Work work work! Fresh out of high school and I feel that all I do is work now. Get up, clock in, space out for a few hours, rinse and repeat. Despite all this, I firmly believe every high schooler should get a job. A much younger and generally happier Chris would have protested this notion due to a severe allergy to even the idea of working in high school can teach you more than a school can sometimes.
A first job is never glamorous unless you have parents who have “connections” and give you your first job. If you weren't fortunate enough to be given a job then like me, you would have to go job hunting yourself. Strap on your boots because there is nothing more infuriating than hearing the sentence “sorry you need work experience” for even the most basic jobs. Don't worry though because while it may seem impossible to get work experience with out work, luckily you only need to do the impossible once. Once you have your foot in the door, you can't be kicked out so the key is landing your first job. You have to spend hours a day going to every place you can think of that has employees, spoof up your resume, promise to work whenever and however long they need you to even land a interview.
My first job was in a dingy run down Carl's Jr. off the freeway that was a huge hit with homeless and junkies. I have enough self-awareness to admit my arrogance knew no bounds In my younger days but this job humbled me. Wearing a greasy oversized uniform picking up needles in a dirty bathroom will do that to you. It's hard to feel like a king of the world when you're a servant to anyone with five dollars.
Although different jobs came and gone, certain skills had to be kept. In most jobs, you have to deal with at least some human beings. A job teaches you to deal with people who quite frankly you want to run over with a bus. It could be that coworker who is twice your age and hasn't actually accomplished anything in life who decides to yell at you. Maybe it's that middle aged customer who can't seem to grasp that you can't make her food come out faster without not cooking it. People will test your patience again and again until you think you've built a wall that they can never get through...then they will break that too. Not sounding too glamorous I know but each time it bothers you less and less until eventually, you can handle even the most outrageous characters.
The truth is work is what you make of it. If you're clever enough, you can form even the most mundane of jobs into opportunity. Hell, I even wrote most of this post at work on a receipt.