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What I Learned From My First Job

Getting your first job is probably the most exciting thing you will experience when you decide you’re ready for one. I remember the excitement that filled my soul when I was fifteen, driving around to each local Dairy Queen (because it was the only job that really accepted anyone under 16), and filling out job applications with my mom. It was a great bonding experience for the both of us. I can’t even imagine how my mom felt when I finally decided to start looking for a job, it was probably one of those “Aw, my baby girl is growing up!” moments. But I saw it as “Holy crap I am growing up this is frickin’ awesome!”, I was so pumped and thrilled to do adult-like things.

Thinking about having my own money played a big role, as well. You know how it is when you’re young, first thing you get your hands on even a $5 bill, it’s like a miracle and immediately you impulse spend it. Well, unfortunately, by the time I got my first job, I had to give the majority of it to my mom for my phone bill, and the rest of it, I blew it impulse shopping. I didn’t really have anything to save up for, and I kept using the whole “I’m blowing my first few paychecks” and eventually, it was every paycheck, and by the time I quit that job, I had no money saved for the things I did need or to help pay off my phone bill. I realized what I had done was not very mature, even for my first job, but it sure was a lesson learned.

My first job sucked butt, I worked at Party City, and I’m telling you right now they were so sexist and really liked to pull favorites in that work place. I can’t even find a way to explain to you how horrible that work place was. I was there for about six months before they really pushed my boundaries and I just quit showing up. Smart way to quit a job, eh? Totally kidding, don’t quit a job that way unless you absolutely have to.

But I had a legitimate reason.

I was so sick I was practically hacking up my lungs, my throat was in so much pain, I couldn’t stop sneezing, I was a mess. Obviously, anyone who is that sick should call into work, I mean, I think it’s an asshole move to show up to work contagious, risking everyone’s health. I don’t know if it’s the fact I’m a germaphobe, or just common sense. I mean, at least tell the person calling in to go get a doctor’s note? Is it really that hard? Not to mention, don’t do it with an attitude.

That’s exactly why I quit. Not only was I being treated like I was doing everything wrong, I even got yelled at by the manager I had so many problems with from the start, because I accidentally messed up a $5 sale. I was new, and I get that sales are very important to businesses, but I mean, come on, $5 sale? Is it really that big of a deal? The training was so awful, I barely understood anything. The managers were just so rude it was unbelievable.

Let’s not forget the fact the favoritism there was so bad. There was a few times my cash drawer was a little under or a little over, and I’ve offered to put my change in the drawer that I had in my purse if it meant not writing me up, because I saw others do it, but when I offered it was so bad and whatnot. I got written up, but then there was this one chick who worked there that the boss just absolutely adored, and her drawer was short two nights in a row, and the boss just let her off the hook with a warning. I mean, seriously?

Nothing I did was right there, and I can’t even find the words to say how grateful I am no longer working there, even if it meant no more income until I found another job.

In conclusion, I think that your first job experience will either be good or bad. There’s no in between. For the most part, your first job more than likely will not be your only job, unless you get extremely lucky and it’s a really good job. Mine, was certainly horrible, but it also taught me that I have a spending problem and I really need to work on it. I could have spent my money better in all the jobs that I’ve had, but also all of them have showed me that and now when I do get back into work, I can handle my money better.

First jobs will definitely show you a lot. It’s certainly not all about the money, some things aren’t worth dealing with just for money, after all,

money can’t buy happiness.

“Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”
– Franklin D Roosevelt

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