Think back – what was your first job? I mean your first ever job. A hostess at a local restaurant? Permanent babysitter? Go-to neighborhood pet-sitter? Sunday school assistant?
Mine was an ice cream scooper at a local, family-owned ice cream shop. I was hired at 15 and a half, and worked there seasonally throughout high school, and my first summer after college. Having a part-time job kept me busy and taught me a lot more than just how to serve ice cream and make milkshakes (I was the milkshake-making champ).
My job now, of course, has nothing to do with ice cream, and I haven’t worked in food service since then. (Okay, I tried at another place the following summer, but it just wasn’t meant to be.) But just because my job and career path aren’t inspired by that very first job, doesn’t mean that I don’t remember the things I learned from that job. In fact, everyone should be able to draw upon lessons from that first job, no matter what it was. There’s something to be learned in everything.