I think it's interesting to find out what kind of jobs/careers others have held. Stu was a paper boy, bus boy, mechanic (mostly brakes) and then a Paramedic/Firefighter for 30 years. Pretty straightforward.
Me...not so straight. LOL! Let's see...there was the obvious childhood jobs. Babysitter, selling greeting cards & stationary door-to-door, writing a neighborhood newspaper (4th grade...hey, my next door neighbors paid me 10 cents for it....LOL!) and even picking and selling watercress (even though I had no idea what it was, my partner in the biz did).
High school started with working in an onion ring stand one summer, then on to Woolworth's 5 and dime as a cashier, pumped gas at my father's gas station (yes, checked the oil and cleaned front and back windshield's too), ending with waitressing and dishwashing (with a little short order cooking tossed in).
Moving to Florida right out of high school, I became a carhop at an A&W (no roller skates) followed by my first full-time job as a long distance operator for Southern Bell in Miami. A move precipitated a job change and I became a ward clerk at the local hospital (way before computerization...all doctor's orders were hand-written and I got to interpret them and place the orders). I moved on to working in a doctor's office as the receptionist, bookkeeper and general office-do-all clerk.
From there a variety of jobs followed...full-charge bookkeeper (furniture store, nursing home, underground utility construction company, aerial crop-dusting service), grapefruit packer (never had such a physically demanding job before or since), waitress (from diners to hoity-toity restaurants where we carried live lobsters to the table for meal selection), clerk in an auto parts store as well as a Mercedes dealership and eventually moved into the computer world.
I started as a...are you ready for this title...backup relief computer operator trainee on a system that used paper tape for input and mag-stripe cards for output. Phew! But fortunately for me, the move from accounting into computers was a natural. I loved it! Through a lot of on the job training mixed with college courses as needed (and afforded), I moved from entry clerk to programmer to operations to programmer/analyst to operations management to programming specialist and on and on through various levels of management, culminating in VP of Client Services for a reseller.
Once I left the computer world and the career that I fell into, I did several more years as a PC specialist for the underground utility world, a stint as a fiber-optic construction inspector and then some specialized work for a real estate company.
In addition to working, I have had a side business of some sort or another for the last 25+ years. These have ranged from Personalized Children's Book Printing to Off-site Backups for Small/Home Business, PC Consulting for Small/Home Offices and a cleaning business. In the last 15 years also dabbled in web design, freelance writing (for the web and for print) and newsletter writing.
So what did I want to be when I grew up? Initially I wanted to be a nurse like my mother. Then in my teens I wanted to be a dancer. By the end of high school I was interested in physical therapy. Instead marriage intervened, followed in a year by the birth of my son. Life changes...
So where has your life twisted & turned in the job world?
Till next time - keep on rollin',
Donna and Stu