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Teenage/20s jobs

Postby sloopjohnc » 30 Nov 2017, 22:54

The other day I was thinking about all the crappy jobs I had before I got my first desk jockey job. Here were mine. What were yours?

Busboy - 15 and 16
YMCA summer camp counselor/bus driver - 16 through 20
Cabinet shop gofer - 17
Yard clearing and trash hauling (with my brother and family truck) - 17 through 18
Pharmacy stocker/delivery - 18
YMCA afterschool care/bus driver - 19 and 20
Record store clerk - 20 through 24 (off and on)
Furniture store deliveries - 20 and 21
Pool store worker - 21
Ad agency intern - 21
Bar and grill worker - 22 through 25 (off and on)

This is before my first real job, teaching high school English and going on to professional office jobs.
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Postby Jimbo » 01 Dec 2017, 02:52

14 - Gardening center shop helper - lasted one day
14 - 15 Sled (winter) rowboat (summer) hotel resort hander-outer (Pay $6 per day)
15 - The world's worst caddy
16 -18 - Busboy
19-21 - Kibbutz volunteer - field to factory alfalfa delivery specialist
21-22 Psychedelic candle factory worker - shipping dept.
Squeezed in there: bellhop, short order cook, dude ranch exercise machine room monitor, babysitter, summer camp counselor, K Mart shelf stocker, snow shoveler
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Postby Samoan » 01 Dec 2017, 16:31

sloopjohnc wrote:The other day I was thinking about all the crappy jobs I had before I got my first desk jockey job. Here were mine. What were yours?

Busboy - 15 and 16
YMCA summer camp counselor/bus driver - 16 through 20
Cabinet shop gofer - 17
Yard clearing and trash hauling (with my brother and family truck) - 17 through 18
Pharmacy stocker/delivery - 18
YMCA afterschool care/bus driver - 19 and 20
Record store clerk - 20 through 24 (off and on)
Furniture store deliveries - 20 and 21
Pool store worker - 21
Ad agency intern - 21
Bar and grill worker - 22 through 25 (off and on)

This is before my first real job, teaching high school English and going on to professional office jobs.

A good few of those sound like fun jobs, I mean I'm sure they paid cents/hour back then but I always genuinely loved bar work and waitressing, chatting with the customers and my feet never hurt as they're quite broad.
I don't think we have bussing tables over here, not that I've noticed, it's always been the same waiter or waitress throughout the meal. What I do miss is the complete absence of stress and real responsibility although admittedly I've never had a driving job.
The boss people were fair and convivial as were my colleagues. It was bliss.
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Postby sneelock » 01 Dec 2017, 17:48

every job I've ever had has been a "teenage job"
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Postby Samoan » 01 Dec 2017, 18:09

I clean forgot baby and younger person than I, sitting.
I used to take some light homework to do or watch a bit of tv and just have a little snack from the fridge when invited but I didn't take liberties.
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Postby Moleskin » 01 Dec 2017, 19:03

Paper round
Behind the counter in the newsagents
Market stall

then first proper job:

Civil servant.
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Postby PresMuffley » 01 Dec 2017, 19:21

Does small-time drug dealer count?
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Postby souphound » 01 Dec 2017, 19:41

Busboy - briefly while in high school - 16 or so.
Golf caddy most of my teenage years ( I was a good golfer but we couldn't play peak hours on weekends at our club as juniors.
Mowed our lawn and shoveled our stairs and driveway for $1/week
Private eye - 18 - 21
Record store manager - 21 - 26
Office clerk - Marketing support - 26 - 28
Data entry clerk - 28 - 30

I babysat my hockey coach's kids a couple of times

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Postby sloopjohnc » 01 Dec 2017, 19:47

PresMuffley wrote:Does small-time drug dealer count?


I did that too. In high school, I sold weed out of my bedroom and my brother sold whites (amphetamines). We stopped when my folks got suspicious with all the cars stopping by.

I smoked up all my profits anyway.
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Postby Toby » 01 Dec 2017, 19:52

I didn't have any job until I became a civil servant at 18. I do regret that - I'll be encouraging my son to get a job as soon as possible. Hospitality is an exceptional place to get experience when you're young.

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Postby PresMuffley » 01 Dec 2017, 20:20

sloopjohnc wrote:I smoked up all my profits anyway.


Same here. I don't know of many high rollers who have acquired their fortunes in teenage drug pushing.

The job options were rather limited for young people where I grew up, but I didn't have much of a work ethic in those days, and I'm still not keen on working for other people. Young people who volunteer impress me, although much of that seems to be about boosting your college application.

Real jobs I had in my teens & early 20s

Worked for a couple days at a Hardees
Various construction jobs here & there
Landscaping
HVAC technician
Logistics in a warehouse
Delivered pizza for Pizza Hut
Telemarketer
Cleaned cabin rooms at a resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Tree climber / surgeon


I'm sure there are a few I'm forgetting. Of those listed I did the tree work longest. It was brutal, dangerous, the pay was shit but I loved it. You really felt like you had done something badass when you got home.
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Postby souphound » 01 Dec 2017, 20:34

PresMuffley wrote:Telemarketer


I did that for a half a day. Never went back after lunch. Not sorry at all.
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Postby souphound » 01 Dec 2017, 20:38

Oh, and I was night janitor at McDonald's on weekends for about 6 months. I had to take out the garbage which was stored in a small room in the basement. I had to climb in the pile of bags and put them on a conveyer belt to the outside. Problem was that inevitably, some bags would get stuck and get torn up. I had to clean that too.

The only advantage was that I smelled like heck on the way home which was at morning rush hour. I always got a seat and extra space on the bus, the other passengers all freshly out of their shower.
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Postby PresMuffley » 01 Dec 2017, 21:49

souphound wrote:
PresMuffley wrote:Telemarketer


I did that for a half a day. Never went back after lunch. Not sorry at all.


Somewhere in the world they're still wondering:

WHAT HAPPENED TO SOUPHOUND?

I didn't last much longer than you. Maybe a week. That profession surely has one of the highest turnover rates of any.
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Postby PresMuffley » 01 Dec 2017, 21:52

sloopjohnc wrote:This is before my first real job


Just curious, but what's up with your distinction of "real" jobs vs. whatever those other jobs were / are?
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Postby gash on ignore » 01 Dec 2017, 22:02

Voice of Buddha.

Waitress in a cocktail bar.

Lebanese Shopkeeper.

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Postby PresMuffley » 01 Dec 2017, 22:54

kewl klive wrote:Human man.


Decent benefit package from what I hear. You shoulda stuck with it.
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Postby gash on ignore » 01 Dec 2017, 22:57

:)
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Postby gash on ignore » 01 Dec 2017, 22:57

I didn’t have the Latin.
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Postby PresMuffley » 01 Dec 2017, 23:16

A damn shame. Although I am looking forward to that memoir of yours. What's the "working" title again... I Was a Garden Gnome for Ashkenazi Jews in Poughkeepsie, NY, ca., 1999... or thereabouts. ....?
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