From busboy to nanny: Here's what the top 2020 presidential candidates did as their first jobs
- The 2020 presidential election contenders worked in a wide variety of first jobs, including waitress, gardener and bottle collector - a far cry from the high profile political roles they have today.
- In interviews over the years, many have spoken of how they still carry with them the lessons from their first jobs.
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Being a presidential candidate involves non-stop travel, meeting people from all walks of life, regular media appearances and making speeches to thousands of people.
The pressure to win is enormous - and the prize the biggest in politics.
The hustle of the presidential race is a far cry from the humble jobs where many of the presidential candidates earnt their first dollars.
As such, Business Insider decided to take a look at the first jobs of some of the most prominent candidates for next year's elections.
From working as a busboy at a Chinese restaurant to nannying for rich families in New York, here's how the candidates started their careers.
In Elizabeth Warren's family, money was tight. She started waiting tables at a Mexican restaurant, aged 13.
Joe Biden worked as a gardener part-time, to make money for his school fees.
Pete Buttigieg spent summers working for his uncle's catering company while he was at high school.
Bernie Sanders tried his hand at various trades before entering politics — including carpentry.
Kamala Harris' first job was helping her cancer researcher mom in the lab, cleaning scientific tools.
Andrew Yang has spoken on the campaign trail about the tough lessons he learnt in his first job — working as a bus boy in a Chinese restaurant.
Amy Klobuchar took a job as a carhop at a local A&W root beer stand as a teenager — where her job was washing mugs.
After graduating from Ivy League college Yale, Booker took his first job with an inner city legal rights center in New York.
Beto O'Rourke drifted after college, and worked for a while as a live-in nanny for a family in New York.
President Donald Trump's first job was picking up empty soda bottles at one of his property magnate father's sites to redeem for cash.