Living Your Best Life at Any Age

Jobs I Have Done For Pay

As I converse with people in different fields I often hear myself say “I’ve done that”.  It does seem like I have had a lot of jobs.   Today I decided to list the jobs I have had for pay.  These are pretty much in chronological order although I sometimes revisited previous jobs.

These are not necessarily career jobs but there is a building of one upon the other and something learned from each.  Maybe the thing I learned from the working in a hospital kitchen and being a retail clerk taught me that I better get an education and find better ways of earning a living.

What jobs have you held?  What have you learned from them?

So here they are in order, beginning with my early teens:

Paid jobs I have held

  • Baby sitting
  • Hospital kitchen
  • Retail store clerk (men’s underwear, candy, women’s clothing, men’s wear)
  • Cashier in hotel coffee shop
  • Library assistant
  • Substitute teacher
  • Sears phone center
  • Teacher
  • YWCA program director
  • Job Finding Workshop Presenter
  • Career Search Consultant
  • Marketing executive
  • Investment Adviser
  • Telephone system sales
  • Mortgage Loan Consultant
  • Real Estate Appraiser
  • Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Law Clerk
  • Lawyer

Some of these jobs required a license, permit or certificate.  I seemed to collect these knowing the one I really wanted was the last one and the one I currently hold– Licensed attorney.

Licences and certificates:

  • Food handler permit
  • Washington State Teaching Certificate
  • Certified Account Executive- Financial Services
  • Series 7 stock broker
  • Washington and California Insurance License:  Life Health and Disability
  • California certified real estate appraiser
  • California and Washington State Bar License

As I review these lists, it doesn’t look as disjointed as I first thought.  There is a pattern and each of them help me do a better job at what I do today.

I also see there are some stories here.  What would you like to hear more about?


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