My First Seven Jobs

When I started out listing my previous jobs, I didn’t know what to expect. Now that it’s laid out, I’m pretty impressed with myself that there’s variety, or it could just mean that I had no damn clue what I wanted to do with my life.

  1. Peer Counselor at 14 – To this day I have no idea why I was even hired to be a peer counselor. At 14, nonetheless. I barely grasped what was going on inside my head and any time a peer came to talk to me, we just goofed off and gossiped. Now that I think about it, I probably did more harm than good.
  2. Tutor to High School Kids – This was a so-so gig. I met some cool people who legitimately needed my help and it always felt food when I could. But, much like being a Peer Counsellor, I often wasted valuable learning time by goofing off with my tutee. Plus, I got paid under the table.
  3. Part-Time Sales Associate at American Eagle – At 19, I thought this was the coolest job I could get. I told my friends I was working at the place for college kids. I felt important and grown up. In reality, it was a soul-sucking experience because I had six managers on the floor at any given time and neither of them could agree with one another. Image the confusion it caused all of the employees.
  4. Custom-Frame Maker – This was a fun gig. I got to see the different art people would bring in and discuss how they wanted to display it. This was the job where I realized I wanted to do something creative for a living.
  5. Junior Writer at a Lifestyle Magazine – I was one month away from graduating when I landed this job. It helped that I interned here, too. I was super grateful for this opportunity when a lot of my classmates were struggling to find meaningful post-college work.
  6. Self-Employed – I was 2 and decided to be self-employed in the e-commerce world to see where it could take me. It lasted for three years, learned a lot, but lost a shit ton of money. Would I do it again? Hell, yes.
  7. Marketing Specialist – I fell into marketing by chance and never looked back. I don’t have a marketing degree, but so what. Marketing is one of those industries where I feel experience trumps education.

What were your first seven jobs?

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