What occupation would you have if you weren't in education?

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  1. whizkid

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    I'd probably be in Finance, banking, or a state or federal government job.
     
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    I would be a computer programmer for Facebook or Google, write math textbooks using the methods I’ve devised over the years (which is certainly a huge factor in why my tutoring business is successful), or be a statistician for the federal government.
     
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    I’d likely be in the medical field. I have always been interested in that.
     
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    If I hadn't of lost my leg I would have probably stayed career army.
     
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    Before I got into teaching, I was a theme park supervisor. There are days I actually miss that job. It was easier in some ways, but it was definitely more physically exhausting and kept me in good physical shape without me having do to any outside exercise. The days went faster too I would consider climbing that ladder further/moving to a larger theme park, or the other option I would consider would be to become a judge.
     
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    I would have worked with animals in some capacity...a zoo, animal rescue, or something like that.
     
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    I think I would go into speech therapy. I would also like to be a vet!

    I sometimes regret not going into speech therapy.
     
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    I considered going into nursing. I'd love the schedule, the salary is better, and you could leave work at work, all while still doing something meaningful and helping people. I actually even looked into entering a program my 3rd year of teaching, and ultimately decided it just didn't make any sense financially to start over. I figured if I really wanted it that badly, I'd be willing to spend the money, and I wasn't. I'm a very purpose driven person. I don't think I could ever work in some office job where the only objective was to make more money for the company.
     
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    I certainly could. Lol
     
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    You could always come work in my school district

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    I would have stayed at my old career--company manager of a theatre company with side gigs in design and acting.
     
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    I would certainly take you up on that, but darn, I just retired! Sorry :cool:
     
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    Cartographer:)
     
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    People say I would’ve made a great librarian. I’ve even played around with the idea of it being a second career, even helping out as a children’s librarian assistant. I love looking up information and doing research, but all that repetitive bending and stooping and putting away books would’ve be hard on my back and hurt my knees.
     
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    I have an undergrad business degree and worked in advertising sales
     
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    I would probably be back in my first career field, but instead of being a prosecutor again, I would work as a federal mediator.
     
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    A) Spaceman
    B) Race Car Driver
    C) Professional Candy Taste Tester

    In all seriousness, I considered engineering because it was mathy and had good earning potential. In hindsight, I am glad I did not pursue that path, because I get anxiety over simply following a set of instructions to put a shelf together.
     
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    I would be either a park or a forest ranger. I love outside. That would be a perfect excuse to be outside a lot.

    Or be a trophy wife for a super billionaire. One or the other.
     
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    One of our teachers just got her dream job--after 5 years of applying and interviewing--she'll be teaching in one of our district's Outdoor Ed Centres, so she'll be teaching outside every day!

    Trophy wife is interesting...although I'm many years and many pounds away from that as a possibility!

    I would probably be either working in a bank or in a bookstore.
     
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    Broadcast journalist.
     
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    I had spent years in banking and finance, mostly because I'm pretty good at customer service and data collection / interpretation. If I could pick an ideal new career, it would be as a screenwriter. That being said, my friends in the business have been very, VERY lucky to be where they are.
     
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    I would be a librarian, Egyptologist or journalist. Although, with the amount of true crime I watch, I should have become a detective or worked in forensics.
     
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    I would be a professional de-clutterer and organizer for the home/office. I am currently a special education teacher and if you don't have a room that is neat and orderly and efficient for finding materials, supplies, and lessons with the least amount of distractions, look for trouble. I find it interesting that I truly enjoy organizing and setting up cabinets and storage areas, so I really think i would enjoy being a professional de-clutterer/organizer.
     
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    I recently left education to work as an editor. My true passion is writing. I don't plan on teaching again. If I do, it would be online teaching. Although, those jobs are difficult to get in my opinion.
     
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    Software engineer or zoologist.
     
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    Not trying to be facetious, but if I knew the answer to this question, I'd be doing it. I was a social worker for those with disabilities for 2 years. Loved the job, but the hours on call were horrific. Also, the pay was about 1/2 of what I make now as a teacher.
     
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    I've often thought it would be fantastic to be the host of a travel show like Rudy Maxa or Rick Steves. Now there are YouTube channels dedicated to cruise reviews, camping and camper reviews, etc. Any of those would be fun. What a great way to see the world and get paid to do it! Another thing I'd enjoy is being on a cooking show of some sort, pies and deserts maybe.
     
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    It would depend on my finances. After last year, I thought being a Walmart greeter looked like a better option than teaching. :)
    I have my MA in counseling and have worked in that field a few years , but it can be emotionally draining if you are not really careful. Plus, the billing is a nightmare to me. The area I live, you do your own billing unless you have a private practice. Then you can just accept cash, checks, or credit cards. Plus, you are able to be pickier about which clients you accept. If I could do anything I wanted, I'd have my own animal rescue. I might start one in a couple of years.
     

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