Jack of All Trades – A Master of None

The other day, I was having a discussion with my boys about the various jobs I have held throughout the years. When I got married at 17, I did not use my best judgment and sadly, although I do have many credit hours, I never earned a college degree. Before I found freelance writing, which is my trade now, I held a wide range of positions to keep our heads above water. Some of them are quite interesting in fact. Here is a short rundown in no particular order.

  • Cashier
  • Waitress
  • Laundry Attendant
  • Customer Service Phone Agent
  • Cab Driver
  • Carpet and Apartment Cleaning Business Owner
  • Adult Novelty Home Party Representative
  • Reading Tutor in the Public School System
  • Caregiver for Alzheimer’s patients
  • Children’s Clothing Consignment Shop Owner
  • Internet Researcher
  • Mystery Shopper (Yes this does exist and not all positions are scams)
  • Store Manager

I think that is it. I have been working as a freelance writer from home for the last four years, so I have finally settled into a trade I am happy with, but each of the positions listed above have given me additional skills throughout the years.

Are you a jack of all trades as well or have you just help a really interesting job? Why not share it in the comment section below?


  1. I agree that with a wide range of job experiences you gain so many diffrent skills that you can bring to other jobs. I think it gives you a bigger picture of life.

  2. Yeah, I've had a bunch of jobs over the years, too. They have all given me a lot of education, too. I'm still considering the adult novelty home party consultant…;)

  3. I'm a generalist too – and it's only because i love to self learn until I can solve a problem. Cashier high five 😉

  4. I've had several jobs – my first was at a Merry-Go-round and I worked in the snack bar. After that I worked in the title insurance industry for years. Oh and I was a cashier at a wine warehouse for awhile too 🙂

  5. Interesting jobs!

    I've been a cashier, a box label maker at a pork rind factory, lol, house cleaner, and finally a medical transcriptionist now for the past 9 years.

  6. I've mostly worked in the restaurant industry, and then in college, I moved to office work. I like the hours of office work, but the pace of the restaurant.

  7. wow, that's a varied resume! I get bored easily and like to move on. I cant believe you got married so young!

  8. I heard that you need 10,000 hours to master something. That's a year and some days. You're a master of being a mommy!!! And no worries, I have a job history like that, we're versatile!

  9. I've had a varied resume like that as well!! And yet, I'm still considering going back to school. I think it just goes to show what we can do!

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