Feb 17 2010

What Was Your First Job?

Last night at dinner with Amy Grant, she asked an ice breaker question...

What was your first paying job??? 


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2/1/2010 8:35:03 PM
Jasmine United States
I am a freshman in high school! I have never had a job! Smile
2/1/2010 8:37:01 PM
Mike United States
My first job started two days after I graduated from High School.  I worked at the Texas Lions Camp, a free camp for children with disabilities, and had an amazing summer where I also met my girlfriend, and we have now been together for a year and a half.
2/1/2010 8:37:07 PM
Colton Howcroft United States
Colton Howcroft
My first job was holding a sign for a pizza parlor.
2/1/2010 8:38:06 PM
marie United States
i was a active girl at a home for handicap adults i did crafts and games like tic tac toe and bingo
2/1/2010 8:38:28 PM
anita United States
My first job was as a catalog order filler for Spiegels in Chicago. I loved it and it was always so much fun! It helped pay for me to go to college and I have now been a nurse for 30 years ~ time flies. PS I hate Pickles!
2/1/2010 8:38:29 PM
Brandon Sweden
I was a counselor at a children's theater summer camp...best time of my life!! Smile
2/1/2010 8:40:27 PM
Mary United States
working the luncheonette at Woolsworth on Saturdays.
2/1/2010 8:41:39 PM
Karen United States
I was a "page" at a local library! I shelved books all summer up until I started my 1st semester of college! :0)
2/1/2010 8:41:44 PM
Scot Vessell United States
Scot  Vessell
My FIRST paying job was shoveling driveways one winter, and the payment was, I GOT TO KEEP THE SNOW! YAY! I carried the snow back to my yard wheelbarrow-by-wheelbarrow and built the biggest snow fort you've ever seen, much to my mother's dismay. She made me dig a tunnel from the front door to the mailbox so she could still get the mail.
2/2/2010 1:43:26 AM
jerry fitzgerald United States
jerry fitzgerald
my first job was washing dishes in a chineese restraunt. I was the only one to speak english....
2/2/2010 1:48:56 AM
Sam Yeakle United States
Sam Yeakle
at 9 years old I would sell cherrys I would pick from our cherry tree in the back yard and the years between the cherry tree yeilds I would sell english walnuts from the back yard as well.  By the pound of course.  Then at 11 I had a small icey business out in front of the house where people would get off work from a factory next door to our house.  I would shave the ice with the old fashion ice scrapers and put it in a cone and cover with syrup, ie grape, lemon, cherry, etc.  Then at 12 I had the paper route to that same factory. And then at 16 I started with a grocery store as a stock boy.  I bought my first 3 speed bike with money from my paper route.  I bought it via layaway from Western Auto.  And my first car from the money I made at the grocery job.  Well, that's more than you asked for.  Sorry
2/2/2010 1:54:42 AM
Alana Carpenter United States
Alana Carpenter
My first job was delivering the local newspaper on a small paper route. While I was walking the route I would listen to Amy Grant on my walkman. One of my favorite songs at that time was "Old Man's Rumble." If you have that song in your studio, would you be able to play that on air?

Thank you to K*LOVE and Amy Grant for being a Blessing and inspiration in my life! Hopefully one day I will be able to meet Amy Grant. I have been to 2 of her concerts in the Omaha, NE area and when I was younger I was a member of her fan club. She truely is an inspirational woman doing the work of Our Lord and Saviour.
2/2/2010 2:03:33 AM
charles johnson United States
charles johnson
Hi my name is Charles Johnson My first paying Job was when I was 16 years Old the county road department paid me $40 and hour for 2 hours to take and watch his crew while he went and picked up supplies and lunch for his crew, the reason this is so memorable for me is because I was like who in their right mind would have a kid watch adults much less be supervisor over them. The boss told me if any one slacked off or sat down and goofed off while he was gone to take and tell them to go home and he would take care of it. Well sure enough a worker In his late 30's - early 40's set down and when told to get back to work or go home he replied You are not my boss and I can do what I want cause I don't have to listen to you, and also reminded me that I was just a kid and that kids are not in charge of adults and aren't allowed to work. well the boss came back and he was fired on the spot the boss paid him 2 weeks severance pay and gave him his lunch the guy left peeling off mad as all get out at me and the boss. The truth be known that was the hardest thing I have ever had to do and If I had it to do over I might not be able to God really helped me through that day and gave me patience and calmness through my storm and in my time of need. I had cried myself to sleep for several nights because all I could think of was I fired this guy that has at least 2 if not 3 kids at home to feed, recently a friend told me that you don't fire anyone they fire themselves you just make them aware of if; they know what they are supposed to do and the reprecussions if they don't.
Charles Johnson
2/2/2010 2:11:31 AM
Emily United States
You know how Nordstrom offers free gift wrapping during the Christmas season? Well, since I was 16 and not old enough to sell merchandise on the floor, I was the "wrapper" for almost a month and a half! After 8 hours of ribbon tying, paper cutting, and box folding, I just wanted to throw my own gifts in a bag! Good experience though Smile
2/2/2010 2:13:30 AM
Josie Mintz United States
Josie Mintz
I was a child actor. My first paying job was a Burger King commercial when I was 8 years old. : )
2/2/2010 2:20:26 AM
Darcy Wilkinson United States
Darcy Wilkinson
My first job was working at a medical billing office when I was 17.  I now own that same office with my dad.  God has been very good to me. Smile
2/2/2010 2:27:03 AM
Faith Sisters in Christ United States
Faith Sisters in Christ
I am only 13-years old but I work at Church. I help in the nursey, do the overhead sometimes, help with Children's Church and on Valentines Day the Youth group which is Forever Faithful held a spaghetti dinner and we had a blast! We could not do anything without GOD JESUS and the HOLY SPIRIT! Thank YOU
2/2/2010 2:32:44 AM
Stevie Jean United States
Stevie Jean
My first job was working as a cashier at our local Agway.  I learned a lot about the various types of dog food, cat food, horse feed, sheep feed, cow feed, fertilizers, seeds, pesticides and any other miscellaneous farm, garden, outdoor, or generally "country" items.  One good part-- I got to socialize with a lot of different people!  The down side, I always ended up smelling like the fertilizers and pesticides that were kept in the store.
2/2/2010 2:50:54 AM
Another Josie United States
Another Josie
My first job was as a spaghetti slinger.  I worked in a restaurant that known far and wide for their fresh hand-made spaghetti.  We would make 5 gallons of spaghetti at a time and all night long I stood at the counter and would "sling" spaghetti onto the plates.  
2/2/2010 2:52:52 AM
BigDaddyJoe United States
My very first job was a paper route for Sun Publications in Overland Park,KS. This lead to my
fist business venture. Mowing lawns during the summer. My fist job that I left home for was the
US Navy. I saw alot of the world. I also had my
first spiritual experience while in the catacombs
on the Island of Sisily.
2/2/2010 2:54:58 AM
Kenny J. United States
Kenny J.
i am only 14, but i once got paid 20 dollars for babysitting some kids during an adults event at church. i also work with my dad sometimes. i really like money. lol. Tong
2/2/2010 2:59:10 AM
Trip United States
My first job started last year when I was 10.  I have a paper route with 80 papers.  I ride my bike almost 5 miles every day.  I also mow and rake my neighbor's lawn.  Im saving up to buy a house.

2/2/2010 3:27:56 AM
Melissa United States
My first job was at Sonic. After 2 hours of training I went to the bathroom, tore off my plastic apron and ran back home. I didn't tell anyone that I was leaving because I realized that fast food restaurants are not my thing. I laugh every time I think back to the moment I decided to get as far away as possible.
2/2/2010 3:39:08 AM
Marsha Powers United States
Marsha Powers
In 1974, when I was 14,  I got my first job at a nursing home.  I did all of the supper dishes for the residents and then prepared night snack trays which were custom designed for each residents special diets and dietary needs. It was a pretty cool job! I walked quite a ways to and from work, because I couldn't drive yet, and both my parents worked as well.
2/2/2010 3:42:05 AM
amber daley United States
amber daley
my first job was babysitting my next door neighbors son while she was at work. he was always getting into something. i also worked at my dads big bear grocery store where i had to try to get people to sign up for cards to help save money in the store.
2/2/2010 4:21:47 AM
Sally B. United States
Sally B.
I got a job cleaning a family friend's house once a week for 10 dollars when I was fourteen, at the time it seemed like a lot.
2/2/2010 4:50:41 AM
Leandra United States
I am 13 and I have had my own Jewelry business for almost a year.  The hobby of jewelry making has been with me for almost 3 yrs. though but I have just started to get going on this business, it is really going well.
2/2/2010 5:11:47 AM
Sara S. United States
Sara S.
My first paying "job" was baby sitting through middle school when I wanted something extra. My first job out in the work force was a part time cashier at an Albertson's.
2/2/2010 5:22:32 AM
Erin United States
I got my first job when I was only fourteen at a little Amusement Park.  It was a great experience because I got to work with little kids all the time and also deal with parents, and co-oworkers in a teenager-friendly kind of place. It definitely taught me some life lessons about how the world works outside of school, which has led me to be very thankful for the fellowship of other Christians.  I worked there for three years, and now I'm only 18, just started my second job, and I already have good stuff to put on any application! Smile
2/2/2010 5:23:31 AM
Susan United States
My first job was cleaning motel rooms.  I was a freshman in high school, had lunch with my co-worker who ate bean sprout sandwiches.  I was fired when a couple left the motel after checking into their room and there was a spot of dirt on a bedspread.  Oh well, I went on to better jobs.
2/2/2010 5:35:57 AM
Jan Derrick United States
Jan Derrick
My first job was helping my daddy on the ranch.  Nothing better than being on horseback under God's enormous sky, listening to the clickity clack of the horses hooves as we move along.  Seeing all of God's beauty all rolled up into a huge pasture filled with cattle.  The pay was not the best ever, but the benifits were awesome.  Wow I miss all that.  I am soon to be 60 yrs. old and he has been gone from this earth 24 almost 25 years.  God is so good to bring up such sweet memories.  Thanks guys
2/2/2010 5:40:04 AM
Sandra Laney United States
Sandra Laney
My first job was picking cherries with my mom and sister when I was in Elementary school during the summer cherry season.  Lots of climbing, lots of scratches and it didn't pay too well.  I also didn't like it much but what can you say?  It was a summer job, it didn't last too long and my mom helped out. Much better than a farm job!!! :o)
2/2/2010 5:49:25 AM
Becca United States
I was a ropes course facilitator for a camp in Navasota.  While in college at Texas A&M, i would take weekends to work which was a blast for me.  I was paid well plus i got to help people develop stronger relationships through trust.  
2/2/2010 6:06:53 AM
kim United States
My first job was babysitting at 11 then Taco Bell at 16!  Absolutely loved it, then went on to McDonalds where I became a manager and worked there for 2 yrs in High School, and my first year of college when I came home on vacation.  They would schedule me in even if it was only for 2 or 3 wks at a time!  I am currently a supervisor/food server in a restaurant and LOVE my job!  Weird how I hvn't gotten away from food!
2/2/2010 6:15:27 AM
Tina United States
well my first paying job was at a state fair, as a parking attendant.   Standing out in the burning sun, and then pouring rain for 8 hours.  Its a memorable experience
2/2/2010 8:11:20 AM
karen United States
My first job was at age 16, working in a fish and chips place. My boss then is my boss now. All those years in between, and we're working together again, as of two years ago!! Oh. P.S. I'm 58 now!
2/2/2010 12:53:26 PM
Katie P. United States
Katie P.
My first paying job was at McDonald's as a teenager.  But my first job out of college was working on the fishing boats in Alaska....just like The Deadliest Catch, except I wasn't on the crab boats.  It was a life changing experience and a bizarre lifestyle, but I grew a lot, had a lot of fun while I was there and when I was finished, that is when I decided to turn my life over to God.
2/2/2010 7:46:08 PM
Jo Anne Lehman United States
Jo Anne Lehman
I lived on a farm in California where we grew grapes and made raisins in the summer.  There's alot of work year round and when my sister and I got older my dad gave us thirty cents a hour for the work we did which was alot.  But my first paying job outside the family was working in the Del Monte Cannery sorting peaches before they went into the cans.  Then I was making lots of money, $1.95 per hour.  Great experience.
2/2/2010 8:04:16 PM
Caleb United States
  I  just turned twenty one  this Tues day !  I  have been a part time Saccer at Brookshires in Marshall for three years!!!!!!   i love to serve people!!!!!      It is ausome to see al the diferent  created jobs!!!    i love you guys!!!!!   i love your family!!!
2/2/2010 9:18:02 PM
Claudia Brown United States
Claudia Brown
My first job was as a volunteer at the Hospital.  It was 1965.  I was 14 and you could go through a program and become a Candystriper.  After working two full summers of 40 hour weeks as a volunteer, I got to take another training program and become a Nurse's Aide.  Since I was 16, I could then get paid!!  The job paid $.50 an hour - yes 50 cents! but I wanted to be a nurse so it was worth it to me.  However, Nurse's Aides got to be more involved than Candystripers and my sympathy button was too close to the top and everytime someone was in pain or crying, I passed out.  So, I did not become a nurse!  I am now a Paralegal and have been working in the legal profession for 30 years helping people resolve other painful issues.
2/2/2010 11:28:20 PM
Bee Culver United States
Bee Culver
My first paying job was mowing a church cemetery at the age of 8.  My two older siblings also worked at the job (probably doing most of the work as they were four and five years older than me).  We had never heard of a riding lawn mower either.
2/2/2010 11:47:42 PM
James beavers United States
James beavers
My Frist paying Job was in the summer of 1978 my best friend and I got an old mower and started mowing yards this was the summer between our 5th and 6th grade year I've had a job ever since Thank the Good Lord
2/2/2010 11:56:01 PM
Angela Hendricks United States
Angela Hendricks
My first job was working on the river tying strings to duck decoys. I was 11 or 12 then, now I'm 16! I AM A JESUS FREAK!!
2/3/2010 1:54:49 AM
Holly United States
I was a mascot for a minor league baseball team. That's not the worst part. My mascot's name was "Dingbat." I still am somewhat embarrassed today, but it's always an ice breaker and great topic for job interviews.
2/3/2010 3:52:04 AM
Branda United States
My first paying job was at Burger King.  I worked the broiler my first month, and thought it was the biggest thing to move up to making and wrapping sandwiches.  I learned how to work all the stations in about a week, and I usually wound up worked all three sandwich-making stations by the end of the night.
2/3/2010 9:50:56 AM
Ez United States
Friends request songs/movies & I burn CD for them for good price!. Good thing I knowing more songs and movies from them. That was my first paying job in high school…
2/3/2010 10:58:56 AM
Mathias Sweden
My first paying job was as a lifeguard at an outdoor pool area. 30 degrees Celcius, people jumping in and out of the pools, and I had to stand on the side, look like an authority.
2/4/2010 11:20:16 AM
Beth United States
I babysat for one family regularly, they attended the Pacer games. I babysat for other families as well. Was a great job!
2/5/2010 6:31:10 AM
2/6/2010 4:56:10 AM
Rebecca United States
My first "jobs" were from my parents, but other than that it has been babysitting. But the first job I actually filled out an application for was for a summer missionary job for Child Evangelism Fellowship, but getting paid depended on my fundraising.
2/6/2010 5:01:26 AM
Livi United States
I was a jury member today.
2/7/2010 8:18:25 PM
Elizabeth United States
My first job was at an ice cream store. I was 15!
After 2 (10 hour days)my boss fired me! I was devastated! He said I was too slow making ice cream cones and couldn't get the little swirly thing right! He said he wouldn't pay me!
I wasn't driving yet and my Dad came to pick me up.
He told my boss I was a beautiful young lady and a and he waited until my boss paid me cash on the spot!
Hurrah for Dads!
I went on to be a nurse practitioner and worked with children for 20 years! God is good.
2/11/2010 4:34:35 PM
Susan Harris United States
Susan Harris
My first job was at Shoney's Restaurant. There was curb service and I would answer the intercom beep and ask customers for their order. Then I would put the items on a tray for the curb waitresses to take out to them.
6/16/2010 5:24:57 AM
Tara Hogue United States
Tara Hogue
My first job was a work-study job at the local college branch I attend, and it was in the mainta nence department. I was 16 when I was hired back in November 2009. I'm 17 now and I still have my job. I'm not working as of right now, but come fall I'll be back to work.
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