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What career do you wish you had pursued?

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by Radagast, Sep 3, 2012.

  1. Radagast

    Radagast Well-Known Member

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    Was speaking with a couple of my young cousins this weekend about what their plans are as they begin University this week; I offered them what little wisdom I could based on the choices I've made.

    My wife is a lawyer, and though she does enjoy it she says that becoming a chartered accountant would have been a better choice; less schooling, better hours, mobility.

    I work in corporate finance; I don't like the work but I enjoy the people I work with and the compensation is reasonable. Now that I'm married and settled down, I have fantasies of living in a smaller community with a small professional practice, probably dentistry (not going to happen at this point in life).

    Knowing what you know now, would you have followed a different career path?
     
  2. Reynard369

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    Done a business degree instead of English. Lot more to do with one of those and, honestly, my degree-relevant skills were honed more during personal creative writing and post-graduation, on-the-job training.
     
  3. Jamesgatz

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    Academic career in humanities. Corporate law is a bore. Sold myself for money.
     
  4. xpress

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    I would have taken up aviation.
    As a matter of fact, I still might.

    Speaking with numerous pilots, the large carriers are all looking for 2 things: Flight hours and a bachelors degree.

    Most students coming through flight school (We have the largest in the country in my city) either have a 2 year college course, or no post-secondary (aside from pilots training).
     
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    Contact Neo to demo yourself...
     
  7. James77

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    It took me a long time to settle on engineering so So I think I still would end up there. It would, however, have been nice to have figured it out a little bit earlier in life and got my career started sooner.
     
  8. byau

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    Would have learned computer engineering since it gives real, hard skills. I did a business undergraduate, but I think I would have been better off just getting an MBA afterwards. Now, my main selling points are Excel skills and strategy fluff. Not to mention developers are such a hot commodity right now. All the great innovators and tech guys? Engineers.
     
  9. YOLO EMSHI

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    Federal Police or Military police
     
  10. sliq

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    dentist. because criminal law is lame.
     
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  12. Maximator

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    Still considering Engineering or Medicine. Love both, but for very different reason.
     
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    I'm in the career I wanted but not the particular job. Better grades and motivation in college would've settled that. Anyway, hopefully in a few years I'd be where I want to be.
     
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    And sticking your hands in people's nasty mouths is exciting?
     
  15. Piobaire

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    If I knew at 14 what I know now? Would have busted my ass and done either Ivy law or MBA.
     
  16. topcatny

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    If i could do it all over again I would have pursued a career coaching college basketball.

    When I was in college I had to sit out my junior year with a knee injury. The head coach asked me if I would be interested in being an assistant coach for the JV team and I jumped at the opportunity. I worked some major college summer camps and had lots of connections that could have set me up with a low level assistant job once I graduated and then worked my way up from there. Hell, the coach I assisted on the JV team has been a coach in the Ivy League for 10 years now.

    Coaching my kid's soccer teams for the past few years has awakened that itch to coach again. Working with kids and watching them develop and get better at the things I am teaching them is very rewarding.
     
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    porn, taco taster, gym owner or sculptor
     
  18. Pilot

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    Formula 1 driver.


    That's because the majority of flying jobs don't require a degree and flight training is already expensive enough. Only need a degree to be a captain at an airline (and some corporate jobs). You get those hours by toiling away at flight instructing and lower level jobs for half a decade, then spending a solid 8-10 yrs at a regional before you finally get to a major airline and have the privilege of making $40k your first year. Good luck if you pursue it though.
     
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    What's the typical pathway to a jumbojet (747) pilot? Now that's glamorous.
     
  20. Piobaire

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    I know a few commercial airline pilots and they all learned to fly in the military so I'll take a stab and say the "typical" pathway is a military career.
     

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