I was just out of high school and my dad told me about a job offer as an expediter at a local aerospace and defense technology place. I shrugged it off because I hate filling out paper work. After he suggested that I apply a couple of times I did so. I didn't expect to hear back from them. Within a month I got a call back. After four interviews I landed the job. It was great pay for someone who had just graduated from high school. BUT I think my job was one of those "we don't really need it but hey the position has been around since the company was founded so might as well just leave it as it is." The job was multifaceted and I eventually got promoted to productions control planning sans a degree... but the other aspect of that job was to check in one of the project accounting programs we used which was almost always used alongside a serialization database. Department heads knew I was savvy with the system as I always asked the IT Department and my supervisors if I could have access to various parts of the system. For some reason Financial (arrival dates, buy dates, billing, etc), Engineering (BOMs, re-work, etc), and Production Control (issues, de-issues, WIP, etc) were all separate entities within this service. People would come to me to find out when a buy date was, or the latest price change on a BOM list or even a spec change on a sub assembly. But that aspect of my job wasn't needed. Any one of those department heads could have found a way to change the limitations they had. They wouldn't let other departments access the various departmental areas of the system because they were afraid that they would go in there and, for example, change program budgets or delete a transaction that was made without ME/QC approval. :shrugs: seems like they needed a read-only fail safe. What, praytell, was your first job?