I Must Confess…First Jobs

Welcome to another week of revelations as part of I Must Confess, the linkup where you can bare your soul and share your secrets while helping others do the same.

First up, I want to thank the 12 lovely people who linked up last week – as usual, you guys rock and I enjoyed reading all your confessions.

This week’s prompt is your first job. Did you head out the minute you turned 14 years and 9 months to get an after school job? Or did you wait until you finished high school to first find employment?

I wrote a post last year about my first job at a service station. That job certainly had it’s interesting moments, that’s for sure! As much I came to dread each shift I was certainly never bored and I learned a lot about myself and others so I will never regret my time there.


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My second job, happens to be my current job, in the public service. Next month marks my 18th anniversary there and I’ve been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to work in various positions and roles throughout the years.

I’m genuinely grateful for the stability of having a single employer for so long, however, it does disturb me that I have been in that job for almost exactly half my entire life. That’s a bit of a worry…

But this wouldn’t be I Must Confess if I didn’t share some of my more embarrassing work stories with you – so here are my top 3 for your reading pleasure:

1. The time I was working on the reception desk and a young skateboard dude came in and handed me a scrunched up bit of paper. That’s what I thought it was, anyway. Turns out, it was a joint and there I was, trying to undo it, in front of other customers. No wonder I dropped it like a hot potato when I finally worked out what it was!

2. The time I was travelling for work in northern NSW and had to ring the property operations people as I had car problems. I was so embarrassed at my inability to work out how to open the bonnet (it turned out to be easy, of course) that I got confused and initially forgot my own name before inadvertently giving my maiden name, rather than my married name. Embarrassing.

3. The time I had a few too many champagnes at a work function and allegedly danced the Macarena in a rather ‘energetic’ way. It took me years to overcome the “Macarena Girl” tag that subsequently followed me in certain circles at work. Oh, the folly of youth…

Are you going to make me feel a little less embarrassed and share the dirt on your first job today or are you planning on making your own confession? Either way, you are welcome to link up an old or a new post and join in the fun!

Today I’m also linking up to Deb’s Listmania linkup as well as Alicia’s Open Slather linkup – you should check them out as well.



If you haven’t already worked it out, Monday is a fantastic day for the multi-linkup!

The Rules…

– I Must Confess is a link up that will be happening every Monday and will remain live for the whole week.

– You can link up something old or new, we’re not fussy around here.

– Feel free to go with the prompt for the week or add your own confession, whatever suits.

– Please go forth and share the comment love – it is bloggy crack after all!


Next week’s confession prompt – do you have an irrational fear or phobia?

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29 Responses

  1. My first job, apart from babysitting was at a deli. I was only just 13 and it wasn’t very above board to say the least. As soon as I was old enough I moved on to KFC and remained here through school before moving on to a trainee position with a company that put me through uni.

    My post this week, isn’t about my first job.
    Mystery Case recently posted..The Mane Attraction… It’s a grey matter for me!

    • Kirsty says:

      You were certainly more motivated than me to start working Raychael. I did go for a job at an ice creamery once when I was 14 but I couldn’t face going to the interview – I even got my mum to ring to say I wasn’t going to turn up! Thanks so much for linking up this week!

  2. Alicia says:

    Who knew the public service would be so interesting. I can’t believe some stoner would hand a joint over the counter, wierdo! I must have been a big one! I started at a seaside deli over the summer holidays, when I left school, lots of holiday makers. The kids quickly worked out if they asked for stale bread (which was out the back) they could nick chocolate bars while I was getting it. Ratbags! I was none the wiser…at first. I then moved onto a local coffee shop when the holidays were over.
    Alicia recently posted..Wine glasses

    • Kirsty says:

      There are some cheeky buggers out there, Alicia. We had some cheeky ones at the service station too – they always kept trying…

  3. 18 years – awesome (my husband is heading for 17 this year) have you taken long service leave?

    cracking up at the joint story – how odd and funny
    Deb @ Home life simplified recently posted..Listmania four: To all the jobs I’ve loved before

    • Kirsty says:

      Funny you ask that Deb as I have nearly used up all my long service leave having the kiddos but it was worth it. As for the joint story, I don’t think I have ever been so very embarrassed in my life and I’m still wondering, more than 10 years down the track, what was going on in skaterboy’s head…!

  4. I would have LOVED to see you do the Macarena and I love that you would do that – and it cracks me up about someone handing you a joint, how funny is that 🙂 Thanks for the laugh, haven’t got a new post to link sorry, maybe I can find an embarrassing old one?! Have a great Monday Kirst xxx
    Emily @ Have a laugh on me recently posted..I’m not really that sweet but it seems someone disagrees

  5. Ness says:

    Some very funny moments there Kirsty. I probably wouldn’t have even recognised a joint…

    I’d already blogged about my first job, so added that post, hope thats okay. It’s good for a laugh over my tragic 80’s hair anyway….

  6. Claire T says:

    Oh the Macarena confession made me laugh out loud. Congratulations for staying with the same employer for so long!
    Claire T recently posted..Listmania: Jobs I have Had

  7. Lyndal says:

    i absolutely love that you have been with the same employer for such a long time – my dream!! Had a very big laugh about the joint story too – bless!!
    Lyndal recently posted..the list files – after all these years

    • Kirsty says:

      I didn’t realise that it was unusual to have stayed in the one job for so long but I do feel lucky to have not had the need to look anywhere else for a job. Although, if it were possible, I would definitely consider leaving my current position to be a professional blogger 🙂

  8. Robomum says:

    The Macarena Girl! That’s an ‘I must confess’ within an ‘I must confess’ 🙂
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  9. Cathy says:

    Lol those work stories are classics! As long as you can laugh about them, all good 🙂
    Cathy recently posted..I Must Confess: Looking Forward to the Sporting Mayhem

  10. I was a check out chick at the local Jewel supermarket. Does that chain even exist anymore? #showingmyage
    Danya Banya recently posted..Trashy T-Shirts

    • Kirsty says:

      I’m not sure Danya. But I do remember when shops actually closed at midday on Saturdays and didn’t open again until 9am on a Monday. Now that’s showing my age! 😉

  11. Me says:

    Oh the Macarena – I haven’t heard (or seen) that for ages – must remember this when we finally get to meet !!
    My husband worked for the same employer for 17 years before we left South Africa – since arriving here, he has had many more jobs and been made redundant three times – so all very different for him over here.
    Have the best day !
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  12. Shari says:

    Oh how I love the Macarena-at-the-office-party tale LOL!!! I’ve been caught out too after being a little too thirsty one Christmas Party and am still reminded of it in good humour! x
    Shari recently posted..People watching – it’s my secret little past time

    • Kirsty says:

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who has ‘disgraced’ themselves at an office party Shari! Thanks too for linking up this week 🙂

  13. great read, I am known for staying in my jobs, averaged 10 to 15 years. You have done well to stay for 18. xxx Rae
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  14. Hello, I did enjoy reading some of these this week. My first (and best) job was in a sweetie shop in Scotland!!
    Seana Smith recently posted..Five Fab Family Holidays – That We’re Not Going On!

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