The top three career lessons you learn when working in a grocery store.
The first sign of a nervous breakdown is when you start thinking your work is terribly important. - Milo Bloom
My first paid job was as a cashier at our local C-Town. I was 15 years old and making $3.35 an hour and, as a result of labor laws, clocked in no more than 18 hours a week (my mother and C-Town would be pleased that I pointed that out). I worked at C-Town, which later became King Kullen and then later Key Food, for three years until I upgraded to a store manager position at our local mom-and-pop pharmacy (in case you're worried that the title "manager" went to my head, see role clarification below). Between my experience as a cashier and local manager, I learned everything I needed to know to be successful in my career, and I have to admit, those jobs still remain my favorite. Too bad I can't support a family on $30 a week.
I should add a disclaimer here for anyone reading this who is under 18: despite my learning everything I needed to know prior to college, college is still a good idea. There's no better way to gain your freedom and make lifelong friends. And you'll have the opportunity to pledge for a fraternity or sorority, which will require you to learn the Greek alphabet and I'm all for that.
Anyway, here are the top three career lessons I learned in C-Town:
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