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A Teen's First Job in the Fields, Nebraska

Cozad, Nebraska

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Talk about your first job.

"I got my first job the summer before my junior year of high school. My parents decided that it was time for me to get a job, and that if I didn't find one, they would do it for me, so I ended up working for a corn research company called Monsanto. I wasn't thrilled about having to go to work. I knew it was going to be hot, dirty work, but the money was good. I started work the first Monday of July, and told myself that the first day wouldn't be that bad. After all, it was only supposed to be 85 degrees that day, and we had been told that work would end around 1:00 the first day. I was wrong, and it was as bad as I had anticipated.
The first day was probably the worst. The day was longer than we thought. Instead of ending around 1:00, everyone older than 16 got to stay until 6:00. It was hot and humid. I was exhausted, sweaty, and badly sunburned. I came back the next day better prepared. The next two weeks were spent shoot bagging, putting bags on tassels, taking the bags off tassels, and each job was difficult in a different way. You needed to inspect each plant for shoots, and I had to work with my arms above my head and the sun beating down on my face putting bags up.

Some days I arrived at 7:00 in the morning, and some days I didn't leave until 6:00 in the evening. I cheered when we left early, when it rained, and even when a single cloud covered the sun for just a minute or two. I had started working at Monsanto knowing that I would be getting a paycheck, and that was the only thing I looked forward to. Towards the end of my season, the first season, I found that I enjoyed being productive and knowing that I earned my paycheck by working my hardest. Overall, it was a good experience that I wouldn't redo if I had the choice."

Asset ID: 7181
Tags: #Work #Teens #TheWayWeWorked #Agriculture #Farming

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