Career Choices of the Past

I never had the desire to be a fireman, or to be a ballerina, or to be a member of the Peace Corps.  I didn’t always have the luxury of imagining future dreams as I had to always be practical and deal with the reality of day to day.  So this is an interesting list to me.  I don’t know so much if these were the ten things that were career choices from when I was a child or from when I was about 17 and trying to figure out what I wanted to be in life.  Or when I was 30 for that matter–so in that light, here are 10 things that I have considered as a dream profession at one point or another.

10 THINGS I’VE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE GREAT TO BE

  1. Marine Biologist.  This one actually had some traction.  It influenced the colleges I applied for and the courses I took for a few years.  But let’s face it–as much as I loved Biology, it didn’t love me back.  And Organic Chemistry?  Well, we were mortal enemies.
  2. Teacher.  For about six and a half minutes.  I would love to teach English.  I truly would.  But I would want to teach it to high school or early college students.  The only problem is that I want to teach it to kids who wanted to be there, not indifferent ones that did not.  So although I have a degree in English, American History, and Child Development–I am not a teacher.
  3. A medical/hospital administrator.  I thought I would work for a year or two after college and then go back to school for nursing administration.  Reality set in and prevented this one.
  4. A wife and mom.  I always thought I’d have five or six kids by the time I was 30.  So far I’m ten years late and five or six kids behind.  Not to mention single.
  5. A book editor.  As much as I love to read, this one would be a no brainer.  I would love to read books for a living.  Good books.  Bad books.  Any books. And with a red pencil to mark grammatical mistakes.
  6. Costumer.  I love the theater.  Have worked in the theater.  Have done costume work.  Even worked as a union member and got to work backstage as tours came through town.  Was even offered a non-union tour of Oliver! about three weeks before I finished college, and I turned it down because I knew that if I didn’t finish school I never would.  Still it is an awesome life, and a great deal of fun.
  7. Corporate trainer.  I actually did this for a while, and then the recession hit.  What’s the first thing trimmed from the budget? Training costs.
  8. Wedding and event coordinator.  I did this for a time too.  Thoroughly loved it.  Didn’t want to be 50 and cleaning tables after drunk bridesmaids and hammered guests.  Still, great fun, and especially weddings.  So much fun to be able to bring every wish, however unrealistic they may be, to fruition.
  9. Artisan.  I don’t care how, but it still would be great to be paid to be artistic for a living.
  10. Board game tester.  This has to be the most awesome job in the world.  To find new games and test them for various companies and just PLAY for a living!
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11 thoughts on “Career Choices of the Past

  1. Wow, the wedding coordinator is cool. That would fit well with my creative and detail-oriented side, but would suck with my people-pleasing side b/c I’m sure I would often feel like I a failure b/c I couldn’t bring every bride’s dreams to fruition. Ha! Great list.

  2. Your board game tester think made me think of being an ice cream tester. That would be pretty awesome too!

    I’m heavily sleep deprived and when I first read the line “worked as a union member,” I thought it said “worked as a unicorn member”. Time for a nap! Except neither the toddler nor the infant show any interest in sleeping…boo.

  3. I hear you on #9. Getting paid to do something thoroughly creative is a dream of mine too. It could still come true, right? (If not, don’t tell me. I don’t want to know! ;-P)

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