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How did you feel about your first "real" job?

Syringer

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Aug 2, 2001
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Was it something you enjoyed doing? Was it useful to your career path? Could you have seen yourself doing it for..a while?

 

pontifex

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Dec 5, 2000
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Originally posted by: Syringer
Was it something you enjoyed doing? Was it useful to your career path? Could you have seen yourself doing it for..a while?
Hell no, No, hell fvcking no! I was there for 4 years and it was pure hell.
 

GeneValgene

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Sep 18, 2002
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Originally posted by: Syringer
Was it something you enjoyed doing? Was it useful to your career path? Could you have seen yourself doing it for..a while?
i still keep in touch wtih people from my first job. i met some great people there. only stayed for 2 years.
 

NuroMancer

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Nov 8, 2004
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Still work there, going on 4 years (going to school, good part time job)

For what it is, it isn't bad. Love the discount.

Anything with customers helps most carrer paths. Retail for a first job is a good foundation.
 

Tuktuk

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Jan 30, 2007
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I thought myself an idiot for ever wanting to jump out of school and into the real world. Three months later, I was back in school. 2 hour work days > 8 hour work days.

Although I quit just as I'd got settled and the money was starting to pile up.. I imagine that would've made things better. The sad thing is I'm a liberal arts major so ater I graduate I probably won't even be making the 26k/year I got there.
 
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Lola

I thought it was going to be just a part time job, but i realized i was quite good at it and that was it. I am still doing it today. :)
My first real job is now my career.
 

2Dead

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Feb 19, 2005
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I guess I'm still technically on my first job (over 3 years) but much further than where I started. Yes, I still see and say hi to everyone.
 

DVad3r

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Jan 3, 2005
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My first real job is where I am at now, a teaching assistant at a catholic elementary school. It's pretty good. My past jobs included:

Telemarketting
Security at various nightclubs
Computer tech with aunts bf and his peon company
 

bignateyk

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Apr 22, 2002
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hmm.. i like mine. Work for a research lab at Penn State that does defense contracting, so I get paid well, great benefits, get my TS clearance paid for, and get to do some interesting work.

I will probably go out into industry after a few years just to boost my salary, and then I plan on coming back to this job so I get a higher salary, and still get to do the same fun stuff.
 

Aikouka

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Nov 27, 2001
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It's alright and in my field, but it's more of the... non-analytical aspect I guess you could say. Personally, I love getting out a piece of paper and working out formulas to figure out a difficult problem, but I don't get that fun right now :(.
 
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I was 13/14 and started working at a nursey (The garden variety, not a kid nursery). It was hard, back breaking work and I loved it. I think it set the tone for my work ethic for every job thereafter. My favorite one was after that, I worked with a land survey crew when I was 16 and that job made the first one look like a peice of cake hard work wise. It was awesome though, always being outside, had a tan you wouldn't believe, and long hair to boot....the ladies loved it. Now I run a PC repair shop and I'm not quite as tan :(.
 

goatjc

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Oct 25, 2006
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Leaving my 1st job this Friday. . .only after 4 months. I thought I'd be learning a whole lot of stuff when, in reality, I'm basically a grunt on the line that just pushes out orders day in day out w/o any advancement opportunities.
 

Art Vandelay

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Jul 30, 2006
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I left my first real job a month ago. I hated the job and people there so much...

Anyways, I got a new job offer on Monday and I start on March 1st :)
 

monk3y

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Jun 12, 2001
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It was an OK and yes it was related to my major. I really didn't mind it but it definately wasn't what I wanted to continue to do for the rest of my life. I found a better position 6 months later.
 

theknight571

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Mar 23, 2001
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Still at my first job... sorta... due to mergers and internal shuffling the job has changed since day one... but I'm still here after 13 years.
 

NuAlphaMan

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Aug 30, 2006
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I loved it! I was being paid to be a programmer! I would have done that for free. Well, maybe room and board. The environment was pretty hectic (a bunch of layoffs were happening). I stayed for about 2 years and got another job. I'm still a programmer, but now I'm trying to get more into project management and leave to coding to the younger folks! :)
 
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Originally posted by: DVad3r
My first real job is where I am at now, a teaching assistant at a catholic elementary school. It's pretty good. My past jobs included:

Telemarketting
Security at various nightclubs
Computer tech with aunts bf and his peon company
I used to tutor at a Catholic highschool.

Believe me, that's where it's at. :D

- M4H
 

slikmunks

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Apr 18, 2001
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didn't like it, didn't require much thought, basically grunt work and a waste of my degree... so i found something better and quit. new job? awesome!
 

LS20

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Jan 22, 2002
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not exactly what i wanted to do, and i cant see myself doing it for long, but its very easy and the pay is great. the job is awesome per se. kinda like a ferrari guy driving a porsche.
 

Rudee

Lifer
Apr 23, 2000
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I got into the trades after I graduated high school in 84. After nearly a decade of working in the trades I decided I wanted to have a white collar job with better pay and more opportunity for growth. I went back to University and got my degree in Mechanical Engineering. What I remember from the days of working in the trades (sheet metal) was the filth, noise, dirt, and poor attitude. The money was good for being young a the time, but God, I hated getting up everyday to go to work.
 

Muse

Lifer
Jul 11, 2001
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Um, what's a "real" job?

My first job was as a young teenager working at a local movie theater. I think my cousin worked there. I was an usher. I worked one night and next time I came to work my boss asked me where I'd been. He claimed he told me I was supposed to come in on an earlier day. Total BS. So, I was fired. Work sucks! Unless you love your job/work. I've had a few of those, but just a few.
 

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