On Labor Day, Reflect on Work History with Family & Friends

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 05 September 2011

What was your first job?

Delivering papers, flipping burgers, answering phones, taking dictation, bagging groceries, mowing lawns, babysitting: about these initial occupations, most of us can say, “been there, done that.”

Several blogs published by local offices of Home Instead Senior Care, a nationwide agency that offers in-home, non-medical care for seniors, encouraged families and friends gathered together for the long holiday weekend to talk about job history together.

Andrew Butler with the Fairfax, Virginia office of Home Instead, offers a series of questions to spark discussions in his post, Create a Living History Journal this Labor Day:

  1. What was your first job and how did you acquire this job?
  2. How old were you?
  3. How much were you paid?
  4. What did you like or dislike about the job?
  5. How long did you have your first job?


For retirees, Butler recommends the following conversation-starters:

  1. How did you transition from the work-a-day world to full retirement?
  2. Did you pursue a favorite hobby or travel?
  3. How do you feel about no longer working?


If the dialogue is going well and you’d like to learn more, consider these thought-provoking questions:

  1. What were your parents’ jobs?
  2. Did your parents’ jobs or careers influence your career decisions?
  3. What was the biggest change that you witnessed from the beginning of your working career until retirement?


Talk Back: Tell us about your first job, or a life-changing career decision, or how you handled working with a challenging boss; we’d love to hear your work histories!


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