How Many Different Jobs Have You Worked At?

@Louc74 (620)
November 11, 2009 5:26pm CST
I gave up working on a nursing staff bank recently because I couldn't get enough shifts, and couldn't survive on my income. I'm now thinking about the jobs I've done in the past, and the list is huge! I started out doing office work, then went into hairdressing, and part time bar work to supplement it. Then I moved into full time barwork, and ended up managing a bar in a hotel. I'd always wanted to be a nurse, so then went to uni to study that, got a mortgage and couldn't afford to be in uni at the time, although I was also working part time in a cleaning job, part time bar work, and on a nursing agency bank. (Not really sure how I fitted all of that in with a full time nursing course, when I think about it now!) I promised myself I'd find the money to go back to nursing, so have chased a better wage since leaving. I've worked in a respite/day care for elderly clients, a housing association for adults with learning disabilities, the child support agency, the Inland Revenue, a couple more pubs, Ann Summers, Avon, an energy supplier, a telephone company, and lately, the NHS. That's a big list! And I'm now training to be a driving instructor! Am I really unusual? Do most people have a job for life nowadays, or are there some like me, who have been unable to fulfill their vocation, so have seen all other jobs as temporary?
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@rg0205 (2638)
• Hong Kong
12 Nov 09
I'm 23 but I've had quite a number of odd jobs because I'd work summers here and there. Most of them were temporary. I am now stable with my current job but I do hope for advancement later on. I would probably change jobs after I'd achieve what I hope to in my current but that's down the road, maybe a few years from now.
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@Louc74 (620)
12 Nov 09
Hi RG. Yeah, it's important to be able to advance; nobody just wants to stagnate by staying in the same place, so it's important to be rewarded for your efforts. I don't think I've felt rewarded in my jobs so far!
@doormouse (4619)
11 Nov 09
i've worked at many places; tie factory hospital laundrette supermarket(twice) hotel specsavers local shop sandwich delivery driver taxi driver taxi receptionist when i go back to work when i'm better i want to work in childrens social care
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@Louc74 (620)
11 Nov 09
Hi Doormouse! I had thought about taxi driving at one point as well! Lol! I looked into the license, then thought about drunk people throwing up, and whereas I don't mind cleaning after sick or infirm people, those who are drunk can clean up their blimmin own! You're in the UK! If you're receiving benefits just now, you should ask them about flexi learning courses you can do - they'll help with the costs, and there's no pressure; you do it at your own pace. It was paediatric nursing I was doing, but it just isn't going to be viable, so with the driving instruction, at least I'll still be working with people, but it's a decent income as well. It's getting harder to chase your dream job though, isn't it?
@doormouse (4619)
11 Nov 09
i don't claim anything,not intitled apparently,i have got 2 courses that i can do at my own pace,abnormal psycology,and ocd behaviour
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@daffy6 (102)
• Malaysia
12 Nov 09
After my high school, some friends called me up to work in a club playing guitar. That was 33 years ago and now I am 51. Since then, I was a musician till today . I have never work different jobs before in my life but someday in future, I would like to switch to a different job beside a musician.
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@Louc74 (620)
12 Nov 09
Hi, Daffy! Welcome to Mylot! I think that's a brilliant profession - you must be pretty talented if you've managed to find work all those years! And I always thought being a musician brought you into contact with so many different people, so you get a lot of experience thrown in there as well. But if you want to try something different, it's never too late!
@Hatley (164237)
• Garden Grove, California
12 Nov 09
I have worked as a twenty year old for six months at the Nancy Ann doll factorythen came home and went to work at the local hospital and worked there and at the new one for some t en years, came to Arizona and worked at St.Lukes until I was nine months pregnant with our first child,later when son was seven I went to work in Ca hospitals for some more years, then the last twenty three years I worked as a page in the tustin library til I was almost 80.this economy had made people take all sorts of jobs just to be employed and a lot are still out of work. I am retired now and all the work I do is enjoy mylotting.he he
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@Louc74 (620)
12 Nov 09
Hi Hatley! You've done a lot of care work! I value the experience I've had working in that field, it teaches you such a lot, about yourself and others. I'm totally addicted to Mylot now as well! It doesn't take long - it's just a shame it can't be turned into a full time profession! Lol!
@zhangfzoe (432)
• China
12 Nov 09
I have done three different jobs:sales, receptionist,office worker.And sometimes I do the parttime job as a tutor.
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@Louc74 (620)
12 Nov 09
Hi Zhangfzoe! You sound quite settled in your chosen profession. I think I've still to find my niche! Lol!
@yugasini (12836)
• Anantapur, India
11 Nov 09
hi louc, i have worked different jobs like this besides that we have run several stores and businesses cloth shop Fertiliser shop medical shop Oil mill fancy store/departmental stores travel agencies ticketing and handling agents for yayudoot airlines run different couriers present TV showroom and flower/cake delivery service
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@Louc74 (620)
11 Nov 09
Hi, Yugasini! Erm.....give us a job???? Lmao! Only kidding! So did you have a dream, or was it always about bringing in the money to survive? I feel that's what I've been doing since I had to give up my nursing course, though I am looking forward to working as a driving instructor. I know it's hard work being self employed, but at least there are rewards as well, and hopefully it won't be the same old grind!
@maezee (38833)
• United States
11 Nov 09
Wow, you have definitely had your fair share of jobs. I'm probably going to take the path that you have - a mixture of jobs that seem unrelated (no offense, that's not how I'm trying to put it). I think it's cool that you get such a variety and have such a well-rounded amount of experience. Which was your favorite, can I ask? I would really like to work in a bar, as a bartender sometime. Is that a hard job to get? (Random question here, sorry). I know that it's rare to find people who change jobs and job fields so often as you seemed to have. But I personally think it's cool. A lot of people keep the same job for their whole lives - for example, my dad is an auto mechanic and has been at the same company for 20 years. And same with my mom - she's worked at a data entry company for about 20-25 years now, too. I mean I guess it's nice to have that kind of job security, but at the same time.. I think I would get a little restless while working in the same exact position, wouldn't you? I would want to experience new things. And be challenged. I'm only 19 so I don't really have a huge work history quite yet. My first job was (is) at a dry cleaners, and I started as a senior in high school. Now I'm a sophmore in college. I've worked here about 2 1/2 years now. Otherwise, I've had 2 seasonal jobs. One was typing (entering data) for my mom's company - as extra help while they were busier. And I just got another seasonal job at Macy's in "merchandising". So what I do is go around and do mark-downs, set up sales, move around merchandise, and put out new merchandise. It's really interesting because it's something new.
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@Louc74 (620)
11 Nov 09
Hi Maezee! No offence taken at all! I kind of do appreciate the life experience I've had, and I've met so many interesting people through doing different things. Barwork shouldn't be too hard to get - most bars have a large turnover of staff because most people view it as a temporary position. My bar jobs I wouldn't change for the world, to be honest. I think everyone should have at least one stint working in a bar, you learn such a lot, your social life goes through the ceiling, and you also develop a pretty thick skin! Lol! My dad was the same, he worked for the water board his whole working life, and had a couple of part time jobs along the way to supplement it when the need arose. My Mum had a few different jobs though - I think that was due to her having to take a break to bring us up. It must all be leading somewhere! Lol!
@HansonFan (1659)
• United States
11 Nov 09
I don't think you are unusual at all! I am only 21 and my list seems huge to me already!!! I got my first job at a water park and i will be returning for my 7th and final summer this year. Then I went to Garden Ridge, the Petsmart. When I came to college I started out working at a food place on campus, then a secretary, and no I work in the computer lab. At the age of 21 I have already have had 6 jobs, and I will have a diploma that doesnt have a job to go into...so who knows how many i will have in the future. :)
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@Louc74 (620)
11 Nov 09
Hi Hansonfan! Thanks for the comment. That kind of sucks - all that hard work and no job at the end of it! I don't know what it's like over there, but in the UK here, more people are starting to think that learning a trade is the best way to go. I think younger people have it tough now. I'm feeling a wee bit better, there's you and Doormouse! Lol! Maybe the different life experiences will stand us in really good stead though - it might just be leading somewhere.
@veromar (1457)
• Argentina
12 Nov 09
Are you sure you want my list? lol. I'm turning 45 in a couple of weeks and I've got quite the list. Here goes: Typical childhood jobs: babysitting, mowing lawns, hauling hay, washing cars, etc. Fast food: McDonald's, Wendy's I was a dish washer at a retirement home. I was a "roadie" for a band. That means I helped set up and break down for shows. I operated a little sound recording studio for tourists in Branson, MO where you could pick a song to sing with a sound track and I recorded it. Radio announcer, news anchor & reporter, traffic reporter TV production assistant House cleaner (for a service) Long distance operator, conference call coordinator, video conference call coordinator and customer service rep (Sprint) Worked at a bakery as a packer Worked at a deli as a sandwich maker, phone order delivery, event catering Store manager at Blockbuster video I've worked as a seamstress making casual clothes I've given piano lessons and taught English My last job was as a theatre director in NYC Now I'm semi-retired and do things like this! lol. I'm sure I'm forgetting some but I've had a great time in life at all of these jobs! Of course, my parents were none too happy that I didn't find a "stable career". LOL!
@Louc74 (620)
30 Nov 09
Hi, Veromar. Wow! Wow! I mean......Wow! Lol! You've done some really cool stuff though. TV, Radio, theatre, etc. I suppose I don't regret anything I've done though, probably you'll be the same, because you meet so many different people, and learn so much by taking on different roles. My parents were the same - you should have a job for life. But if you do smething just for the money, how can you settle? That just makes me miserable! You had a great time though, and it sounds like it, I guess I have too. Your post's quite cheered me up! Lol!
@veromar (1457)
• Argentina
4 Dec 09
Lol. And I didn't even mention all the positions I had working at different temp agencies! lol. I thought of a few more since my original list, but I won't list them all. I've always been a kind of "go with the flow" type of person. It didn't lead to a very stable financial life, but I absolutely got to meet a bunch of different types of people and learn how to do a bunch of different things! I wouldn't change it for anything in the world. Making money has never been a huge priority with me. If I can put food on the table and a roof overhead, I'm good! The experience I've gained through all my activities has just enhanced my life in ways that I can't begin to describe. It's been a blast and I'm not done yet!
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
27 Nov 09
Hi Lou, there's no such things as jobs for life really anymore and you've certainly had plenty, but it sounds as if the nursing is the one you want to pursue. Are the wages really that bad that you can't survive well on that. It seems ludicrous when the jobs are there and you have the training. Is there nothing like the American style where you can take on agency work which gives you the same place to work as the normal place you work (well I saw that on ER a few times). What about the private hospitals. It would seem if you can get into the field you want then experience should count. As for me I always had summer jobs in school hols and university hols, then worked in management and then in finance. Work out here is very erratic and most people survive on less than minimum wages, but I organise what I can to produce a good income for little work as am really tied with my son being school age. This year though everything has dried up with the economy here and its just a case of fingers crossed that it recovers so I can get active in it again.
@Louc74 (620)
30 Nov 09
Hiya Thea. Yeah, it was always nursing. But it's changed so much now. I've realised that I can do so much more if I get a bit of money together, then start raisng funds to start my own charity, which is the end goal now, so the driving instruction, etc. is just to get the money to start that off. I had four part time jobs during my nursing course. I honestly don't know how I fitted it in, looking back! My Dad tells me now that he could see me heading for burn out at the time, but it didn't come, lol! I like it when I'm on the go all the time. I hope things improve over there soon. Though it sounds as if you at least still have a sense of community over there, so hopefully if things get too bad, people will pull together a bit to help each other out.
• United States
12 Nov 09
My first job was at an insurance company and I liked it. Plus I was working at a lawyer's office part time. I was there for about 4 or 5 years. I started going to college and I wanted a job where I could make my own hours and get paid a little bit more so I started cleaning houses. Then one year my friend and I worked at Walmart part time (I was still cleaning houses and going to college) during the Christmas season and they asked me to stay but I hated it so I told them no after the Christmas season I was done. Then I got a nanny job for a race car driver and stopped cleaning houses and I gave all my houses to my aunt and she cleaned them. Then my mom started dating the guy I was nannying for and they ended up getting together and getting engaged so she took care of the kids and I didn't have to. Then I got married and wanted to stay at home so I started taking care of kids in my home and plus had my own child during that time. I did that for about 6 years until the kids were about ready to go to school and then I started working at a doctor's office with my brother's girlfriend. That didn't work out. I missed my son plus I just couldn't work with my brother's girlfriend. I found out the true her when I went to work with her. So I quit and now am back staying at home with my son. I clean a few houses a month but that's all I do. I do some computer work too so between cleaning houses and the computer work I make some extra money to bring into our household.
@Louc74 (620)
12 Nov 09
Hi, Sweetgirl! That sounds, in a way, like it kind of worked out the best way for you, like everything leading onto something else. That's so cool that your Mum met her husband via you! I know what you mean about finding out about people through working with them. I worked with my sis in law in a care setting once, and I was pretty shocked - she was horrible! But at least it opens your eyes. But you've found your vocation - it sounds like you were cut out to work with kids, and be a Mum! That's pretty sweet!
@lengzki (125)
• United States
12 Nov 09
I had 3 part-time jobs when I was in college, 5 full-time jobs after I left the university. So far all my full-time jobs were related to the career I chose and took me 2-5 years before I transfer to each job. But now, I'm unemployed..still trying to get a new job. I'm looking also for work at home programs. For those who have different jobs like you or change job so often, well I guess the advantages are you became flexible and obtained different work experiences already. It happens and all of us I guess are aiming for a stable job that we'll do until we decide to retire.
@Louc74 (620)
12 Nov 09
Hi, Lengzki! I hope you find a good job soon - I know how it feels. Yeah, I suppose I am pretty flexible! Lol! And I think I'm getting somewhere. Finally! Thanks for the comment! :)
12 Nov 09
wow...you are really working hard to achieve what you want and i admire you for that.Dont lose hope.....keep chasing your dream.
@Louc74 (620)
12 Nov 09
Hi, Safiaahmed! Welcome to Mylot! Well, the dream keeps changing! Now I just want to qualify so that I can start a charity. Hopefully I should be able to do that late next year, so yeah, I'm still chasing! Lol! :) Thanks for your comment!
@Phlamingho (7831)
• Denmark
12 Nov 09
Several small jobs here and there, but the only real serious job I've ever had is the job I'm current doing. I've had the job for a little more than 3 years.
@Louc74 (620)
12 Nov 09
Hi Phlamingo! I'm feeling a bit better now that I know I'm not alone with some of the other posters! All I can hope is that I've had all this experience for a reason. Lol! I hope you keep loving what you're doing now.
• United States
12 Nov 09
Wow, after reading the your original post and all of the response, I must be one of a very few. I have only held 2 jobs in my life. The first was a summer job when I was in high school as a day care worker. The second is with a company I have been with since 1993 in the agriculture field. I have held many positions with my current company including retail sales, wholesale, purchasing and most recently in aquaculture. Some of the jobs that everyone listed sound fun and I will have to keep them in mind in the event that I ever have to change jobs.
@Louc74 (620)
12 Nov 09
Hi, Sleepylittlerose! What a cool pseudonym! Welcome to Mylot! You must be one of these lucky people who have just hit the nail on the head with their choice, lol. I'm thinking that it makes a difference if you have an opportunity for advancement, and working your way up through the company, new challenges, etc. Hopefully you'll stay happy, because changing can be stressful!
• China
12 Nov 09
I'm a student in the school,so I only have part-time jobs.being a family teacher is my first job,and I was a sale promotion person for TV. compared to you, my experience is poor!
@Louc74 (620)
12 Nov 09
Hi, Flowerelle! Welcome to Mylot! Doing promotional work on TV is an experience! I think the experience is an advantage, but i don't think it looks good on a CV if you've changed jobs a lot like I have. But you're still a student, so you've plenty of time! Lol!