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We all dream of what we want to be when we grow up with most of us are in professions we never thought we'd be in.  When we were younger and learning the lessons of an honest's day work, it was very satisfying to get that paycheck.  The average person will have 7-10 jobs in their lifetime.

What was your very first job?

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Margaret Goss
@Properties - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

I worked after school at a doctor's office - Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  On Mondays, my job was to file reports from the hospital of any patients that had been hospitalized over the weekend.  Couldn't help but read them - mostly boring stuff until I came across one particular patient.  I will never forget what he did to himself and the fact that he had to go to the hospital to undo it . . .

Sep 20, 2011 08:37 AM
Fernando Herboso - Associate Broker MD, & VA
Maxus Realty Group of Samson Properties - Clarksburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

Gatekeeper at a house of ill repute

Sep 20, 2011 09:06 AM
Fernando Herboso - Associate Broker MD, & VA
Maxus Realty Group of Samson Properties - Clarksburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

I lied, I was a fumigator. .


Sep 20, 2011 09:08 AM
Donne Knudsen
Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA - Simi Valley, CA
CalState Realty Services

My first paying job was a paper route when I was 14.  My first job as an adult was as a cocktail waitress (I had a fake id that said I was 21).  I was a freshman in college putting myself through school.

Sep 20, 2011 09:33 AM
Ann Nguyen
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Truckee, CA
Lake Tahoe Truckee Homes For Sale

My first paying job was interpreter at a dental clinic in a Guam refugee camp. It was lots of fun. I got to spend my hard earned dollars a the US military PX.

By the way do you get that critter to crawl all over your post like that? I thought it was on my screen & keep trying to pick it off...LOL...


Sep 20, 2011 10:10 AM
Virginia (Ginger) Schott
Cabins & Canoes - Port Jervis, NY
Assoc. Broker, CBR, CHMS

My very first job was at 14.  I worked evenings in the back of a bagel store, bagging bagels to be sold on the West Coast.  It was a great job, pretty good pay, all the food we could eat, they owner would take us horse back riding, to the water park to show his appreciation.  Plus I worked with 5 friends every night. I learned how to make bagels (a skill I never used again), coffee regular, etc.   But I will tell you this we abused those bagels, I will not eat a bagel that comes out of a plastic bag. 

Sep 20, 2011 10:56 AM
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA

My first job was as a baby sitter.  I made lots of money and was in demand.  Next job was in college as a test tube washer in a lab. 

Sep 20, 2011 11:20 AM
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

I was a check encoder at the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta - one summer of that and I knew I wanted to go to college! And go I did, in the Fall. But I am still really fast typing in numbers! lol


Sep 20, 2011 12:38 PM
Melanie Serrato
Melanie Serrato, Rawlings Realty ~Corona, Norco, Eastvale Ca - Norco, CA
CA Realtor - Corona-Norco-Eastvale Homes

My first job was as a hostess at a restaurant.  A friend helped me get the job - though I loved working there, the first week I had to borrow my friend's clothes until I could get something appropriate.  She wore only high heels, so not only was I having to get used to being on my feet ALL the time, but while getting used to wearing heels as well!  My feet were totally numb by the time I got my own FLAT shoes to wear.

Sep 20, 2011 01:09 PM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Company - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

Back in the late 60s I had a job at Sears running what was called an add-punch computer.  It was their billing computer for their customers, and it was the size of two entire rooms.  It punched holes in huge lengths of paper.  My how times have changed.

Sep 20, 2011 01:49 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

My very first paying job was as a sit in musician for a band playing for a banquet of some type. The leader had to pick me up and bring me back home as I was only 14 at the time. I joined the Musicians union at 13

Sep 20, 2011 02:55 PM
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Selling plastic flower pots door to door while pulling my sister in a dog costume in a little red wagon. We were entrepreneurs from the beginning.

Sep 20, 2011 03:36 PM
Donald Reich
Prudential Centennial - New Rochelle, NY

My first job, I packed fine china for shipping. It wasnt too hard,and as a 16 year old I was glad to be making money

Sep 20, 2011 03:46 PM
Lisa Wetzel
RE/MAX Realty Affiliates - Carson City, NV

Myn first job ... outside of neighborhood babysitting ... was at the "Frosty spot" in Gardnerville, Nevada.  this was a very cool place to be, I was a freshman and all the high school kids came to the "Frosty" for lunch!

I Remember ... $.45 for a hamburger ... $.25 for fires ... $.20 for a drink!  With Tax ... a dollar just about covered it!

Sep 20, 2011 04:17 PM
Greg Nino
RE/MAX Compass - Houston, TX
Houston, Texas

My first job was pointing out dumbasses like #20 and #28 who spam the AR blog posts! IDIOTS!!

Sep 20, 2011 05:21 PM
Marge Piwowarski
Phoenix AZ Horse Property - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC

Fernando, My screen can't take many more of your bugs.  I hope you are a better broker than you were an exterminator.  My first job was riding fenceline on my horse, to get goats out of the fence. They tangled their horns in the wire and could never get themselves out. 

Sep 20, 2011 06:04 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Add my thumbs up to Fernandos clever bug!

I started out as a busboy and counter man in NYC at the age of 13.

Sep 21, 2011 12:39 AM
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

My first job was at a 5 & dime store (remember those?) where I worked in the fabric department cutting yardage.

Sep 21, 2011 04:54 AM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

My first job was at a western themed amusement park. I worked on the canoe ride. 

"Howdy partners, and welcome to Indian Jim's canoe ride...."


Sep 21, 2011 06:14 PM
Susan Goulding
Crown Key Realty, Inc; Tracy & Mountain House Sales and Property Management - Tracy, CA
Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate

Babysitting for .50/hr the best job had the MOST ROTTEN kids but they paid me .65/hr.  I was not hired when I applied at McDonalds, manager told me I didn't fit what they were looking for, and I would stay.  SO I finally found a job at a Hallmark store selling cards, it was a temporary Job - October - December.  Then I got laid off.  sniff sniff

Sep 24, 2011 04:16 PM