What career do you wish you had pursued?

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  1. Spaceman Spiff

    Spaceman Spiff Active Member

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    Did you go straight from undergrad>Masters>Doctorate, undergrad>job>doctorate, or another way?
     
  2. L'Incandescent

    L'Incandescent Senior member

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    Undergrad straight to Ph.D. (In other words, I didn't go to an M.A. program between undergrad and Ph.D.) I am in philosophy, so going straight from undergrad to grad school was the natural way to do it.
     
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    Spaceman Spiff Active Member

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    Interesting. It seems like it varies field to field; most people I know in the political science/regional studies field almost all went BA>MA>PhD. It's the route I'm following, I just hope it pays off (not literally).
     
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    Wish I had gone into the oil business. Maybe as a geologist or the like.
     
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    I would have become an eye doctor. They make pretty good money and they probably don't sit around at home every night thinking "gee, I wonder what I'm going to do about odoreater's eyes, that sure is a pickle."
     
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    detective, hunting down bad guys
     
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    I've always wanted to get into architecture and urban design, but the market for it has been shite and there is no recovery in sight. Articles such as this

    http://www.workopolis.com/content/a...laries-and-10-that-won-t-get-you-hired-at-all
    (Architect ranked lower than Latin, Theology and Puppetry... even to be placed amongst the other 9 is a bit insulting)

    and this

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/21/garden/21architects.html

    don't help the cause.

    Maybe someday, but not today. But the training for that would be rather intense and rigid, so unless I somehow acquired a large amount of wealth I don't forsee myself spending 3 years in school for design training any time in my life.
     
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    I often think I would be a good homicide detective, but I would have to spend a few years as a regular cop writing tickets and busting potheads and I just couldn't do it. Plus I like making money too much.
     
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    i've been watching the wire too
     
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    I have worked in IT and Software since the mid 80's. I think I would have loved to get into commerical aviation as a pilot. It's too late for that now but as a hobby it might still happen.
     
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    dude you read my mind
     
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    Then forget homicide, you need to become a narco. You can make a ton of money on the side selling the drugs you recover off the street.
     
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    Most political science majors I know do something completely unrelated to political science... it seems a lot of us end up working in real estate in some manner or another (no idea why).

    As for myself- don't really know what career I would've pursued, maybe something design related..... anyway, I'll add to the tally of "not law" people.
     
  14. Trompe le Monde

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    as personal interest i would have liked to study architecture (though i dont have the aptitude to become a good practicing one)

    no other career that interests me that would have worked out as well as mine does now

    for a left field answer i'd like to run a small farm (& f-t-t eatery) , a barbecue joint , or work in carpentry. i.e. a trade
     
  15. CTGuy

    CTGuy Made Guy

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    Yeah. Working in Texas and being from the Northeast, I never realized how stable oil and gas is. I went to law school, studied economics at a lib arts college undergrad.

    I have extremely mixed feelings about law school. I think I've actually suffered careerwise in a way I never would have if I just had my BA from a well respected lib arts college, although it has worked out in the long run.

    My dad was a chemical engineer undergrad (with a law degree) and he pushed me to pursue engineering, but I resisted. I had a vague idea I waned to be in finance or law...it's an overcrowded arena. I should have been a mediocre engineering student so at least I had some hard skills to fall back on. I know it's sort of cliche these days- but I do a lot in my every day career that overlaps with computer science/computer engineering, so I am considering what kind of coursework would be helpful.

    I suppose those are all thoughts relating to career/money related concerns. If money were no object and I was just in it for pure pleasure: I would have gone to art school. I was actually a good art student in high school and I enjoy painting and drawing a great deal. In a similar vein cooking would be very cool, although I recognize the career of being a chef is not exactly glamarous.

    I sometimes regret not joining the military. I came close in law school to joining the air force JAG, but suffice it to say I never followed through. I also think it would have been a great opportunity to go to one of the service acadamies. Again- at 18 I had some vague idea of what I wanted to do and I think I was intimidated by the idea of such a structured life. I think I would have actually thrived and I am envious of the life long comradarie guys and gals who went to those schools have.

    Writing is still something I think about. I imagine there are literally millions of wannabe John Grisham attorneys out there, but I do think it would be an enjoyable endevour, even if I was not commercially successful.
     
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