First jobs can be both liberating and terrifying. Many of the women in the Sixty and Me community started their work lives as waitresses, store clerks, babysitters, fruit pickers and helpers in a family business. We worked long hours for little pay. Yet, despite the challenges, having a job helped us to transition into adulthood with a sense of pride and independence.

At the time, having a job seemed like a practical necessity. Some of us felt an obligation to help our families financially. Others were lucky enough to be able to exchange their time and skills for things that we wanted – books, clothes or travel. Regardless of how we used our money, having a job helped us to identify the things we loved to do and plan for the future.

Simply put, our first jobs set the tone for the rest of our lives.

When I ask the women in our community about their first jobs, they often tell me about the discrimination, and even harassment, that they faced. It’s gratifying to think that, in no small part thanks to our generation, young women today have an easier time of it! Despite, or perhaps because of, the difficulties, we learned to be strong, hardworking and, ultimately, successful.

So, I’m curious how your first job impacted your life. Where you one of the lucky few that found your passion early and stuck with it for your whole life? Or, did you take a more winding path? Please join the conversation and “like” and share this article to keep the discussion going.

What was your first job? What did it teach you? How did your first job change the course of your life? Please add your thoughts in the comments section below and don’t forget to come back every day for a new discussion!

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