Your Dream Job...in the Old Days

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  1. Ms. I

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    Back when you were in HS or college, what was your dream job to have BEFORE you had the degree(s) to get into teaching? :)

    I never worked before I was 18. Back when all I had was retail/clerical type experience, I wanted to work in the Brass Plum dept of Nordstrom badly because I loved their clothing & I love Nordstrom (like I still do now.) Although I never worked in that dept, I worked in their kids' shoe dept, which was the dept across from the Brass Plum at my location.
     
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    I always wanted to be a teacher. It's always been my "dream job", although the reality is vastly different (and so much better) than I had imagined it.

    When I was in university I worked part-time during the school year and full time during the summer at a bank. I enjoyed the variety of work I did for the bank: teller, general customer service, and some head-office data analysis.
     
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    Even though I wanted to be a teacher since I've been little, I did consider being a librarian. I love to read, and I love the library. I am so glad I chose teaching! I can help kids learn to love to read!
     
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    I wanted to be a model.
     
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    That never could have been an option for me :lol:.
     
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    When I was in Kindergarten, I told everybody I wanted to be either a telephone operator or a ballerina.

    My sister wanted to be a taxi-cab driver.
     
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    When I was in high school, I wanted to become an FBI agent, a journalist, and then later in high school, I wanted to pursue a medical career and even volunteered at a hospital for 2 years.
     
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    Oh, that changes every few months. Screenwriter would have been right up there, for sure. I wanted to be a lawyer for awhile.
     
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    When I was in high school I wanted to work at a local play park called Fairy Tale Town. I had loved going there when I was little. I actually did get to work there...I dressed up as Little Bo Peep and walked around with a sheep on a leash. When I wasn't walking around letting the little kids pet the sheep I worked in the castle where they had birthday parties. It was great fun.
     
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    I took this modelling/acting workshop/training at this school in Beverly Hills when I was a HS senior. I could have pursued acting since they taught how to get into the business. I probably could have started out in commercials, then who knows, maybe a show, then movie role(s). But, oh well...
     
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    What stopped you? Over the years, I've had people say that I should go into modeling. I find that funny as I'm barely 5'5". :rolleyes:
     
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    Coulda, woulda, shoulda.... These are all thoughts that make you wishing your life was different. I followed a great path. I met a great guy, got married, had AMAZING children, AND have had a rewarding career as a teacher that brings me happiness and love. Sure I "coulda" gone done a different path. But, I would not trade the highlights that have helped to shape the person I have become. Live for today.... the question should be... "What will tomorrow bring me and how am I going to live my life?" Great thread... It really makes me appreciate what I DO have and it helps me to set goals for myself for a FANTASTIC future!
     
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    Peachy, now these may be not so good reasons, but I think a combo of always being in college from age 18 throughout my 20s left little to no time to really drive around to auditions & go-sees, meeting w/ agents, getting headshots taken, etc., etc., etc., plus maybe if I lived on my own a lot sooner too. I moreless stuck around home & didn't venture too far. I'm not too bummed that I didn't pursue the acting route, but I know, it's never too late! But I love college & wouldn't trade in the degrees I have.
     
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    SCTeachInTX, that's fantastic.
     
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    - Head football coach at a major university

    - Wildcatter -- (for those who don't know wildcatters either make a fortune drilling wildcat wells ... or die broke....... sometimes they accomplish both.. :))
     
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    Well, there's petite models, face models, hand modes. I'm short too, but you know how they've had the petite search on America's Next Top Model? If I was 15 yrs younger, I'd try out for that show. Even if I didn't win, just hte experience would be fun.
     
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    What stopped you? :) Not any kind of injury I hope.
     
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    I always wanted to be a Kindergarten Teacher. Livin' the dream now, how lucky am i?
     
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    I was made an offer I couldn't refuse by one of those evil major oil companies .... :lol: ... (My degrees --- BS in Math/Geology and an MS in Geology --- were highly sought after back then ...... they probably still are today) I have no regrets....... :)
     
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    When I was very young, I wanted to be a waitress. I don't know why, but I just thought it was the coolest job ever. I repeatedly told my mom I was not going to college because I wanted to be a waitress- she didn't like that! The funny thing is, I never did end up waitressing even as a part time job in HS or college. After that, I've pretty much always wanted to be a teacher. I've only every questioned that once, I guess I was around high school age. My mom was a teacher, my dad was a teacher, and almost all of our family friends were teachers. I started wondering if it was really what I wanted to do or if I had just thought so because that was the only career I ever really wanted to do growing up. I started looking into nursing, but always came back to teaching. Any part time job I had in hs/college was working with kids, and that solidified for me that I wanted to be a teacher no matter what. Right before entering college is when the job market really started to go bad, and I legitamately tried to find a "back up major" or something else I could do instead, and in the end just decided it wasn't worth it. I knew going into college I'd have to move far away to teach, but it was worth it to me. I was just telling someone this the other day- I was not thrilled about relocating to the location I live here. However, there were NO jobs in my home state, and surrounding states wanted experience first. I had to start somewhere. People just couldn't believe I moved so far away without knowing a soul- but for me it came down to either being a teacher here, or staying at home and not being a teacher. The choice really wasn't that hard.
     
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    I was originally pre-med in college but I met Mr. Right my sophomore year of college and got married. By the time I graduated with a degree in chemistry, we had 3 children and teaching seemed a much better path for me than med school. I have never regretted anything and found that teaching was my dream job--I just did not know it!!
     
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    I was told many times that I should go into modeling...I looked a lot like Liz Taylor when I was young (remember her when she was young?) Now I am old and it is definitely just a dream of the past!
    I should clarify, modeling/acting...or both would have been my dream. Elizabeth Taylor was only 5'4"... same as me, so it doesn't matter how tall you are.
     
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    Teaching ...

    And, Park Ranger.
     
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    I started my degree in Egyptology at the U of Chicago Oriental Institute, but had to leave due to health issues.

    When I was able to go back to school, it just wasn't practical any longer, plus I'd be unable to participate in digs. So, I went into geology instead, which was the closest practical field.
     
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    I've always wanted to be a teacher, but I let others talk me into "reaching higher". I was pre-med for a year but enjoyed tutoring my fellow classmates more than the classes themselves so I changed my major.

    I'm thinking of going back to school to be a RN after retiring from teaching. I started when I was 21 so I'll still be young enough to have a second career.
     
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    Are you calling me old? :lol:

    Liz Taylor was a beautiful lady--modelling would be a perfect choice for anyone who looked like her (which I don't, unfortunately).
     
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    I wanted to work for the CIA and be a spy. I think I just saw one too many Bond movies. :p
     
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    I wanted to be a dentist for a long time. Then I found out that, yes, sometimes there is blood involved :)

    I did one year of Engineering at University before I realized that wasn't what I wanted to be either.

    It wasn't until I found teaching that things really fell into place.
     
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    I always wanted to be a teacher.

    My DREAM job was (and still is) to tour with a band. I don't care what I would have to do-sell merchandise, organize their meet & greets, do their laundry-whatever! I just love concerts and I would love to be a behind-the-scenes person. I would love to do this for one of my favorite bands.
     
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    My "realistic dream" was to be a teacher even prior to beginning kindergarten and I never waivered from that. It's no longer my dream career, but I am trying to maintain a more positive attitude...that makes a huge difference, of course.
     
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    Other than wanting to be a star on Broadway? Since I ended up in Human Resources because I had to make money and couldn't afford to take a whole semester of unpaid student teaching, teaching WAS my dream job.
     
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    Don't know about you, but I am old! I bet we're close in age, since I see you just went to your grandson's wedding, correct???
     
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    Nope, you've got me mixed up. While grandbabies will likely be in my life in the next 10 years, I'm a long way from their weddings! (I am old, though!).
     
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    I started out wanting to be a vet, but then I realized I don't like blood and the possibility of having to touch snakes freaked me out.

    Then I realized I really wanted to teach when I was in high school. I loved my AP English teacher and admired her so much...
     
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    I wanted to be a classical oboist. I went to a HS for the performing arts and got accepted into an extremely prestigious music conservatory. Unfortunately, a major hiking accident ended my career in music before it really even got started.
     
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    When I was really little I wanted to be a bank teller. I thought that was such a cool job. Haha! But I also used to gather up my stuffed animals and play "school" with them. Bunny was *such* a bad student... always in the office... :)

    Waterfall, when my daughter was in early elementary, she always said she wanted to be a waitress, too! LOL.
     
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    That makes me so sad. :hugs: I might have asked you this before, but are you still able to play for pleasure at least?
     
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    Not really. I played the 2nd oboe/ English horn part for a production of Hansel and Gretel a few years back when the school that was staging it was absolutely desperate, and the three days that I played (one rehearsal, two performances) hurt my hands and wrists so badly that I couldn't even lift a pencil for almost a week afterward.
     
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    Don't remember ever having a dream job.

    Currently pursuing an education degree because it is what I want to do and was the only thing I can really do.
     

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