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Had a coworker tell me their first paying job was not until after college, with Deloitte. I was shocked. What is your first paid job? Mine was a teller, freshman year of college.

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I worked for my state’s natural resource department picking road kill off the interstate.

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Probably a flier my dad found at the feed store or something. It was his idea. I would have been 15.

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This is again a cultural thing. I’m from India and it’s not common for students to work PT. My first job was post-undergrad as a software engineer.

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M1 - totally agree on your part. I am from India too. My first job was after my undergrad only.

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Babysitting every weekend in the neighborhood at 13 (it was a different time). First job I paid taxes on? 7-11 at 15. I haven’t had a “summer off” since 7th grade. BTW I don’t recommend this. You’re only a kid once. It laid the foundation for a lot of bad habits that I had to learn to undo like not taking care of myself and working until exhausted.

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I started in middle school worked at a butcher shop, always had a job. Always made my own money. Can very much notice a difference in professional maturity of those who didn't work. I think highschool and college is appropriate to start. If after college is the first time you are working, you'll be in for a rude awakening.

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I had a neighborhood lawn raking business at age 10. Most I ever got from one house was $80. I still remember how excited I was riding my bike home that day.

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$80 is huge at 10 years old! What a time to be alive.

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What’s so shocking about it? My first paying job was an internship with a tech company when I was in college

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Well, I’ve been working for quite a while now (15 yrs) and I’m not the type of person who makes demands. Obviously I’m just one example among many and you can assume whatever you want to. I found it surprising some folks called it “shocking” (quite a strong word) and was curious to understand why

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First paid job was when I was 15, summer after sophomore year of high school. My dad was in the Air Force, so I got a job in the civil engineering shop supporting base housing maintenance... fixed screen doors, painted curbs, mowed grass. After high school, I worked at Taco Bell in a mall food court while going to college. Moved to working retail (Polo Ralph Lauren, then Bose). After getting my degree, I worked as a government subcontractor to big defense firms, doing instructional design. Moved to DC and got into consulting in 2015. Thank you for attending my TED Talk.

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Sanitation worker on a lake. I drove around a big barge that cut weeds on the bottom of the lake for $8/hr. I think I was 15 years old.

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Lol yes I’m talking about a boat. And it was in a small midwestern town so there are a lot of rules/regulations that aren’t enforced.

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Only two MBB posts out of around 40 people who posted about having a pre-graduation job. Just an observation. Not a big enough sample size, and possibly inaccurate given that some people go by title instead of firm name. but does encourage assumptions about the demography at MBBs. Would be interesting to slice this deeper.

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Ivy League doesn’t necessarily equal privilege either, even though they are used somewhat synonymously on this app. I’m from a lower middle class background and was the first in my family to attend college. My school helped me a lot financially and I’m forever grateful. Still, people are quick to assume things about me when I tell them where I went to school and what I now do for a living

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Worked at a bike shop through high school, initially fixing bikes and after a while also handled sales and provided some help with inventory (what and how much to order, etc.). I also shoveled snow from the time I was in middle school - would walk around and look for tired people with long driveways or sidewalks in big houses and offer to finish the job for $20, $50, etc. depending on the size of the job. I love fitness challenges so this didnt even seem like work... "the fondest memory of my childhood was my back not hurting". 🙂

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Mowing lawns at 12. I would get 3-4 lawns in my neighborhood every spring and walk my family’s home lawn equipment over to the houses every Saturday from April to October. Made $25/lawn (you are filthy f’in rich when you are making $100/week as a 12 year old). Taught me to value how hard, yet rewarding, manual labor was.. I’m three times older now, and I still refuse to hire a lawn service. First hourly job was as a go kart mechanic at a local go kart shop. I wandered in at 16 asking about where I could go to buy a motor for a go kart. Shop owner hired me on the spot. Learned a lot there. I don’t know what it would feel like to make it to 22 having never held a job. I remember how proud I would be when I’d finish mowing a lawn and it looked good, or when I’d rebuild the carburetor on a motor scooter and make a kid’s toy work again. It made me want to invest myself into becoming better at what I applied myself to. I’m not sure how I would have learned those feelings otherwise.

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I was the mouse at Chuck E. Cheese. Age 16. Most of my entertaining stories came from my random adolescent jobs(I had many). I feel sorry for anyone who wasn’t fortunate enough to have a job earlier on in life. I know balancing work and school can be hard.

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Aside from internship, BCG was my first real job. Raised by a single mother that made ~20k per year, but was fortunate enough to receive a scholarship for college at HYP. Didn’t have allowance or luxuries growing up, but I’m grateful that I always had food and a roof.

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Bus boy, coat check, waiter...started in 7th grade so I guess around 12-13. Also worked as a golf caddy at a country club all through high school, as well as a bagger at a grocery store. My first legit job was as a summer intern at a mortgage company my freshman year in college. Also worked in the kitchen at a sorority house all through college. I don’t understand those who never have a job until they graduate college

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Worked in cornfields in Indiana when I was 13. Then McDonalds when I was 16! Taught me that I should get an education - and to respect the hard work others do

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I worked at restaurants all throughout high school and college to support myself and pay for school

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Started working for the family business - wholesale foodservice - at 9yrs old and $2/hr (late 80’s) sweeping the floor, dusting & shredding paper. By the time I was in HS I had worked all positions in the warehouse and was planning on driving a truck while in college. The IT PC Tech / Developer decided to move on and he trained me for several months on his job. Was able to work full time through college doing PC repair, Sys Admin, & Development. Experience that really helped propel my career (tech) after college.

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What is more surprising is that people with no internship experience are being hired into B4. What do people do over the summer if they aren’t working?

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Ahhh, now I understand the background of those who like to ride the bench!

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16 - Worked retail, have been working ever since. Including paying my way through college on my own, parents couldn’t financially support

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Age 13 printed flyers and canvased a mile radius from my house to mow lawns. Age 15 McD’s.

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