What was your first job? What did you learn? Your first job is always going to be full of life lessons. As an introvert, my first job gave me the confidence to become a manager. The first job for introverts needs to be a job that challenges their communication and teamwork skills. Working for restaurants has forced me to work with others to reach the same goals and to gain confidence in my communication with others. Not only that, I’ve made long-lasting friendship through my first job. To be frank I’ve met my husband at my first job! My first job was not only life-changing for me but for Benjamin as well. His story is below.
How to Look at Your First Job for Introverts
Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there to serve some sort of purpose. Or teach you a lesson. Maybe even help you figure out who you are or who you want to become.
You never know who this person may be. They could be your roommate, neighbor, coworker, long lost friend, lover, or even a complete stranger. But when you cross paths with them, you know at that very moment that they will affect your life in some profound way. Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of luck.
Illness, injury, love, moments of true greatness, and even death all occur to test the limits of your soul. Without these small tests, whatever they may be, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere.
It would be safe and comfortable, but dull and utterly pointless.
The people you meet affect your life, and the success and downfalls you experience help to create who you become in the future. Even bad experiences can be learned from. In fact, they are probably the most poignant and important ones.
If someone hurts you, betrays you, or breaks your heart, just forgive them.
What I’ve learned from my first job
They have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious when you open your heart. If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because in a way, they are teaching you to love and how to open your heart and eyes to things you may not see for yourself.
I’ve learned to make every day count and appreciate every moment and take from those moments everything that I possibly can. Simply because I may never be able to experience it again. I try my best to talk to people that I have never talked to before, and actually, listen.
There’s something about life that everyone seems to look over, due to current trends. I personally intend to take life head on and complete every chapter that is written for me, all while creating a few chapters of my own.
I truly hope that along the way I am able to change the lives of people who need change.
For those who know me, I know it gets tiring always hearing about me and my endless love for my job. But because this is something that weighs so heavy on my heart, I’d like to dive deep into why a job that everyone thinks is “average” has impacted me so much.
This was, in fact, my first job and I was given the opportunity to work while I was in high school. Within my early teenage years, I have always been shy and kept to myself.
My first job experience
Getting a job was something so big for me because it was the first thing that I did for myself. I went behind my mother’s back and applied, I even went through with the interview on a school day resulting in me missing classes.
While reading Benjamin’s story it made me do more research on first jobs and I found this story by Peter Anderson about his first job.
I’ve never worked at Mcdonald’s but soon after I was hired at Shake Shack, I was able to see the clear dynamic in how much they make everyone feel welcome and operate as one unit, actually coming together as a family to exemplify the great effects of real hospitality.
I never thought I would consider this company to be my family but here I am today. After joining the team so many doors opened up for me. I was blessed to come across something like this and I say this because each time I reflect back to my past I realize the astonishing growth that I have achieved.
No longer an introvert
For starters, I am no longer shy. This job that everyone thinks is so “average” has instilled in me huge amounts of courage to succeed in life. I am able to be more than polite to a stranger who wants food. I have the ability to go above and beyond and surpass their expectations.
One experience I will never forget was meeting this one guest who came to my register and placed her order. Within minutes of our conversation, I immediately felt inclined to just be myself and she instantly complimented my energy. I believe she said something along the lines of, “You are just so happy I can’t help but smile with you”. And this comment was the very beginning of it all.
Then I knew that certain things were not about me anymore.
I realized there are things that superseded me and the things that take place on a situational basis didn’t need as much attention because it was too negative for my character.
I used this to teach myself that I can use moments like this to not only change myself but each person I come across.
Why I’m grateful for my first job
Words are powerful tools, which was something I was coming to terms with at this time. But I soon noticed that another important thing is how you carry yourself.
I’m not sure who I’d be without the help of this company and the people throughout the company that I’ve met along the way. It all seems surreal because all I can think is how can you thank so many people?
That’s a question that I have learned to ask myself and secretly search for an answer.
I have managed to go through so many personal obstacles and family issues, yet I still have never found a reason to truly hate my job.
This place used to be an escape from the crazy things I dealt with. It has since been my safe haven.
It brings me to tears whenever I speak about this. Because who would have thought that a simple job like this can have such an impact on a young man’s life.
I owe it to myself as well for pushing through each day and making myself prouder than I used to be of myself.
The first job for introverts should be a job that challenges your teamwork skills and communications skills. It should make you uncomfortable. It should also challenge you so that you can learn how to ask others for help and how to speak to people you see every day. Like Benjamin, I learned a lot at my first job. I gained confidence and learned the value of hard work. For more stories like this one please check out below: