Doug McMillon
CEO of Walmart International
Unloaded boxes in a Walmart warehouse

Clarence Otis
CEO of Darden Restaurants (Olive Garden, Red Lobster)
Associate at a corporate law firm

Dave Morin
Cofounder of Path
Worked in student marketing at Apple

Arianna Huffington
Editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post
Writer, published The Female Woman at 23

Tina Fey
Actress, writer, producer
Answered phones at a suburban YMCA

Terry Lundgren
CEO of Macy’s
Assistant restaurant manager

Martha Stewart
Founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
$50/hour model for Chanel, others

Liu Chuanzhi
Cofounder of Lenovo
Laborer in the rice fields during Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution

James Sinegal
Cofounder of Costco
Bagger at FedMart, Price Club’s predecessor

Oprah Winfrey
Chairwoman of OWN
The youngest and first black anchor at Nashville’s WTVF-TV

Barry Salzberg
CEO of Deloitte
Payroll clerk at the New York Board of Education

James Cameron
Truck driver

Marissa Mayer
CEO of Yahoo
Google employee No. 20, a computer engineer

Can Your First Job Predict Your Future?

This year’s college graduating class will be greeted by something its older peers weren’t: a (somewhat) welcoming economy! Employers expect to hire 13% more people from this class than they did from the class of ’12, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. But there’s no need to be overly picky about your first job. As today’s class of business leaders prove, you can start from anywhere.

[Illustration by Am I Collective]

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