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My First Job

My first job: At the amusement park

Don Holzschuh Aug 19, 2013
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We’re counting the days ’til summertime’s behind us, which means a lot of people are wrapping up their very first jobs.

We’ve been asking around after those stories: what people learned, and what’s stayed with them even today. “The Simpsons” writer and co-executive producer Michael Price kicked us off with his tale of working in a women’s clothing store as a teenager.

Trucker Don Holzschuh‘s first job was at the Excelsior Amusement Park in Minnesota. At 16, he worked the games booths, and made 75 cents an hour.

“It was a good experience because it was the first time really that you got to experience different types of people, working the games and the rides,” he says. “So you had this cross-section of the poor kids who came in from the school field trips and the weekend, middle-class. Everybody was kind of gathered together in this pit.”

What was your first job? What did you learn? Comment below, on our Facebook page or tweet us @MarketplaceAPM with #MyFirstJob.

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