My first job was when I was fifteen, I was still at school and it was work experience. We had to do two weeks’ work experience to give us a taste for work, so I was given the opportunity to work in a big supermarket and I worked in the furniture department of that supermarket. It was probably the longest two weeks of my life, it was just so boring. It was mind-numbingly dull. Most of the time it was absolutely dead in there and there was nothing for me to do. I’ve never had such a boring job since, fortunately.
I did quite a few other part-time jobs though when I was a student. I worked as a barman a couple of times, I worked in a couple of factories, I worked in a library, I worked in an amusement park and I even sold ice cream on the beach for two summers! The experience of working and earning a weekly wage was important, even if the jobs were so rubbish.
My main reason for doing these jobs was because I was saving up to buy a car. I tried to put some money away each week so at the end of the year I would have enough money to buy an old, second-hand car. I had to cut back on all other expenses though so I could afford a car. My workmates just waited for payday and then went on a spending spree. I tried to stick to a budget so I didn’t blow all my hard-earned cash. Anyway, I eventually got the car, but the problem is that cars are so expensive to run. I always had to fork out for something that had gone wrong and needed to be fixed, so after a while I flogged the car and got a bike instead!
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