My grandfather’s first job was as an office boy at the gas & electric company in northern New Jersey, back in 1924. One of his responsibilities was transporting cash between different branches in Newark.
At the age of 14, they issued him a courier pouch…and a revolver. He later said he was less concerned about getting robbed, and more concerned about accidentally shooting himself with the gun.
He survived un-shot, met my grandmother at work, served in WWII, raised my dad and aunt, and retired after working for PSE&G for 50+ years.
Yes, things were different in 1924–not just the child labor laws (at least, as would apply to an armed 9th grader), but also the assumption that someone would work for the same company for his entire career.
Out of everyone you know, how many have been with the same company for even 20+ years? Probably not many. I’d love to find a challenging, interesting, dynamic place that would be a great fit for the next 40 years, but people and companies don’t structure things like that any more.
What was your first job?