The very first job I got during high school was working at Estee Lauder’s manufacturing plant North Tec. in Bristol, PA.
I started out working as an Assembler at first on the production line, being assigned a tasked and doing it continuously the whole night. Sitting on production belt doing various tasks; putting small powder trays the size of a quarter, placing various size brushes, or packing pencils to produce hundreds or thousands of products in the night shift.
In a matter of weeks, I had an opportunity to advance into the position of Line Attendant/ Material Handler. My responsibilities grew from just placing a brush in the compact all night long to managing the production line. A normal day in my new position included managing 15-20 assemblers, assigning and instructing them with various tasks on the production line. Furthermore, checking the quality of goods produced to meet QA standards.
From a personal growth and life lesson standpoint working in a labor position at Estee Lauder was a humbling experience. Working for minimum wage doing it all lifting boxes up to 40lbs, taking out the trash, cleaning the production floor, and managing people and product taught me the real value of hard work and money.