A woman shops apples in the fruits produce section of a supermarket.
A woman shops apples in the fruits produce section of a supermarket. - 
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We've been asking the past week or so for stories of first jobs.

Today, a first job from a different time. Carla Erdmann from Green Bay, Wis.,  just retired from a career in the health insurance industry, but her first job was at age 16 in 1959. It was in a small neighborhood grocery store on the east side of Milwaukee.

"The new job gave me a sense of accomplishment," she said. But then, one day, her boss came to her house and told her mother why Carla couldn't work at the store anymore. 

Listen to the audio above for the full story, and click here to hear about others' first jobs.

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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