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Monday, February 02, 2015

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Question Of The Week, February 2, 2015

How did you make your career choices?


23 comments:

  1. It was 1968 and I wanted to go to work for Merrill Lynch to learn to become a stock broker. I was awaiting a call after what I thought was a successful interview. A bank called me first and offered me a job. I feared Merrill did not want me. Two weeks, after starting with the bank, Merrill Lynch did call and offer me a position. I decided to stay where I was....for 32 years!!

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  2. My mother's dream was to go to college and become a teacher, but the depression hit and she had to go to work. Guess whose two daughters got to play out that dream? I fought it for a bit, but ended up loving it. My sister went right for it and ended up looking elsewhere real quick.

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  3. I always loved books and while I taught now and again I ended up working in school and science libraries for most of my career.

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  4. I had no choice whatsoever... so to speak!

    A little after a year or so of being hired for my first job as a draftsman for Timex Corp I was laid off and a few weeks later hired on with a major international construction company. In the end I could not have chosen a better career for myself and had I not been laid off, would have missed a great job with great financial benefits!

    Sometimes our successes are simply the beneficiaries of fate and not due to our own desires or designs...

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  5. I too found a home in banking and loved it for 10 years. However my bank believed in giving titles in lieu of raises. I never found a good recipe for titles so I joined a utility company and earned $4000 more a year as an entry level employee. Money was a huge factor in my choice.

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  6. It was a calling. From when I was very small. There were never any other options set before me.

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  7. My paid employment I fell into. And muddled along.
    Now, after I was thrown out of the paid stuff, I am discoving that my career should have been/was/is now reaching out to others...
    Volunteering has brought me so much more than the other stuff ever did. Though the salary sucks.

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  8. I had some great teachers who were my mentors so I wanted to following their footsteps.

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  9. I like how you said plural.

    I wanted to be a journalist since high school. I did it and felt hemmed in not being able to advocate, but only write about stuff.

    The current gig found me. ;) But one way or another, I have always been an agitator for a living.

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  10. PS I think you would have hated working with other stock brokers. I don't know how you stood other bankers!

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  11. Funny you should ask that, Annie. I've just answered a comment from Riot Kitty on my own blog that almost answers your question here.

    Quote - my reply to Riot Kitty: "Yes, I guess I did do a few different things...work-wise through the years, RK. I started working at 15 years...about four months shy of turning 16. I liked some challenges, I guess...to prove to myself I could do them." End Quote

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  12. By the way...after 32 years, you obviously made the right decision/choice. :)

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  13. I was laid off in 2003 from job and came back to work 6 months later. Basically, it was a stroke of happenstance as an agency contacted me about transferring there to be a full time office assistant in both the payroll & worker's comp dept.

    The rest, as they say, is history, as I've been doing payroll for the past 11 years.

    Father Nature's Corner

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  14. I fell into my current job (which I love) and have been there now for almost three decades!

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  15. I'm a homemaker (the last of a dying breed?) and I have been very fortunate to have had this career for 25 years. My husband and I discovered early on that if he worked a little overtime and I kept our budget within our means, I could stay at home and take care of our kids and it just worked for us.

    Now I take care of him on his days off, which are 50% of time (he works 2 weeks away then is home for two weeks). I sometimes wish I'd had a career because I think that society would place more value on what I've done with my life, but I can honestly say I never missed a thing with my kids and for that I'm truly grateful and society can suck it.

    HA!

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  16. I've been self-employed for decades. My end of the business was clerical and anything that needed doing, got done. It was a way to work and raise my daughters.

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  17. When I finished at Uni I was a qualified art teacher, but really hated teaching, so I decided to set up my own graphic design business.

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  18. Didn't have any careers advice in my day. However by some strange quirks of fate I eventually became a careers adviser & absolutely loved it! Shame there's not much careers advice around for young people these days, nor careers education in schools. So much for progress.
    One of these days a government will come up with the brilliant idea that young people need careers education, advice & guidance. Politicians? Dummies the lot of them.

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  19. A compulsion to experiment with art chooses you, but what I do to survive n stay here I'd rather not. Still hoping to find better work. I'm working at a food plant for a national chain, only because I can, it's nearby, n I'm not really allergic to a kitchen environment.

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  20. I have worked since I was a kid. My much varied jobs have seemed to find me. keeping a roof over our head, and food on the table was my career path.

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  21. TO ALL: Love the varied reasons of career choices. I have served in the corporate world and as a domestic goddess. I would take the corporate world over household chores any day. LOL Being a homemaker is too much work.

    Arkansas Patti, I learned the title thing in banking over salary increases until I hit the glass ceiling then neither was forthcoming. Glad I was able to retire early.

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  22. I had three careers.
    The first - nursing I chose - egged on by my Grandma. I really wanted to be an actress but she said you had to sleep with the producers to get on. I didn't really know what that meant but her expression told me it wouldn't be fun.

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  23. I remember, as a child, thinking I wanted to do something with words. I didn't know what, I only knew that it had to do with words.

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