MY FIRST DAY EVER PUNCHING THE TIME CLOCK THE WONDERS OF A SUMMER JOB Nobody forgets their first real job. While some of us may have made a few bucks here and there for doing extra yard work or babysitting our younger siblings, earning a paycheck for your work sticks out the most. I was 15 when I decided to start punching the time clock. It was the summer after my freshman year in high school, so I felt like I was mentally ready — I was also ready for a little extra spending money, too! “I began to understand the complexities of friendships with coworkers, the professional communication required during conversations with superiors, and the best ways to help patients who look to you for guidance and advice.”
While I wasn’t reporting directly to my dad, the people I did report to were welcoming
and eager to teach, which I appreciated. As a teen, I’d, of course, been in medical offices before, but I never really understood the overall operations or what all goes into making an office function. I also got to see what a prototypical American workday looked like and all the nuances associated with it. I began to understand the complexities of friendships with coworkers, the professional communication required during conversations with superiors, and the best ways to help patients who look to you for guidance and advice. It was certainly a necessary and educational growing experience for me. was receiving my very first paycheck. I remember being so excited to tear into that envelope and see the financial fruits of my hard labor. But when I flipped over my check, I had the fun experience of learning what taxes were for the first time. Fortunately, my dismay didn’t linger long. I Another interesting (albeit somewhat frustrating) part of this learning experience
My dad was a doctor, so I found a job working at his office in the records
department. While first days on the job are important and usually fairly nerve-wracking, I don’t actually remember my first day at this job. Since I was a little girl, I visited my father at the office, so I was already familiar with the staff who worked there and the building itself, which was really fortunate because I felt at ease walking through the doors for the first time as a hired employee. People sometimes ask me if it was strange working for my dad. But since I was hard at work in the records department going through charts, shelving them, or finding the records patients needed for future appointments, I always felt like I was working for the office rather than for my dad individually.
took what was left of my check and ventured out to buy my mom a birthday gift. I still remember that I ended up getting her a cute shirt and pair of pants, and I was proud to have been able to purchase them myself. While my first day on the clock might not have been as anxiety-inducing as many others, I’m glad I had the opportunity to learn the inner workings of the office setting as such a young age. Who knows? Maybe it’s helped me get my own office running smoothly, too!
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