'“Never turn down a chance to take on more responsibility,” he said. It may be surprising but it’s true: The best career guidance I ever got was from my janitorial supervisor."
The New York Times article, by TV executive Michael Cascio, talks about his college summer job in the janitorial crew at Wolf Trap, the outdoor performance venue outside Washington, D. C.Very good points about responsibility, performing under unpleasant circumstances, acknowledging and working within a job hierarchy, and self respect.
There's is also an unexpected insight in:
"As a business owner and television executive, I’ve interviewed lots of job candidates. They have their résumés ready, and they’re primed to show off their knowledge of the business. But they’re often thrown by a question I ask early in the interview: What did you do in the summers during college and high school?
"I’ve learned more from that question than any other. And here’s why: Before I was an E.V.P., S.V.P. or V.P., I worked as a janitor. For two summers I cleaned toilets, mopped floors and smelled like garbage. It had nothing to do with my chosen profession. And yet nothing was better for preparing me for work and life as an adult."
I feel the same way about my high school and college jobs: yard work, dish-washer, busboy, and a very entry level job at the State Highway Department.
But read the entire article.