My First Job: Ruben Velasquez

Ruben Velasquez

Name: Ruben Velasquez

Age: 44

City of residence: Port Lavaca

Current title: Store manager for Lack's

First job: I was an electrician's helper for Formosa in 1985.

What it taught me: I learned that it probably wasn't the profession for me. I needed to still find my niche. After that, I went on to a job at Foot Locker, which really led me to come out of my shell and find something I love. I've been in retail for more than 20 years now.

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.