Are you working with your dream career?

  • Danskerb

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    Oct 15, 2013 3:51 PM GMT
    I'm so lost when it comes to career. My mother always told me to do what I love. So I studied geography and theatre. I don't want a career in those subjects though. What I really love doing is travelling. I've been loads of places and can't wait to do more. But I can't figure out a career where I don't do anything but visit new countries.

    What path did you take while finding your dream career? Or are you still on that path? Or are you simply as lost as me.
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    Oct 15, 2013 4:04 PM GMT
    bxp011 said
    But I can't figure out a career where I don't do anything but visit new countries.

    Have you considered your country's foreign service? A diplomat travels extensively. Or look at international banking.
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    Oct 15, 2013 4:13 PM GMT
    OP should be an underwear model. icon_biggrin.gif
  • cephalopod

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    Oct 15, 2013 8:27 PM GMT
    I love my career - it's a part of my identity. If you can't find something you love, maybe you don't know who you are.

    Suggestions:
    - Peace Corps
    - French Foreign Legion
    - Merchant Marines
    - Coast Guard
    - Travel writer
    - Travel show host
    - Interpreter
    - Teach English in Japan
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    Oct 15, 2013 8:35 PM GMT
    bxp011 saidI'm so lost when it comes to career. My mother always told me to do what I love. So I studied geography and theatre. I don't want a career in those subjects though. What I really love doing is travelling. I've been loads of places and can't wait to do more. But I can't figure out a career where I don't do anything but visit new countries.

    What path did you take while finding your dream career? Or are you still on that path? Or are you simply as lost as me.


    If you don't want to sign up for anything too crazy, you can work as a travel agent. They get all sorts of discounts when they travel on different cruises, stay at hotels, etc. You essentially get to try out the places you will recommend to other travelers. The biggest catch is that with all of the online resources available, travelers do a lot of the work a travel agent used to do.

    You may have to learn other languages if you want a job with a lot of international travel (e.g. marketing, banking, defense, etc.)

    My dream career was in the legal profession and I pursued it through law school. I really love my job and I am doing well at it. Some days are better than others, but I plan on doing what I do for the rest of my life and enjoying every day of it.

    Either way, I wish you the best. You are still young and have time to figure it all out. Your final destination may not be your dream career, but if you are passionate about what you do, you will excel and enjoy it.
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    Oct 15, 2013 8:41 PM GMT
    I'm one of the lucky ones.i was about 16 when i realized i wanted to have my own private investigation company.i researched and self studied as much as icould
    about the business during my college years., in addition,i made friends work working p.is on LinkedIn and learned as much as i could from them. I know I'm young but my number one advice is to not take no for an people will tell you that you lack experience and they'll be right but the point is to get I'm the industry.if you can get the person who makes decisions tolike you at the very least, they will create a position for you.so far since i was 21i worked with two different detective agencies.good luck man
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    Oct 15, 2013 10:00 PM GMT
    No im not. I am however currently persuing it. Working endless 9-5 jobs in order to pay the bills and keep going after it . All i can say is i will never be satisfied with my life until i get it. I could care less about marriage, kids etc. I want this.
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    Oct 15, 2013 10:24 PM GMT
    Obviously I have a career I created and love, otherwise I would be in the process of doing it. I have never understood the thinking that someone else would offer you a dream job, or some perfect career would magically appear in a want ad somewhere.
    I'm an aggressive alpha and I can't stand working with idiots, so I was basically forced to figure out my own path. Life is too short to wait for some opportunity to come to you, if you are not sprinting after it, you are wasting your time.
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    Oct 15, 2013 10:43 PM GMT
    smartmoney saidObviously I have a career I created and love, otherwise I would be in the process of doing it. I have never understood the thinking that someone else would offer you a dream job, or some perfect career would magically appear in a want ad somewhere.
    I'm an aggressive alpha and I can't stand working with idiots, so I was basically forced to figure out my own path. Life is too short to wait for some opportunity to come to you, if you are not sprinting after it, you are wasting your time.


    right on. I'm not working the position I want as my career, but a foot in. I'm passing people going up the same latter to get to my main goal, ownership of this business I am in.
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    Oct 15, 2013 11:00 PM GMT
    Neither is everyone entrepreneurial to carve their own niche nor does everyone know what they want to be when they grow up. I'm in my 50s and currently considering options for a third career.

    Of the entrepreneurs, many fail

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    and of those who knew what they wanted to be, I'd imagine quite a few burn out.

    So even if you find something you enjoy, you might only enjoy it for 10 or 20 years. Going into their 30th year, most people I've known are at least somewhat fed up with their career. And by then, most are afraid to change.

    So now even if you knew what you wanted to be, even if you found or made your dream job, you've been at it for 30 years and you still have another 50 years of life left.

    All of a sudden you're in your 50s wondering what you want to be when you grow up.
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    Oct 15, 2013 11:50 PM GMT
    The guy on top here has my dream career.... BASTARD!

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    Oct 16, 2013 12:18 AM GMT
    theantijock saidNeither is everyone entrepreneurial to carve their own niche nor does everyone know what they want to be when they grow up. I'm in my 50s and currently considering options for a third career.

    Of the entrepreneurs, many fail

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    and of those who knew what they wanted to be, I'd imagine quite a few burn out.

    So even if you find something you enjoy, you might only enjoy it for 10 or 20 years. Going into their 30th year, most people I've known are at least somewhat fed up with their career. And by then, most are afraid to change.

    So now even if you knew what you wanted to be, even if you found or made your dream job, you've been at it for 30 years and you still have another 50 years of life left.

    All of a sudden you're in your 50s wondering what you want to be when you grow up.


    "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" that documentary is definitely the exception to that rule
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    Oct 16, 2013 12:18 AM GMT
    I'm still deciding what I want to be when I grow up icon_wink.gificon_biggrin.gif
  • AMoonHawk

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    Oct 16, 2013 12:19 AM GMT
    I have a job ... I really haven't decided on a career yet icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 16, 2013 1:36 AM GMT
    tmac said"Jiro Dreams of Sushi" that documentary is definitely the exception to that rule


    Got your good point as certainly there are some who find or fall into what they love or learn to live that for life and while I did not spell that out, as my response was not meant to be comprehensive but targeted towards what seemed the OP's frustration, a feeling I've known myself, I did attempt to properly qualify my statements by saying things like "neither is everyone", "a few burn out" in recognition of those either dedicated to or settled into their work, often referred to as their "life's work." And often they are exceptional. You are right to spell that out.

    Yet one of the most exceptional people in my life was an exception to the exception to the rule, a guy who had numerous successful careers over the course of his life starting as a freedom fighter against the Perons, even locked into solitary confinement then, to teacher, to I think it was dentist or doctor back to teacher and eventually a shrink. Died in his 80s while still in practice. Super smart, dedicated guy.

    So I think either route can be satisfying, even the frustrating one. A lot of life is setting your mind right.

    "Outward circumstances are no substitute for inner experience."--C.G. Jung

    The job can be anything. What matters is what's in your mind.

    Jiro Ono: "I've never once hated this job. I fell in love with my work and gave my life to it. Even though I'm eighty five years old, I don't feel like retiring. That's how I feel."
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    Oct 16, 2013 4:53 AM GMT
    Im a construction worker and I know most of you will think its a crappy job but I really like it because i dont have to think much and I get to be outside and not in an office. Its also nice when you finish a construction and you see the final job, and I like it when I go back home and Im really tired, but its a nice kind of tired. Ive been doing it for 10 years and I cant wait to go back to it (Im in a time off due to an injury right now).
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    Oct 16, 2013 4:53 AM GMT
    I was undecided when it came to my long term career. At first I decided I wanted to get into Pharmacy Tech then maybe move on to Pharmacist. After under the circumstances with my teacher I really changed my aspect of what I wanted to do. I was forced to change my career because of that so I chose to be a Medical Assistant figure why not I'll try it. After a long hard look at what I will be doing I thought hey I love working with people but do I really want to do this for the rest of my life and enjoying it at the same time. Finally it came to realize I really wanted to focus on the health care industry because it is always high in demand and because I come from a strong financial management background I finally made up my mind. I am currently attending college working toward my Bachelor's Degree in Health Care Management. I look forward to this journey with the support of my family and friends. Each and everyday I say to myself it will all pay off.
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    Oct 16, 2013 5:07 AM GMT
    bxp011 saidI'm so lost when it comes to career. My mother always told me to do what I love. So I studied geography and theatre. I don't want a career in those subjects though. What I really love doing is travelling. I've been loads of places and can't wait to do more. But I can't figure out a career where I don't do anything but visit new countries.

    What path did you take while finding your dream career? Or are you still on that path? Or are you simply as lost as me.


    There's no such thing as a career where you travel and don't do anything. That's why it's called a career because by definition, you're working.

    My dream job is to be a movie critic. I want to get paid watching movies and then writing about how good or awful they are.
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    Oct 16, 2013 5:17 AM GMT
    Kinda/Sorta...

    The basic answer is yes. I love my career for the most part.

    I am not exactly where I want to be in my career, but I have decided to make some changes. I am actually stepping back for a while out of a managerial role.

    I think this summer I am going to start working on my doctorate degree again. I am excited by this prospect. This will take to the level that I am interested in.

    There are a few things I need to wait and see what will happen about right now, but I am happy with that decision.
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    Oct 16, 2013 5:29 AM GMT
    on that graph posted does anyone notice the correlation between the "likely to succeed after four" and the us government..
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    Oct 16, 2013 4:26 PM GMT
    Try creating a travel blog or website dedicated to your adventures around the globe. Spice it up by doing the segments in your underwear.

    The only problem is I think someone already beat you to that job icon_wink.gif

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  • vis21

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    Oct 19, 2013 12:35 AM GMT
    I'm fortunate enough to know what career i want to take right after high school. im taking the hairstylist program icon_smile.gif i love every business and artistic aspect of it and i cant wait to graduate. If you love travelling, have you thought about becoming a flight attendant?
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    Oct 19, 2013 1:11 AM GMT
    A HUGE chunk of my family is in the medical field, and my family is always pushing me into it either MD (Medical Doctor) or Nurse. I did manage to finish school, and when I went to my internship at a hospital I knew this wasn't for me.

    I did end up working at a Software/Electronics company and I basically do everything that I do with patients but with Electronic equipment. I get to work with engineers and stress test (play with) new and upcoming merchandise that hasn't even hit the market yet!