My First Job: John Barela

April 16, 2011 at midnight
Updated April 15, 2011 at 11:16 p.m.



Name: John Barela

Age: 49

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.



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