How old were you when you first started working and what was your first job?

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  1. stayingalivemoma profile image83
    stayingalivemomaposted 11 years ago

    How old were you when you first started working and what was your first job?

    For me, it was 2 weeks before my 16th birthday when I started working. I was a waitress at Bakers Square in Michigan.

  2. Billy Hicks profile image75
    Billy Hicksposted 11 years ago

    My first job was running one of the Ice Cream carts Walt Disney World, specifically at MGM Studios (as it was known back then).

    To this day I still get itchy just thinking about those @%$&*# uniforms, lol.

  3. WryLilt profile image89
    WryLiltposted 11 years ago

    I was 17, in highschool and it was working at Subway. They fired me after 3 months because, they said, I was good at the job but the fact I was a vegetarian meant I couldn't differentiate between all the meats. big_smile

    1. stayingalivemoma profile image83
      stayingalivemomaposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      omg...that is hilarious!

  4. bankscottage profile image92
    bankscottageposted 11 years ago

    I had a paper route when I was 11 and have been working ever since.

  5. Dee aka Nonna profile image60
    Dee aka Nonnaposted 11 years ago

    I think I've worked all my life....helping neigbors do yard work, etc and I would earn 50 cent or something.   But, my first "real" job was the summer before entering college I worked for a small boutique.   At the end of the day I would go in and help the owner put away items or restock, etc and then I would vacuum.

  6. lburmaster profile image75
    lburmasterposted 11 years ago

    I was 16 and working at the YMCA as a swim instructor.

    1. stayingalivemoma profile image83
      stayingalivemomaposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      very cool, maybe you can teach me how to, I'd have to get over my fear of water first, though!

    2. lburmaster profile image75
      lburmasterposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I've taught adults before. An entire family from Florida actually. The grandmother, both her daughters, and their children. None knew how to swim in the beginning, but after a summer, the daughters and grandchildren could swim. Not the grandmother.

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    Garifaliaposted 11 years ago

    You just sent me 34 years back to Target Stores on the Southwest Freeway, Houston Texas. It was a hot summer and I was sweet sixteen. I began as a cashier and went on to customer service. I still have pictures from there because I continued working there till I left the US at age 21. Targé, as we called it back then, became my second home.

  8. teaches12345 profile image79
    teaches12345posted 11 years ago

    My first job was babysitting for my older sister.  It was good for me because it taught me responsibility and commitment.

  9. Credence2 profile image79
    Credence2posted 11 years ago

    Just past 16, sanitary engineer-janitor for an Airport concession stand.-Denver

  10. heartexpressions profile image43
    heartexpressionsposted 11 years ago

    I was 16 years old, and I was a cashier at the now defunt Grand Union grocery store.  I have lots of great memories from that job.

  11. BeatsMe profile image55
    BeatsMeposted 11 years ago

    At 12, first year high school. As a saleslady in our family business. It was compulsory. lol.

    1. profile image0
      Garifaliaposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Were you in High school at 12? Really? You must be very clever and lucky.

    2. BeatsMe profile image55
      BeatsMeposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Hello Garifalia, I don't know the standard in the US, but in most private schools in the Philippines, 12 yrs old in first year HS is quite the standard age.

    3. profile image0
      Garifaliaposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Wow, I'm impressed. At what age do you start primary school? or is it that from 7th grade up it's considered high school?

    4. Cardisa profile image88
      Cardisaposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      We have 10 and 11 year olds entering high school here in Jamaica as well. The US system is different in that there is a junior high then the "high". In some other countries it's just one high school.

    5. BeatsMe profile image55
      BeatsMeposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Garifalia, in most schools, there are no 7th grade. We start HS after grade 6. But exclusive schools does have grade 7, then they start HS after that.

  12. Mazzy Bolero profile image67
    Mazzy Boleroposted 11 years ago

    I was 16 and I got a part-time job in a local convenience store. One of the other employees told me he'd heard we could have 10% off things bought in the store, so we both asked the owner if that was the case. He was very angry and told us no, we had to pay full price.  A few months later it became clear that someone was stealing from the cash register, and the owner decided to lay off the two of us who had asked about the discount. 

    The irony of that was that we were the only two who were not stealing from him! All the others were taking Cokes, candy, cakes, even toiletries, without paying a cent! They were getting 100% discount already, so they didn't need any more. But this idiot got rid of his only two honest employees and gave one of the thieves a raise!  Later I heard he had caught the store Manager red-handed stealing money from the register.  I never got an apology, though.

    1. Magdelene profile image81
      Magdeleneposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      It's nice that the store manager finally got caught, you feel somewhat vindicated but, an apology would have been nice. But I think you used the right terminology towards the owner 'But this idiot got rid of his only two honest employees'

  13. melbelle profile image60
    melbelleposted 11 years ago

    At the young age of around 10, I worked for people in the neigborhood providing manure for their garden beds (I owned horses).  From 13 to 15 I was babysitting a lot.  By 16, when I could drive, I first started working at a place that made false teeth (dentures).

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    Casimiroposted 11 years ago

    I actually started working with my dad building single-family homes when I was about 14. I was paid 75 cents an hour. Obviously, it was mostly a summer job, but some weekends, too. By the time I was out of high school I was working for him as an independent contractor (better tax treatment that way) for about 5 bucks an hour. I always had spare cash in my pocket, believe it or not. I also did my own contracting of jobs, which, if I didn't screw it up, LOL, I could make pretty good money for back then.

  15. janshares profile image95
    jansharesposted 11 years ago

    14, receptionist/office assistant at my church in Buffalo, New York

  16. Cardisa profile image88
    Cardisaposted 11 years ago

    My first paying job, I was about 15/16 and my mom worked in the Cayman Islands. I did summers there and I earned a lot of cash by working US$25 per day cleaning houses.

    My first real job was as a data entry clerk after high school at age 18.

  17. tsmog profile image80
    tsmogposted 11 years ago

    Washing cows at a Dairy around 15. I didn't have a drivers license and walked there. I think it was $1.45 an hour. I was cool wearing wader boots and got a discount at the store there. I laugh real loud thinking of my dad saying he walked five miles to go to school. Now, listen to me smile

    Officially I had a paper route in the 5th grade. Lived in Barstow, CA so no lawns to mow only dirt, rocks, sand and sand fish (lizards)

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    GoldenThreadPressposted 11 years ago

    I have been working since I was 13 years old. I started out in the YCC, Youth Conservation Corps, similar to the CCC, Civilian Conservation Corps, established back in the 1930's to help get the unemployed working. It was a job run by both my state's Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service. We created trails, dams, cleared brush, painted picnic tables, counted waterfowl--basically, whatever needed to be done!

  19. puregrace profile image67
    puregraceposted 11 years ago

    I started working at 12, in a raspberry patch, picking flats of raspberries. My younger sister and I biked about five or six miles to get there and back each day. I made $48 for the season!

  20. cpenge profile image61
    cpengeposted 11 years ago

    I started working as soon as I could get my working papers which was 14 years old.  My parents wanted me to learn responsibility and taking pride in what I do.  I initially started where my father worked part time, as I did not drive which made it easy.  I worked at a ski and sport shop.  It was nice earning money and being able to see my dad.  I had fun and learned about responsibility within a position.

  21. TeachableMoments profile image72
    TeachableMomentsposted 11 years ago

    I did some babysitting when I turned 15. The kids walked all over me, but I loved every minute.

  22. Magdelene profile image81
    Magdeleneposted 11 years ago

    I was 15 and I washed dishes at a busy restaurant. A few Months down the road I progressed to other jobs like waiting tables and room cleaning.

  23. flim profile image70
    flimposted 11 years ago

    I was 18 years old when I did my first job as a kindergarten teacher.

    I had a good 6 months vacation before university admission and thought of using the time to fulfil my childhood dream of being a kindergarten teacher.

    It was good fun until I have to spend too much energy coaxing the kids to sit down and listen to me, to get sore throat every other day for having to speak loudly consecutively for few hours etc. But i still smile looking back at that part of my memory!


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