What career would you have liked to have gone into besides the one you are in?

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by 63dot, Oct 31, 2010.

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What career would you have liked to have gone into?

  1. I am yet to choose a career

    8 vote(s)
    16.0%
  2. I like the career I have chosen

    12 vote(s)
    24.0%
  3. Athlete

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  4. Entertainer

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    4.0%
  5. Teacher or scholar

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  6. Writer

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    8.0%
  7. Adventurer

    1 vote(s)
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  8. I really don't care as long as I pay my bills

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  9. I am one who has or wants more than one career

    5 vote(s)
    10.0%
  10. Other

    13 vote(s)
    26.0%
  1. 63dot macrumors 603

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    Some of us are happy doing what we have been doing for many years, and others wish they had taken a different path.

    I am a musician and have done this only as a hobby for years (and my real careers have been mundane but steady) and I wish I had gone on a self-funded tour of several states. One friend of mine did this only for a year, another for five, and one for twenty and was able to call it a career and did way better than pick up debt or just break even. The latter, of course, was way better than I could have ever been and it was interesting to hear of all the famous people he backed up on stage and in the studio.

    I never quite had the courage to do this but a couple of fellow small town musicians I knew embarked on this expensive lifelong dream and in every case before they got married or had kids. I got married early and also felt an obligation to mirror in life what I did in school (which in my case was about being marketable and safe instead of interesting).
     
  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    I'm an IT administrator for my county and I love the job however, if I could start over I'd go into psychology and behavioral sciences. Trying to understand why people do the things they do, understanding their motivation for their actions or inactions intrigues me greatly.
     
  3. freeny macrumors 68020

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    I am exactly where I want to be, just working to go even further...

    Ironically I'm in the position I'm in only because I got laid off over a year ago and took a leap of faith Out of necessity :)
     
  4. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    What did you leap into?
     
  5. freeny macrumors 68020

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    Self employed artist
     
  6. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    I wish I had gone into (urban) planning, or architecture.

    I applied to a single program and got rejected from it. What can I say.....70 entrants per year, and 3000 applications. I got into one of the final rounds, but didn't make the architecture program in the end. They actually offered me a place in their Planning degree, but when I was 19 (or 11 years ago), I thought, "What the hell am I supposed to do with that degree, design landscapes or something?" :rolleyes:

    If anything, I should have applied to another architecture program, but if I remember correctly, this program was the only 5 or 6 year accredited program in Canada, and when I didn't make it into that, I didn't bother looking at other programs. I didn't know I would still want to be an architect after all these years. Actually, my interest in Urban planning and development has increased, and my interest in architecture has decreased. I suppose I would have been in the wrong career whether I became an architect or not.

    Anyway, I'm happy with what I currently do. I work in the Radiation Oncology department at a hospital. I have 3 degrees and have lived in different countries. Who knows whether I would have experienced as much as I have if I got into the Architecture program at age 19. It's hard to say whether my life would be better or worse now. I'm 30, have a job that pays well, work with co-workers I like, and I have a great girlfriend whom I have dated for over 4 years now. :)
     
  7. acidfast7 macrumors 65816

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    I'm extremely happy with my current position (biochem/microbio prof in Germany) but if I could start again knowing what I know now, I would pursue either architecture/design or hard-core financial analysis.

    I just didn't have enough exposure to different experiences/fields when I was young. This is something at the forefront of my mind as I'm planning to start a family soon.
     
  8. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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  10. samiwas macrumors 65816

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    I'm a freelance lighting designer/technician for theater, corporate events, concerts, and museum exhibits. I have been fascinated by lighting literally since I was a baby. It's what I went to school for, after I dropped out of engineering. My dad had talked me into engineering, thinking I would make much more money doing that.

    The huge upside is that it pays really well, as long as you can get the work. I generally work out of the house on site for maybe five months out of a year. I also spend quite a bit of time at home doing pre-production work and other work-related stuff on my own schedule. The rest of my time is free. In the past, my touring jobs have taken me to four continents and over 200 cities around the globe...so it's been quite interesting/

    The downside is that it's a highly competitive and buddy-driven business. It's very much who-you-know. So getting jobs can be difficult, because everyone has friends doing it too...and they want to use them, even if they aren't as good. I've been lucky to fall into a couple of things that have kept paying me quite well, but I know they won't last forever.

    I'd very much like to work in computer 3D animation or video production, which are my hobbies outside of work. Whatever I do, it has to be creative. I think my dream job would be to work as a 3D visualizer for an architecture firm.
     
  11. citizenzen macrumors 65816

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    Graphic design... exactly what I wanted to be. (How'd that happen?)

    But if I could be anything else, I'd be a Buddhist monk.
     
  12. Rt&Dzine macrumors 6502a

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    I love what I do (graphic design), but I would have gone into medicine if I'd had more self-confidence when I was younger. Physician, surgeon, or medical research.
     
  13. robanga macrumors 68000

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    After seeing the original Indiana Jones movie, I had my heart set on archeology for a while :)
     
  14. Heilage macrumors 68030

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    Everyone has been there. Sadly, as I found out later, life as an archeologist is far from that interesting. :p
     
  15. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Thought about that too. If it were not so limiting, I probably would have done it by now. Been asked a few times, but just too scared that it would damage any other career prospects I would want later. This country needs to get over it's moral issues. There's nothing wrong with being in the porn industry. I have friends in it, and they're great people.
     
  16. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    That if you do you should use a stage name and make sure that it is never link up to your real name.
     
  17. acidfast7 macrumors 65816

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    Easy solution: Don't do a US- or English language-based pr0n. Just avoid any dialogue ;)
     
  18. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Not so easy. Porn tends to circulate worldwide. ;)

    People still find out. Stage names still have to be linked in some way to real names for tax purposes.
     
  19. acidfast7 macrumors 65816

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    Maybe, but usually not through legit sales.
     
  20. leekohler macrumors G5

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    That's the beauty of the internet. ;)
     
  21. acidfast7 macrumors 65816

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    I know I'm being pedantic but...

    Yeah, I guess I'm saying that if you're American and "worked" in Europe/South America/Asia, the production company wouldn't easily give out the name (or it would be such a hassle for potential employers to communicate with the production company) that you'd be fine. If you wanted to be employed in America (after filming) and filmed in America (or with an American company) I'd be much more concerned.

    Even if someone saw you in a film, they'd never mention anything during a hiring decision, or even be able to track you down.

    I only say this because my PhD adviser worked in Germany for 7 years before becoming a prof in the US (he's American) and he had a film that he was in as an extra. He sliced cucumbers naked in a kitchen (obvious phallic reference.) And, it was all in German. He actually recommends it as a fun experience.

    :D back in the day things were much more relaxed.
     
  22. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Hmm...now you have my wheels turning. ;)
     
  23. Heilage macrumors 68030

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    I love being in IT, but if it were something else, I guess forensics, criminal psychology or maybe religion and anthropology could be alternatives.

    I just love the nuts and bolts of things, be it computers or societies as a whole.
     
  24. Ttownbeast macrumors 65816

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    I want to be a famous artist--I am already an artist but I would rather become famous while I am alive rather than an obscure one that gets discovered decades after I am dead. What good is someone else selling my work for millions a century from now if I am not around to get my cut?
     

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