ALL WORK IS HONORABLE: A LIST OF JOBS I'VE HAD, AND WHY EACH ONE MATTERS
Inspired by @alligeeshow
- •Fast food workerMy first couple of jobs where at McDonald's/Arby's. I honestly loved having a job from the start, or more so I just loved feeling like an adult. I learned how to multitask, cook, deck scrub, and most importantly to smile at people when they're being really really mean to you.
- •Hugos Grocery CashierMy senior year of high school job. I learned how to close down a business each night, how to stand on end for 8 hours at a time, and how to keep my patience with a process that can only go so fast.
- •Seasonal Retail EmlployeeI'm not telling you where because it's more than one and I'm embarrassed but essentially I learned how to fold clothes only to have them be destroyed (real life lesson!!), how to sell, and how to make a really cute outfit.
- •Summer stockA mixture of carpenter, actor, technician, and dance captain. 12 hour days 6 days a week for 10 weeks. I learned the meaning of team work, hard work, and that if you dislike your technical director and feel silenced all summer you may become unprofessional in words.
- •CarpenterWork study during college. I built sets for the theatre department. It was mostly simple wood work and painting but I did a little bit of welding, lighting, and sound work too. It was a fun job but I never had the right management to make me want to pursue it. Our department was always hiring temporary shop managers.
- •HostIf I hadn't been a host I would have never started serving. I learned how to make shit happen quickly, and how to organize a group of people's immediate schedules.
- •ServerStarted almost 5 years ago and is my current profession. I learned how to handle large stacks of money, how to read a group of people within seconds of meeting them, and how to carry 5 drinks without a tray ;)
- •CNAI learned how to care for another human being in the most intimate setting. I learned how to clean up diarrhea from a woman who pooped her pants everyday at the same time with no warning, during dinner. I learned how to listen. I watched a person die, which was life changing and heartbreaking.
- •Debt collectorI was a nice debt collector I swear! I learned how to acknowledge a persons struggle, and how to convince someone how to do what's in their best interest. I also learned how to deescalate and how to stand my ground!
- •RecruiterI discovered my ability to type 80 WPM while simultaneously leaving a voicemail. I also found out I'm great at shooting shit on the phone for 45 minutes with total strangers. I learned that if a job isn't right for you, you'll know, and that it is quite alright to leave.
- •LandscaperMy experience is brief and young but so far I've planted a tree, laid mulch, and built a dry creek bed!