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Month: August 2016

The Five Oldest Careers that Have Survived to Today

With a constantly evolving workplace, new careers are constantly being created. In other instances, professions that may have once been a mainstay of civilization, such as being a blacksmith, have fallen by the wayside. Still, there are many different careers that have stood the test of time and are still extremely relevant to modern life. Here are five of the oldest careers that are still around today.

The Musician

One of everyone’s favorite activities is enjoying music. What you may not know is that being a musician is one of the oldest professions on Earth. In fact, archaeologists have found ancient animal bones that were chiseled with holes so they could be used as flutes. These instruments were created over two million years ago at the onset of human civilization and technology. Music has gone on to survive biblical times and the middle ages to flourish during the Renaissance. Today, being in a band or a symphony orchestra seems like common place. However, many may not know that music has been with human beings for nearly as long as they have walked the planet. Music certainly isn’t going to disappear anytime soon, and with new business opportunities and new ways to build a fan following online, it’s still a profitable career for many talented people.

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First jobs are powerful: The wide-reaching appeal of #FirstSevenJobs

It started with a question: What were your #firstsevenjobs?

Over the past two weeks, that simple question has triggered a landslide of responses across social media, including some famous names like Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sheryl Sandberg, and Buzz Aldrin. Some of the first jobs were surprising, humorous, and enlightening. One 5-year-old even went ahead and prospectively named his #firstsevenjobs of choice.

LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner and other Influencers even got into the fun:


What it revealed is that people love hearing how careers begin. Part of it is the novelty of a catchy hashtag, but more deeply it points to our desire to understand how people got to where they are today. We are looking for career lessons from those initial, often unglamorous jobs that established the foundation of a person’s professional life and work habits.

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