Have you been seeing the "first seven jobs" meme on facebook and elsewhere? Â Perhaps not surprisingly, many very famous and celebrated people started their careers in similar humble settings - as clerks, dishwashers, babysitters, lifeguards, etc. Â These are entry level jobs that Â don't require advanced education. Â Those first jobs, though, are critical to developing the skills needed in any workplace. Â You need to show up on time. Â You need to pay attention to the manager and deliver results - whether you feel like it or not on any given day. Â And you learn that even the most humbling tasks can bring their own rewards when you do them well.
You also learn what you can and can't tolerate at work. Â You may learn that the thing you thought you'd love isn't your thing after all. Â Look at this list:
These are my first seven jobs. Â Some I held for more than one year. Â Numbers 3-7 represent what I thought I wanted to do with my life - which was to be a scientist. Â In the end, I loved (still love) science, but found lab work too isolating to justify the time and expense of pursuing a PhD. Â I went to business school instead and with job 7, began the 36 year run I've had in corporate environments.
What were your first 7 jobs - and what did they teach you?
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