My First Job: John Barela
Name: John Barela
City of residence: Victoria
Current title: Painter and home improvement store employee
First job: I helped my father, Ramon Barela, out with plumbing jobs when I was 9 years old.
What it taught me: I learned that no matter what job you do, you should be proud of it. Everybody has a purpose, and every job is important.
My First Job is a feature that highlights people's first - or wackiest - job and what they learned from the experience. Please limit responses to 100 words or less. Responses may be edited for style, content or length. A photo of the jobholder accompanies the feature.