My first paid job was a dishwasher and buffet tender at my friend’s grandparents’ German restaurant and winery. Summer of 2007 and it was pretty frickin’ miserable. (I am still good friends with my friend, we just kind of skip over that summer by mutual agreement - they were waitressing in a dirndle and I’m pretty sure we’d both rather just forget it).
I spent the summers of 2008-2013 working on a dinner boat as a waitress/bartender/bow person. I graduated college May of 2013 and picked up a second job as a host/busser at the nearby fancy hotel, too, because I needed to try to stockpile to pay my student loans while I was recovering from surgery and couldn’t work.
I’ve spent the past 5 summers as a quality control/quality assurance lab technician for an asphalt company. I’ve been the only lab tech at my current location for 3 of those 5 summers.
Annnnd I was told yesterday that the company I’d interviewed with (also yesterday) intends to offer me the job. If that happens, then I’d be working in a food lab testing new recipes for cheesecake.