Everybody remembers their first job. No matter how menial or gritty, first jobs are essential for building a work ethic, self-esteem and self-reliance. They’re a first step toward self-discovery and knowing what we want to achieve in life. Check out some of our partners and supporters, sharing about their first jobs:
Sun King Community Development Director
Sun King Community Development Director Ben Shine talks about his first job and how clamato, of all things, plays a part in the story……Watch here:
What was your first job?
My first job was working as a lifeguard in my hometown at the Rushville City Pool. It was a great way for me to spend my summer, and allowed me to save up for the school year.
What were the valuable lessons and skills you learned?
For me, lifeguarding was much more than suntans and blowing whistles. It was looking out for others, showing up on time to relieve the guard ahead of me, learning how to save and earn money. These are lessons I have carried throughout my career, in each job that I have held since.
What advice would you give to young people just entering the workforce?
Take each job you have seriously and treat everyone with respect. In all jobs, there are opportunities for growth, to gain skills, and meet new people who can help you as you continue building your career.
Founder & CEO, NAYR Foundation dba Indianapolis ACE Academy