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What profession would you have preferred to pursue?

Unfortunately, very few of us wind up with our dream job . . . The kind of work that doesn't seem like work because you love it so much. Assuming it would have been attainable, profitable and sustainable, what career path would you have chosen? AND . . . What did you wind up doing instead?

By RobLawrence
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I always wanted to be a music performer. But for every one person you hear on the radio there are a thousand that are just as good but not as lucky. So I decided to do the music job part time and get an education in electronics engineering. Afterwards I got a grad degree in management/economics. I worked my way up the ladder in the Aerospace industry while I continued to develop my music career in parallel.

kensmile4u Level 7 July 11, 2018
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Sounds like a smart way to handle that situation.

@RobLawrence I was pretty busy to say the least! I'm retired from Aerospace. I still do music at a comfortable pace.

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Archeologist

GreatNani Level 7 July 22, 2018
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I am a woodworker, furniture maker and cabinet maker. Have owned my own businesses and worked for others. If I could wake up tomorrow with the knowledge to do something else it would be a surgeon. I am old enough to realize that there are a lot of people out there who need help, I would like to work in some place where I could do that, Do not care about money, has never been a motivation for me, caring for others and doing something that could make a change for others would be great.

dalefvictor Level 7 July 14, 2018
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I have started to write a book, well I have but not happy with it. Changing things around trying to make it more interesting. Started out as something to do, 600 pages later, Well?

@dalefvictor Go for it! In this age of self publishing, you can get your author stripes easily.

@RobLawrence thanks for the support.

@dalefvictor Any time!

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Either a writer or investigative journalist.

Worked in I.T for many years..now I'm in Wharehousing and inventory control.

Hitchens Level 8 July 12, 2018
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I wanted to be an archaeologist, inspired by reading how Schliemann hunted for and found the gold treasure of Troy ... but my father put the kibosh on it (and where i grew up, one only became legally independent of your parent at age 21). In later life I devoted lots of time studying geology, independently, as a hobby ... and find it very rewarding and absorbing, but still .... would’ve been wonderful !

dede18 Level 7 July 12, 2018
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A dream job is still only a dream part of the time. No matter what you do, you have times that you dream of doing something different.

My profession was one I chose as a teenager and pursued and am glad I did, but after getting my degree in education I did not get a teaching job and worked in a good different career (publishing) for a number of years then got back into teaching at 30, and have been doing it for 16 years. It’s something I enjoy most of the time and am good at, but sometimes I think I wish I had become a brewmaster or an historian for a long running brewery (I also have a master’s degree in historical research).

PDF Level 4 July 11, 2018
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I’d like to have been the Jane Goodall of the big cat world. Or at least something where I study animals and work towards their preservation/conservation etc.

As for what I actually do, I coach people on various software development frameworks and how to work better as a team. I really enjoy my job. I love the people I work with, feel good about the company I work for, make a decent living, and generally feel good getting up in the morning and when I go home for the day. I’m pretty damn lucky with what I have.

Ella Level 7 July 11, 2018
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Had I known at 18 what I know now, I would have gone to culinary school and become a pastry chef. Alas, I am too old to do it now - my body couldn't take the long hours on my feet. So I work in insurance.

GwenC Level 6 July 11, 2018
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Growing cannabis. But it is still illegal, the most dangerous thing about it. Ended up working for the government in order to get the same benefits as Mitch McConnell. He once suggested a constituent do just that when the person complained about not having health care insurance.

Countrywoman Level 8 July 11, 2018
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Working in Theatrical art what's my goal but got married instead and raised two beautiful kids.😀💕

Sheannutt Level 9 July 11, 2018
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Ah! The things we give up for our children! All worth it, I'm sure.

@RobLawrence yes I wouldn't have changed it for the world they turned out to be very talented great kids.

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I wanted to be a veterinarian from the time I was about 9 or 10. Then I went to college and decided very quickly that I didn't want to spend 8+ years there. I also think that a career in interior design would be fun. I just use those skills on my own house.

I have been working in accounting for over 20 years and went back to school in my late 30s for sport management. I had a plan in mind that changed toward the end of my program and I ended up being the business manager for a pro sports team. Never would have thought working in sports would do it for me, but I love my employer and my job. I get to do anything within the organization as long as I stay on top of the books, so I do a bunch of community relations stuff and networking too.

kjsgenie Level 6 Aug 4, 2018
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Yes! Vet was what I wanted also. Next was Marine Biologist and explorer like Jacques Cousteau.

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Omnipotent dictator of the Universe. (SARCASM ALERT)

I've been around long enough to recognize most all "professions" take a tole on the worker. My current "profession" Teacher/IT" is, if money is not your primary desired outcome from a job, currently rewarding. I've dabbled in small time professional (paid position) theater on the stage and in the orchestra pit and found moments on the stage when you guide your audience from happiness to sorrow very rewarding. - - so a professional actor. However, As I really like earning enough money to eat, I'm not sure that would qualify as "preferred to pursue"

NoMagicCookie Level 7 July 24, 2018
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Plumbing. Pays well and gross stuff doesn’t bother me.

Unimatrix907 Level 5 July 12, 2018
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I’d have pursued comedy writing, maybe performing. I wound up as a slot machine attendant. II’s an okay job and I get to write for Facebook.

rainmanjr Level 7 July 11, 2018
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Had I been able to focus more and actually enjoy school when I was young; I would have chosen to get into some sort of engineering, probably mechanical.

AndrewInVail Level 5 July 11, 2018
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As a child I wanted to be an Archaeologist. I wanted to go explore the Pyramids of Egypt.

patchoullijulie Level 7 July 11, 2018
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Though I don't have any musical talent, I would like to work in the field of music somehow. But my business skills suck as bad as my music skills, so not sure what I would do!

OlderMusicGeek Level 7 July 11, 2018
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Wine and dine the talent and convince them to sign bad deals.

Music writer? Band photographer? Album cover designer? Roadie? Tour manager? Caterer?
There’s all kinds of things!

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I'd love to own and operate my own book store. But, with brick and mortar books stores vanishing and the face that I'll likely never have the money to do it means it will never happen.

Charles1971 Level 6 July 11, 2018
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So sad that the brick and mortar bookstores are closing right and left. The Barnes and Noble a half hour drive from me is still functioning, but who knows for how long. Amazon/Kindle has really changed the world for many readers. While I usually prefer a "real" book to an electronic one, my Kindle does allow me to read in bed with the lights out. If you share a bed, that's a huge factor! Also like that I can look up the meaning of a word by just holding my finger on it.

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Photography on and international scale.

Sucellus Level 5 July 11, 2018
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I would pursue a career of musician, but chose information technology, because of ease of getting started earning 6 figs
It only took me 3 months of training
The only career change I would look into is growing pot

Morganfreeman Level 7 July 11, 2018
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No denying that money is important. These airy-fairy types who tell you to pursue your bliss even though you'll be impoverished and miserable need a bit of a wake-up call. They never talk about people like the ones who want to be professional singers, but are tone deaf. Or the people who'd opt to be doctors, but they failed high school biology. If they followed their bliss, they'd be homeless in no time! smile001.gif

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With hindsight, I'd have been a florist.

Jnei Level 8 July 11, 2018
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Beautiful profession . . . if you don't have allergies, that is.

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If I could have, I would have pursued dancing, singing or owned a bookshop/coffee shop. Although singing and dancing are hobbies of mine and I am an avid and voracious reader, most of my work was in an office. My favorite was working for the State of Wisconsin's Hearing Office where I worked for 13 attorneys and transcribed the results of the hearings. I also was the manager of an appliance parts store where most of my clientele were men and I had lots of fun flirting and joking with them. The other 'job' I had was a landscaping company my late husband and I ran in North Carolina and Florida for ten years.

Alvinsmama Level 7 July 11, 2018
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Wow! You've worn a lot of hats! Sounds interesting!

@RobLawrence That's not the half of it, RobLawrence.

@RobLawrence Your turn. I'm interested to find out.

@Alvinsmama Then we have that in common. I've been many things, and I'm still not finished. At least I hope not!

Okay, here goes: I was a grade school teacher, a warehouse worker in a cookie factory, a videographer, a bartender, a clothing retailer, a professional singer, a groundskeeper, a book warehouse employee, a hospital-based audiologist and then an educational audiologist, a salesman in a pet store, a published author, an instructor in otolaryngology at a medical school, a competitive roller skater and a website designer. That's all, folks! Well, not quite: I also play piano and I just bought a guitar which I'm re-learning to play. Five years ago, I broke my left hand while skating, and had to have surgery to put the bones back together again. At the time, I thought I'd never play guitar again, so I sold my beautiful Taylor instrument. Two weeks ago, I decided to try playing again & purchased a second hand Taylor, and so far my somewhat limited range of motion in my left pinkie isn't holding me back . . . and I'm thrilled about it.

Oh, I forgot to reveal what I would have preferred to do with my life. I loved the brief period I was a professional singer/cabaret performer, so I suppose that's what I wish I'd prepared for early on. I was in my forties when I started singing in NY clubs, and I was already diabetic, so I needed a steady job with good health insurance. Quitting my "day job" (which was audiology at the time) was definitely not an option.

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I always wanted to be a pro musician. I was for about 12 years and had to stop because it had became my job! I was once told if you love music don't do it as a career and it my case it was correct.

Geoffrey51 Level 7 July 21, 2018
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Gigolo... been unemployed most of my life, except for ending up as an exec in the fishing industry .

Hebert54 Level 7 July 12, 2018
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Should we buy you a case of condoms? smile008.gif

@RobLawrence Looking at my past record , bit of a waste of time really... .....Thanks for the kind offer

@Hebert54 Any time.

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