Ages ago, I saw a cool post at Budgets are Sexy, where he listed every single job he’s ever had. I’ve had some pretty fun/weird jobs over my lifetime, so I thought it would be fun to list out all the jobs I’ve had before starting my career – and I encourage you to do the same on your blogs or in the comments! :)
Jobs Before College
Babysitter ($7/hour) -I babysat for a couple across the street who had 3 boys. They behaved themselves most of the time, but boys will be boys! I was lucky that the couple paid me minimum wage at the time, since most sitters were only getting $5-6. But then again, I was looking after 3 boys, so maybe the joke was on me! :)
Referee ($15-20/game) – When I was growing up, I spent most of my time at the field hockey field. From age 14-18, I was at practice or playing games at least twice per day, so I figured if I practically made my home at the field, I might as well make some money too. I took a 2-day referee clinic, and officiated everything from kids to adults to high school tournaments. I didn’t work as often as I would have liked because it often interfered with my own training… but I made some extra cash that helped me get through high school.
Department store salesperson ($8.90/hour) – I took a class in high school that was aimed at prepping students for their careers. It also included a 200 hour work experience placement. At that point, I wanted to work in the professional sports industry, so where did I get placed? In the shoes and luggage section of a major department store. :| But I worked there with a very good friend, and at the end of our (unpaid) work experience, we were hired on as part-time staff. My boss was great because she let me schedule work around my field hockey practices/games. Oh, and school work too.
Jobs During College
Sports store salesperson ($8/hour) – In between my 1st and 2nd year of university, I worked for a local sports store. It was the worst 6 weeks of my life because I was still a pretty shy kid, and we all worked on commission. I remember they all clapped when I finally made my first commission – when I sold a pair of roller blades 2 weeks into the job.
Newspaper bundler ($8.50/hour) – Normally, you’d make $8/hour at this job, but I chose to work the graveyard shift for an extra 50 cents/hour. It was horrible and extremely lonely work. From 11pm-7am, I worked next to women who didn’t speak English, as we inserted flyers into newspapers, and bundled them in stacks of 25. I lasted 6 weeks before I quit because my fingers started to bleed.
Promotional Rep ($12/hour) – You know those people who do “special announcements” in movie theatres before the show is about to start? Well, that was me. I saw the ad in the newspaper, and decided to go in for the interview. There were about 20 of us in a room, where we had our photos taken, and filled out a questionnaire. From that group, two people were chosen to be the promo reps for Altoids mints – and I was one of them. Back when the minimum wage was $8, I felt so rich making $12/hour. Plus, I got all the free Altoids I could eat, so bonus?
Field hockey coach ($200/season) – I coached my old junior high team (age 13-15) for one season (1 practice, 1 game per week). It was a lot of fun, even though some of the girls were huge brats.
Cashier ($8-10/hour) – I was hired to work at a very popular local electronics store. It was the kind of place where people lined up the night before for the Boxing Day sales. I have nothing bad to say about the job. My boss was great, I made some amazing friends there, and the job was flexible over the years. I worked there off-and-on for about 4 years.
Call Centre Agent ($9-12/hour) – I know another fellow PF blogger who worked here too while I was there. :) It was a great job for a while. I was able to make a lot of extra money because I could take OT hours if they were available, and it was my first real full-time job. Every other job up until this point was shift work. This job made me feel like a real grown-up. I had great stats, got promoted, and felt like I could actually be worth something one day. But then they started dissolving departments (including the one I was in), and I left pretty quickly after that.
Admin Assistant ($17/hour) – This was my first taste of working for the government, and my first taste at a “real world” salary. I got a 4-month temporary assignment one summer. It was a fantastic opportunity, and when my assignment was over and they offered me another job, it was very hard to go back to school. That being said, I didn’t know what to do with all of the extra income I was making, so I blew a lot of it on clothing, concerts, and anything I could think of.
Promotions Coordinator ($10/hour) – I traveled to Northern Alberta for this 4-month summer co-op job with a non-profit. It was my opportunity to lead a team of other summer employees and see my projects through from concept to completion.
Beauty Advisor ($9/hour) – Well, this was a weird job! For a gal who wears minimal make-up, and is arguably never in style, for some reason I was offered the job of Beauty Advisor at a local drug store. I went to beauty school on the weekends, got tons of free product, and had a good time. But the time commitment got to be too much during school, and a few weeks after graduating from college, I landed a job back in government.
Event Coordinator ($10/hour) – This was with the professional sports team in the city I lived in, and I am extremely proud of the 5 years I spent at this job. I was hired during the first season of the club’s existence, and I led a team of 3-7 other people. It was part-time during the evenings and weekends, which meant it was perfect for school. And when I graduated, I could still work and have a full-time job at the same time. I loved this job so much that once I moved to Vancouver, I still went home on the weekends so that I could work at the games.
So there it is. All the jobs I had before my career started. After I graduated from college, I started working in marketing, communications, and graphic design jobs – all while blogging in my spare time. Now, the roles are reversed and I’m a full-time blogger/writer. But working so many diverse jobs when I was younger really helped me communicate more effectively, and learn quickly. :) Plus it was super fun to learn about such random careers like promoting Altoids mints, and going to beauty school!
AND, I think with each job, I got more satisfied with what I was doing and where I eventually wanted to take my career. So that’s always a bonus. :)
What were some of the best (and worst) jobs you’ve ever had?