JOBS I HAVE HAD, RANKED

Worst to best
  1. Gas station cashier
    Lots of, um... characters.
  2. Health food store deli prep cook
    Long hours on your feet, needy customers on your nerves. But I did learn the best way to chop almost anything.
  3. Phone book deliverer
    One spring while in community college I showed up at a storage facility and left with 500 phone books. It took longer than you'd think to get them all delivered, and 37 cents per phone book takes a lot to add up to real money.
  4. Donut store counter girl
    My first job! Pros: leftover donuts, getting to leave early when we sell all the donuts. Cons: getting up at 430 on Saturdays as high schooler.
  5. Newborn baby photographer
    Babies are cute but putting a hard sell on postpartum moms is not. Also baby names: feigning surprise and delight at all of them is harder than it sounds.
  6. School portrait photographer
    A step up from babies, though I actually had this job first. No sales involved, and subjects take direction slightly better.
  7. College newspaper reporter
    One year in college, though I wish it had been more. A lot of pressure, but it was fun and I learned a ton.
  8. Barista
    My job my last two years of college, my first job with benefits, and the place where I learned I enjoyed helping solve people's problems. I had a sort of mini reference interview I did for customers who didn't know what they wanted. Finding an answer they were happy with was the highlight of my day.
  9. Librarian!
    I've had a couple versions of this job, but my current one is my favorite job so far. I get to be creative, solve problems, teach, and learn!