My First Job: Mary Helen Barrick
• Name: Mary Helen Barrick
• Age: 54
• County of residence: Lavaca County
• Current title: Executive director of Main Street Program
• First job: I worked at Swensen's ice cream shop in Austin while I was in high school.
What it taught me: It's all about the customer - the good, the bad and the indifferent. You won't please every customer all the time, but I learned that the customer is always right.
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 fewer. Responses may be edited for style, content or length. A photo of the jobholder accompanies the feature.