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Communication: Journal Prompt – 109 – First Job

Tell me about your first job. What did you do? How much were you paid? Who did you work with? What were they like? Did you have to wear a uniform?
If you haven’t had a job yet, write a list of ‘first jobs’ you would like and why?


My very first job was as a server.   I’m pretty sure it was just minimum wage that I was making.  I worked with other teenagers and a supervisor.  They all were cool.  We did not have to wear a uniform.

There was a summer lunch program available during  the summer for the kids in the public housing neighborhood.  We had to clean and setup the room everyday before the kids arrived, then again after they left.  We also had to wait for that white refrigerated truck that delivered the boxed meals for the kids. Everyone got excited when the white refrigerated truck showed up.  I think I used to feel the same way when the Good Humor truck showed up with the ice cream.  Once we were ready, the kids arrived at a certain time each day for lunch and we served them, and made sure every kid received a meal to eat that day.

It was an easy summer job but we got to help the kids.  I was 16 years old.  I was excited just to be able to buy my own school clothes that summer because it helped Mom from having to buy school clothes for all three kids.