(Closed) How did you know what you wanted to do for a living?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@JeffsWifey: I feel the exact same way a lot, I’m sort of glad I’m not the only one. I wish I could “just know” too. It’s so difficult to justify the costs of college when I still don’t know what I’m going to do afterwards, so I’m curious to see some responses also!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

i’m a software engineer, technically my title is “senior web developer” and i never ever had an idea that’s what i wanted to do.  it was totally by accident that i stumbled on software development and i just loved it as soon as my friend tried to get me to write an app.  before that I thought i was going to law school.  i’m sure glad i abandoned that.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’m 23 and I still don’t know!

Honestly, the only thing I want to be is a mom! I would love to just take care of my kids and bake cookies all day. I really belonged in the 50’s!

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Can I join the club?

I feel like a real life gypsy!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have to be honest..I’m in the last year of law school and I’m still not sure!  I just hope I will find it when I start looking…

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

my niece is 18 and getting ready for university,  i told her that she is going to have a few careers in her life so try not to think about it as having to choose something for “the rest of her life” but do think about a career that is portable so she can travel and move into different industries

im an accountant, its something i fell into from when i was in construction and im good at it/enjoy it but when i was 18 i wanted to be a teacher for special needs

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m about to enter grad school to be a teacher after taking 2 years off from school while I worked at a desk job at a university.  I’m going to be honest– I had no idea what I wanted to do when I graduated college.  But after a year or so at a desk job I knew what I didn’t want to do (not that desk jobs are bad, they’re just not for me).  I honestly just chose something I had a feeling I might enjoy and decided to go for it.  I figured I could sit around and hope I would figure out what I wanted to do for the rest of my life while I worked at an unsatisfying job, or I could take a risk doing something I will most likely like and even love right now.  This might not be my career forever, but it’s what I’m pretty sure I’ll like right now.  Now let’s hope it works out!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I guess I just kinda “knew”. I had taken an English class in high school that made me love it so much I never wanted to stop. I had been raised to love reading and writing but this put my passion on a whole new level. 

My parents at the time thought it was a stupid idea, and basically didn’t believe in me. So I convinced myself that I wanted to major in chem. And while Im super interested in it still, my brain can’t wrap itself around it well enough to major in it. I nearly flunked my chem class first semester of college and I was lost in a sea of numbers and letters. 

After that experience, I knew doing something just because my parents told me it’s what I should do wasn’t what was right for me. It was MY job and something I’D have to live with for the rest of my life. THEY wouldn’t be working my job. 

And now I’m happier than ever because of my choice. I have a lot of schooling left but I guess I’m lucky?

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

In high school people told me I was good with kids and I should be a teacher.  I didn’t want to do that because I didn’t want to deal with difficult children.  I went to college as a marketing major.  I never took one business class but I got a job working in an office and I thought it was BORING!  Time went so slowly in that office environment. So, 2nd semester my freshman year I changed my major, wanting to be a buyer for a department store.  I took a few classes in that field that semester.  That summer after freshman year I was unable to get a job in retail.  However, I was able to get a job as a teacher’s aid and the rest is history.  I went back to school in the fall and changed my major again.  I graduated with a degree in elementary education.  I’ve been teaching for over 20 years now. Somehow I did figure out how to deal with difficult children (though I didn’t learn it in college).

ETA:  Actually I was an elementary teacher for 13 years.  I went back to school (while still teaching full time) and finished my Master’s so for the last 8 years I have been a school librarian (still technically classified as a teacher). I decided to get my library degree because as a classroom teacher one of my favorite things to do with my students was read to them, teach reading, recommend books and the like.  It just made sense. By The Way I don’t miss grading papers!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

I’ve always, always wanted to teach.  I played school with my siblings, and read the encyclopedias for fun (that’s kind of embarrassing to admit… but I actually still enjoy that!).  So, it was an easy decision to make.

I’m always going to be a teacher at heart, too, even if I’m not in a classroom for my whole life.  I’ve actually thought about going for my financial counseling certification down the road too because I enjoy money management (and think I’m pretty decent, considering that we don’t have much of it!) and would love to teach the skills of budgeting, living within one’s means, and being frugal to others.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

After looking at my interests to get a rough idea of the area, I got involved with the field, took classes on it, and after working in the tourist industry in high school and part of college so knew I didn’t want day-to-day interaction with the public (…if I get bitten by a child or teen one more time…)

What cemented it was a summer-long internship. Despite being way understaffed, cleaning up a former registrar’s mess, worrying about the government cutting our budget even further, I loved every minute I was in the collections management office. I love looking at the numbers and hunting down the objects, updating the museum registration system and catalog cards, renumbering objects, and sitting in collections committee meetings. It’s academic and anal retentive- so I was thrilled to pieces. Getting a good review from my mentor also helped- it’s amazing what positive reinforcement can do.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@SweetRose2011: I have that same passionate feeling for history. I know I’ll be majoring in history, the problem is that every even slightly related job near campus is work study only and I don’t qualify… so I don’t have a good way to know if I’ll enjoy it.

Honestly I couldn’t stand being a stay at home mom, I hate cooking! So glad my Fiance loves to cook. And I can handle cleaning but I’d rather not spend all day at it. That would make this whole future thing so much easier though! 😉

 

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