J. Money at Budgets are Sexy did a piece like this awhile back and I thought it would be fun. Actually, what gave me the idea was last week when I was filming the segment about our house for the news, the camera man remarked how relaxed and natural I was in front of the camera.
“Thanks. In my first career I was an actress.” I replied.
“First career? You are twenty-six!” The newscaster said and laughed.
But no really, it’s true. I’m twenty six and already on my second career. Why so many jobs? Well, because my father is a self made man and he believed in teaching me a good work ethic. But when I got older I HAD to work to fund my debt, meaning I always had to scramble to find something in case I found myself unemployed. #Bummer.
My Entire Work History
#1-My first job was working at my Dad’s optometry practice. I was the Medical Data Manager which meant I just shredded paper copy files. For hours on end. In a tiny room that housed the shredder, which was also dark because they did the optical fields tests in there. If the receptionist was on vacation, I did get to fill in.
My skill set is primarily administrative so when I got to college (my parents wouldn’t let me work during high school, not even to baby sit) I worked in the Residence Life office, (#2) and at a retail clothing store called the Wet Seal part-time (#3). Which annoyed my friend Donna because everywhere we went I’d tell someone that I knew the shirt they bought was from Wet Seal Unfortunately for her, in a small college town, The Wet Seal was the only place that sold skanky bar clothes, so I ended up saying it a lot.
..And now that I am older “Wet Seal” really just sounds like a euphemism for a penis.
#4- I got promoted at the Res Life office to an RA for summer housing.
#5- I worked as a waiter for a record-breaking three weeks at a restaurant called Cheddar’s. I quit because I could never get the smell of ranch dressing off of my skin.
#6-I didn’t work at all my sophomore year of college, which is where I racked up the majority of the credit card debt I used to have. When my parents found out I was using credit cards behind their back (read this story), I had to work at the local Hardee’s as punishment. Embarrassed I was working in fast food, I lied to my friends and told them I was hostessing at the local Chili’s. Until I told my friend Kayla I had to get off the phone and go to bed because I had to wake up at 5 A.M. to go to work.
Anonymous Kayla: Why do you have to get up at 5 to go to work at Chili’s?
Me: I’m helping them with inventory.
….Which actually only happens in retail. I eventually came clean and AK mocks me endlessly for it on a regular basis. #Friendship. Working at Hardee’s ironically wasn’t the worst job I’ve had. Free biscuits, people.
#7- Back at school I got a job as an administrative assistant in a Neurosurgeon’s office. Which was fun, but not nearly as glamorous as Grey’s Anatomy.
#8- I took a job teaching gymnastics to children at a local gym. I’m not a gymnast, but really most toddlers just want to touch their toes, so I was qualified.
#9- Nearly finished with school, I got my first full-time job as the receptionist for a property management firm. I was fired after six weeks for two reasons: 1) they didn’t like that I was acting on the nights and weekends or “burning the candle at both ends” (their words, not mine), and 2) I had a blog, in which I never named the company specifically, but was verrrry public about how much I hated it there. I got turned in by the girl whose job I took over.
Yes.. I was immature and in the wrong. But it taught me a powerful lesson about how EVERYTHING you say on the internet is public record and should be taken very seriously. My advice to new bloggers? Write everything as if your mom (or, if your mom is cool like mine, like your boss/grandma whoever you’re embarrassed/scared of is going to read it, every.single.day)
#10- Still acting part-time, I decided to supplement my income with another part-time job, this time as an assistant for a lady who ran her own closet organizing firm. I like being organized, and I learned a lot, and seeing how the wealthy and elite live was cool, but this was probably my least favorite job. Even after the one where my boss was a psychopath. It just wasn’t a very fun place to be and the work was even more tedious than doing spreadsheets.
#11 & #12 – I got two back-to-back jobs performing full time, right out of school. One as an actor on tour with a children’s theater, and another as a singer/dancer in a county music show at a well-know theme park chain. These were probably my most favorite jobs, both because of the people and the fact that I loved what I was doing.
#13- I worked at Bath and Body Works. I was their top salesgirl for the five weeks I worked there. #humblebrag
#14- I moved to NYC and temped until I found my first “real” first full-time job- as a receptionist for a BIG MONEY hedge fund. Yes, of the psychopath boss fame, but everyone else was super cool, we were well taken care of, and I had enough money to support myself and pay off my debt.
The lessons I learned working there taught me way more than I could ever learn in a classroom.
#15 & #16 I fled moved home from NYC and started this blog, which helped lead to my job at a Marketing Specialist. I still run this site and freelance on the side, so that counts as a job, because I’m also learning a lot as a freelancer I never knew before. How you like them apples?
So yeah, I’m twenty-six and I’ve had 16 odd jobs and a major career change. The amount of life I’ve experienced and seen throughout my employment history makes me feel way older than I am, but it’s also helped me land in the place I am today, which (I think) is pretty awesome.
Title..: My Complete Employment History, and What I’ve Learned
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What jobs have you had? What were the best and the worst?