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speel 05-28-2005 02:07 PM

What was your first job?
well I'm 16 and i live in nyc and so far finding a job is nearly IMPOSSIBLE so i figured ah what the hell maybe some people on this forum can help me out by telling me what your first job was so that teens like me can have a idea :P

Thanks .. much appreciated

trickykid 05-28-2005 02:09 PM

Fastfood... and do I recommend it for teenagers, yup! Bottom line, its a job that pays you and gets your foot in the door into getting any type of work experience and usually requires no prior experience.

Mr. New 05-28-2005 03:12 PM

you can get a job at age 14 here where I live, I might get one this summer
but I'm kind of shy:(

speel 05-28-2005 03:21 PM

wow 14 lol your lucky

Mr. New 05-28-2005 03:27 PM


Originally posted by speel
wow 14 lol your lucky
yeah, but some places require you to be 16(McDonalds Included) but I can work at grocery stores. kids need to work so they can afford a car when they turn 15/16

microsoft/linux 05-28-2005 04:12 PM

I raked blueberries in Maine when I was 14, the summer after I waited tables at a local restaurant, and now I lifeguard at the Y. I live in rural maine, so it's likely to be more difficult in NYC. But look into local coffee shops, etc. Call people up even if there's no advertisment for an opening. The more you do it the more comfortable you'll get.

AlexV 05-28-2005 05:01 PM

I started working at 15 as an Aide for a small public library. At 16 I was promoted to Clerk and took over admin duties for our local network when our previous alpha-geek moved on to become the director of her own library. In the two years since then we've gone from 0 to 25% of our computers running Linux with more expected, installed free wireless Internet, and made popular open source software such as OpenOffice, Firefox, and The GIMP available on our public Internet PCs.

Keep your eyes open! You never know where you might be able to make a difference :)

samael26 05-28-2005 05:07 PM

Fruit-picking under the boiling sun, aged 14. Shitty job. Attendant in swimming-pool. Various jobs
I swore I'd never have to do again. And never did. All that back in the 70s.
Don't go to work. Learn and study. You'll get money and consideration.

scoops98 05-28-2005 05:45 PM

Planting cauliflowers and watering plants, no stress at all {but poor pay} those were the days.As samael26 said get some qualifications under your belt as soon as possible. Only do the cr*ppy type jobs to get yourself through college, it makes life easier in the long run. {failing that, whilst deciding why not travel? see the world, its a big place out there}.

dominedi 05-28-2005 05:47 PM

gas station attendant, well paid, and interesting experience but at the evening i was tired dead (of course not a self service station)

Blinker_Fluid 05-28-2005 06:10 PM

First paying job was milking cows...

slackMeUp 05-28-2005 07:55 PM

Working at a movie theater.

Free popcorn and soft drinks... free movies... shitty pay but it was never busy or stressful.

That was the life.

username17 05-28-2005 08:04 PM

My first job was at a grocery store. I went on to become a cashier, then worked in the pharmacy, then produce, then photo, the dairy.
I was all over the place, but it bought me my first pc, was decent pay for someone with no bills.


gbarny 05-28-2005 08:36 PM

Fishmonger @ 17 man, that job litterally stinks, I would ride the bus home after work and no one would sit within two rows of me. i could hear people whispering "what's that smell" all the way home :)

speel 05-28-2005 08:55 PM


Originally posted by gbarny
Fishmonger @ 17 man, that job litterally stinks, I would ride the bus home after work and no one would sit within two rows of me. i could hear people whispering "what's that smell" all the way home :)

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