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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 Senior 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

    Reynard369 Distinguished Member

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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

    xpress Senior Member

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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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    ter1413 Stylish Dinosaur

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  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.
     


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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.
     


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    Federal Police or Military police
     


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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.
     


  13. Joffrey

    Joffrey Stylish Dinosaur

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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

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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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.
     


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