A person’s very first job is more than a taste of financial freedom; it’s an arena where lessons are learned, professionalism is developed, and values emerge. Here, area executives talk about their very first jobs and how those early employment opportunities continue to shape their careers today.
President & CEO
At the age of 13, I picked tobacco, which was the cash crop in North Carolina. It was a difficult and manual job performed in sweltering heat. Picking tobacco was a primary source of income for many families in my hometown. I took away several key learnings, one being discipline. Being up early and working late helped me realize that hard work is what it takes to get the job done. I had a newfound appreciation and respect for how hard others worked. In addition, I learned about prioritization and values – my needs versus my wants and that education would provide value for my future. After my first job, I learned to be resourceful and agile by finding other ways to earn money such as mowing lawns and washing cars.