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March 28, 2012


I loved Maggie's post and I love yours! This is so fun - I am definitely going to have to do a post like this, too. I also love hearing how you got into Marketing & Advertising. Seems like the next stepping point for an editor who isn't into journalism... which is kind of my thing, too.

And I definitely have Very Strong Feelings about sandwiches, so that part made me giggle!

Haaahaaaaaaaaa........... I too, babysat, from the tender age of 12. Seriously- for one family is was quite often, 3 boys, at the time, aged 1, 3, and 5, for entire Saturdays or Saturday evenings until nearly midnight. Holy Hell the parents were trusting! I mean, I never doubted myself, but yah. Anyway. After that.... didn't work in HS except for one time I helped a family friend with her catering business when she booked a really big event.

Didn't work in college, except during the summers. Then between freshman and sophomore years in college and again between sophomore and junior years I worked at the movie theater in Bonsall in the concessions stand. Because of this I LOVE movie theater popcorn freshly popped, but will not touch the "butter" with a 10ft pole. Heed that warning. I also got extremely good at multitasking during this job. Nothing like a Friday night rush and people harping at you for charging $1500 for a soda, while listening for the popper so you didn't burn the popcorn, and remembering the 6 different candies you needed from the back, to keep you on your toes. My favorite experience was when one lady paid for her stuff with a Susan B. Anthony and she goes "Honey, This. Is. Worth. A. Dollar..... A. Dollar." and I very slowly responded... "Uh, yeah, I know."

The summer between junior and senior year of college I worked at DISNEYLAND! Yah! That was super fun, even though my shifts were always 6pm-2am. I worked two Gradnights as well - 2am-6am. I was in the Store Operations category, and because it was just in the summer, I was shuttled between different Lands depending on the need that day. Wearing all the different costumes was super fun, though I mostly was on Main St so I looked like a 1900s shopgirl in a wool skirt and striped puffed-sleeved blouse 70% of the time I was working.

After college graduation, I went right into graduate school that summer, working in the labs, doing my rotations. Never left :)

Besides babysitting, my first job was working at a tack and feed store, which was extremely random. I am a former horse nerd, though, so it kind of made sense.

I worked at my college newspaper - first as news editor, then features editor. I applied to be editor in chief, but also totally bombed the interview! Which I ended up being grateful for in the end, because the editor in chief had no social life to speak of.

Then, my first real, post-college job was as a technical writer at a medical device company. That manufactured breast implants. Umm.

(p.s., I never took them up on the offer of free implants.)

My first job was working at our family bowling alley's snack bar. I was 9 years old (seriously) and would make burgers, french fries, and milkshakes. I had to stand on a stool to use the grill b/c I was too short. At the end of the night, cleaned the grill, washed the dishes and mopped the floor. All for $20 (I thought I was RICH). At 16, I got the lovely Walmart cashier position, I made 5.10/hr (1992) and hated every minute of it. Then, after graduation I thought I'd be smart and transfer to the Walmart home office where I took care of worker's compensation claims. Basically it entailed me approving bills, getting cussed out by angry associates and crying in my car at lunch time. I made it a year before quitting.

I had a few other boring jobs, but have been a stay at home for the last 15 years. My kids are getting close to no longer needing a chauffeur so I suppose I'll reenter the workforce in a few years.

My first job was as a paperboy in Jr. High. It was one of those weekly community papers that always ends up on your lawn but no one pays for or reads. It paid well enough to support my weekly comic book habit. I get the same type of paper tossed on my lawn now, but its by a dude in a creepy van who drives the route at the wee hours of the morning. I don't read it either.

I went the lifeguard route too. My high school offered a zero-hour life guarding course I ended up taking after swim season was over my Freshman year. The high school pool was also the community pool & had open swim two nights a week. My glamorous job was locker room duty, which meant sitting in the locker room and making sure no one stole anything. I read a lot, and made the mistake of reading the Exorcist on a few shifts which led to a man in a towel asking me if I'd found Jesus. I was eventually promoted to lifeguard status and worked there through the rest of high school. Our head guard was out of college at that point and liked to flirt with the girl guards, spit juice from his lip full of dip into a commemorative muppets glass and bring in Playboys for the guys. He was kind of an ass. I taught swim lessons on the weekends and ended up working at a different outdoor neighborhood pool the summer before senior year. I did actually have to go in the water and do a rescue during the 4th of July weekend. Kid was okay, just scared, and the parents who witnessed it gave me beer after my shift was over.

I stayed in the lifeguard game during college. I worked at the Pittsburgh Y, and then at an athletic club in a high rise office building which also had a dining club. The pool was three lanes and was above the work-out floor. Easy peasey and we got one meal a shift consisting of whatever was cooking a floor up in the dining club. A lot of movies were filmed in Pittsburgh and the club used to give memberships to the stars during their time in town. I quit and a week later Katie Holmes was swimming laps in my pool. (We're talking 90s Dawson's Creek era, not Tom Cruise era...)

Later I become Student Activities Coordinator, which was sort of like being student body president combo'd with the guy who organized a lot of parties. Being a small art school we didn't have a student body government or anything like that (until some of us set one up) but we did have lots of parties. I also spoke at every quarterly orientation to all incoming students and parents, wrote a weekly newsletter and bribed people with pizzas. At some point in there I had a small job building life size replicas of animals for the Pittsburgh Zoo, but that didn't last long as the ID students in charge didn't care for us mouse jockeys and didn't let us do anything but lift stuff and mix resin.

After college I went back home to Michigan and worked contract in Steelcase's Treehouse Design Studio, which was in charge of all wood furniture design. I really liked that studio, but I wasn't a furniture designer and that was what they were looking for full time. I was interviewing too and got rejected from a number of video game shops and graphics houses on the east coast, which was where I really wanted to live.

I ended up getting a lead for a job in TEXAS, which wasn't even on my job radar. I was flown down to Houston for an interview with a company focused on NASA/aerospace 3D design, renderings and animations. When I was made an offer, I also had an offer on the table from a film/graphics studio outside of Detroit. Houston it is! I was at that shop for less then a year, but in that time I got yelled at daily, told how to vote and learned that it was okay to have a hand gun and tequila in your office. I also met a lot of scientists and guys who were backing commercial space flight start-ups. And I accidentally saw Buzz Aldrin in his boxers as he changed in our conference room.
I was invited out to lunch by a co-worker who had moved on to a new 3D Animation/Multimedia shop and knew I wasn't happy. I interviewed and 12 years later, I'm still here. I started out doing 3D work, then Flash, Html, Compositing and more 3D. Now I write SOWs, make spreadsheets and stress out.

Sorry - I wrote a lot but it was fun to do.

My first job was as a cashier at a local drug store when I was 14. I mostly worked in the Hallmark section, but sometimes I was in the movie rental section, and rarely the pharmacy section. I hated the pharmacy because I always forgot to ask the right questions when someone was dropping off a prescription and dealing with insurance terrified me.
When I turned 16, I got a job at a restaurant that also sold pies. It was a fun job because most of the other servers (all girls) were in high school, so we did a lot of chatting when things got slow. It was pretty good money because you were guaranteed two busy times each night, the dinner rush and the pie rush. On some Saturday nights, groups of square dancers would come in, and it was always easy to figure out who was on each separate check since they wore coordinating outfits. I worked there all through high school and college, and by the time I went to college, I had enough seniority that I could just tell them the weekends I wanted to come home to work and which shifts I wanted.
After college, I went to graduate school where I worked in the lab when I wasn’t in class. After 5.5 years of graduate school and two fellowships (7 yrs total), I am in my 3rd year as a lab director.

I also did the babysitting thing, from 12 to 16 or so. It was really weird after we had Kalena to imagine hiring a 12 year old to watch her, but I definitely watched babies at 12.

After that my first real job was at a call center. So, if you dialed the number for reservations at a Comfort Inn? You might have talked to me! It was actually a great job, good pay, guaranteed 40 hrs a week, and overtime (including overtime pay) was pretty much always available. I worked there for several summers.

Other than that I did an internship with a drainage water company and then graduated college and went to work at my first (and only) "career" job as a chemical engineer for an oilfield service company. My job history is not nearly as exciting as my husband's- he has worked in like every field ever.

I won't bore you with my entire employment history but I like this post b/c it's fun to see what other ridiculous & hilarious things people have done to make a living. In highschool I was a CNA in a nursing home. I loved it, and would do it today if it paid more than $10/hour. There's no glory in a job like that, but there's a lot of satisfaction.

In college, one of my many jobs was on a research study for obese children at my college's medical school. I had to prepare their meals, which included weighing each food item down to the n'th gram. I remember cutting raisins in half to make an oatmeal raisin cookie the right size. That was horrific.

I love this post and I want to write one too!

Also we started off very similarly with sitting and lifeguarding.

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