Meet Pete McPherson, VP of Makervillage
This article was originally published at Makervillage
Have you seen those Facebook posts where your friends share their first job? Or a full list of every job they’ve ever had?
These lists usually include bagging groceries, washing cars, delivering pizzas, paper routes, etc. These are fun to look at on Facebook, but our society usually considers these old jobs as meaningless.
Our society is wrong.
Your old jobs are supremely important. They shaped who you are today. They probably give a more accurate picture of how we work…than our professional resumes.
- Resumes are tailored to showcase our highest accomplishments only, giving a tiny glimpse of what we’ve done.
- A complete job list showcases where we came from, what experiences we’ve had, as well as provide amazing insights into our “life skills,” (which are a FAR greater indicator of success than your GPA and college clubs.)
Hi, I’m Pete!
I just came on board as VP of Makervillage, and I’ve been charged with executing the vision of Tricia Steele and the Board of Directors.
And yes, I’ve also been charged to write my own introduction. 🙂
While I’m tempted to brag about how brilliant and driven I am, or how I’m really, really ridiculously good looking…I thought it might be fun to introduce myself with a list of everything I’ve done. Both successes and failures.
You won’t find these on my LinkedIn profile.
1999 – First job bagging groceries at Kroger. Minimum wage? $5.35 an hour.
2000 – Start teaching private lessons in percussion. The side hustles begin.
2000-2004 – Summer camp counselor for Rome Parks and Recs. I laid the SMACKDOWN on some 4-12 year olds in dodgeball. Undefeated in 3 summers. Great job.
2000–2003 – I become drum line section leader as a sophomore (usually reserved for seniors or juniors). Upperclassmen hate me. My ego grows. We win awards, but I alienate people. Years later, I’ll eventually figure out what went wrong in my own personal leadership development.
2001 – “Fry side” in the Applebees kitchen. Learned how to smoke cigarettes. That’s about it. Regional manager didn’t want me to quit though, so there’s some pride.
2003 – First year of college. Major: Music Performance. I’m really good at it, but I begin my 6-year long crusade against doubt.
2004 – Begin working at Cold Stone Creamery in Athens. I get promoted to assistant-manager after a few months, hire my good friend…then we both get fired. To this day I don’t know why.
2005 – I drop the music major. I major in business, then Italian (yes, the language). I stop going to classes. I have no idea where I fit into the world.
2005–2006 – I begin delivering pizzas for Papa Johns. This is the best job I’ve ever had, as I truly get all the pizza I could ever want. My roommates also love me working this job.
2006 – UGA kicks me out after spring semester. Guess they didn’t like me failing 4 out of 5 classes. (To be fair, I never actually went) I’m depressed.
2006 – 2008 – I begin DJing, bartending, and eventually managing a club. The most interesting job I’ve ever had.
2006 – After a semester off, I return to UGA. I’m still lost, but I absolutely refuse to let my parents down.
2008 – I begin working at the UGA bookstore. Quite the turnaround from the club job. I only last 4-5 months before I quit.
2008 – 2009 – Pete’s dark ages. I struggle with classes, girlfriends, work. I get addicted to World of Warcraft, and essentially live in isolation.
2009 – with the help of several loved ones, I graduate with a degree in sociology from UGA. Family is thrilled (and relieved). I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.
2009 – I try substitute teaching. I only make it two days. Never again. Not strong enough.
2010 – I speak with a mentor, and decide to go back to school for….accounting. I’ll eventually have my masters, but I have to take a ton of undergraduate courses first. On day one, I decide I’m going to crush this.
2010 – I began working at Shorter University, carting students to class in a golf cart.
2010 – 2012 – I crush school this time (funny what happens when you actively choose to succeed). I gradually find more direction, and graduate with a 3.9 GPA and a Masters in Accountancy.
2012 – I begin slinging coffee at Swift & Finch. I study for and pass all four parts of the CPA exam in 4 months, and get recruited by a top-10 public accounting firm.
2013–2014 – I begin work at CohnReznick in Atlanta. My first real job has me auditing real estate deals for 75 hours a week. I learn more about business in 6 months than ever before.
2014–2016 – I move out of public accounting, and begin working at Northside Hospital in Atlanta. I have a ton of responsibilities and love my team. I do amazing work per my bosses, but over the course of two years, I learn what corporate America is…and what it isn’t.
mid-2015 – I make a conscious choice to let my entrepreneurship take over. If you want to know more about this, let’s get coffee.
2015 – I begin blogging, building websites, and experimenting with online business. I make money here and there, help a few people, but quickly realize that the online business market is so incredibly saturated with selfish people. It’s a hard life, but 100x more rewarding.
2016 – My wife and I decide to move back to Rome, GA. I begin scouting out people I’d like to learn from, and whose vision aligns closely with what I want to do in this world. I have a few job opportunities thrown at me, as well as a few foggy “maybes.” I opt-in for Makervillage.
Pete, Luke, & Erin
I want to see change in Rome and Northwest Georgia.
I want startups and entrepreneurs to thrive here. HERE. Not Atlanta, SF, Austin, or NYC.
I want to support creatives and help them discover how to turn hobbies and passions…into sustainable careers.
I want to provide incredible event and classroom space for local organizations.
I want to teach guerrilla marketing tactics, blogging, and design.
I want to see small companies do interesting and meaningful things, right here in downtown Rome.
I want to see Rome’s River District become something really, really ridiculously cool.
That’s why I’m at Makervillage. Let’s do this.
Incredible things are coming together in Rome, and I’m thrilled to find a company whose soul purpose (not a typo) is to support creative entrepreneurs.
It’s a tough road ahead, but one I’m willing to work towards. Let’s make things happen together.
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