Post date: 06/13/2016 - 07:51
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Your first ever job isn’t always your dream career, and as a result they can be poorly paid and really hard work. But even when it’s in an unrelated industry, your first job can give you the grounding to go forward in your career, and teaches you skills and experience to secure better jobs in the future.

Even the most famous celebrities had to start their careers somewhere. As this list demonstrates, with a little hard work and determination you can get the right career for you.

Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett, the "Oracle of Omaha," started out delivering newspapers on his bicycle for The Omaha World-Herald at the age of 13. On his first tax return, he claimed his bike as a deduction, according to biography.com. By the time he graduated from high school in 1947, Buffett had earned $5,000, which is the equivalent of $54,000 today.

Ozzy Osbourne

Singer Ozzy Osbourne, the lead singer of heavy metal band Black Sabbath and star of reality TV, He did a number of jobs like a laborer, plumber, and apprentice toolmaker.

Jim Carrey

Hollywood star Jim Carrey worked as a cleaner at a tire factory before hitting the big screen. He took the job at the age of 15 after his father became unemployed. Carrey credits these early lessons in strife and toil for instilling his love of comedy as he used to visit comedy clubs to relieve the stress of work and life.

Rod Stewart

British rock star Rod Stewart worked as a gravedigger at Highgate Cemetery in London as a teenager. He hoped the work would help cure his fear of dying as he had suffered nightmares about death from a very early age.

Sylvester Stallone

Rambo-star Sylvester Stallone used to clean the lion cages at the Central Park Zoo in New York while waiting to make his name in the movies. Media reports suggest the actor was paid just $1.12 an hour to scoop the poop out of the cages. Ironically he later went on to provide the voice of a lion in the film Zookeeper.

Harrison Ford

While struggling to become an actor in Hollywood, Harrison Ford taught himself to become a carpenter to support his wife and children. He soon picked up celebrity clients and was hired to construct cupboards for director George Lucas, who later cast him in his film American Graffiti.

Reed Hastings

Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix, had a very low-tech first job. After high school he took a summer job selling vacuum cleaners door to door. He was accepted to Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, but chose to defer his enrollment for a year to keep selling vacuums. "I loved it, strange as that might sound," Hastings told the Bowdoin Orient in 2013. "You get to meet a lot of different people."

Sean Connery

Sean Connery’s first job was at the young age of 14, working as a milkman in Edinburgh. The job involved getting up really early in the morning so he could deliver milk before he went to school. Connery said he enjoyed the job because he loved looking after Titch, the horse that pulled his milk cart. His starting salary was 21 shillings a week.

Brad Pitt

While trying to make it in Hollywood, American heart-throb actor Brad Pitt used to dress up as a chicken and hand out flyers in a bid to attract customers to his employer’s restaurant El Pollo Loco (Crazy Chicken) in Hollywood.


Before achieving world domination, global super star Madonna worked at a Dunkin’ Donuts serving up coffee and doughnuts to customers at the New York branch. However, it was a short-lived career, in fact she didn’t even last a day, as she was sacked for squirting jam into a customer’s face.

Whoopi Goldberg

American actress and comedienne Whoopi Goldberg has admitted that before making it big she used to earn extra money as a telephone sex operator. The star of Ghost and Sister Act insists the job helped her become a better actress.

This list goes to show that it doesn’t matter what job you are doing now, if you are prepared to put the effort in and stay focused you can attain your dream job.