I have a question about the usage of the phrase "pass through" in this writing:
Herman Melville was born in New York City in 1819. When his father died, he was forced to leave school and find work. After passing through some minor clerical jobs, the eighteen-year-old young man shipped out to sea, first on a short cargo trip, then, at twenty-one, on a three-year South Sea whaling venture.
How does a person "pass through" a series of jobs? I understand "pass through some stages/phases" in some process, or "pass through a period of time". But "pass through some jobs" seems off to me. What do native speakers think?