Most of my previous jobs have been involved in science in some way. Before starting college I worked in a genetics lab helping to sort out lots of DNA samples from various types of cows. During one of the summers I worked in a neuroscience lab – hence I’m skilled at dissecting flies’ brains! Another summer I worked in an animal behaviour lab in Cambridge so I had a great time doing lots of fieldwork experiments in the woods studying what patterns on butterflies’ wings make them more or less conspicuous to bird predators. My only non-science job was teaching dancing to 6-12 year olds; definitely something very different!
I started working as a baby sitter in school, then waitress, then tour guide, librarian, in a kids clothes shop, and in a cinema. All these were while I was studying in college too, mostly summer jobs.