First jobs held by some world leaders

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You can set out to achieve more than you can image despite your humble beginnings.

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Regardless of your career goals, at the start of your career, you probably just want to get a job that will help you get started, give you some experience and put some money in your pocket. This is was also the case for the women and men who now hold the most powerful jobs in the world. They might be sitting in influential offices and are chauffeured around but at one time, they had humble jobs. These are what some world leaders did as their first job:

  1. Donald Trump, President of the United States of America, first started out working in real estate following in his father’s footsteps.
  2.  Guatemala’s president Jimmy Morales was a comedian.
  3. Nigeria's Commander in Chief Muhammadu Buhari’s career began as a soldier just like Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni.
  4. Venezuela’s president Nicholas Maduro’s first job was as a bus driver. His travels around the Venezuelan capital of Caracas allowed him to get a real sense of the challenges the people were going through.
  5. China’s president Xi Jinping had a humble beginning as a manual laborer before rising to become leader of the world’s biggest economies.
  6. Sweden’s President Stefan Lofven began his career as a welder.
  7. Ukraine’s new President, Vlodymr Zelensky, was an actor. Strangely Zelensky acted as a president on television.
  8. Kenya’s former President Daniel Arap Moi was a teacher.
  9. Liberia’s President George Weah was a well-recognized footballer who played for clubs as A.C Milan, Manchester City and Chelsea.
  10. Libya’s President Fayez al-Sarraj was an architect.
  11. Morocco’s top politician, Saadeddine Othmani started out as a psychiatrist.
  12. Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta was a businessman before going into politics. After graduating, he started a company called Wilham Kenya Limited that sourced and exported various agricultural produce.

These experiences show that you can set out to achieve more than you can image despite your humble beginnings. What is the first job you ever did? Share with us in the comment section below.


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    OJAKU | June 11, 2020 13:13

    Working as lab technician

    kipkemoi | February 18, 2020 06:22

    Am an intern as M & E officer in medical research institute

    Joseah | January 27, 2020 06:52

    Data entry clerk now a ict technical teacher

    Sunday | January 26, 2020 13:57

    A welder as Sweden president

    Alka Del Black | January 26, 2020 12:42

    That's great

    Kabahanguzi Majorine | January 25, 2020 18:27

    The error of typing can make others to laugh at you but I believe when Amini once a president of of my country Uganda. Had a big dream of becoming the known person although he was literally uneducated. He spoke English that even today he is still remembered. We have dreams and if we learn to put our dreams into reality everything we will become easy

    Kabahanguzi Majorine | January 25, 2020 18:21

    It is really inspiring. I believe that we all come to zero until we reach to the top. And I believe one day one time my dream will come true. Being a sales person does make you local and being a Fishermen it does not make you to be a Fishermen never know tomorrow you can become a president. Let us never lose hope there is a better tomorrow. If we believe that we can fulfil our dreams to become reality.

    Martin E yete | January 25, 2020 13:49

    A good

    Victor | January 25, 2020 13:09

    From Selling chai and chapati at the roadside to a graduate holding B.ed arts degree and I still see far

    JAYSON | January 25, 2020 12:47

    I did "mjengo" work in one of my long holidays

    Lincoln | January 25, 2020 12:40

    Been working as atour driver now im in a drilling company still adriver and a driller hoping to do work on my own business soon

    Chrispin | January 25, 2020 06:46


    peter | January 25, 2020 06:07

    I was sold melons ,,I know its just a beginning

    HARRISON NG'ANG'A | January 25, 2020 05:23


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    Moses | January 24, 2020 21:03

    Wow, That's great...

    Moses | January 24, 2020 21:01

    That's marvelous....

    K ANYERE | January 24, 2020 17:21

    I used to sell fish then started making some chapatis for the living then I entered hotel industry as a barman then as a cashier and became an accountant in the process very inspiring

    MULONZYA | January 24, 2020 17:16

    I started as a green grocer,hotelier,primary school teacher now a secondary school teacher hoping for more to come

    Vincent | January 24, 2020 16:45


    Awata | January 24, 2020 14:17

    A starting as a field monitot in NGO world.

    MAGEMBE | January 24, 2020 13:31

    Data entrant at Ndejje health center Iv

    Kenneth | January 24, 2020 13:21

    This is so encouraging though some of us are still searching for the job

    JOHN | January 24, 2020 12:48

    Started out as a cleaner a month after secondary education now a social scientist.

    Julius | January 24, 2020 10:47

    never despise humble beginnings!

    Mayamiko | January 24, 2020 10:17

    A builder's assistant

    WANYELA | January 23, 2020 19:31

    A teacher but targeting to join marine.

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    Lincoln | January 25, 2020 12:40

    All the best wanyela....

    Ben | January 23, 2020 18:29


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    Calvins | January 26, 2020 20:54

    Hi are you located in Kenya

    Bosco | January 23, 2020 17:46

    For me I'm currently doing cleaning job at the hotel hoping to get back and Perdue engineering course ialso did work of gardener

    Christine | January 23, 2020 17:27

    Thanks for encouraging me i feel great,, my night will be awesome, am at the beginning doing small farming at least i see am moving far i woun't loose hope

    Dickens | January 23, 2020 15:55

    It's nice and encouraging.

    janet | January 23, 2020 14:34

    i did first job at text book centre and also in agipal bookshop in syokimau twins.


    Calvins | January 26, 2020 20:53

    Hi madam where are you located

    BENARD | January 23, 2020 14:02

    The world!! Very inspirational. I was 1 A fisherman for almost 5years and later Switches to shoes repair. 2 for some yrs I joined a friend as a bicycle repair for three years and I come to combine bicycle repair work at the day and a bicycle bodaboda operator at night till a time come when a FRIEND called me at Ministry of Energy and there I was trained as an Artisan..and after graduating withine ministry I was lucky to be employed as a casuall (on off-on off worker)for five years but later joined technical institute for further studies and after I graduated, it's now what I am living with as my career(a sheet metal technician) read my cv at fuzu a\c. I think it's inpsiratonal.

    Erick | January 23, 2020 14:00

    Security officer with securex company Ltd, Nairobi, Kenya.

    Emmanuel | January 23, 2020 13:55

    A teacher. Stores management, bursar

    Samwel | January 23, 2020 13:02

    That list of great people who started small and are currently holding high positions has really encouraged me.

    Teresiah | January 23, 2020 12:32

    A security guard at brookside Dairy ltd

    Philimon | January 23, 2020 08:44

    I like that one which began as a welder

    stephen | January 23, 2020 08:41


    IGNATIUS KAHUGI | January 23, 2020 08:41

    My first job was selling kahawa only ten bob but now I'm an agent of Prudential life insurance

    Obuoyo | January 23, 2020 08:38

    Sold clothes to University Students at the time I was in Campus and I hope I'll be somewhere in future

    Emmanuel | January 23, 2020 07:34

    Immediately after graduation i worked as a door to sales executive at smile telecom uganda.Ten years later am the country General manager kansai plascon Burundi Ltd one of the biggest paint companies in the world

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    Lincoln | January 25, 2020 12:45

    Emmanuel hook me up with a driver position

    Justus | January 23, 2020 07:07

    I worked with retail trade in Westland for four months then I resumed with school I was taking electronic installation but I didn't finished due to lack of fees.I worked with the university of Nairobi as a messager till last November 2020.thanks in advance

    DAVID | January 23, 2020 07:02

    I used to sell second hand clothes while in college and now I run my own cyber cafe.

    BEATRICE | January 23, 2020 06:56

    Thats great.its first job was a guard at lavingtone security in nyahururu

    JOHN | January 23, 2020 06:54

    after graduating i started working as a laborer at construction sites even as i was searching for other opportunities.

    David | January 23, 2020 06:38

    I did the first job as a Senior Research Assistant.

    BRIAN | January 23, 2020 06:16

    I started as kitchen steward in one of the hotels in Kisumu washing utensils and mopping kitchen Floors as casual laborer and now i'm assistant accountant in one big hotel in Nairobi.I have won two awards and im stil aiming higher.

    Edward | January 23, 2020 06:00

    I think you meant Nigeria and not Nicaragua #3


    Fuzu | January 23, 2020 06:38

    Thanks for the heads up Edward.

    MAUREEN | January 23, 2020 05:53

    I first did a retail shop(general mechandise) and am currently having a boutique fr ladies clothings


    Fuzu | January 23, 2020 06:40

    Hi Maureen, that sounds interesting. Looks like you acquired great transferable skills to start your own business.

    Moses | January 23, 2020 05:46

    A Guard with Security Group Uganda Limited.

    Emmanuel | January 23, 2020 02:13

    Wow That's great

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