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  • Writer's pictureElizabeth S

How many jobs have I have had in my lifetime?

I thought this would be fun to go down memory lane together and see all the different jobs I have had in my life. I honestly don’t feel like there has been a lot but once I put them on in writing it is going to look like more.

As an adult I usually work 2 or more jobs. I love to be busy and it makes me feel better about myself. I know that isn’t healthy but it is what keeps me going.


Studies have shown that the average person has 12 jobs in their lifetime. Within that average, men typically have more jobs than women do, as men hold an average of 12.5 jobs and women hold an average of 12.1. I clearly have had more than that. Some people see this as me not being a loyal employee, I am. I just won't settle for less than what I deserve.


Co-Owner of College Street Creations

Project Coordinator at a local Not For profit

Front Desk at a local hotel

Bartender- I had been bartending for 17 years- up until 2021. This is the longest time I have gone WITHOUT having a bartending or serving job. If you are reading this and wonder if you actually make money by bartending- YES! And as a waitress/server. At one point in my life I quit teaching to bartend full time at Poopy’s because I would make more in one weekend bartending than I would in 2 weeks as a teacher.

Above Bartending during the Pub Crawl in Savanna (2016)

Below a tip I got from a customer at Poopy's because I wouldn't give him my number.

I have worked as a Student Advisor at a local college. This was really one of those life changing jobs. At the time, it was the best job I had ever held. I had insurance on myself and my daughter and could pay my own bills. Eventually they eliminated my position and I was given a severance package. Bittersweet but it led me to my teaching jobs.

Breakfast at the college. Loved having breakfast and lunch at work.

For a few years I was a preschool teacher, which is where I love to be, teaching littles.

Right out of high school I worked at a local factory building water coolers. I was an assembler and a braizer. Once Brianna came along, luckily enough I was able to stay at home with her. I did in-home daycare from the time she was 6 months old until she started preschool at the age of 4.

There was a short period where I was laid off from the factory, about a year, that I worked as a CNA at a local nursing home. Talk about a physically hard but rewarding job.

(DQ era with my BFF at the time)

While in high school I worked at Dairy Queen from the age of 14 until after I graduated. I remember how hard it was for me to get a workers permit from school at that age. We lived a few blocks away from DQ and I had to walk uphill to get to work and thankfully downhill to get home after work. I remember my first interview with Vickie Miller (the owner) and how nervous I was. Somedays I wish I could go back and work there. I remember it being so fun and fast paced. Every Sunday night I worked and we always listened to the same radio station, the same customers would come through the drive through. Bittersweet memories.

Even before Dairy Queen I babysat in town. Our population in town at the time was 1,700. Off the top of my head I can remember a dozen different families that I used to babysit for regularly. I’m sure there is more, it has been over 25 years since that time in my life. That’s an eye opener. I remember at one point babysitting one of my own babysitter's kids. Now those little kids I used to babysit have babies. That is clearly a sign that I am getting “old” right?

I can’t say that I really hated any of my jobs, and I am sure that I am missing a few. But I learned so much at each job. Appreciating bosses for their different strengths and meeting new people who have made a big impact on my life. Heck I met Brianna’s Dad at DQ and then again at the factory. I met Kelly while bartending at Poopys. I can not imagine my life without either of those two.

How many years does the average person stay at a job?

In January 2022, a median tenure of 6.8 years. Do you think that seems accurate? I feel that with Covid there has been a big change in that.

Right now counting all the different places I have been a bartender/server at- I am sitting at 17 different jobs. How many have you had?

I still tell people that I am not sure what I want to be when I grow up. Who knows where life will lead me.

No matter where it takes me, I look forward to kicking it's ass.

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