating arena as a cashier. Then at the age of 16 I got a job in a grocery store as a cashier. I have been working for most of my life because I like money, so therefore I work.
@CatGods (4592)
• United States
3 Nov 09
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@Iriene88 (5346)
• Malaysia
6 Nov 09
Hi, Wow, you are definitely a very hard working & money motivated person. Great job, keep it up! Do we need to pay in order to join the sites that you mentioned? I am quite keen to earn some money, as I am not working...LOL Great that you share some sites here. Is it legit, not scam? Any advise..cheers!
@vingyan06 (2488)
• Malaysia
16 Nov 09
Hi Cats, thanks for you response and thanks for visit my blog. I will visit your blog after I finish this reply, ! You really love money, just like me, LOL. Kids who love money is somehow more matured than others. So surprise you start to work at so young. But my mom tell me she also start to work at 9 years old, .I only started to work at 15 years old. I became the assistant in my brother in law book shop. That was a lovely job.
• Philippines
19 Jan 12
Hi vingyan06! I got my first job immediately after graduating from the university. Actually the job was offered to me even before graduation. It was indeed a blessing. I was so elated when I started with my job. I am still doing my first job until now. By the way, I am teaching in the same university where I graduated from.
@SViswan (12071)
• India
25 Jan 10
I was 20 or so when I first started working and that was as a secretary during my college break. I was visiting my parents on vacation and this job came up at a place that my dad knew and he asked me if I would be interested. I had nothing much to do and I thought it would be fun and took it up. It was good and it helped me get my major job after I graduated...at the same place but a different department with better prospects.
• Philippines
24 Dec 09
Hi there vingyan06! I remember selling chocolates and cookies when I was in high school. My teachers have always mentioned that one day I will make a good businesswoman. Immediately after college, I was hired by the university where I graduated from. I started teaching then after a couple of years, started my business and added more businesses. Yes, I am an entrepreneur and a teacher at the same time. My teachers back in high school were right.
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
30 Nov 09
My first job was babysitting. I was either 11 or 12 years old, and I watched a baby and a little kid. I never liked babysitting, although I did it a lot to make money for some of the fun things that I wanted. I also had a paper route - for like a week. And when I got out of High School, I worked at McDonald's. I actually worked there for a few years while I went to college.
• Philippines
20 Nov 09
My first job was a cashier in a fastfood. I was 19 years old when I got my first job. Im working and studying at the same time due to financial problem. My desire for landing a job prompted me to look around and lucky found this food chain.
• United States
19 Nov 09
My first job was helping a friend of my dad. He was moonlighting, cleaning an office building at night. I earned enough for gas money and to take my girlfriend out on dates. I was sixteen. When I turned eighteen, my dad's friend turned the cleaning business over to me and I continued to work it for another year or two.
@lengzki (125)
• United States
9 Nov 09
My first job I consider was an enumerator/interviewer in a national survey when I was 17 or 18 years old. It was a summer work program offered in my college. I can't remember the rate anymore but I was able to buy my first guitar and shoes for first day of class. It was only a two-week work. It was fun though. Then I had other part time jobs also while I was studying e.g. student assistant in the university and an enumerator again in a different national survey.
@SomeCowgirl (32255)
• United States
8 Nov 09
I was 17 and a senior in High school. The job lasted four days before I decided to quit because I was afraid I wouldn't pay attention to my studies. Also I was a waitress and fellow waitresses were confusing and often told me I had to do it their way or I wasn't doing it right. Too much pressure for me, so I quit.
@harmonee (1236)
• United States
7 Nov 09
I was a lifeguard and taught swim lessons at the city pool. I was 15 when I started and stuck with that job for almost 6 years. They always paid above minimum wage and I got raises every year, so I figured why leave? I was a swimmer and always at the pool anyway. Most of the people I competed with worked there too. We all knew we would get hired, so it was just the natural progression.
@hagirl (1296)
• United States
6 Nov 09
Of course, I had babysitting jobs but my first real job was at McDonalds. I believe everyone has worked there atleast once in their lives. or atleast somewhere like it. McDonalds is some much more common because there are so many of them every where.