A few weeks ago, I became familiar TheLadders and the prompt they are running about first jobs! I am always more than happy to talk about my first job, mainly because I loved it!!
I have no idea how it came to be for me to have a job — I don’t think I was forced into it by my parents or anything — it just sort of happened. My very first job was at a movie theater. So yes, I did get to see movies for free, and yes, I did get to hang out with all the people who came and dressed up for movies — I worked the midnight showing of the Star Wars Episode 1 and the first Harry Potter movie!! Those were fun nights.
Even with how fun it was, what the job taught me most was to be responsible and to have an impeccable work ethic. When I was working the box office or concessions, I was responsible for handling money. Sometimes a lot of money – like I said, I was there for opening night of Harry Potter, and most consecutive nights after it. We were counted down every shift, and it was marked when you were short. I will tell you, in my two years of working at a movie theater, I was short ONCE. Just ONCE, and it was by fifty cents. Why do I remember that kind of thing? Because I was disappointed in myself for letting fifty cents get away from me. That was my drawer, and I was responsible for it.
I was the first to sign up when we repainted all the railings in the theater — I was the first to sign up for extra shifts or if someone needed theirs covered. It was where I also learned to be a team-player and that by cross-training (I could do anything in that theater), I became invaluable. The theater job taught me how to work with all sorts of different people from all walks of life.
So fast forward to present times, and I apply ALL of this to my current job. I don’t mind working extra hours (sometimes it’s needed) — I don’t mind covering someone else’s jobs when they are out (hello cross-training!). I take ownership of my job, and when things go wrong, I take ownership of that, just like I do when things go right. And with my current job, I deal with a million different kinds of people, and I can adjust to what they need me to be, because of the people skills I learned while at the movie theater.
I wouldn’t trade my first job experience in for anything. I loved going in to work — I loved earning that paycheck, and I loved the smell of movie theater popcorn. Win-win if you ask me. If you are currently on a job search make sure to check out TheLadders!
Oh, and because you’ve stuck in with through this whole post, here’s a picture of me in my movie theater polo. You are welcome.