3 Things You’ve Learned From Working a Wide Variety of Jobs


If you’re like me, you may have had a range of jobs since the age of 16 , if not 15! Among my friends, many of our first jobs were at a retail establishment whether food, clothing and/or anything in between. It’s pretty common for high school and college students to work during breaks so every year their gig could be totally different.  If you’re like me, you may still be on the journey of finding your true passion and is continuing to go from job-t0-job, but the only difference between now and the past, you may be working in an office, military or have your own business.

I know many people who like to dismiss having these wide variety jobs, but you typically learn at least 3 things from every job you work. Make multiple resumes for the varied fields and you’re set, but don’t just brush the experience off because it was at a fast-food joint. Here are 3 skills you’ve probably picked up from working a variety of multiple jobs that are actually bonuses:

People and Diversity Skills:

When you go from working at a clothing retail establishment to interning for the government, you’ll learn that the office etiquette is different. Worked in totally opposite job fields? You’ve learned to adapt quickly to diverse settings, playing your part in a team ( I hope ! ), communicating properly with different manager types, and learned to work in a fast pace setting as well.


Your passion :

When you don’t know what your passion or life’s purpose is, it’s always recommended to just try new things, or try doing as many things that you have a slight interest in and see what holds your attention for more than a few months. When you’ve worked different types of jobs, not only are you learning new skills, you’re also “testing” whether the job or career is something you can see yourself doing long term so this is a major perk that’s contributed more to the long term picture.

What you don’t want :

This is my absolute favorite one!  I’ve worked at quite a few places that I really wanted to work at and when I got there, I hated it ! Luckily, they were things that I wouldn’t have to list on my resume or need a reference to get another job. Overall, this is definitely a great thing you can cross off your list and you’re one step closer to finding a job you will like.

You can learn a plethora of other skills, but these are my top 3 points. What have you learned from having multiple types of jobs ?

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