What was your first "big girl" job?

posted 5 years ago in 20 Something
Post # 3
249 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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
14657 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I feel like my first real job was my internship junior year of college as a technical support engineer at Intel. 

Post # 5
1797 posts
Buzzing bee

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
3082 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@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
8471 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

Hmm..it’d have to be s substitute teacher. I’m not even certain that’s a job job. 

Post # 8
4929 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

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
9549 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
413 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

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
510 posts
Busy bee

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
1344 posts
Bumble bee
  • 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
354 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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
1979 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

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
4035 posts
Honey bee

@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
2808 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

i’ve got my manicurist/nail technician license when i was 19. so i’d consider working in salons as a “big girl job”.

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