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Our IntelliTec students overwhelmingly agreed. You want a career versus a job. Why? All you have to do is think back to the worst job you ever had…Check out the 10 Worst Jobs Ever and see if yours compares. Read mine then share your own experiences.
It all started over a casual conversation with my twenty-something kids. We one-upped each other with stories about the grossest, filthiest, most demeaning jobs we’ve ever had. I might be a little biased, but I think I won.
Before I begin, let me invite you to join in on this. Post your WORST JOB EVER, and share some of the lowly and disgusting duties you performed all in the name of a paycheck. I’m sure several of you out there can top mine, but here it is anyway.
I was working at the return desk at Kcart (the name has been changed to protect the innocent) when a woman walked in wearing a robe and slippers. She was carrying a toddler dressed in his pajamas. She stood at the end of a fairly short line, but she quickly became so belligerent I immediately asked if I could help her.
That was my first mistake. I should have called the “manager of the day” on the PA and let him deal with this woman. But I was 17 and heck, I knew everything then. Didn’t we all? Anyway, she proceeded to say she wanted to return her robe and slippers, which she stripped off right there and then. She swore loudly about the quality of Kcart’s clothes and complained that she’d never shop there again. I can’t repeat her language as she peeled away her extremely dirty and smelly clothes, but suffice it to say, it singed my eyebrows. She didn’t stop there – no sirree – she stripped the pajamas off her son and demanded money back for these items as well.
The store policy was to return anything, no questions asked. So she piled all the clothes on the counter, waited for her money back, and proceeded to purchase new items moments later. Meanwhile, my whole work area stank to high heaven, and there I stood, working the rest of the day. By the end of my shift, I smelled, too, and it felt like days before I could get the stench out of my nostrils.
So when you ask me why I attended college, of course I respond with the same reasons you named above: a career, financial growth opportunities, and of course professional advancement. I don’t share this as a reason to employ me when potential employers ask, “Tell me why I should hire you” during interviews. I’m afraid they may one-up me, and frankly, I like my bragging rights.
Here’s a list of the 10 Worst Jobs Ever. See if you agree…
- Elephant poop collector – and you thought your Great Dane left you big presents.
- Theme park janitor – 10x the janitorial duties as any fast food restaurant anywhere.
- Sumo costume checker – one word…yuck!
- Stun gun tester – how else will police officers know if they’ll work when they need them?
- Rooftop snow shoveler – FYI; most roofs are pitched and not flat.
- Port-o-potty cleaner – you’ll never look at them the same again after a long day at the fair.
- Gravedigger – just plain depressing; people are never crying with tears of joy on these occasions.
- DMV employee – next time you go there, quickly scan their faces. It’s the perfect example of “misery loves company.”
- Deodorant tester – where do you think they smell to determine if the product is working?
- Crocodile feeder –this is so insane they made a reality show about it.
I can’t wait to hear all your responses describing your worst job ever. Be sure to focus on the duties rather than the company. I’ll be curious to see if I end up feeling a little better/worse about my own experience after all your posts.
Any job you’ve held where you hated every minute of it helped convince you college was the way to go; they illustrate what you don’t want to do when you grow up. When you earn a degree, you open the door to finding a career with professional growth opportunities rather than walking behind an elephant with the world’s largest pooper-scooper.