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    Your 1st job and 1st big promotion/career move

    I finished my 3rd year in University but was already 22yrs old, so I decided to look for a job before my last year and go to school at night

    Back then, firms put out job listings in the New York Times Tuesday edition
    I wanted to work on Wall St but had no experience and was just answering ads, but the market was going gang busters so I actually got interviews
    Going by the ads though, you couldn't tell if it was a legit firm or one of the pump and dump schlock houses, had plenty interviews at those places and had no interest, even at 22yrs old I knew they were all scammers
    I got insanely lucky and ended up getting an interview with one of the most well-regarded firms on Wall St
    The guy called me the next day and offered me a job as a clerk on the American Stock Exchange for 21k/yr

    It was incredible that I was able to work on the stock exchange floor for my 1st job
    I didn't know anything but, on the floor, you just needed to be street smart and handle a real fast paced environment.

    Money wise........21k/yr in 1995 was not a lot.
    Although I also would get a 7-10k bonus at year end.
    The best was that the brokers I dealt with would give us cash gifts right before Xmas
    So from 2 weeks before Xmas up to Xmas eve, I ended up getting 4-5k cash.............which was humungous!

    But I still worked my weekend job from college working at a catering hall

    3 years later my friend got offered a job but declined so I went for it, and already knowing what they were willing to pay I was able to push for a good pay.
    I got paid 60k/yr with about a 20k bonus
    Being able to quit my 2nd job and finally have the weekends to myself at 26yrs old was heaven

    But it was all good and exciting times, even if I was a bit poor for a couple years(my own fault, I spent a lot of money in the bars!!)
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    I dropped out of school half way through year 10 at 15 years old to become a apprentice butcher at a shop I worked part time on Saturday mornings since I was 13.

    A few months into my apprentiship the company closed and I was unemployed. I signed up for a years course in automotive at collage called a pre apprentiship.

    Towards the end of the coarse the teacher arranged kids to go do some work experience in body repair shops. I was lucky that I got a gig with a Mercedes repairer. My wage was around $70 per week.

    Working with Mercedes was a great start to my working life and a good grounding to become a quality tradesman. I didn't work much as a tradesman after my apprentiship finished and started my first business at 19. I stayed with prestige cars for most of my working life in one way or another. Everything from Mercedes to Lambo's but been self employed for most of it.

    My only regret was not getting a good education but I m happy with what I achieved over the years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OZZYGUY View Post
    I dropped out of school half way through year 10 at 15 years old to become a apprentice butcher at a shop I worked part time on Saturday mornings since I was 13.

    A few months into my apprentiship the company closed and I was unemployed. I signed up for a years course in automotive at collage called a pre apprentiship.

    Towards the end of the coarse the teacher arranged kids to go do some work experience in body repair shops. I was lucky that I got a gig with a Mercedes repairer. My wage was around $70 per week.

    Working with Mercedes was a great start to my working life and a good grounding to become a quality tradesman. I didn't work much as a tradesman after my apprentiship finished and started my first business at 19. I stayed with prestige cars for most of my working life in one way or another. Everything from Mercedes to Lambo's but been self employed for most of it.

    My only regret was not getting a good education but I m happy with what I achieved over the years.
    What was your 1st business like?
    How did you start it?

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    Ha ! ... $70 dollars a week, thats exactly the same amount Ozy as my first job ... in 1980/1 ? ... i think it was

    I also droped nut oof schol ..see 5555 ... i was 16, dad was not so keen until i landed a job at a photographic equipment importers warehouse. We imported Pentax cameras and the like, dad was a keen photographer and suddenly my dropping out was all good !

    My tasks were picking stock from the shelves that had being sold to the retail shops, doing deliverers around the city in a little van, but most importantly i got to run the bond store, were all items were kept in a special caged room. These items were for duty free sales and other things where i had to do the paperwork and take it to customs to get it passed, so we could move the tax free goods.

    My boss was the best first boss you could have wanted, use to let me take any camera equipment i wanted from the showroom as use it over the weekend, so big telephotos lenses and high grade SLR's it was ..555 this was the start to my photographic and later video passion.

    2nd job was a branch manager of a rental car firm, aged 19 ... the branch was a one man band .. was a 7 day a week job, but at 19 i had use of any car i had in stock ... friggin awesome job, even rented the CEO's Volvo out to a fictitious client, and took it myself on holiday around the north island for a week ..

    Left that job at 21 to come to AUS, and then got my 3rd and what was to be my last ever job working for someone ... left that at aged 23
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcTwoSix View Post
    What was your 1st business like?
    How did you start it?
    My first business was a Fred in the shed type of business. Was myself knocking out dents in cars and I employed a spray painter,

    Two years on at 21 I sold to my spray painter Bevan and used the funds to buy a house with my first wife. I then worked in a large repair shop as a supervisor for a few months then to a estimator / Manager. This role was hard at first because I was much younger than most I supervised and copped a bit of shit from older staff. However I knew my shit due to my good training.

    My client base was mainly wealthy Indo kids with flash cars. I had a knack of being able to communicate with the Asian clients so soon had a following. Most were similar age to myself and I socialised with a few and still friends with one of the guys today. Got to hang out with some very wealth sexy Indo girls too but that soon turned into trouble. We were all in our early 20's and had some good times. I took that business from having about 10 staff to around 40 staff in a few years. A repair business came on the market for sale that had gone bankrupt. I brought that business for almost nothing and most my Indo clients eventually found out were I had gone...55. I was still in my 20's and I'm not proud of it but I got busted screwing one of my Indo female clients by my ex. Things went down hill a few years but soon recovered.

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    I just got knocked back for a Job at Bunnings 55555 Fuck em . Times are tough due to the amount of Visa holders in Aust . "they took our jobs " 5555

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    Quote Originally Posted by OZZYGUY View Post
    My first business was a Fred in the shed type of business. Was myself knocking out dents in cars and I employed a spray painter,

    Two years on at 21 I sold to my spray painter Bevan and used the funds to buy a house with my first wife. I then worked in a large repair shop as a supervisor for a few months then to a estimator / Manager. This role was hard at first because I was much younger than most I supervised and copped a bit of shit from older staff. However I knew my shit due to my good training.

    My client base was mainly wealthy Indo kids with flash cars. I had a knack of being able to communicate with the Asian clients so soon had a following. Most were similar age to myself and I socialised with a few and still friends with one of the guys today. Got to hang out with some very wealth sexy Indo girls too but that soon turned into trouble. We were all in our early 20's and had some good times. I took that business from having about 10 staff to around 40 staff in a few years. A repair business came on the market for sale that had gone bankrupt. I brought that business for almost nothing and most my Indo clients eventually found out were I had gone...55. I was still in my 20's and I'm not proud of it but I got busted screwing one of my Indo female clients by my ex. Things went down hill a few years but soon recovered.
    I was going to say before....if you are a good mechanic and honest, you get a loyal following that absolutely grows vastly by word of mouth.
    Looking for a mechanic is almost 100% done by asking for recommendations

    Almost my whole family, including all relatives, go to our guy Jeff
    I couldn't tell you his last name, but he fixed my cars for years.
    And he was good to my mom, which resulted in business 10 fold
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    I finished my Higher School cert. and the next day had to go for a career assessment interview in North Sydney.

    So i was dressed in a suit and on the way back i stopped and door knocked every Real Estate Agent's office from Neutral Bay to Manly and on to Dee Why. all the office managers were good and gave me some time but the usual was "Sorry we just don't need anyone at the moment".
    While in Allan Bridge RE in Brookvale, I was talking to Allan and his girl came in and asked ...Excuse me but do you own the green car out front? ...yes....sorry but it is a clearway after 3pm and the cop is writing you a ticket...... FFFF KKK!!

    So for the days effort I had no job and a $15 ticket, about a weeks part time pay.

    The next day i worked on a construction site pushing barrow loads of brickies mud up 3 floors....never again!!!

    Luckily for me one of the owners of an office in Manly that i had visited, called that night and said they would give me a go as a rental clerk.

    I was 17 and that started 40 years so far, in the property industry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tingtong View Post
    I just got knocked back for a Job at Bunnings 55555 Fuck em . Times are tough due to the amount of Visa holders in Aust . "they took our jobs " 5555
    https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/36706316...migration-cut/

    .... according to Dick Smith we'll need to get used to that
    Life is the unexpected ...

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    My biggest break at my first job as an office clerk was getting the sack after 7 years....bored, lazy and disinterested...although had a great social life and made life long friends there.

    I found I much preferred working outside and started playing sport again and started travelling too.
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    After having a huge falling out with my former University over intellectual rights to a book I was writing for my Phd in English Literature I decided to take some time away from the academic world..in fact I ended up turning my back on it and never returned for several decades

    I took up managing bar at a friends trendy cocktail bar/restaurant/nightspot in Kings Cross Sydney and then joined a couple of bands playing punky/quirky/jazzy music...this lasted a couple of years until a friend and I decided to take a year out travelling from Sydney to London overland (as much as possible) through South East Asia, India, The Middle East, North Africa and Western Europe at the end of 1981...we arrived in London in early 1983 after spending Xmas/NY on the Algarve in Portugal and soon after a trip in a Kombi Van from there up through Spain, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany and through to Berlin where we stayed for a couple of months

    Once I hit London I needed money quickly so I looked for a job in bars again as that was easily available...after a while I got in with a company which had contracts to do up old pubs into cocktail bars/restaurants and my past experince came to the fore...I ended up becoming bar manager pretty much straight away and then within a few months managing that site as the owners were moving on to their next project...

    They had me consult on the new bar and its layout and then to train the bar and waiting staff...they weren't so clued up on a new computerised tilling system either so I was given that resposnsibility as well...after this one we had another one to do together and they asked me if I wanted to become partners in their business...with no "Buy In" asked i jumped at the chance...We were then offered an extention to this 3 site project for another 6 sites, 3 more in London, and 1 each in Manchester, Nottingham and Sheffield...and I was asked to take charge of the design of all 6...

    Realising I was a little out of my depth and in need of some help to realise some of the concepts I had in my mind I got in touch with my Uncle who was a partner in a large London Architectural firm and we decided to work on it together as a sort of side project for him and a solution/intensive learning curve for me...

    anyway..to cut a long story short....we did these buildings/businesses together...my uncle made me promise to study design at University in London after the completion of the project and then I would indenture in his firm....

    No looking back....555
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    So Nels you started out as a bar boy? Just a casher yeah....55

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    Quote Originally Posted by OZZYGUY View Post
    So Nels you started out as a bar boy? Just a casher yeah....55
    555...yep, but no Bar Fine for me unfortunately....without a word of a lie..I got laid by more women in those 4-5 years than I have accumulatively in all the years that followed...and all for free 555...not complaining,the numbers haven't been so bad since I have lived in Thailand but I will admit to paying for it here sometimes 555
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    Quote Originally Posted by bacwaan View Post
    555...yep, but no Bar Fine for me unfortunately....without a word of a lie..I got laid by more women in those 4-5 years than I have accumulatively in all the years that followed...and all for free 555...not complaining,the numbers haven't been so bad since I have lived in Thailand but I will admit to paying for it here sometimes 555
    Nothing wrong with paying for it. I'm sure a few of us on TD would have from time to time....55

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    My first real job was as a translator in textile factory. I was in last year of my high school. 17. The job was for 3 months, paying 15000 per month. My big promotion was when after one month, they gave me a company car. Toyota Corona. Back in 1993.

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    My first job was with my dad. He had a business as a monumental mason and I drove around to the various cemeteries erecting tombstones. I worked for him whilst trying to figure out what I wanted to do.
    He got a contract from the local Jewish board of directors restoring the old Jewish Cemetery, in what was then Salisbury. I spent three weeks there cleaning, re-lettering and generally fixing up the old grave stones that had long been neglected.

    After that it was in to the bank to work in the Data Processing section as IT was called then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteGill View Post
    My first job was with my dad. He had a business as a monumental mason and I drove around to the various cemeteries erecting tombstones. I worked for him whilst trying to figure out what I wanted to do.
    He got a contract from the local Jewish board of directors restoring the old Jewish Cemetery, in what was then Salisbury. I spent three weeks there cleaning, re-lettering and generally fixing up the old grave stones that had long been neglected.

    After that it was in to the bank to work in the Data Processing section as IT was called then.
    wow a boss on your very first job .... with all those people under you .. 55

    terrible old mans joke that one, would never say that joke around a young crowd.!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sydney View Post
    wow a boss on your very first job .... with all those people under you .. 55

    terrible old mans joke that one, would never say that joke around a young crowd.!
    Actually I was a boss in more than just that respect. Remember that was in the mid 70's and things were very different then.

    So even if I was only 18 and just out of school and shortened national service. I was the bosses son, and therefore automatically foreman and called baas by men who were far older and far more experienced than me. Them were the days 555

    I fell in an old grave once. The ground had subsided and all that was left was a thin layer of concrete covered by crushed stone. I got lazy and stepped on instead of around and the whole lot collapsed under me. To waist height... I tell you I felt a lot closer the late Mr Cohen at that moment 555

    Also used to go collect ashes from the crematorium, it all helped to shape a macabre sense of humour.....
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