What Was Your Most Memorable First Day of Work?

Whether it was good or bad, everyone can remember a memorable first day of work. Did you get lost in a maze of hallways, meet your future spouse or discover your calling in life? Share your most memorable first day of work in today’s Throwback Thursday.

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Amanda Krosney August 25, 2015 at 8:57 am

My very first job I was a waitress at Bingo World. A man had ordered French fries, cake, a hamburger and a diet coke. I asked him why would he eat all that and then order a diet coke??? I was let go right after that lol


Brenda Welty August 4, 2015 at 8:01 am

My first day as a cashier at a local Giant supermarket. I was so nervous before going in I quickly collected all the trash in my car before going in - coffee cups, napkins, old plastic store bags, receipts. Instead of dropping them in the closest trash can, I put them in the mail box. HAHA! I hope the post person had a sense of humor that day. I couldn't stop laughing. This is one of my "Lucille Ball" moments.


sandra Lee June 25, 2015 at 6:58 pm

My first day of work at JHH was throught Intrastaff. I grew up in east Baltimore, around JHH. I was born here 63 years ago, as well as my children, some of my grandchildren, and now, one of my great grandchildren. I thought, Wow! As I walked the halls, I saw different groups of people from all over the world. I was amazed and excited to come out of my little box, and experience something different. During my younger years, I thought working at JHH was a fantacy that I could never have, although I would aslways prefer JHH for my medical care, just as my father did.

Seventeen years later I am still working at JHH as a Clin-Tech, and have completed my education (BS in Human Services), Today I still amazed at the learning experiences, opportunies for advancement, opportunities for higher education, and exposure to a diverse group of people.

Today, I am still excited to be a part of the JHH team, and still say,Wow! I am forever learning new things. What more can one ask for in their pesonal and professional growth? You tell me.


sandra Lee June 25, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Sorry for the typos!


Cathy June 25, 2015 at 3:21 pm

I was working at a construction company. I parked in their lot with my little (new-ish) Dodge Omni. Went to leave, found out I had pulled over one of those cement "slabs" that you pull up to (not over). Luckily they had a garage there, so the guys had to come out & LIFT my car off the slab. I was mortified, but went back the next day - praying I would not be teased (took a few days for that to die down).


Kathleen Grieve June 25, 2015 at 12:58 pm

I was 16 years old and looking for my 1st summer job. In those days drug stores had lunch counters and I applied to work as a "soda jerk" at the lunch counters in 2 drug stores ... 1 was a Sun Drugs about a 15 min drive from my home and the other was a Thrift Drugs, which was within walking distance of my home. I got a call one evening ... "Hello, this is so-and-so from Thrift Drugs. I'd like you to come in tomorrow at 4 to start." So, I showed up the next day at 4 and the lunch counter manager wasn't there, but I told the pharmacist (who was the boss of the store) about the call and he told me to go in the back, get a uniform, and start working. The next morning I got another call ... "Hello, this is so-and-so from SUN Drugs. I thought you agreed to come in yesterday at 4 to start working!" Long story short (I know ... too late!), the original call was from Sun and I thought it was from Thrift (which was where I really wanted to work because it was so close). I ended up continuing to work at Thrift for the rest of the summer and had never actually been hired by anyone! 🙂 So, when I hear teens say they can't find a job, I tell them to just show up someplace and start working! It worked for me!!


Gary Wayne June 25, 2015 at 5:50 pm

Great story!


Lori June 25, 2015 at 12:39 pm

Long,long ago......So thrilled to have the job I wanted. Best memory- walking in doors on Broadway, under the DOME, for first day of Orientation.


Mary June 25, 2015 at 12:17 pm

Oh my! I loved arriving to Hopkins for my first day!! It was so exciting. Of course I wished my office was in the Dome, but little did I know Hopkins is all over the state. haha. My office is at Powerplant Live and you sure can't beat that!! I love it here! 🙂 I moved from the Midwest and I learned very quickly to wear comfortable shoes on the metro and carry the dress shoes in a bag. hahaha. Good times!


Robert O'Connell June 25, 2015 at 12:05 pm

DJ on Sunset Rock, WATS 960 AM Sayre PA. Got to play Seven Screaming Dizbusters by Blue Öyster Cult.


LaToya Mobley June 25, 2015 at 10:35 am

I started working at an accounting firm on the 4th floor. On my previous job I worked on the 7th floor. I decided on my first day that I would take the stairs. Needless to say I arrived in the stairwell of the 7th floor and my keycard didn't work. I became confused and began walking up and down the stairs wandering aimlessly trying to figure out where I worked LOL. Later in the year at our corporate meeting, they presented me with a gag award called "the little boo peep lost sheep award". LOL Fun times...I'm now a peds social worker and I still get lost in Hopkins City.


Bonnie C June 25, 2015 at 9:29 am

I came to work that first day full of high hopes and ready to make a difference. Then I found myself (literally) sitting around with nothing much to do. Someone finally gave me directions to the mail room, where I had to take a couple of pieces of mail. My supervisor let me go home early. The staff obviously wasn't ready (or willing) to let me join their small group. I had to learn a lot of things on my own, but I survived and have been here for over 20 years now.


Yvette June 25, 2015 at 8:58 am

First day on the job as an apprenticed bricklayer was an experience. Only black woman in a trailer full of Caucasian guys and 2 other black guys and everyone just looked at me. No one offered to help and I pretty much stood around waiting for direction. Someone stole my tools later on and I had to buy them all over again (tools are expensive!). When the crew leader finally took sympathy on me and gave me something to do (help mix the mud by pouring water at co-worker's direction), I botched it by adding too much water and making the other guys bricking wait for more mud to be made and having them yell at me (crude names). It all worked out as I was there longer, but the names continued and my tools still got stolen if I left them for any reason.


Brenda June 25, 2015 at 8:34 am

My first day at Sibley was fun. It was like an old reunion because I ran into so many people that I used to work with at Columbia Hospital for Women.


Mark Sugarman June 25, 2015 at 8:27 am

My first day as a Home Infusion Pharmacist (24 yrs ago). I walked into a sole pharmacist operation, coming in with heavy hospital, IV and solid supervisory experience. But, it was a two person operation: 1 pharmacist (myself) and one IV technician and I had ZERO prior experience and training.
I was handed the keys and was told, Welcome, you are it. The temp pharmacist who was covering is on vacation and you are on your own. A lot of learning came VERY quickly back then. After 24 years of doing this, new things keep coming but just not as "fast and furious".


Chuck June 25, 2015 at 8:09 am

My first couple days I started here (november of 82)
there was a parking area (Orleans service street).
walking up to work there was a Strike going on and picketers marching .


Patricia Munguia June 25, 2015 at 8:08 am

My first day at work was bad. I did not know anyone, kept turning the wrong corner, could not even find the breakroom and had very bad looks from employees, and my bagde would not work. I did not like the first day of work. But things have gotten better and now I can find my way around.


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