my first seven jobs
this is my 10th year of work - so nuts!
- •Doughnut line cookIn middle and high school, I worked at a cider mill in Michigan, making doughnuts and apple pastries. This was the best. job. ever.
- •ReceptionistIn high school, I worked every day after school as a mini-receptionist at my town's only dental office. This was super low-key, and I loved everyone there - the hygienists brought in tons of baked goods, and were generally sweet people.
- •Program AssistantMy ongoing college job was at the graduate campus of my small liberal arts school - I generally assisted with admin work and filing. Boring, but easy, and I had time to do homework!
- •Resident AssistantBeing an RA is one of the things that's fundamentally affected my personality. I am a more empathetic, capable human being because of this job.
- •Career Development InternThis was one of my jobs senior year of college; I split my time between planning and marketing career events to my peers and career counseling other students. A total dream job for a senior who was job searching herself - I am 100% convinced this job is the reason for my (relative) professional success!
- •Program AssistantRight when I graduated, I moved to New York. For the first 8 weeks that I lived there, I was a temp at Columbia's school of international politics, where I put organized computer files. This job was so boring that they were shocked I made it 8 weeks! At least it was part time, so I spent half my days tooling around Harlem and figuring out the big city.
- •Leader and Teacher Development CoordinatorPost-Columbia, I worked at a large charter school network in the city, planning events and coordinating professional development for principals and teachers. This has been my hardest job to date, but also the most rewarding - I worked plenty of long days, and managed 17 interns my first year, but it grew me at an incredible rate, and taught me what my strengths are.