My First Job: Robert C. Serrata
• Name: Robert C. Serrata
• Age: 63
• City of residence: Nursery area
• Current title: Retired from Formosa
• First job: I began shining shoes in downtown Victoria when I was 8 years old.
• What it taught me: I learned to start early and work late. If you work hard and do a good a job, you will get repeat business. And you never want to carry more than 50 cents of change when you are charging 25 cents per shoe shine.
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.