I thought I was down to my last question from my ‘Ask Me Anything’ post, but when I went to verify that, I discovered that CraveCute had asked a second one. So I’ll take care of that today.
She asked “What was your first paying job?”
If I wasn’t going to count all the temporary and small jobs I did while in school until I finally began a full time position, I’d say that my first real paying job was at a hotel. I was only 21 when I started - just a young’un – and I worked there for five years; two of them in reservations and three of them in accounts receivable. It is one of the best jobs I ever had. Not salary-wise but people-wise. What an amazing group of people at that place. Most of them in their 20s, which was pretty awesome. You can imagine the youthful exuberance. I made a lot of friends and had a grand old time. There are also countless memories. And stories. Lots of stories. Some of them hilarious. Like the one about ‘Mr. Smith’. I must share that with you all soon.
But I am going to count all the temporary and small jobs I did while in school because that would include an amazing first paying job. Which was to walk my neighbour’s dog while he was at work. I was only 11 or 12 when he offered to pay me a few bucks a week to drop by his place after school and take his puppy for a walk. His puppy. *squee* We weren’t allowed any pets aside from goldfish in my home, so you can imagine how ecstatic I was about this. It’s as close as I ever got to having a dog.
But despite the enthusiasm and dedication on my part, and despite how excited that little puppy was to see me each day, the job didn’t last long. Because when it came down to it, I had no clue what the heck I was doing. The whole point was to take the little ball of fur out to do his business. But my head was always in the clouds and half the time I’d return him home before he did that. No need to explain further. The dog owner was really sweet about it; never once telling me I wasn’t doing a good job. He just said one day that he didn’t need help anymore.
So that was my first paying job. And also the first job I got fired from!
Have a lovely day, everyone. One last question to go...