First Sev­en Jobs

Publisher: TJ Fogarty

Modified: 2018-03-13

Well, more like six-ish. If even.

When I first saw #first­sev­en­jobs my first thought was oh, I haven’t had that many jobs, I guess this isn’t for me”. I sup­pose I took it a bit too literally.

Some of the jobs I have had were more short intern­ships that I wouldn’t real­ly count as a job”. They were more like a baby-sit­ting exer­cise for some­one else.

That being said, I fig­ured I’d talk a bit about the expe­ri­ence I’ve had that led me to where I am at the moment.

Paper route #

I must have been about 12, or 13. I would cov­er for a friend of mine dur­ing the sum­mer for a few years. I’d receive a cou­ple of hun­dred bun­dled papers, divvy them up, and load them into my shoul­der bag.

It was great pock­et-mon­ey, and I got offered cig­a­rettes in exchange for a paper from those not on my route. I’d polite­ly decline as I wasn’t cool enough to smoke.

Any remain­ing papers would be dropped off at a local nurs­ing home, and I’d receive my pay in a brown enve­lope. I think it was about 16 pounds. I was swim­ming in pen­ny jel­lies and copies of Top Gear magazines.

News­pa­per intern #

In sec­ondary school, we had two rounds of intern­ships to do in 4th year. I applied to the Lim­er­ick Post, which was the paper I used to deliver.

I must have looked real­ly impor­tant run­ning around town in an over­sized shirt with envelopes tucked under my arm. I remem­ber one occa­sion I was bring­ing some­thing to a hair­dressers, and the own­er greet­ed me with a great big smile, wav­ing a scis­sors around. He thanked me for the enve­lope, and told me to get out.

Design intern #

For the sec­ond part of my work expe­ri­ence, I was work­ing on a real­ly old Mac, using Quartz and Pho­to­shop. This was my first real taste of dig­i­tal design, and I loved every moment of it. 

My super­vi­sor was explain­ing some­thing to me once, and I had to stop and get a glass of water because I had lost vision in one of my eyes. Keep hydrat­ed folks.

Graph­ic Designer/​Web Devel­op­er #

In col­lege, we had 6 months work place­ment. At this point, I was unde­cid­ed as to whether I would become a design­er, or a devel­op­er. In my 6 months I got to expe­ri­ence both sides, and con­clud­ed that I loved devel­op­ing. Even if I was fix­ing IE6 bugs, it was excit­ing to solve these kinds of problems.

Front-end Devel­op­er — Lead Devel­op­er #

Straight out of col­lege I man­aged to land a job as a front-end devel­op­er. It began as an intern­ship, but over the course of 2 years I had grad­u­at­ed to Lead Devel­op­er. This was a for­ma­tive expe­ri­ence, and it real­ly fuelled my pas­sion for web development.

Web Devel­op­er (present) #

I fin­ished my pre­vi­ous job on a Fri­day, and moved from Lim­er­ick to Water­ford for my part­ner and a new job. I began work on the Mon­day. It’s been 2 years now, and it’s going great. Eas­i­ly the best life/​work deci­sion I’ve ever made.