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First Jobs

uldissprogis Wrote: Jul 18, 2012 2:05 PM
Teenagers should be permitted to work about 4 hours a week at less than minimum wage in fast food places, safe assembly line factory jobs, and urban agriculture to learn the work ethic and accumulate prior job experience. Reducing minimum wage for all adults is just not a practical or politically viable policy. This way we will encourage small business investment and compete with China while low paying jobs are still important in the soon to be robotized technologically literate job market.
What was your first job?

I stuck pieces of plastic and metal together at an Evanston, Ill., assembly line. We produced photocopiers for a company called American Photocopy.

I hated the work. It was hot and boring. But it was useful. It taught me to get good grades in school so I might have other choices.

Four years later, good grades got me a job as a researcher at a TV station.

To my surprise, that became a career. I never planned to be a TV reporter. I hadn't even watched TV news. I never took a journalism course.

But by...