Last week, Alaskan songwriter Marian Call shared her first seven jobs on Twitter and asked other users to do the same. The resulting hashtag, #FirstSevenJobs, provided insight into the rocky road that leads from first job to dream career (if we’re lucky).
However, as Ben Steverman points out at Bloomberg, the career path of the famous—or any person who came of age prior to the post-Recession job market—might not exactly seem relevant to younger Twitter users these days.
“Many teens and their parents now have other priorities than starting out with the parade of part-time gigs and grunt work that older adults are remembering, fondly or otherwise, on social media with the hashtag #firstsevenjobs,” he writes. “Last month, the unemployment rate for 16- to 19-year-olds was 16.3 percent—down from 17.1 percent last July and in line with their pre-recession jobless rates, but still more than triple the overall unemployment rate for July.”
The job picture doesn’t get much rosier for young workers on the other side of college, either. A recent Daily Beast article entitled, The Unsexy Truth About Millennials: They’re Poor, reminded us that Millennials earn less than their parents did at their age and are more likely to live at home.
So, what will younger workers list for their #FirstSevenJobs, provided that hashtags and Twitter still exist 10 years from now? It depends on whether the economy provides them with enough opportunity to move from chewing gum peddler to billionaire.
Of course, as these celebrity tweets remind us, the rich and famous always travel a slightly unusual path (otherwise, we’d really all get those 15 minutes of fame Andy Warhol promised).
Now Global Space Statesman!
— Buzz Aldrin (@TheRealBuzz) August 7, 2016
#firstsevenjobs construction, bus boy, cafeteria server, library data entry, futon frame maker, futon salesman, waiter
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) August 7, 2016
Slushee machine at my aunt’s store
Intern for WNET
Drawing 1 model
Community paper writer
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) August 7, 2016
campaign policy adviser
govt policy adviser
— Atul Gawande (@Atul_Gawande) August 6, 2016
Med office temp
Piano tech’s assist
Social worker assist(? & ??) https://t.co/EtiArqxdqL
— regina spektor (@respektor) August 6, 2016
#firstsevenjobs Busboy, waiter, guy who lifts & moves stuff in factory, quarry worker, bar musician, hospital orderly, music store cashier
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) August 8, 2016
Talk Show Host
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 8, 2016