The First Job I Ever Had

  1. groundskeeper and an apartment complex. lots of weeding. upside was there was a pool, which I used every lunch break ever. 14 yo, I think I was 14.
    Suggested by   @jeremysomething
  2. Grape hanger at a NY Italian restaurant. Mama Leone's
    Suggested by   @fats
  3. Composed music for games on Urbaniacs.com
    Got paid $100 a song, which at the time I thought was WAY too much money. Couldn't believe how fucking rich I was!
    Suggested by   @Nicholas
  4. Lifeguard at a car wash.
    Suggested by   @Alphonse
  5. Chef - I was a first year apprentice.
    Suggested by   @jpbateson
  6. "Restaurant" worker at Pontin's.
    This is highly traumatic for me to relive. Pontin's is a holiday venue popular among certain (lower) British social classes. My uniform was sailor-themed, bright hello and bright blue. The skirt ended mid calf for maximum unflatteringness. My mum sat and laughed at me for a good couple of minutes when she picked me up the first day. Scraping trays into the bin and loading the dishwasher. Probably also wiping and laying tables and such. Also, unpaid overtime! That's always fun.
    Suggested by   @bookishclaire
  7. Busperson @ a local country club
    Upper middle class members-overall a great experience! I met great people & ate yummy food! I can still balance a full tray with ease 🤘🏼👏🏼
    Suggested by   @NicoleO
  8. Worked at Wendy's
    Suggested by   @kate81
  9. Dollar tree
    Suggested by   @elmospimpingme
  10. Cashier at a small town grocery store- only 2 registers.
    Suggested by   @ashleyanwiler
  11. Hardware store cashier
    Fun when locally owned then Ace took over. 🔧⚒🔨, 🔩
    Suggested by   @angela3950
  12. Selling real Christmas trees. The company was called Santa Pines.
    It was a cash job and I didn't get to use my newly acquired tax file number!
    Suggested by   @jessicaz
  13. Newspaper delivery
    The best was collecting bills around the holidays and getting a bonus.
    Suggested by   @MichaelRose
  14. Candy shop
    My sister-in-law's sister owned the place and made all the fudge, pies, turtles, English toffee, etc. I smelled like the waffle cones every day and my mom would always give me a good hug and sniff when I got home. I'm left handed and my left arm got even stronger from scooping ice cream that summer.
    Suggested by   @shash
  15. Concession stand operator
    My brother was the athlete. While he played baseball, I ran the concession stand and read books between customers. To this day, I think my machine popcorn is the best (who knows — I haven't touched one of those things in maybe 21 years?), and I have the perfect formula for building a burger that will non-sog a bun between here and the bleachers.
    Suggested by   @theranman
  16. Classroom aide in a preschool for children with disabilities
    It was a great little school with amazing teachers who loved the kids and were kind and patient with me as I learned. I loved every minute of it and became a teacher in part because of my experiences there.
    Suggested by   @DG
  17. Eureka! It's a toy store. @sky and I got hired at the same time so things like this happened whenever we worked together. Solid first job.
    Suggested by   @ErinFlaherty
  18. Took civil service exam and entered the glam world @ Department of Health and Human Services as a file clerk
    Miles and miles of files
    Suggested by   @MMeanswell
  19. potato scrubber
    this was, unfortunately, a thing. every Saturday I went to my neighbors restaurant & scrubbed 100 or so potatoes & then wrapped them *nicely* in foil. hours of my life spent covered in potato dirt... for $10. i was 12 and totally cheated out of minimum wage. bastards.
    Suggested by   @victralala
  20. Nanny
    I spent the summer staying with a bratty 12yo. I was 14, but mature for my age. It was tough some days, but she had air conditioning and cable TV, two things we lacked at my house. Plus we went to the country club pool most days. Best tan of my life!
    Suggested by   @jhope71
  21. Receptionist at a walk-in clinic
    I got coughed on WAY too much, but at least it helped build up my immune system I guess?
    Suggested by   @plaidcheesecake
  22. Mowing lawns at a cemetery, age 10
    First grown up job, computer operator for a large (2000 employees) company, age 14
    Suggested by   @wordytime
  23. Bus/Dishwasher at S.Side Chicago Dutch Restaurant
    Almost all the male patrons were bald and I learned a "suicide" was making a soda out of every type of fountain​ drink combined. An acquired taste to be sure, but so worth it!
    Suggested by   @Digicoma
  24. Cleaned the gymnasium at my high school and stayed to watch whatever group activity the school had rented it out to.
    Suggested by   @seblefebvre
  25. Video Intern for my school district's educational television department
    Filmed and edited content for them. Paid internship. It was awesome.
    Suggested by   @sarahmccoy
  26. Bagger at a grocery store
    Suggested by   @Razzor007
  27. Testing educational games. It's been downhill since : )
    Suggested by   @JoanE
  28. Shelving aide at the public library
    Suggested by   @francium
  29. Hostess at Chili's
    Michael: Here's the thing. Chili's is the new golf course. It's where business happens. Small Business Man Magazine. Jan: It said that? Michael: It will. I sent it in. Letter to the editor.
    Suggested by   @amieshmamie
  30. Translated the company/employee 'Collective Agreement' from French to English for the HR Department at the company TDK. Was only 15 at the time and still can't believe they used it as I'm sure the vernacular used was pretty rudimentary
    Suggested by   @cmschoder
  31. Waitress at LoneStar steakhouse
    I smelled like steak and blue cheese dressing basically all the time
    Suggested by   @mfreese23
  32. Waitor at a steakhouse.
    I hated it.
    Suggested by   @barefootmeds
  33. Cleaning the church I grew up going to. I got into trouble for cleaning the alter because women aren't allowed back there.
    Suggested by   @jusstacia
  34. Worked at Blockbuster
    It was like Redbox, but with VHS tapes. And you had to go into a store. And you couldn't check the movie availability online. And my training involved teaching me to steal frozen push up pops, which no one bought, and I didn't realize it was stealing until later in life.
    Suggested by   @wndrmee
  35. Cucumber Sorter.
    My first summer job during high school. For $4/hour a bunch of us sorted them by size as they went down a conveyor belt, 30 hours a week, all summer.
    Suggested by   @jodyalmasy
  36. Model
    First just print, but I walked a few shows. Mostly wearing sweaters. My dad likes to remind me that I booked 100% of what I went out for. I don't remember a lot of it. Bonus: Signed again with the same agency after college, but they put me in the youth department (I used to be skinny, so I looked young), and I felt silly in the waiting room with 13 year olds and their mothers...so that lasted about five minutes.
    Suggested by   @mlh
  37. Professional ice painter. ... Aka, snow cone stand employee while I was in high school.
    Suggested by   @loganwilson92
  38. Soda Jerk
    The shop was owned by the daughter of the owner of a large franchise. She and her husband were hippies who got high a lot in the back room. I had a bruise on my forearm for three years from scooping ice cream. I made the perfect banana split. The shop was in a mall and every Christmas we'd make treats for mall employees. Knock on our back door and you'd get a chocolate shake with creme de cocoa and peppermint schnapps. I was fifteen and all future jobs were measured by this perfect experience.
    Suggested by   @Dashelamet
  39. English teacher for kindergarten & elementary students after school program
    Every Monday and Wednesday, I took an opportunity to teach English after my classes in college. Fun times, where you have so much time to read, to teach and to laugh with the kids (and the parents as well).
    Suggested by   @dearsheva
  40. Camera Operator for Sports and Events
    Suggested by   @devvv
  41. Ride attendant @ (formerly Paramount) Kings Dominion.
    Suggested by   @r_reed