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First Jobs

Waski_the_Squirrel Wrote: Jul 20, 2012 4:05 PM
After reading this article, I got to thinking about how I started in my job as a teacher. I worked as a teacher, doing all of the duties of a teacher for an entire semester. Not only was I not paid, but I had to pay full college tuition for the privilege. This experience made it possible for me to then go on and become a teacher. The college calls it "student teaching". It is really an internship. I had to work several other jobs at the same time to make money. This would be no different than if I had become an intern at a lab or a business. Internships are not jobs. They are a learning experience. This article makes me curious if student teaching will fall under this law. The school did benefit from having me there: I really did teach.
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...