I’ve had a lot of jobs throughout the years doing a variety of tasks. These jobs have helped me to identify with a lot of different groups of people and appreciate work, hard work. I wanted to compile a list of jobs and tasks that I’ve done for money, so one day my kids will ask me “Dad you really did ______?”
I will smile, nod, and explain about how people used to order food at restaurants from real live people. I’ll explain what the mall is and how teenagers used to work there in mass. (Amazon will replace the mall soon no doubt).
Here is my list of paid jobs & tasks starting back in the beginning to the end of college.
- Shoveling horse poop out of stalls.
- Raking leaves.
- Pool cleaner
- Chopping wood.
- Mowing grass.
- Babysitting. (yes, I did do this a few times)
- Painting Houses-I painted houses in the summer during high school. This skill has been used many times to make a quick buck. I even painted again when my dad began his painting company Southeast Painting in Nashville, TN.
- Shoe Salesman- Al Bundy would have been proud. I sold baby Jordans by the dozens my senior year of high school.
- Bus-boy, Server, dishwasher, kitchen helper- I worked crazy hours after graduating from high school to save up for my second car at Outback Steakhouse. It worked and I bought my Geo Metro that got me through 4 years of college.
- Server- I got two gold stars on my apron serving fried food, breakfast, and veggies at Cracker Barrel my first semester of college.
- I’m not sure what my title was, but I worked in the Men’s Department folding clothes and measuring men’s suits and pants (very awkward) at J.C. Penny’s. This was also in college.
- Trucking Lumper– One spring break I unloaded trucks at night and re-stacked the pallets. This was hard and made me remember that studying wasn’t too bad. I made much better grades the following semester.
- Day care worker and summer day care worker. I co-taught a class of 20 kindergartners after school. This was enough birth control to last me a decade.
- Construction worker framing houses and cleaning up construction sites.
- Youth worker- I was a youth worker in Miami, FL one summer at a small church. I got to work on my Spanish and got introduced to beans and rice, beans and rice, beans and rice….
- Education Library worker- What better place to to talk to girls in college than the education college’s library?
- Admissions department file room- We called this place “The Dungeon” and we filed and mailed till our fingers bled.