Friday, June 02, 2006

Interactive: Not My Job, Man

I was reading a book recently and stumbled upon an interesting statistic. Essentially, when we hit 45 years of age we are entering our prime earning potential years. By that time, the average wage earner has held about 9 jobs. I thought about it for awhile and I'm right in there (a bit early in my life, though.) Dishwasher, cook, tennis pro, security, bus person, casino change person, car rental runner, valet person, auto detailer, head of computer-operations, belldesk relief supervisor, hotel employee... I'm sure there are many others that I can't think of at this moment.

I've talked about entry-level/minimum wage jobs before. But, what I find interesting are those that don't take the skills they learn in those first jobs off into another position somewhere else. Sure, if they do well in their position, they will be promoted from within (I call promotions new jobs as they require new or extra responsibilities.) So, today I thought that I'd ask you: How many jobs have you held so far?


LoraLoo said...

If we count promotions within the companies I've worked for, I've had 13 jobs. Not counting promotions, I've worked for 5 different companies.

Bar L. said...

I don't know offhand, but quite a few when I was younger...waitress, receptionist, plant care, secretary, auto parts driver, tambourine player, office manager, cocktail waitress, recreation leader, and then after that I had the same job for 15 years.

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Fred said...

1. Paperboy
2. Supermarket deli clerk
3. Aide to college Dean
4. Cafeteria
5. Door-to-door newspaper subscription
6. Bartender
7. Montgomeny Ward (4 positions)
8. Burger King (9 positions)
9. Capital One (3 positions)
10. Home Depot
11. Teacher

Interesting - I've never listed them before. I think it's time to settle down!

Lucy Stern said...

Well, lets see:
1)Worked as a popcorn girl at the Astrodome
2)Long distance operator)
3)Sage Department store
4)Montgomery Wards - 7 years
5)Help my husband with his business
6)Wife - mother etc.
7)Assorted Multi-level-marketing companies
8)room mother, church volunteer, friend etc

That about covers it!

Ken said...

Wow. This is an interesting question. Looking at everything, while I've only worked five places since my first part-time job, I've had about 15 different titles. Yikes!

David Amulet said...

Great question. If you count new positions in the same place as new jobs, I'm pushing a dozen in less than 10 years. And I feel like I've been stable!

-- david

Lily said...

In the last 21yrs:

1. Restuarant (kitchen help)
2. Local Dept Store (cashier)
3. Bank Teller
4. Supermarket (Data Entry)
5. Lord & Taylor (cash office)
6. Hardware/Houswear Store (cashier > assistant to the housewares buyer)
7. Human Right Org- (Data Entry to Database/Gift Processing Mgr)