If you had your time over? Or now, would you consider a whole new career and what would you do?
If not, what would you change about your current job?
I am one of these people who feels like I should have done more, am capable of more but somehow ended up in a desk job that is ok, earns me ok money but really isn't 'me' at all. I never really knew what I wanted to do because I wanted to do well, everything! I've started but never finished so many different things. I lose interest at a certain point I think.
Im not really satisfied at the moment, but in my late 30's not sure I can start over at this point!
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29-10-2012 09:42 #1
Career mums - Would you choose a different career?
29-10-2012 09:44 #2Senior Member
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I'm working toward the career path that I want, I had to start again at the bottom because I took 3 years off to have a child.
Planning another baby soon so there you go. I'll be starting at the bottom again in a few more years
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29-10-2012 09:45 #3Senior Member
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I think you can always start over if you want to! Can be hard, but that's why you have to want it!
I don't regret my job, I enjoy it, I wish I had gone to uni when I was younger but I hate working for other people so working for family where I'm pretty much in charge of myself is a good thing for now
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29-10-2012 09:54 #4
I would have the same career, but I would have specialised in a different area. Or at least tried to. I ended up in the area I am in because of self-doubt, and listening to others' opinions instead of my own. The areas I am really interested in would require me to be very brave - doing things that I find scary and feel I am not good at (being quick on my feet, dealing with difficult people, talking and using the telephone instead of writing letters and emails, that sort of thing).
I do look at my day-to-day life and wonder if I want to spend the next 30 years behind a desk doing "safe" things or whether I should get out there and go for something that is really scary...
By the way BlackEyedPea I had no idea you were late 30s - I would have said mid 20s from your pics!!
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29-10-2012 10:11 #5
I think your job sounds interesting - I love the idea of law (and I LOVE the good wife haha), but another whole degree... I don't think I can fathom it!
I wish I had have followed my creative passions... I love the idea of directing a stage production or similar! My parents strongly advised against the arts and pushed me towards the sciences - I have a science degree I'll never use!
29-10-2012 10:17 #6
Shell, would there be a grad dip/cert option for you to re-specialise? Surely you wouldn't need a whole new degree?
I think I recall you saying you'd like to cut back to 3 days a week (?) if possible. Perhaps you could study PT if that happens. It's so much work though eh. Espec as a single parent.
29-10-2012 10:31 #7
Oh we are so alike BEP - my dream career would be in musical theatre. I can sing but can't dance. I auditioned for a few amateur productions over the years but never got anywhere and can't handle rejection
TV shows are SO misleading, being a lawyer is NOTHING like it looks in the Good Wife, LA Law, The Practice, Boston Legal... not even a tiny little bit! My friends and I used to joke that we were going to sue David E Kelly for misleading and deceptive conduct, convincing us all that studying law would lead us into a glamorous career a la Ally McBeal, only to find it is really the opposite..!
29-10-2012 10:46 #8
Absolutely! I started my career BECAUSE of the fact that I was to become a parent and single at that! It had the flexibility with hours of work, location and rate of pay and I didn't want to take years of minimum wage and long hours to get to the ideal job. I wouldn't change it now because it still has the ability to provide that flexibility at even an entry level position. But if I had started on this path before I had children (perhaps a smarter decision ) than no, this wouldn't have been my first career choice- it probably would have been physchology or something in forensic science. I haven't totally given up on that path, but it wont happen until I am financially secure and more available time.
29-10-2012 10:50 #9
Hahahahahaha yeah... Its all for TV. But the cases are so interesting! But I guess in real life most cases are pretty vanilla I suppose.
We ARE so similar!! If we lived in the same state we could go along to auditions together and fail miserably together. But it would still be fun!! We could form a singing duo
I did have talent though...! Was just so shy!
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29-10-2012 10:51 #10
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