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.
- What was your first job and how did you acquire this job?
- How old were you?
- How much were you paid?
- What did you like or dislike about the job?
- How long did you have your first job?
For retirees, Butler recommends the following conversation-starters:
- How did you transition from the work-a-day world to full retirement?
- Did you pursue a favorite hobby or travel?
- 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:
- What were your parents’ jobs?
- Did your parents’ jobs or careers influence your career decisions?
- 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!