- #Age17: Tutoring and guarding malls, Twitter users talk first jobs
#Age17: Tutoring and guarding malls, Twitter users talk first jobs
NEW DELHI: Tutoring, selling kerosene on the black market, working as a security guard in a mall -- the first jobs were not glamourous and brought a modest income. But first pay-cheques, no matter where they are earned, are always a critical step in one’s professional life. On Wednesday, Twitter users reminisced about their first jobs and pay-cheques on the micro-blogging site, gathering the posts by tagging them with “#Age21” and later, “#Age17”.
In a response to a query posted on Twitter, ostensibly for research, hundreds of Twitter users shared their first salary and when they received it.
For many, it was a private tutoring job which earned them their first salary. Others recounted earning their first pay doing odd jobs at shops and offices. One had worked as a security guard at a mall; another, as a data-entry operator; and a third was a helper at a pharmacy. Many also shared that their first income was from internship opportunities and other jobs they bagged at a young age. Some made decent wages; some earned pitifully small amounts from odd-jobs or as salespersons.
However, very few Twitter users mentioned the year they started working making any analysis of how salaries have changed near-impossible. Also, given how India’s education system is structured, 21 is the age at which many are expected to graduate college. At 17, most students are in high-school, Class 11 or 12.
Here are some of the experiences people tweeted.
One worked at a pet fish shop at age 14 earning Rs 2 for every four-hour shift -- it is not clear which year this was. Another student worked as an office assistant at 18 and during the Class 12 summer vacation, earning Rs 5,000.
First salary : 5000/-— 🥺 (@VIKASIISM) November 18, 2020
Age : 18
Source : I used to work as an office assistant during the 12th Class summer vacation.
Please do not go for a call center job, work as an assistant job in the office that you like to do business or high profile job in future.
experience will work. https://t.co/VdzBh6mLDP
Age 14. Worked in a pet fish shop, part time and i packed worms and fish food. Salary was Rs. 2 for every 4 hour shift i worked. https://t.co/znSlX2eRE9— Muttai Bajji (முட்டை பஜ்ஜி) (@muttabajji) November 17, 2020
750 as Data Entry Operator in 96’ https://t.co/kBgM2ys1eA— IndianDa - HINDU (@jkgche) November 17, 2020
I started with 350/-pm— Thakur Anil Singh (@KunwarAneel3) November 17, 2020
as a sales representative for an Interior decorator, I was 21yrs.
I became an Interior decorator
myself after 4 yrs. Started Export
business after 5 years.Stayed
abroad for almost 28 yrs. At present retired from business but teaching English..😊 https://t.co/AIFmGT3cbL
First income - ₹400— nilesh kaushik (@Nileshfriendly) November 18, 2020
Source - Security Guard at a mall
Age - 18 https://t.co/tJUNLOpmCw
First salary: 1000— Zaid Ansari (@TheZaidAnsari) November 17, 2020
Source:theatre play assist director https://t.co/7IcAO7jaAw
In 13-14 yr of age earned around Rs. 400/- weekly by selling kerosene in the black market. 😎😎 https://t.co/oJpkGkqhUm— Bring Back TI (@Luca_Braasi) November 17, 2020
My first salary was 3000, working as a worker in kirana store at the age of 17. https://t.co/xdrL7ZoLyc— Vikas Nagar (@VikasNishad1422) November 17, 2020
A large number said that they began earning by privately tutoring school children. Many recounted their first job as a tutor which began at age 16 for some. Sixteen, incidentally, is when many students graduate Class 10 -- the first major public school exam -- and join the senior secondary level, or Class 11.
Income : 2k per month— Anjali Lal (@AnjaliLal14) November 17, 2020
Source : Teaching Economics & Maths to school kids as private tutor.
Age : 18 https://t.co/MlwXNNcOQ0
First Salary: Rs. 1100— Abhay (अभय) Mishra (@AbhayMitrust) November 17, 2020
Age: 17!! https://t.co/CtmUaMOz4H
First Salary : 500/ month.— codingbitz (@inttam) November 18, 2020
Job: Part time Tutor
Research fellowship and grants while studying in a university is also a source of first incomes for students.
Internships are most crucial for learning and gaining experience right at the beginning of one’s career. For many, paid internships fetched them their first salaries.
First Income: 10,000— pranav (@pranav_72) November 17, 2020
Felt so good that started going to brewery instead of pubs. 😋 https://t.co/nFFT0Pxbgl
6000/-— shawarma (@followkarnare) November 17, 2020
18 yo https://t.co/9gMyP2x4o3
First Income: ₹8000— Srinath | శ్రీనాథ్ 🇮🇳 (@SrinathNagella) November 17, 2020
Source: Internship at a start up (Vaagmi Inc.)
Age: 24 https://t.co/81sxY5jvSh
480 Stipend, Circa 1995, Trainee Chef. https://t.co/WRwBmrBPQs— Bina blue tick wale dusht (@PiousKaffir) November 18, 2020
First Salary(Stipend): Rs.7500— Sagar Aggarwal (@AggarwalSagar) November 18, 2020
Source: Articleship Training
Age: 20 years https://t.co/E3K7VAyECe
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