Do you remember your first job?
For me, it was delivering between 80 and 100 copies of the Daily Nonpareil newspaper to customers on route 60A on the west side of my hometown of Council Bluffs, Iowa. It’s amazing how much I remember from those two or three years of delivering papers seven days a week, rain or shine.
I remember much from my other jobs, too –Twin City Bowl, Union Pacific Railroad, Omaha Public Schools, U.S. Air Force, the Nonpareil again (this time as a reporter), the Burlington Hawk-Eye, Des Moines Register. How about you?
So much of our life is invested in what we do for a living. Take time now to make a list of all your jobs and work experiences. Include those things you did to raise some spending oney as a kid. Place each job in the proper place in your timeline. Make sure you include:
• Name of the company and its address
• Your duties
• How much you were paid
• Your bosses and co-workers
• Dates of employment
• What did you like about each job?
• What did you hate about each job?
• Who were your favorite co-workers? Give some detail about shared experiences.
• How did you get the job?
• Why did you leave?
• What did you learn on this job?
Tomorrow: It’s TGIF. Let’s have fun!
This is Lesson No. 13 of a mini-course on how to write a personal history. The course will continue throughout May, which is Personal History Month. To get future lessons delivered to you, you may subscribe to our RSS feed or get e-mail delivery to your inbox. It’s easy. Details can be found in the column to the left of this post.
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