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What could you possibly do? Careers

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by dented, Apr 6, 2021.

  1. dented

    dented Doctor of Teleocity

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    Having just recently retired from a career job I had many reflections on my working life and thoughts about where I had been. I looked back and reminisced over and over and I still will for a while and I wonder if I missed something. So I have a question and I think it will be interesting to members here because many of us are Fogarties (figure that one out will ya).

    Looking back, what career path do think it is possible that you didn't follow, that you would be very successful in and excel? Now, I don't want career paths that you wished you had, just the ones given the chance you really think you could have nailed if it is other than the one you walked?

    What say you?
     
  2. Refugee

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    I definitely regret not going after more super models!
     
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  3. richiek65

    richiek65 Friend of Leo's

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    I'm not a foaming train enthusiast by any means but something about railways always fascinated me (my parents met when they both worked for our railway corporation so maybe it's in my DNA)

    Also i have a severe map fetish so cartography would have been fun

    Side note: My three careers thus far have all started with "Fi.."
     
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  4. bgmacaw

    bgmacaw Poster Extraordinaire

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    Law, since that's what I thought I'd do as a career when I was in college. Most of my classes were picked with that in mind. However, I ended up not following that path although I can't really say why. If I had to guess it was because what I saw at the time was 3 years more of boring classes followed by a boring career of looking stuff up for more extroverted lawyers.
     
  5. Mark the Moose

    Mark the Moose Tele-Afflicted

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    If I hadn’t become a musician and teacher, I think I would have gone into counseling/mental health therapy. I still consider it every now and again, but I’ve got three kids to get through college before I could ever consider retraining.
     
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  6. burntfrijoles

    burntfrijoles Poster Extraordinaire

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    I don’t know of any career at which I could have excelled.
    I picked the right career and I excelled at it.
     
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  7. Mark617

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    I’m not sure about the excelling part
    However I do regret not going in the military. I never had the honor or privilege to serve.
     
  8. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Tele-Afflicted

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    When I as a kid I always dreamt about being a garbage man. Not the driver. The guy who hangs off the back and picked up the cans. Now it’s mechanized so I don’t dream of that.
     
  9. hnryclay

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    Im 41 and been in management since I was 26. I dont know what else I would have done, or want to do as I truly enjoy my job.
     
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  10. Matt Sarad

    Matt Sarad Tele-Afflicted

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    I play guitar every day.
     
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  11. black_doug

    black_doug Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I used to think about this a lot after the IT career I had vanished, around 2004. At the end I was in a help desk position for windows and OS2 workstations, servers, and networks. For a while I thought it was my fault that I was laid off, (although I know there were things I would do differently if given the chance). Then a career counselor helped me to see the huge changes in the economy that led to downsizing of the industry (ie., installing apps over the network, Y2K spending, server centralization, remote support, etc.).

    More recently I have a different perspective, since I retired. My education in electronics gave me a good career in a variety of jobs for reputable companies that I enjoyed most of the time. I was never unemployed for very long between jobs and so I'm thankful for that. No regrets.
     
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  12. HotRodSteve

    HotRodSteve Poster Extraordinaire

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    I always wanted to be a lion tamer.

     
  13. drmordo

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    I joined the military and became an aviator, which was a huge mistake because I hated it. I have not had a terribly successful career, because I hated my job.

    About 14 years into my career, I stopped flying and became a staff officer, which I excel at and love. It's like the most complicated board game you can imagine where you don't understand most of the rules when you start and you never stop learning new ones. If I hadn't been an aviator, and especially if I had gone with my original plan to join the Army, I'd have had a radically different career arc and life.

    Anyway, I retire from the USAF later this year and will work as a civilian on a military staff making pretty good money, so I'm fine.
     
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  14. LGOberean

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    I'm a weird duck, so this is probably going to sound weird.

    For me, the military was the road not taken. My best friend since jr. high took ROTC in high school and planned to join the Navy after graduating high school. In my senior year, I met my sweetheart, and thinking of plans for our future, I decided I'd go in on what the Navy was calling the "buddy plan," or something to that effect. After getting out, I figured I'd have money for college.

    I actually started to write the details of why I didn't go that route, but that would be too long-winded a reply, even for me. But I very nearly entered the Navy in 1972. What a different life I would have lived, but for taking that divergent road. It most probably would not have been my career path, since I saw it from the beginning as a means to an end. It wasn't a career for my friend. He did not re-up after his 4-year hitch.

    My father was a minister, so at one time in my life, I considered the path of a clergyman. (Yes, I am a preacher's kid. That factoid probably explains some things for some of you that have wondered about me.) I seriously considered it for a time, but that was not my path, either.

    For the record, I didn't have a career, as such. I've worked in various fields of endeavor (truck driver, teacher at a private school, retail sales), not one steady career from youth to retirement. And I have no higher education, or as I've said it before, "I ain't never had me no kolige edumacashun, so I ain't got no mater named 'Alma.'"
     
  15. dan1952

    dan1952 Friend of Leo's

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    I've only worked in the music biz since I was 22. Bassist/guitarist/teacher for 12 years, music wholesale for 11 years, owned a guitar shop for the last 27 years.
    There was never a Plan B.
     
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  16. Obsessed

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    In high school, I had to declare a major for my college applications and then decide which colleges to apply. I had two gigantic interests ... mechanical engineering and architecture. I picked the first and enjoyed every minute of my career and was very successful, but I had always wanted to design and build homes, so I retired early to take on my "second" designing and building my own house. I practiced on a timberframe woodshed, then a timberframe cabin and now the house: only time will tell, but I probably selected the right one for my career.:rolleyes: IMG_4005.JPG DSC00143.JPG
     
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    I've enjoyed quite a bit of success in my technically-focused career with *zero* misgivings. But along the way, I've had opportunity to work with some top tier trial lawyers, and boy, they're a clever bunch with a great sense of humor. In another life, I might have enjoyed matching wits in the courtroom.
     
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    Stupendous
     
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    bcorig Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I decided to be a physician in 1959. In 2021, retired, I wouldn’t have done anything else.
     
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    Nice. I should have gone to med school.
     
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