Where: My first job was at Dairy Queen in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. My best friend, Liz, worked there and recommended me.
Pay: $4 an hour.
Do differently? I would have been more generous with my mother’s (paid, take-home) sundaes, so she wouldn’t remind me of my stinginess all the time!
Lesson learned: It’s a “nickel and dime” business. Every transaction makes a difference. … I learned the importance of enjoying your co-workers [and] just how valuable every experience you have is.
Advice: Take the job and a chance, and start your journey. Don’t wait for the perfect job before jumping in.
Seattle Chocolate Co. is a Tukwila-based confections company launched in 1991 that sells locally made, small-batch chocolate bars and truffles.
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