What’s Your Flavor … Dirty (& Not So Dirty) Jobs

I had the best job ever in high school. I filed charts and made appointments at a pediatric dentist’s office.

It was great. I showed up after school. I worked 3 hours a day 4 days a week and made pretty great money for a high schooler. I didn’t have to touch anything gross. Or clean anything gross. My mom worked in the back pulling teeth and stuff, so I felt pretty lucky pulling charts.

The summer before I went to college they moved me to the back to clean dirty dental trays. Yes … bloody gauze, spitty little mirrors, etc. Gross. My job went from awesome to awful pretty fast.

What jobs did you have in high school and college?

29 thoughts on “What’s Your Flavor … Dirty (& Not So Dirty) Jobs

  1. Laura Anne

    I was a hair and beauty salon assistant – I used to end up with hands covered in hair dye.

    Then in my final months of high school/first year at university, I worked in Gap.

    Then…Bar staff in a nightclub, Bar staff in a themed pub (lots of goth wear!), Youth Advice Worker (best job EVER!) , Care Support worker in a respite unit for adults with learning disabilities and then I worked for the Bank of Admin staff in the NHS (our health service) where I worked in hospitals and clinics all over the city as I was needed.

  2. Melissa

    Oh… I worked at Jack in the Box in Boulder City. This was some months after the whole E.Coli thing, so that was fun.. Then, I worked at Circus Circus.. “Ball in hand and at the sound of the bell.. ROLL ‘EM!”

  3. Alyson

    In college I worked for some archiving company that was helping a hospital switch over to all comupter-archiving (does that date me?) Anyway, my job was pulling staples out of the old charts. Exciting, huh. But I got to watch TV while doing it, and the person who worked with me (whose job was feeding the unstapled charts through some machine) was great. After that, I worked in the college library, which was also a piece of cake. I got paid to shelve a few books, and I did all of my studying and homework there.

  4. Tiffany

    My first job was at Everything But Water (a bathing suit store) in the mall. We worked off of commission or salary (which ever was higher within a two week period) and oh man I felt like I was rolling in the money! Loved that job!

  5. brandiandboys

    my first job was as a waitress at our local pizzeria. i LOVED that job, it kept me busy and i got to be very social, right up my alley!

    in college i worked at a law office in admin. really enjoyed that one because i didn’t have to work nights of weekends and could hang out with friends.

  6. Jenn Palmer

    In High School I worked at a Pizza place, fun job and I can still toss an awesome pizza. At APU my job at the library lasted about a week (the being quiet and not talking to friends who came in kinda got to me) so then I worked at the music store, much better suited for my particular talents. Ha Ha

  7. Jaemi Serrano

    I wasn’t allowed to work until after I graduated from high school, so 2 weeks after I graduated I was a floater at the day care center our church ran. My freshman year of college I didn’t work, but then scored big time my sophomore year…a job in the computer lab!! I

  8. Angie

    My first job was very similar to Lori’s. My Mom worked for a Nephrologist. After school I would go to the office and file charts, type notes, ran errands etc. I loved it. I did this until I was 19.

  9. Rindy Walton

    My 1st ‘real’ job was at Mickey D’s. In college I worked multiple jobs (usually about 3 at a time!)–waiting tables, recreation supervisor, dorm security, an RA in dorms, conference hotel check-in desk, cleaning/laundry in a PT clinic and my favorite…clown for birthday parties!

  10. lane

    I was the flower delivery girl at our local florist. I loved it because I got to see people super happy:)

  11. Holly Furtick

    My first job was working in a camp kitchen. I prepped food and washed dishes in a kitchen with no AC. I also cleaned guest cabins (that was gross).

    But my husband wins the prize of grossest jobs ever. He worked at a pet crematory.

  12. Lori Wilhite Post author

    If you got a good discount at the Gap that was probably a pretty awesome job at that age!!

  13. Lori Wilhite Post author

    Question: Do you still eat at Jack in the Box after working there. One reason why I never wanted to work food service.

  14. Lori Wilhite Post author

    You were the official staple remover? That is one awesome job description! 🙂

  15. Lori Wilhite Post author

    I hope you told everyone they looked amazing in every suit they tried on! 🙂

  16. Lori Wilhite Post author

    You went to Azusa? Did I already know that? Jud taught preaching there for a while when we lived in So Cal. He really liked it. 🙂

  17. Lori Wilhite Post author

    I worked for a computer company in college. I mainly did my homework. At least it was nice and quiet for you! 🙂

  18. Lori Wilhite Post author

    Three at a time!! Wow — you must be an amazing mulit-tasker and super organized! That’s impressive. 🙂

  19. Lori Wilhite Post author

    That is a wonderful job! Everyone is glad to see the flower delivery person!

  20. Lori Wilhite Post author

    Cleaning the boy cabins after Jr High camp had to have been the worst!

    And … oh … my … word … poor Steven. Hopefully he got some awesome sermon illustrations out of that horrid job! 🙂

  21. Laura Anne

    I did. I didn’t really like the clothes in there much though – except the jeans.

    I think my younger sister and brother got more out of it than I did, as they were pretty young still, and they would have their ‘Family & friends’ discount days. My step mum would bring them down and I’d dress them in Gap Kids!

  22. Kim Stephens

    I worked at the Coffee Beanery all through high school and loved it…until the owners stopped paying their bills and ended up getting shut down. I didn’t work during the school year in college, but when I was home in the summers I worked as a receptionist at the company my dad works at. Which meant other than occasionally answering the phone and filing, I played Sudoku all day 🙂

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