Post # 1
I’ve been out of college for 2.5 years, and honestly at the moment I am a cashier for Whole Foods. I really want to get better job, and since DH and I are moving out to the burbs in 2 weeks I’ve actually put in my notice and intend to seek a better job. I’d love to end up in my field of expertise (my degree is in Nutrition and Fitness) but honestly I don’t really care, so long as I have a job that makes me feel like I am making a difference in SOMETHING.
What was your first “real” job?
Post # 3
Personal banker at a large bank. Started as a teller and was promoted twice (promotions made me feel like an adult, too) to the banker position.
It’s a far cry from what I’m doing now (law school), but allowed me to be financially independent and consumer debt-free at 22.
Post # 4
I feel like my first real job was my internship junior year of college as a technical support engineer at Intel.
Post # 5
Currently, I’m a nanny, but I wouldn’t call that my first big girl job. I’m working on getting my real estate license, so hopefully something to do with that.
Post # 6
@MrsNerdy: I was lucky and graduated college in May and was hired as a teacher in June. I didn’t start until septmeber though. But I still have that job today!
ETA: it sounds like I just got hired this year. That was 6 years ago (eek I feel like I’m getting so old!)
Post # 7
Hmm..it’d have to be s substitute teacher. I’m not even certain that’s a job job.
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2014 - Royalton White Sands
I worked at a preschool/daycare. My hours were only part-time, but my (almost finished) degree is in early childhood education, so it still felt very “big girl”.
Post # 9
I’m a genetic counselor and I am still in what I consider to be my first “real” job. That being said. I took twice as long as normal to get through my masters because I took off time to care for my mother. So I was 26 by the time I graduated!
Post # 10
- Wedding: November 2014 - Sea Ranch Lodge
My first corporate job was a marketing internship that transitioned into a part time job in college (I think I was 19?).
All you can do is apply, apply, apply! I think Whole Foods is thought of as a health conscious company, so hopefully that will let you transition nicely into a career in nutrition/ fitness!
Post # 11
I despise the concept that a cashier position isn`t a “real” or “big girl” job. A job is a job, that requires skill, commitment, and responsibility, no matter what the field it. You do it, be proud of it!! I know cashiers who are far more respectable, intelligent, and hardworking than other professionals who look down their nose at them.
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church
Probably when I was a CNA at a nursing home because it was in the same general field as my career. I was a nanny for three years while I was in college, but it didn’t feel like a ‘big girl’ job because I had the ability to make my own schedule and turn down any job I wanted to. Now I’m in my career (cancer research nurse) and feel like a moderately adult person.
Post # 13
I started work as a defense contractor the Monday after I graduated college. Been big-girl land ever since! I’m a Fed now, but sometimes I miss some of the simplicity of my high-school retail days – but the big girl paychecks ease the pain 🙂
Post # 14
I started my first big girl job this summer after I graduated from law school. I am a law clerk and I LOVE finally getting paid!! (Law school involved many work for free legal internships to get experience).
Post # 15
@MrsNerdy: Right out of college, I worked as a Program Manager for private grantmaking foundation for 2 years. It was intentionally set up as a “development” program or fellowship. Basically, I helped review nonprofit grants, did some fundraising and took leadership/nonprofit management classes.
That job helped me get my current job. Now, I am the Director of Community Programs for a charter middle and high school. I essentially manage marketing, student recruiting, family programs and administrative personnel. I have been here for almost 2 years.
My best advice is to be open to a variety of opportunities. I never saw myself working in education, but ed administration has been a really great experience for me. Sometimes, you learn you like things you never even considered before.
Best of luck OP, I will keep my fingers crossed for you!
Post # 16
i’ve got my manicurist/nail technician license when i was 19. so i’d consider working in salons as a “big girl job”.