This is the first proper job I remember having aside from cleaning and gardening I used to do for my parents when I was really young. I used to babysit my neighbour's children most weekends. It was a pretty good job, although it wasn't very reliable and often the person I would babysit for would phone up last minute expecting me to be able to babysit which was difficult. Whilst I love children, and for the most part they behaved, one had pretty difficult behavioral problems for someone so young as me to deal with which ultimately made me dislike the job. It was also expected that I would look after neighbours kid's who would come over whilst I was babysitting too which was always a little awkward. Overall, this was a good job and I would advise any teenager to do it as it is great pocket money, but it was difficult!
Every summer me and my family would go to our holiday house in the South West of France and I would babysit and nanny children who were also there on holiday (and sometimes French children whose families we knew). This was a great job as it meant I could pay for petrol and outings without spending any of my savings whilst I was there. The families I worked for were really nice, and most had multiple children which meant I got paid more. I had this job for pretty much every annual summer holiday in France. However, one of the best things about nannying French families was unlimited access to...Orangina!3. Sales Assistant at a bakery
Unfortunately this was probably my worst job that I've ever had. During my gap year before stating university I needed to save money to travel to Australia. At the time, there were NO jobs at all in the place that I lived- it was pretty horrendous. After finally finding a job advertised for a shop down the road from me where I could walk to work, I was ready to nail the interview. I was successful in the interview, however they placed me in the shop in the city centre of the city I lived.. this meant I couldn't any longer walk to work and would have to drive which was a real pain as one of the main reasons I applied for the job in the first place was because it was so close to home. However, what was worst about the job was the management. One of the team leaders would make advances to some of the younger girls including myself whilst working there, and the management as a whole was so poor that there wasn't the support there to complain (the irony was his girlfriend worked in a shop opposite the on we were working in!). The working conditions were awful too- everyone was overworked without having sufficient breaks, and as the shop was in a bus station without heating, it was freezing and they wouldn't let us wear jumpers. In three words: WORST JOB EVER! However... I think everyone should have a stint at working in retail. It makes you appreciate just how hard people work, and teaches you so many life lessons!
4. Team member at an award winning museum/attraction
Whilst at university I worked at a local museum/attraction on Sundays and doing the odd evening shift for events, especially around Christmas. The role involved so many different things; catering, ticketing, operating a ride simulator, doing tours, working in the gift shop and working in the planetarium and giving presentations. The job was never boring, and I really liked it aside from the evening events which were at times extremely stressful and sometimes finished at 3 in the morning (which wasn't great when you had uni or you had to drive back home during the holidays which was 2.5hrs away!). However, in terms of experience it was an awesome job as there were so many roles you had to undertake. I actually took this job over a John Lewis one I was offered.. so that goes to show really how good it was.
5. Customer service assistant at a supermarket
I had this job whilst doing my Masters degree in York. It was also a great job, although sometimes I found the hours a little long (16 hours per week) when trying to fit in all my studying, but something had to pay the bills! The working times were also pretty poor- on Saturdays I worked from 6am to 2pm which was always a struggle on those cold winter mornings, and on Sundays I worked 3pm-11pm which I found exhausting. The weekends were always the busiest times in the store (it was a small convenience store), so we were often overworked. However, what made it good was the people I worked with who were great and I am still friends with now and the fact it was just around the corner from where I lived so I could walk there!6. University tutor
When I arrived in Australia I was pretty keen to get started with a job and I managed to score myself a university tutoring job conducting seminars, marking assignments and giving lectures. This was the first job I had relating to my university degrees and I really enjoyed it in comparison to my previous unskilled jobs, which made me realise I definitely chose the right degree and that I never want to work in retail ever again! Unfortunately I had to leave this job due to my visa working conditions after 6 months, which was a shame as they offered me another job there, but i'm hoping to take this up once we have sorted my next visa out. Another great thing about this job was that it gave me the experience to be able to run my own little successful business once I left.
7. Self employed freelance copywriter and proofreader
This is the job I kind of fell into when I had to give up my previous job. I never thought I would be self-employed, but this is the job I have now and I really love it. It gives me the flexibility that I have never had before and has given me another string to my bow in relation to my degree. I'm hoping my little business will become more established as I gain more clients as I have been really enjoying it. Soon it will be coming up to 6 months of being self-employed and it has been amazing!
What is your employment history like? What have been your worst/best jobs?