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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 16, 2010 at 6:45 PM via web

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What is the most interesting job you've ever had?

When I was in college, I played Santa Claus at the local mall for several years. It was great to see the wide-eyed children and hear all their wishes for their most desired gifts. My favorite memory? One of my too enthusiastic "Ho Ho Ho's" was a bit too much for one toddler. I had to wait for my break to deal with the pee he deposited on my leg.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 16, 2010 at 6:51 PM (Answer #2)

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I'm in the most interesting job I've ever had, fortunately.  Never a dull moment, something different every day and I'm mostly my own boss as a high school teacher.

As for fun jobs, when I was in college, I worked at a fuel dock on the harbor.  Long days in the sun during the summer, in lounge chairs reading books and waiting for the odd occasional customer.  Good times.

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted April 16, 2010 at 7:04 PM (Answer #3)

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Working for Father Flannagan’s Boystown has got to be the answer. After completing a month long training class, we were shuffled off to one of their national sites as family teachers for a girl’s group home. It was hell on earth.We later found out that our boss made the assistant take the girls away from the house so we wouldn't be able to meet them before we took the job. Speaks volumes doesn't it?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 16, 2010 at 8:11 PM (Answer #4)

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Other than teaching, my most interesting was working in a honey extraction plant (can you call it a plant when it's you and three other guys?).

We went out with the suits and forklifts, pulled the supers off the hives, brought them back, ran the frames through the machine for cutting off the wax.  Put the frames back in the supers and into the centrifuge...

Fascinating to see how that sort of thing works, would be hell if I had to do it for more than a summer.

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linalarocca | College Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted April 17, 2010 at 12:19 AM (Answer #5)

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My most interesting job has been teaching. I guess it is because I enjoy my work. I think the most ridiculously funny job for me was when I worked for a design company in the accounting department!!! I am not very good with numbers, and felt as if I was having an outer body experience.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 17, 2010 at 5:30 AM (Answer #6)

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I put myself through college as a karaoke host at night and counselor aide/pharmacy tech at a drug and alcohol rehab by day,  I worked as a tour guide as Sea World during breaks (where I got attacked by a penguin when shoveling ice in the Penguin Encounter for overtime pay),  and I taught English as a Foreign Language at a Mokp'o University in South Korea for one year.

Other than those jobs, I have been teaching high school and college for almost twenty years.  It doesn't get much more exciting than that.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 17, 2010 at 10:32 AM (Answer #7)

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I would say that teaching is a fairly interesting job.  It certainly has become more interesting with more demands placed on teachers and a changing entry of age of the average teacher.  The growth of technology in the classroom and more caveats for teachers has made it more interesting, to say the least.

Outside of this, I would say working at a McDonalds is fairly interesting to examine how the arc (not arches) of one's life can develop with choices made.

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lynn30k | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted April 17, 2010 at 3:36 PM (Answer #8)

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Teaching is always interesting and always different. Working with students who have autism guarantees that no two days are the same! But I have also been a wasp observer when a bio grad student, and took rumen samples from a live cow, through a surgically made opening that had a screw-off cap. I stuck an open jar, holding it with my well-covered arm, inside the cow til the jar filled with liquid rumen contents. Sometimes the rumen would contract while my arm was in there, and I would just have to wait till it relaxed.

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epollock | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted April 17, 2010 at 11:48 PM (Answer #9)

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One of the most interesting jobs I had was working at the Burger king as I was going to school in high school. It brought me into contact with friends I have had since then, and it taught me a lot about how to deal with people of all types.

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lrwilliams | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted April 18, 2010 at 6:51 AM (Answer #10)

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I think one of the most interesting jobs I have had was as an assistant manager of a convenience store. You get to meet and interact with people from all walks of life. Also there is something about working late night or overnight shifts in a convenience store!

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted April 18, 2010 at 12:52 PM (Answer #11)

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Same here. I worked at a fast food restaurant when I was in high school and it was a lot of fun. I met a lot of people and i was able to experience many new things that I had ever experienced before. In addition, I made a lot of new friends from surrounding communities. Just like the previous post, there are many interesting things that happen late at night and it really opens your eyes.

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Susan Hurn | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 18, 2010 at 1:08 PM (Answer #12)

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There seems to be a common thread here in regard to teaching. Being a high school teacher, hands down, was the most interesting job I've ever had. Each day was a new experience; I went to work every morning never knowing what the day would bring, and there were very few days I didn't laugh out loud and also experience a lump in my throat at some point. Kids are amazing in their complexity, and they are often awe-inspiring in their courage. Watching them interact with learning and with each other continues to fascinate.

That said, the second most interesting job I ever had consisted of doing public relations for my school district. In that role, I created publications for the district, which gave me the opportunity to visit all the district schools; interview administrators, teachers, and students;take photographs; produce slide shows and newsletters; and work with local print shops to create color brochures and mailers. I learned a great deal about creating publications and the publishing process, as there was always a new task at hand. I came away from that experience tremendously impressed with the innovative programs and creative ideas at work in my school district.

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jmj616 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted April 18, 2010 at 5:05 PM (Answer #13)

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When I was in high-school, I worked after school in a dry-cleaning store.  I learned about the craft of drycleaning: the cleaning, steampressing, tailoring, preparation and storage of wire hangers, tagging of clothes, ticket-writing, etc.  I learned about getting along with a wide variety of ethnic groups: the cleaner was Jewish, his next-door neighbor the shoemaker was Greek, the pressers were black, the seamstress was South American,the tailor down the block was Italian, etc., etc. 

Perhaps more than anything else, I learned about boredom and frustration.  The store never did very well and there were many boring, frustrating hours of little activity.  That may not sound very exciting, but it's part of life.

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lfawley | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted April 19, 2010 at 7:19 AM (Answer #14)

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The most interesting job that I have ever had, and one that I hope to return to someday even if only for a short stint, was working as a performer with Blood Manor Incorporated, New York City's premier haunted attraction. Not only was it fun to scare patrons, it also gave me a chance to people-watch on a nightly basis. Watching the way people interact in a haunted house is incredibly entertaining. They represent a wide array of personality types ranging from the overly-confident person who is actually the most fun to scare to the aggressive person who is often escorted out of the attraction, to the timid person who takes less than five minutes to run through a twenty minute attraction. No matter who came trough the door, from celebrities to tourists, there was never a dull night in the Manor and the friends that I made there remain close to me today.

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nusratfarah | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted April 19, 2010 at 11:21 AM (Answer #15)

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The most interesting job I've ever had is teaching. Teaching children especially is quite a pleasant experience. Teaching has learnt me many a things like - patience, understanding student's psychology, behaving as a guide etc. which will help me a lot in future in different sectors.

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 20, 2010 at 4:34 AM (Answer #16)

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I think in some ways the most interesting job I have is, as many others have said, my current one of teaching.  I've never been exposed to more different people and found out so much about my own weaknesses and learned so much as I have while teaching.

At the same time, I will admit to enjoying working in a couple different restaurants while I was in high school and the brief stint as a temp worker in a few different offices was absolutely absurd.  I never knew until then that Office Space is far more real than anyone would really like to admit!

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miss-elle | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted April 21, 2010 at 6:23 PM (Answer #17)

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Yes, teaching is great, and is interesting, but I feel like we're kind of saturated with that answer given our demographic on these boards.

The coolest job I've had, which on the rougher days of teaching I highly consider returning to, was being a community life programmer at my university.

I planned events for university students. This ranged from the typical pub night or the infamous "frosh" week (we don't call it that anymore). However, we also hosted charitable events like the Relay for Life, Shinerama Fundraisers (Cystic Fibrosis Research), and the Toy Mountain toy drive.

The coolest event I ever got to plan was a Lego building competition. Students were given 8000 Lego blocks and 4 hours to build. The results were incredible. Also, the whole event was for Toy Mountain; we raised a ton of money and donated all of the Lego to a local woman's shelter that specialized in cases with families of multiple children.

Being a community life programmer rarely felt like work because the volunteers I worked with were amazing and I got to watch my events bring happiness to people. I really miss it sometimes! :)

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leabc | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted April 25, 2010 at 7:21 PM (Answer #18)

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By far the most fun job I have had thus far was working at Disney World as a castmember.  I worked in Epcot at Mission Space and then moved over to the Animal Kingdom's Tree of Life and worked at It's Tough to Be a Bug.  The hours could be long, the weather hot/cold and the guests could be annoying at times, but knowing that you were making someone else's day "magical" was... magic.

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mstultz72 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 26, 2010 at 4:49 PM (Answer #19)

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I was a semi-pro cyclist from 10 summers, competing against some of the best domestic and foreign riders.  I've raced against Lance Armstrong just last year in the Leadville 100 mountain bike race, the hardest one day off-rode race in the country.

In my ten years racing, I lost more money (gas, food, equipment) than I made, but it was the most fun I ever had.

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted April 27, 2010 at 6:46 AM (Answer #20)

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The most interesting job I've ever had is the one I'm in right now: teaching. No two days are ever alike, and no days are ever boring or routine. For many years I was in a job where I met and worked with famous scholars, but they're not nearly as interesting as the teenagers I encounter every day.

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ako6777 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted April 27, 2010 at 3:33 PM (Answer #21)

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The most interesting job I ever had was as a telemarketer.  I was in college and needed a job that was manageable and this one fell into my lap.  It was interesting because you never knew who you were going to talk to or what their reaction was going to be.  Many times people would hang up on me or yell at me.  Other times I would call someone who was lonely and wanted to talk.  It provided me with an interesting work day.

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swimma-logan | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted April 30, 2010 at 4:27 AM (Answer #22)

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I've never actually had a job, but I think that being a photographer for National Geographic would be facinating.

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brad317 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 12, 2010 at 5:37 AM (Answer #23)

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the most interesting job i have ever had was when i was in construstion with my cousin. he all way had me working but the things that happen tom these people was kinda funny why we had to sometime rebuild there house but mosly we had to recondision it

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 12, 2010 at 7:39 AM (Answer #24)

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This is going to sound weird but the truth is that Enotes and my freelancing are the most interesting jobs I've had.

I like what I do for a living, I love teaching, but I am not in the right place, nor teaching what I want to really teach. So, its all blah. But on Enotes and when I freelance I can talk about what I love the most which is Literature. That is the only thing that is keeping me from losing my mind with boredom every day.

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted May 13, 2010 at 3:27 PM (Answer #25)

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What is the most interesting job you've ever had?

When I was in college, I played Santa Claus at the local mall for several years. It was great to see the wide-eyed children and hear all their wishes for their most desired gifts. My favorite memory? One of my too enthusiastic "Ho Ho Ho's" was a bit too much for one toddler. I had to wait for my break to deal with the pee he deposited on my leg.

  Santa Claus, that is so funny.  I was a Chrismas tree oce at the mall.  I had to sing and dance.  My children were dressed as elves.  I remember someone saying, "Look, they have midgets playing as elves."  My son walked over to me kicked me in the branch and said, "I quit." He was six.  I think that I traumatized the poor kid.

 

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 14, 2010 at 3:34 PM (Answer #26)

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I've been a secret shopper and product tester (more of a hobby than a JOB) since I was in college.  The secret shopping is fun when the service is especially bad and I know I get to complain to someone who cares.

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rainbowcrayon | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted May 19, 2010 at 6:25 PM (Answer #27)

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Like most others here, teaching is definitely the most interesting job I've ever had. It's definitely the busiest and most frustrating job, but it also has the distinction of being the most entertaining and is, by far, the most rewarding.

In university I worked in the rides division at a local amusement park. It was amazing to see how these rides (especially the roller coasters) work, although it was somewhat disconcerting to learn that most of those responsible for these machines and everyone's safety are just kids working for minimum wage.

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tonyparker1 | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 22, 2010 at 8:00 PM (Answer #28)

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The best way to learn is to teach.  So, I'd have to say teaching tops my most interesting job list.  Teachers always have to renew licenses and earn credits and I've picked courses that allow me to try out new occupations.  One summer I was a miner goind deep into coal mines, climbing up into huge drag lines, learning how gypsum wallboard (or sheetrock) was made, learning where baking soda was made and seeing 3 different methods of gold mining extraction.  Another teaching related activity allowed me to be a cowboy and work on a ranch for a week.  All sorts of great opportunities pop up for teachers.

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usbummer | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted May 24, 2010 at 5:02 PM (Answer #29)

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I began teaching in 1972 and it is, without a doubt, the most interesting job I have ever had. Excluding that, I would have a hard time deciding as all pale in comparison, but my time in basic combat training was certainly interesting, though I was glad when it was over. (National Guard - no active duty).

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kiwi | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted May 24, 2010 at 10:02 PM (Answer #30)

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Again I will say teaching BUT it has been put into perspective by the jobs taken through college and to make cash in holidays in the early part of my career. I would far rather have a roomful of fractious teenagers that a restaurantful of arrogant and self-important diners. The low level of respect shown to a waitress by fellow adults has stayed with me and is why I feel the need to teach students about the values of respecting others - as large swathes of the adult public seem to forget them so readily. Kids are witty, funny and reflect the attitudes around them. It is the best thing to be able to influence the future positively.

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culbja01 | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 5, 2010 at 2:30 PM (Answer #31)

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My most interesting job I have ever had was being a camp ciunselor. I was in charge of seven to nine little kids for an entire five days. It was my job to make sure they brushed their teeth, got dressed, ate, had shoes on at ALL times etc. It was quite an interesting job.

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smudgecatnap | College Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted June 12, 2010 at 5:41 AM (Answer #32)

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Most of my jobs have been interesting because I tend to search for greener pastures when the job becomes just a way to earn an income.  That being said, the most fun job I ever had was working as a free-lance tour guide in Washington, DC.  Imagine getting paid to gossip!

The most interesting job was working as a professional staff member for a subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. I was there while the Clinton Health Care bill was being debated and saw how legislation is made (or not made).  Aaron Sorkin and West Wing didn't even come close to explaining the process behind the scenes. Surprisingly, an intimate acquaintance with the Dance of Legislation made me respect the process more.

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ktmagalia | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted June 13, 2010 at 12:43 PM (Answer #33)

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During college, I worked part-time in a small cutlery shop, you know the kind that can be found in shopping malls displaying the giant moving Swiss Army knife? I  knew absolutley nothing about knives, except the fact that I was deathly afraid of them, but needed the job.  Needless to say, I worked at that shop for several years and learned everything there was about hunting, pocket, and table knives.  In fact, in addition to carbon content education, I learned all there was to repairing the mighty Norelco electric shaver (including soldering in new cell batteries), making keys, and sharpening scissors--although I did ruin a pair of stylist scissors much to the dismay of the beautician.  I even learned a little about martial art throwing stars.  It was definitely an education, and I still draw upon my kniving knoweldge on occasion.

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carolkaz34 | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted June 18, 2010 at 6:39 AM (Answer #34)

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What is the most interesting job you've ever had?

When I was in college, I played Santa Claus at the local mall for several years. It was great to see the wide-eyed children and hear all their wishes for their most desired gifts. My favorite memory? One of my too enthusiastic "Ho Ho Ho's" was a bit too much for one toddler. I had to wait for my break to deal with the pee he deposited on my leg.

Teaching is by far the most interesting job I have ever had, especially the year I taught at an inner-city middle school. 

The school was open concept which means it had no walls, just movable bookcases and other temporary structures between classrooms.  Also, I began teaching there after the first six weeks' grades were posted and my classes were formed by the teachers from the other, existing classes who were allowed to remove whoever they wanted from their classes.  You can imagine the kids I had!  They were the most troubled, most educationally challenged students I have ever taught.  My team member and I tried everything we could think of, including field trips as rewards for good behavior, but not much worked. 

In the long run, it made me a stronger teacher, but I will never forget those kids or that year!

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oosa | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted June 18, 2010 at 9:38 PM (Answer #35)

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I assume that the most interesting job I have worked in was working for a childcare centre. Where it provided me with new friends and new Opportunities. I learnt how to deal and manage children of young ages. It allowed me to experience the nature of young children and their requirements in terms of needs and wants.

I highly recommened this job for anyone interested in taking care of young children.

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fishman | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted June 5, 2011 at 10:33 AM (Answer #36)

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The most interesting job i had was when I was 14, my mother was hosting a cocktail party to help fund a play ground for the school that my brother was going to. Walking up to random people taking their coats and mixing cocktails was very fun, for someone my age.

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coleenkelly | High School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted February 25, 2012 at 5:20 AM (Answer #42)

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For summer jobs, you can't beat working as a recording technician at a performing arts summer camp. During the summers that I did this ('84 & '85) the recording department was in the dark ages and in order to record concerts at the various venues on campus we had to haul department equipment to the site and set up everything ourselves. It was hard, sweaty work but I learned a ton about recording techniques that I still use today. Tremendous experience.

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