Post # 1
I started working in high school, worked through college, and have been working ever since!
Some of my roommates in college thought I was crazy for studying and working at the same time, but the money I was able to save up really cut down on my debt in the long run.
What about you?
Post # 3
I started working exactly 1 month after turning 16. 🙂 haha. I kept that job for 1.5 years, then I graduated HS a semester early and worked FT until college that August. In college, I only worked summers. Parents agreed to support my college finances if I kept a certain GPA. I also had some scholarships and whatnot.
Post # 4
That’s awesome that your parents did that for you! I hope I can do that for my kids someday! 🙂
Post # 5
Me too! It’s one of my “big” goals about having kids. I worked for over 2 years before college, so it’s not like I “didn’t learn the value of a dollar” or anything that people say about kids who have college help.
Post # 6
@ddw: My situation was very similar to yours.
I worked in HS, college, now… 🙂
Post # 7
I worked every summer since age 14. After one year of work-free university, I left school for a couple years to work full-time. When I went back, I worked part-time (and full time summers) for the rest of that degree. I’m taking 8 months off of working to focus on my Bachelor of education, but I already have plans to work full time this summer, and hopefully get a full time job after summer!
Post # 8
Since I was like 2? Lol. My dad was self employed and when we were little we always had to help. We had a little assembly line for stuffing inserts and rolling papers (he’s a newspaper carrier). My first official job away from family was started right before my freshman year of high school. I’ve worked ever since! I wouldn’t have been able to go to school if I didn’t.
My parents have a picture of the 3 of us kids bundled up in our winter gear standing in the garage, I think my little sister was around 2 1/2 in the picture and she’s holding bundle strips. It sounds like child labor but it wasn’t, oddly I think we all liked helping and we would get treats for working. When we got old enough we started getting an actual pay check.
Post # 9
I got my first job the summer between high school and college. I wasn’t allowed to have a “real” job in high school since my parents wanted me to focus on school and extracurricular activities.
ETA: Now that I think about it, I did do some office work for one of my familys businesses during the summers in high school. I wouldn’t really consider that a “real” job though.
Post # 10
babysitting doesn’t count, right? if it does, then middle school, but only like on random weekends every once in awhile.
my first actual paycheck job was the summer between hs and college. then i interned in various places or worked as a research asst for a prof during summers during college. my parents didn’t want me to work while i was taking classes so i’d focus on my studies, though i did intern part-time with funding from my school one semester because i had loved working there over the summer so much
Post # 11
I tutored some kids in math during college and worked as a TA for a semester while getting my MBA, but I don’t really count them jobs; they were just for fun. I didn’t work for a living till after I got my masters. That’s pretty standard in my culture. The parents pay for the education and living expenses while a young person’s “job” is to do well in school.
Post # 12
I worked at an ice cream parlor during high school. I had so much fun 🙂 Until the very end… and I decided to quit and move along. During college I only worked during the summers. My parents were like, “School is your job” and I was VERY happy to hear that! I’m getting my Masters now and I work about 2-3 times per month. So not very much at all. 🙂
Post # 13
GA parents rock. 😉 We have basically the exact same situation. How weird! Sorry not trying to threadjack! But if you worked at a Coldstone I am jealous and would weigh 39480584395 lbs if I had.
Post # 14
In middle school I worked at my stable for riding time/lower show costs, this continued into early high school. Volunteered at a camp 200 hours a year 14yo-18yo. In high school I actually worked at a tourist attraction near my home and then for a summer at another camp (that summer alone I put on 10# in stress weight, worst summer EVER). I kept the touristy job until this winter, working summers and winter breaks. I’ll try for an on-campus job next spring semester when I have time again.
Post # 15
I started working when I was 15 and worked all through college. My first job was at a driving range/mini golf course that I worked at starting my sophomore year of high school – year round. In college I worked many jobs! I worked at the on campus grocery store, a candy/card shop, Marshalls, a place called Dream Dinners, different nanny jobs – I was always working. Basically when I was 15 my dad said I was old enough to work so I needed to. Im glad Ive worked that long. Ive been buying my own clothes/stuff since such a young age!
Post # 16
The summer I was 15 (turned 16 that September), I started working at a local movie theater. I worked there every summer for 4 years. Then, I finished college in 3 years instead of 4, so I didn’t work at all during that point. 3 weeks after I graduated, I started working full-time as a preschool teacher. In August, I’ll start my master’s full-time and work part-time at an elementary school as a tutor (hopefully!)