My first job: office work

My first job was at a place called Ocean Drilling Program. I worked in the Art/Publishing Department, cutting up photos & pasting them back together (literally, with an exacto knife), checking that data in the computer matched what was on the scientists logs (& fixing it when it didn’t match), scanning in other documents, cleaning up documents that had been scanned, printing out sheets on the huge photo printers, etc. I worked there for the summer, but got called back in towards the end of the fall & worked there for another year and a half. I think I made something like $4.85/hour, which seemed awesome at the time (minimum wage then was $4.25). I really liked working there because I got to hang out with the artists and the photographers for the most part. They taught me a lot about graphics programs on both Macs & PCs (I’d never used a PC before). I also got to talk to the scientists from time to time, which was always fun, too. It was an excellent first job.

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