what major career paths have you had in your life?

Discussion in 'Community' started by jefhatfield, Mar 5, 2005.

  1. jefhatfield Retired


    Jul 9, 2000
    ...and remember, though it's not paid, one's first career is school :) you gotta show up, right?

    the average person now has 4 career paths in their life before age 55
  2. rainman::|:| macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2002
    I wanted to be a hardware engineer all through middle and high school, and made a lot of money as a tech consultant, but got really burned out and bailed out, dropped out of college... most people said i was throwing away a promising career, but i had to follow my heart. So after a few years of classic soul-searching, i came out on the opposite end: creative endeavors. I've started work on several sculpting projects and have begun consulting on marketing/branding projects. It's weird, I never considered myself to be a creative person but there it is.
  3. iGary Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    1990's - I was in the marine business. Specifically, I was an accounts manager for a large wholesale marine equipment supplier.

    2000 - Took a job with an English software company that wanted to bring a marina management software package to the states.

    2001 - Got laid off and took a similar job with a competing U.S. company out of Florida.

    2002 - Got laid off and took a job as a project manager for a large yacht brokerage.

    2003 - Took a job as the editor of a cruising guide publication (4 books total, 500 pages each). Still working there.

    2005 - Freelance writer photographer and editor (still).

    Just goes to show you that life is curvy. Only constant in my career is the marine business. :D
  4. MattG macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2003
    Asheville, NC
    Age 13 -- Worked at a pizza place.

    Age 15 -- Worked at McDonalds.

    Age 17 -- Worked at Walgreens as a sales clerk/lab technician.

    Age 19 -- Worked at Ritz Camera as a salesman.

    Age 21 - now -- Work at a small, private college for the IT Department amongst a bunch of Windows zealots ;)
  5. stubeeef macrumors 68030


    Aug 10, 2004
    mid 80's to mid 90's military (US NAVY)

    since 1994

    Mortgage loan officer, started a cold call center for the company

    Human Resource Director for 600 room full service hotel, 450 employees

    Self Employed Head Hunter, for Physical/Occupational/Speech therapists
    Simulataneously owned/ran office cleaning company with people from the hotel.

    Failing in Business, went back and became a pilot, flew for krispy kreme in lear 31a and Lear 60. Went to Gemini Air Cargo and flew DC-10's worldwide. post 9-11 took a local corp flying gig-still have it.

    Still own a small storgage unit biz and a rent house.
  6. miloblithe macrumors 68020


    Nov 14, 2003
    Washington, DC
    I started college as a mechanical engineering major, but decided after two years that it wasn't for me and switched to English. I took a long time to graduate and worked my way up from waiter to bartender to restaurant manager before I called it quits on that career (they offered me the general manager job and I quit the next day, realizing I really needed to finish college). After college and some travelling and temping, I got into the techincal writing/editing game, doing mostly business proposals and various software development documentation. I never really wanted to shoot myself because I never planned to do it for long. After a couple years, I joined the Peace Corps and working in Russia as an English teacher, and now I'm back in grad school for international affairs while working for the man (DoD).

    What comes next I have no idea. However, although it could be described as career number 3 or 4 (if one really stretches and thinks of 1.5 years in the Peace Corps as a career), I really think of it as (hopefully) being career #1. Every other job and type of job I've had I had no intention for doing for very long.
  7. jefhatfield thread starter Retired


    Jul 9, 2000
    life is what happens while you're busy making other plans, or so i heard in a john lennon song

    my 16 years in gardening and landscaping just happened and while i wanted to find something else sometimes, my clients needed me and they paid me

    with 6 years as a techie, i fancy the idea of passing the bar after law school and leaving the computer business forever...he he...but if i end up fixing computers for 16 years, until i am over 50 years old, it won't surprise me either...it's usually the people who believe they will be techies forever who last only a year or so before they seriously burn out realizing that computers as a hobby is not the same as computers as a living

    somewhere there is a happy medium between what i want to do and what pays the best and is most practical for paying the bills...if all endeavors paid the same, i would play guitar or be a fine artist (painting) for a living...i have never seen anybody in my life super happy with their job, but once i went to an art opening for peter max and he really looked like he was having a ball...and all this after he got nailed big time by the irs for back taxes not paid :)
  8. EJBasile macrumors 65816


    Apr 20, 2004
    I never worked before I graduated from school. I cam from a pretty well off family. Growing I knew I wanted to a doctor. So I went to school (johns hopkins) majored in Bio, went to med school and became a doctor.

    I really like being a doc and I wish to continue to do what I'm doing now.

    Why I wanted to be a Doc- I like science, math, technology and helping people. If I was in it for the money, I wouldn't be a Doc, I could have an inheritance to live a couple lives over.
  9. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    My major career path: Always interested in helping others.

    Mortician '69 - 72

    Nursing '73 - 93

    USAFR '74 - 90
  10. Lacero macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
    I wanna know what Aoelius' career path was like, certainly if he can afford to buy 20 acres and build a nice dream home. I'm still stuck with 3 houses trying to sell them off in this tough realty market.
  11. Lacero macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
    80's - Student
    90's - Graphic Designer
    00's - Video Producer (not in lucrative porn, but oh so tempting :p)
    10's - probable millionaire in investment stocks in my mid 20's
    20's - probable billionaire
    30's - 50's - dead
  12. miloblithe macrumors 68020


    Nov 14, 2003
    Washington, DC
    Yeah, I recognize that may be the case, and that might be OK. There are other things in life and in my life than whatever job I might work. I made a list a little while ago and I've had close to 30 jobs (not counting , and I'm only 31. I'm influenced by the image of my father, who has been a professor at one university for as long as I've been alive. I would like to find something I love and do it for 30 years (well, 20).
  13. iSaint macrumors 603


    May 26, 2004
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
    82-85 Student/Stereo Sales (way before CDs were out)/Record Store Sales/Waiter

    1986 - Went into household moving business with dad - I still have bad dreams about it

    1996 - back to school to finish business degree at Mississippi University for Women, yes I'm a guy, they have about a 30% male enrollment and it's inexpensive

    1996 to 2004 array of positions in the business world

    2005 back in school (MUW again) to get Masters of Arts in Teaching, will teach English at the secondary level very soon while completing the coursework

    So that's how many careers? I'm 42 now, maybe this will be it.

    OH, and I've been a part-time youth minister in the ECUSA for about the past 20 years or so.

    OK all you young folk - find something you ENJOY as a career and BE HAPPY doing it. That way it will be FUN. It only took me 25 years to figure that out.
  14. Cooknn macrumors 68020


    Aug 23, 2003
    Fort Myers, FL
    Time Flies

    Grocery Clerk -> Warehouse Manager -> IT Manager -> MIS Director -> Marketing/Advertising Director (a quick 25 years) and on the side I just started a small business for 360° Virtual Tour Photography. I'm really having a blast with the photography venture. Someday maybe it will be my main gig :)
  15. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    1970's - first half jr/sr high school; second half some college and substitute teaching and retail management

    1980's - retail management in the 1 hour photo lab field

    1990's - computer sales retail/corporate/government, last couple of years re-entered photo retail

    2000's - dtp for camera store, return to photo retail
  16. oldschool macrumors 65816


    Sep 30, 2003

    man i envy you...only 30% male enrollment...its a DREAM university! :cool:
  17. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    Yeah, but at 33 yo, the girls at the school probably looked at him more as the older brother or the new boyfriend for their mom. :D
  18. Lacero macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
    LOL. I'm not exactly sure having a 70% female student population would increase your chances of hitting a home run. In most cases, it's always a 1:1 ratio if you should get lucky. Your chances of seeing good-looking girls increases, but not necessarily your success rate in achieving of hooking up with one. Unless you are always lowering your standards, its the same effort as if the male/female population hovered at 50/50.
  19. iSaint macrumors 603


    May 26, 2004
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
    First, I'm 42 and married now, so it's no big deal anymore. But when I first went to the school at age 20 it was fun. It's not your typical U as far as hotties go. In other words...it's slim pickings. It's a big commuter school, and a lot of the students there are my age.
  20. njmac macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    80's : supermarket clerk
    90's : College
    Travel Agent
    Finally: Chef at age 28, became a mother at 31 and again at 32. Being a mom is the most fulfilling "job" I could ever imagine having. I cook part-time.
  21. 748s macrumors 6502a


    Dec 14, 2001
    Tiger Bay
    i never expected to have any of the careers i had. They just seemed to happen, although my recent change was sort of planned.
    they didn't stick to the ten year cycles. close enough.

    mid 70's to mid 84 psych nurse then operating room technician (sort of the same field)
    4 year stint as a gardener.
    88 to 04 editor (film/video)
    late 04 to ?? Law Enforcement.
    i was going nuts doing editing. i wanted to do something different. time for a change.
    i'll probably squeeze another career in. possibly environmental Law. who knows?
  22. Chappers macrumors 68020


    Aug 12, 2003
    At home
    81-97 comfy job at Cambridge University - gave it all up to emigrate and get married.

    2002 came back (with wife) to comfy job. Will emigrate back again soon me thinks. The weather is not good here, rain with the odd burst of grey cloud.
  23. jefhatfield thread starter Retired


    Jul 9, 2000
    over ten years is kind of a barrier when one wants to move on to something else, or if they hate their job

    i do know some people who have done jobs for 15 to 35 years hating every second of it...kids, mortgage, debt in the 100s of K's are among the things that make some people think they need to stay in a job, even if they hate it ;)

    for me, i believe life is too short to be in a job 1/3 or your life hating it...imagine if another 1/3 of your life, when you sleep, was awful for every second?
  24. SFVCyclone macrumors 6502a

    Feb 24, 2005
    Pasadena, Ca
    from personal experience?

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