Dream Career / Career Change


fly_eyez
on Jul 08, 2016 @ 03:35 am

Hi chicks,

@prettyrainbow inspired me to create a new topic based on a discussion on another thread entitled "New to the Makeup World".

Out of curiosity, how many of you are currently working in your dream job? Did you follow your passion? Did you just happen upon the field you're in?

If you don't currently have your dream job, what is it? If there were no barriers, what would your dream job be and why?

As a side note, did you realize there's no category for "Careers" on chick chat? Maybe if there's enough interest we can appeal to the Chicks on Charge to add a Career category to the forum? What do you think?

For me, my dream was always to work in the fashion / beauty industry. But life got in the way and I've worked in HR in the health care industry for most of my life.

So start talking ladies. I want to hear about your dream jobs!

 


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Irememberu
dream job on Jul 08, 2016 @ 04:22 am

My dream job was to become a lawyer but scrapped that and ended up in the medical field after working in the ER
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crystaljam
I had it... on Jul 08, 2016 @ 08:48 am

When I graduated college, I worked with parrots for 5 years.

AMAZING and I loved every day of it. I miss raising and training parrots all day, shopping for them, teaching people about their care, matching up people with the right feathered family member...

I did not love being paid just under the poverty level and working 2-3 jobs to barely scrape by.

So somehow I ended up in my current field (in a logical manner), working for a Pet Insurance company for a year, then off to become an insurance underwriter for home & auto policies, and now within the commercial lines area.

I do get to be sleuthy all day long, problem solve, use my brain, work with some amazing people, it's constantly changing, I'm always learning, and although it feels like there are few opportunities in my own city, it's a secure career field and isn't going anywhere.

It doesn't beat my parrot career, but the corporation I worked for has been defunct for several years now (I left a few years before they sold out), so it's good that I left on my terms and could choose my career field.

Alternatively, I'd love to work in the legal field - investigating facts, brain storming, researching, etc. Unfortunately affording college courses for that and working full time is not happening.

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wonderwhatif
. on Jul 08, 2016 @ 01:30 pm

Such a hard decision. For me, I never got the chance to go into a career. I couldn't afford college and I moved around a lot. Now I'm finally settled I'm running out of time to have a family, so I probably won't think seriously about a career until I'm in my 50's sadly :(

When I was younger I wanted to work with animals and help them and volunteered a lot, but now I'm so physically ill I can't do that until I get fitter and weller.

I often think I'd make a good therapist as I am quite intuitive and compassionate. Maybe something like art therapy would suit me.

That being said, before I had to leave work, I did love my job as a video game tester as it's the perfect combination of secretarial/office style work and getting to play video games! Something in QA suits me quite well.
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atsirk
. on Jul 08, 2016 @ 01:41 pm

I'm currently chasing my dream job. I love working with children and have wanted to become a teacher since I was a little girl. I graduated university last year, started substitute teaching this past school year, and hope someday to get a full time position as an elementary school teacher. For now I'm substitute teaching, but I would love the stability of a permanent teaching position. Where I live, there are a lot of teachers and not a lot of permanent positions, but hopefully if I work hard enough, I'll be lucky enough someday.
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fly_eyez
. on Jul 08, 2016 @ 08:58 pm

I'm loving hearing these interesting career choices! Keep 'em coming!
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prettyrainbow
. on Jul 09, 2016 @ 12:56 am

Have you given some thought into venturing towards another career choice? You seemed to talk so passionately about makeup the other day, it just showed how much you really took the time to learn about the subject. The amount of knowledge you have can really serve you well. What about starting something on the side to see how you like it? You could even do it as a hobby at first or maybe start a Youtube channel and share your knowledge with the world!

I think we should spend our lives doing what we love. I know it can be hard when the paycheck isn't always the greatest (believe me, my profession is a prime example of this), but sometimes, being where you're meant to be can be just as important. It's something you feel in your soul, like something you were born to do.

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fly_eyez
@prettyrainbow on Jul 09, 2016 @ 03:35 am

Yup, I totally agree about doing what we love. We are here for such a short time in the grand scheme of things that it doesn't make any sense working at something that doesn't make you happy and filled with joy. And also agree that key professionals such as teachers, paramedics, etc. are seriously underpaid! It's an absolute atrocity that teachers pay so much out of their own pockets for basic supplies, not even counting the little extras they provide. It's shameful really. And paramedics, police and other first responders who put their lives on the line daily and tend to scenes that mentally break a person are not compensated nearly enough. It's so crazy I can't stand it.
Maybe someday I will venture into the YouTube or blogger / vlogger world but I like to give my 100% when doing something. Having a chronic illness really gets in the way of that. Perhaps when I'm feeling a bit better and after this latest round of meds gets under control I can consider it. Right now I'm trying to concentrate on getting as healthy as possible so I can get back to work period.
Thanks for the kind words :)
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prettyrainbow
. on Jul 09, 2016 @ 10:05 am

Maybe what you can do in the meantime is learn all it is that you can on the subject and keep practicing on yourself. It could even be a mood booster for when your illness has you feeling low. I seriously hope you do get better soon so that you can live your life the way you've always dreamed.

Good point about the professions that risk their lives for us. They should definitely be rewarded for their valiant efforts!

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KrissiC
. on Jul 10, 2016 @ 09:33 am

I have operated a dayhome for the last 6 years I order to be able to stay home with my kids and support our family while my husband went back to school. Since he graduated 2 years ago, I have cut back my dayhome kids by half, so I'm not crazy busy anymore. I am currently in the process of opening my dream business which is photography. I am opening 2 separate businesses - one for boudoir and women's portraiture and another for family, wedding, engagement, birth and anything else photos. I. Am. Terrified. That I won't be busy but I also feel like I need to do this not only to generate income but for me. I want to be able to do what I love and be artistic but I also need to be able to dictate my own hours and be home at least part time with my girls.
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