Job Titles and Lunch Breaks

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I really look forward to my lunch break, even if I eat lunch at my computer desk.    When I worked in the office and not from home, I would eat with  my coworkers in the lunchroom.  But now I don’t see any point to stepping away from work to eat by myself.


I satisfied my growing hunger/boredom with a juicy orange at 11 AM.  I’m going back to mid-morning snacks because I realized that I’m wayyyy too hungry in between breakfast and lunch. 


Lunch was very delicious, and it was FAST!


I made a chicken deli meat sammie with a leftover WW hot dog bun from the Superbowl.  It also had cheddar cheese and mustard inside.


A side salad


And a pickle with some dates (weird flavor combos!)…


Job Titles


Since entering the working world (at 16), I have held many, many jobs.  Here are all my job titles to date (that I can remember!):


  • Cashier (at a supermarket and a textbook store)
  • Server (lasted 1 day)
  • Catering Assistant (also lasted 1 day)
  • Bartender (most fun and most drunken)
  • Law Intern (summer internship)
  • Career Services Peer Advisor (3 years)
  • Proctor (I administered teacher reviews in college)
  • Sexual Assault Peer Counselor (4 years)
  • Dog Kennel Assistant (lasted four days)
  • Contributing Columnist (for the Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition, which lasted 5 years)
  • Staff Planner/Technical Writer (1st job out of college)
  • Project Planner (current position)
  • Blogger (other current position) 🙂


What job titles have you had?



  • Victoria February 3, 2009, 10:51 am

    SO many different job titles: cashier, clerk, “pizza girl,” concession stand supervisor, bartender, sales assistant, sales account manager, medical assistant, Administrative assistant, and my current is “Office Temp” 🙂

  • Rose February 3, 2009, 10:54 am

    What a great question! I will try to think up all of mine..

    * Ice Cream Server
    * Salon Assistant
    * Cashier
    * Hostess
    * Waitress
    * Cashier (again)
    * Tutor
    * Variety Editor
    * Asst. Variety Editor
    * Intern
    * Technology Intern
    * Publications Assistant
    * Assistant Director (current)

    That’s a crazy list!

  • Lora February 3, 2009, 10:54 am

    thanks for the bday wishes! I am surely going to have fun in Wrigleyville here in Chicago and the weather is a nice 45 this weekend (perfect for my outdoor run sunday!)

    my jobs are extremely random for my age lol.

    1. picked strawberries for a local pie bakery back home (age 14-15)
    2. Applebee’s hostess (ages 17-18)
    3. Weight Watchers CUstomer Service Representative (aka I answered emails from the home office from WW clients online–summer after HS graduation)
    4 dorm desk check in-person
    5. Cheesecake Factory Hostess
    6. Devon Seafood Grill Hostess
    7. NBC’s “In the Loop with I-VIllage” intern
    8. Fox Chicago News intern
    9. NANNY (current)

    that goes back almost 7 years! haha

  • Amanda February 3, 2009, 10:55 am

    Job titles I have held:

    Stable assistant – I helped teach horseback riding summer camps and exercised all of the horses when camp wasn’t in session. I did a lot of work at the stable and “horse sat” multiple times.

    Hot walker – I worked at a horse racetrack. I basically walked horses around in circles after workouts, after races, and on their days off. I also took horses to the paddock for races.

    Broodmare caretaker – I don’t know my real title… but I worked in the foaling barn at a big Thoroughbred breeding farm. I was one of 4 girls who took care of broodmares who were about to foal and those who had just had foals. The babies are the best!!

    Vet Clinic Receptionist – scheduled, answered phones, checked in patients, etc… not the greatest job. Some people should not have pets! haha

    And now I am back to being a student… and hope to one day be an Equine Therapist (physical therapy for horses)

  • Jess February 3, 2009, 11:01 am

    Good question!

    Dental assistant, Gap sales associate, Gap manager, Teaching Assistant, Aerobics Instructor, Dance Teacher, Phd Student**currently** (I get paid! It’s actually my job!!)

  • lauren February 3, 2009, 11:03 am

    I am currently a project scheduler/evm analyst now!

  • ksgoodeats February 3, 2009, 11:05 am

    I love hot dog buns!

    Jobs: babysitter and coach – with training I couldn’t really hold a job 🙁

  • Leah February 3, 2009, 11:07 am

    I was actually curious about what happened to your dog kennel job!

    My list includes: cashier, waitress, nanny, field worker -i’m sure there are more.


    Teacher (full time)
    waitress (part time)

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point February 3, 2009, 11:09 am

    leah – well it was only a temporary job anyway, but there was no one i would continue to do that back breaking labor for $7 an hour when i have a FT job + blogging. 🙂

  • Laura February 3, 2009, 11:09 am

    Fun question! I haven’t had too many.

    – Cashier
    – Barista
    – Shift Supervisor
    – Paralegal
    – Senior Paralegal
    – Case Management Specialist

  • Anne P February 3, 2009, 11:17 am

    interesting question!! i had no idea all those different jobs you did. the sexual assault peer counselor position must have been tough.

    mine are so random ….. pool front desk receptionist, sales assistant (retail), admin asst (internet company), office manager (law firm), front desk person (fitness center), account coordinator and then account executive (PR firm), news intern (newspaper), reporting intern (TV station), news intern (environmental org.), technical assistance specialist (govt contractor), and now overseas english as a second language teacher!

  • Anne P February 3, 2009, 11:18 am

    oh and i forgot i worked for my college phonathon aka calling alumni to ask for donations!

  • balanceisbest February 3, 2009, 11:25 am

    Fun question! The list may get too long, but here I go!

    -Babysitter (all my life)
    -Organizer (part time)
    -TCBY girl (1 day)
    -Retail sales associate (1 year)
    -Restaurant Cashier (summer and winter breaks)
    -Office Manager (summer)
    -Tutor (part time for several years)
    -Teacher (part time)
    -Graduate Research Intern (summer)
    -Graduate Research Assistant (part time for 2 years)
    -Full time Nanny (summer)
    -Land technician (weird, I nkow…my current job.)

    Fun post! I was also wondering about the kennel job. Haha I’m surprised you stuck with it for 4 days!


  • Megan February 3, 2009, 11:26 am

    love your lunchie!

    i am embarrassed to say (after reading your list and everyone else’s) that I have never really had a job! My parents never wanted me to work, so I am just going to be a professional student until residency 😛

  • Amanda February 3, 2009, 11:29 am

    Fun Question!

    -ice cream server/hostess/waitress at Friendly’s (2 years)
    -smoothie girl at Orange Julius (2 years)
    -Intern at a bank (1 summer)
    -Waitress at fancy Italian Restaurant (2 years)
    -Teacher’s Assistant (1 semester)
    -Banquet server (did it twice .. was super mis.)
    -Intern, and now full-time Associate at Accounting firm (1 summer + about 7.5 months now)

  • Nettles February 3, 2009, 11:38 am

    After reading your comment to Leah regarding your kennel assistant position, I wanted to say that I worked as a Veterinary Assistant for 8+ years. Yes, it is a physically challanging job, but it also takes mental stamina to by on your toes in a emergency. It also is very rewarding at the end of the day to know you helped make thins a little bit better for pets and their owners.

  • gina (fitnessista) February 3, 2009, 11:38 am

    lunch looks awesome! i adore dates 😀
    what a great question! here we go:
    dance shop retail associate
    dance teacher
    victoria's secret
    abercrombie kids
    abercrombie and fitch
    men's fragrance model
    senior team leader at target
    area sales mgr at belk
    personal trainer
    group fitness instructor

    have a wonderful day <3

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point February 3, 2009, 11:41 am

    nettles – oh i hope you didnt take my comment about the kennel in a negative way! i really liked working with the dogs, but this kennel was particuarly demanding and the work was very physically demanding. im so happy to hear you work with animals and love it — its a fun job, no matter how hard it is!

  • TinaGirl February 3, 2009, 12:00 pm

    My head hurts thinking of the job’s I’ve had. very few have been worth the money. the best one so far has been Mommy. I get cute little notes home and huggs and kisses which are priceless.

    I actually think the date/pickel thing isn’t too wierd. Good ballance of sweet and salty while being healthy. Nothin’ wrong with that.

  • Marissa February 3, 2009, 12:10 pm

    ~ Child Care/Front Desk in HS
    ~ Server in college
    ~ Development Coordinator now

  • just me February 3, 2009, 12:26 pm

    i haven’t had that many job titles:
    -computer lab assistant
    -chocolatier and manager
    -GIS assistant/intern
    -GIS/research technician

    all four; wow, i haven’t done anything! haha!

  • Anonymous February 3, 2009, 12:41 pm

    Cashier – walmart
    Manager – Dairy Queen
    Program Planner – Kids Fun Spot
    Researcher – University
    Teacher – grade 6/7


  • tryingforatri February 3, 2009, 12:42 pm

    What a fun question!! I don’t even know how to put a title on some of the jobs I’ve had…

    – Cashier
    – Barista
    – Store manager
    – Sandwich maker (?? haha)
    – Student
    – Reporter
    – Broadcaster
    – Co-host (Rogers TV)
    – Freelancer (for various papers)
    – Intern (Canadian Broadcasting Corp.)

    And I’m sure the list will continue to grow!

  • lilveggiepatch February 3, 2009, 12:43 pm

    I love soft buns!

    I’ve been, since I was 15:
    -babysitter/ nanny
    -intern at two magazines, one non-profit
    -i’m a licensed bartender, but I’ve never been one!

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) February 3, 2009, 12:51 pm

    Let’s see:
    sandwich artist
    membership associate (YMCA)
    development manager, aka fundraiser
    massage therapist

  • talesofexpansion February 3, 2009, 1:04 pm

    what a beautiful well-rounded lunch!

    and wow — everyone has had so many jobs! here are mine:

    – Dairy Queen cashier
    – office supplies store cashier
    – bank teller
    – rights and research editor for textbook publisher
    – features intern for harper’s bazaar
    – editorial intern for us weekly
    – writers’ office intern for all my children
    – pr intern for zirh/shisheido cosmetics
    – editorial assistant/writer for online financial planning resource
    – waitress in ireland (aka i don’t like what i’ve been studying for 4 years and need to do something totally unrelated to figure it all out!) 🙂
    – director of educational center (for 3 years!)
    – assistant teacher for nursery school 2-year-olds
    – home visitor at family services agency (current internship)

    wow, that is more than i thought i had!

  • dailygoods February 3, 2009, 1:32 pm

    ooh ive had a lot of jobs too! this is a fun post 🙂 i started working when i was 14

    shampoo girl
    summer camp counselor
    sales assistant
    salon receptionist
    file girl at doctors office
    graphics intern
    graphic designer (current, 1st job out of college)

  • Erin February 3, 2009, 1:41 pm

    these are fun to read!
    i haven’t had a ton yet, but so far:
    sales associate (victoria’s secret)
    human resources intern
    pet sitter
    cashier (bookstore)

  • Sally February 3, 2009, 1:45 pm

    What a fun way to get to know fellow commenters! Here are the job titles I’ve held:

    Vet Assistant Intern
    Ice Cream Scooper/Shift Leader
    Lab Course Assistant
    Research Assistant
    Research Lab Tech in Neuroimaging
    Staff Research Associate

  • Jess February 3, 2009, 2:16 pm

    The random lists continue:
    Birthday party hostess (at the local skating rink!)
    Concession stand operator (again, skating rink)
    Retail (JC Penney)
    Travel Specialist (at AAA – I helped people plan and map road trips)
    Resident Assistant (college dorm)
    Aquatic Entymology Lab Tech (I classified insects…I was a bio major)
    Teacher – middle school science and math; 6th grade; 4th grade
    Elementary Resource Specialist and Project Director (current – I run an online magazine for teachers)

    I’ve also been a volunteer coach, tutor, and religious ed teacher!

  • Mica February 3, 2009, 2:52 pm

    Whoa, everyone has such a list. I guess I have a lot of things to add too, but I’m enjoying my current position best: Professional Student. Paid to study the minutiae of French, ahhhhh!

  • jane February 3, 2009, 2:55 pm

    fun question! I’m only 20 so my list isn’t too exciting:

    1. babysitter- I had a babysitting empire 🙂
    2. employee at Fleet Feet Sports
    3. Teacher’s assistant (philosophy)
    4. Student research assistant at Center for Social Research
    5. Server at Aladdin’s (middle eastern food)
    6. Nanny (many summers…)
    7. Research assistant for two professors
    8. Employee at Gazelle Sports
    9. Employee at Elite Runners and Walkers


  • Erica February 3, 2009, 3:14 pm

    Hey Chicky. Lunch looks great- like the use of the hot dog roll 😉


    Florist assistant
    I worked at the front desk as a skin care place
    Industrial Engineering co-op/intern (x’s 3 summers)
    Cost Analyst

    Very exciting 😉

  • Angel February 3, 2009, 3:27 pm

    Sales Associate @ Sears
    Hostess @ Joe’s Crab Shack
    Radiation Therapist

  • Trust, Hope, Believe February 3, 2009, 4:44 pm

    this post is so fun! It really makes you think like wow I’ve really done so much! hmm i need to think about mine

    – babysitting (does that count?)
    – Kumon learning center tutor
    – pizza place
    – bagel/coffee/breakfast place .. my favorite (for like 5 years before college)
    – swiped people in at the gym

    hmm i need to find a job right now actually!

  • livelaughlyss February 3, 2009, 4:50 pm

    oh boy!

    – wegman’s grocery store cashier
    – ruby tuesday’s waitress
    – 3 west fine cuisine waitress
    – italian restaurant waitress (notice a trend?)
    – hardware store cashier
    – intern at the ellen degeneres show
    – victoria’s secret employee!

    oh, college.

  • sarah February 3, 2009, 5:59 pm

    – babysitter (i remember getting paid $2/hr)
    – video store cashier/shelver
    – camp counselor (5 year olds!)
    – temp
    – chemistry, neurosci, and physiology TA
    – kaplan mcat teacher & teacher trainer
    – doctor (well, resident.)

  • Jill February 3, 2009, 6:03 pm

    Wow people have had all types of fun jobs!

    mine are:
    -Office assistant at Sylvan Learning Center
    -Hostess at Applebees
    -Circulation and Media Desk Student aid at our campus library during college
    -Executive team leader intern with Target
    -Marketing Intern at an engineering company
    -Sales associate at Williams-Sonoma
    -Library Assistant
    -AND Currently Assistant Librarian

  • inmytummy February 3, 2009, 6:39 pm

    Let’s see:
    • Movie theater employee (did both concessions and box office)
    • sales at some mall store
    • hostess at olive garden
    • camp counselor
    • RA (does this count?)
    • intern at ad agency
    • server at joe’s crab shack
    • graphic designer at newspaper
    • graphic designer at real estate magazine
    • pre-press operator at printer
    • production manager at magazine
    • production manager for non-profit
    • production manager for ad agency

    How have I had so many jobs??

  • brandi February 3, 2009, 6:39 pm


    babysitter, hostess, nail technician, customer service person at high end fabric store, pool attendant (easiest, best paying, and I had a rockin’ tan!), desk attendant in the dorms, “gopher” for professors, Admin Assistant, SENIOR Admin Assistant and blogger! (current ones)

  • Angie Eats Peace February 3, 2009, 6:58 pm

    1. Cashier (at a health food store)
    2. Career Advisor
    3. Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee
    4. Clinical Counselor
    5. Adjunct Instructor
    6. Alternative Education Counselor

  • HangryPants February 3, 2009, 9:02 pm

    What a fun question. Let’s see. I have been a camp counselor, gap worker, legal intern for attorney general, clerk for judge, summer associate at law firm, teacher’s assistant, editor, lawyer, students teacher, substitute teacher and blogger.

  • MyRunningJourney February 4, 2009, 10:35 am

    That sandwich looks amazing!!!

    I’ve had a few administrative jobs (mostly summers in college), was a stock research analyst for a professor, and I’m currently a mortgage fraud investigator for a wholesale mortgage lender.

  • Lindsay February 6, 2009, 6:08 am

    ooo fun!
    hmmm let’s see..
    babysitter (started at 11)
    lifeguard (2 companies, 3 years)
    pool manager (2 years)
    server (country club waitress/hostess/banquet cashier/setup+breakdown crew, 2 years)
    lead server (same place, 1 year)
    nanny (2 years)
    Preschool Teacher, Three’s Room (7 months, we moved)
    Daycare Provider, Two’s Room (2 months, hated it)
    Respite caretaker (current, state paid babysitting for families with special needs)
    Substitute Teacher (current, middle school)
    AVID Tutor (current, middle school)
    Homebound Instructor (current, middle school)

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