motivation monday: my first job

by Barb on March 24, 2013

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When I first graduated from college in 1990, I went on a job hunt. I had no idea what I wanted to do with myself, my life. I had been turned down for graduate school, not surprising since I had only applied to one school, my alma mater. I had an English degree and a History degree with a minor in Women’s Studies.

I found a temp job at a library working about 10 to 15 hours a week. Nice folks, though not where I wanted to stay for awhile. Then, I went for an interview for a secretarial position at Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Philadelphia. To this day, I think I only interview for secretary for one of the directors though I ended up being secretary for two of them, Director of Special Events and Director of Public Relations.

As a first job, it was a fantastic opportunity for me to grow. The office was small with only 3 secretaries, 3 directors, and the Executive Director. While I had few computer skills going in since computers were not common place yet, I quickly became wise in the ways of Wordperfect and all things computer. My office mates were a fun bunch, and I got exposed to a bigger world outside of my suburban upbringing.

After about 4 or 5 years at this job, I went on to be an Office Manager handling membership and the museum shop in the Development Office at the Balch Institute of Ethnic Studies. I knew I wanted to stay in the nonprofit fundraising field which I did working at various nonprofits until I left the daily grind to stay home with my oldest son around 2002.

What was the first job you ever had?

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After working in the fundraising world for over ten years, Barb is an avid runner, writer, photographer, parent volunteer, and lover of dictionaries and thesauruses. Wife to an engineer and mom to 5 kids, Barb lives in the suburbs of Philly. Her idea of relaxation is an afternoon on the couch with a stack of books.

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Laura Broach March 25, 2013 at 1:41 am

Hi Barb! Enjoyed reading some of your Motivation Monday posts. I don’t see how to link up?
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Barb March 26, 2013 at 5:00 am

It’s up now. WordPress didn’t save while I was finishing the post. :(


Rebecca @ Natural Mothers Network March 25, 2013 at 6:30 am

Good morning Barb! Where’s the linky? Please let me know when it’s up please and I’ll pop by!
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Barb March 26, 2013 at 5:01 am

It’s up. WordPress didn’t save while I was finishing the post. Nothing like going to bed thinking everything was fine to find out it wasn’t!


Steph @DonnaReedSteph March 25, 2013 at 8:47 am

I was a caseworker for Chester County Children, Youth and Families. Ugg! Hardest job in the world!
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Diane Balch March 25, 2013 at 8:49 am

So funny Barb, that you worked at a Balch Institute. All Balch’s in this country are related so it must have been founded by a relative of my husband’s. So glad you had a good experience out of college. I managed a Junior’s clothing dept for Macy’s in Brooklyn… it was hell. But I guess it made me stronger. I will come back later and look for the link.
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Barb March 26, 2013 at 4:59 am

Thanks! The link is up now.

I’ll track down the link to the Balch Institute. I still remember the enormous collection they had. That would be so cool if it was a family member.


Lauren Stevens March 25, 2013 at 9:08 am

Wow – great trip down memory lane! I graduated right as the .com boom collapsed, so my Comparative Literature degree was difficult to market ;) I had been working in insurance, got licensed while still in college, but chucked that job when I graduated…to work in a bookstore (I’m such a bohemian). It took another two jobs and graduate school for me to get into publishing, which is where I remained until my first child was born last summer :)
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carrie March 25, 2013 at 9:36 am

I worked in Wayne as a mutual fund accountant… It took a little less than a year to realize I wanted to work with people, not their money!
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Barb March 26, 2013 at 4:56 am

Yes, I’m glad I ended up in the nonprofit world by chance because I don’t think for me working in the corporate world would have been a good fit.


Nicole March 25, 2013 at 11:05 am

Ah, my first real job was as a secretary for the county office of Aging & Adult Services. I went on to work at a similar position in the Drug & Alcohol office. Boy was THAT an eye-opener!


renee March 25, 2013 at 11:17 am

Good Morning Barb!

My first job was going out each morning and getting the eggs!

I linked up the how-to make dryer balls video–this time I figured out how to embed the video into the post . . . my job now as a freelance blogger is the most rewarding and challenging job I have ever had!

Be Blessed.
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Barb March 26, 2013 at 4:55 am

I love it, Renee!


The Provision Room March 25, 2013 at 11:36 am

My first “real” job (I did a lot of volunteer work from the time I was about 11 years old–library, hospital, etc.) was at a chiropractor’s office. I was 15. I started by answering phones and processing patients. I worked there for about 4 years and managed the whole office. It was a very pleasant experience.

We’re linked up with a post about Passover.
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Shannon @ GrowingSlower March 25, 2013 at 12:38 pm

My first job out of grad school was at a small architecture firm, but my best job ever is staying at home with my little one!
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Janeane Davis March 25, 2013 at 3:56 pm

My first job after graduating from college was helping my husband run his consulting firm for a year before I went to law school.


Kassie @ Going Green with the Grizls March 25, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Other than babysitting, my first real job was checking at the local grocery store. It was not fun, but it was within walking distance from my parents house. =)


Tracey @ Dont Mess with Mama March 26, 2013 at 3:30 am

My first real job (other than waiting tables and customer service during college) was as an online editor for a fitness magazine. I learned so much.
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Cynthia March 26, 2013 at 3:46 am

My first real job was working for an insurance company calling up to schedule appointments for agencies. I stayed in the field but quickly realize that I was wasting my degree.
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Rebecca @ Natural Mothers Network March 26, 2013 at 10:34 am

Hello Barb! I tried to link yesterday but couldn’t find it, but today it’s here yipee:-) Happy Easter to you and your family x
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Barb March 28, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Aw, thank you! I’m a little slow this week because of the break.


Jeannette March 27, 2013 at 1:07 pm

My first job out of college was working for a webhost. I wouldn’t be the blogger that I am today without that experience!
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Barb March 28, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Wow! Such a difference in time. Computers were so rare when I was in college. We all thought it was cool that one of the engineering students we knew had that small desktop Mac.


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