In the spirit of change - If You could change your career what would you be?

Desiree - posted on 12/09/2010 ( 26 moms have responded )

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This conversation came up at my High school reunion, we where trying to figure out how many of us had actually followed our chosen career paths, If not what did we become and were we happy, and how many had actually followed their choices only later in life to change to something very different from the original.
What actually started it was the sister of a close friend, she had always wanted to be a lawyer and so studied and became a very good lawyer. But a number of years later she decided to take a sabbatical for a year, to help out her aunt while she moved to Australia and run her business. After the year she decided that she was happier and so she became a Butcher and owns one of the most successful butchers in Sandton. Talk about worlds apart.

So just for fun... Are you doing what you love (yes being a mom is the best but outside of that) and what would you like to do?

Myself I am a Company Administrator, hate my job, my dream job would be as an Opera Singer. I would settle for musicals..

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Ez - posted on 12/10/2010

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I haven't actually planned it all out yet. Being a single mum, I need to wait a few more years until Milla is at school before I can do it. Because I already have a degree from there (although it is completely unrelated) I was under the impression I can go straight to the degree. It may depend on how old I am when I do it though. If I leave it too long between getting my first degree (graduated in 02) and applying for this one, I may have to do the bridging course. Not sure of the details at this point.

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Erin, Are you starting Uni as in the nursing dgree now or are you doing a bridging course?
The course i'm hoping to be accepted into is the Open Foundation. But for obvious reason it will be by distance ed.

Ez - posted on 12/10/2010

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haha go Newcastle Uni! That's the course I'm going to do too... I live 5mins away.

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The course i'm doing now is through newcastle uni so if i am still in NSW at the end of next year i'll be attending there aswell! But thats right by the time i graduate it will most likely be illegal to practise homebirths :( It's ok if it is illegal i'll just change the hospital protocols on birth and all their bullshit!

Ez - posted on 12/10/2010

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Shannen you're not far from me (a few hours is not far in this big brown land lol). We could work together doing homebirths lol! Except that our legislation is bullshit and by the time either of us qualify it will probably be completely illegal. Grrrr

Meghan - posted on 12/10/2010

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I always wanted to be a social worker...until I had my son. I don't think I could handle the stress, crazy hours and mental exhaustion-not to mention I don't think I would be able to leave work behind and come home to my boy clear headed. So what do I do? Take a social and criminal justice course majoring in criminology with intentions on becoming a probation officer...*slaps forehead*
My plans for "retirement" and empty nest syndrome have always been to open my own restaurant. I'll sleep when I'm dead :)

Johnny - posted on 12/09/2010

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Well, right now I'm working as a administrator for the business development of our company. It's a promotion, and I'm still bored. I could care less about what we do, although I try to keep it a bit entertaining. I've learned a great deal about the business world, but frankly, I couldn't really care less about the business world.

So, in the future, I'd love to go back into social work. It is what I have my degree in, and I did child protection, youth counseling, and homeless advocacy. I couldn't afford to continue in that field & pay my bills, but if money were no object, I'd go back into advocacy work. Either that or I'd become a doula. That seems like a great job, but not with young kids. The hours could be a bit crazy.

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Heheheh I worked at Wendy's when i finished school it was an ok job. I then went on to car detailing during summer, shittiest job i have ever had. Then i went into retail. 1 yr later i was pregnant with our 1st. While i have been raising the kids i have managed to figure out what i want to do with my life. I want to become a Midwife. I received my application forms for the bridging course yesterday and i am sending it on monday. So now i will hopefulle get accepted( fingers crossed)and then in 1 yr's time i will be accepted into UNI and well on my way to what i hope will be a fullfilling career!

If it all goes to plan when my youngest starts school i will have finished uni and start back to work fulltime straight away.

Jodi - posted on 12/09/2010

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" I already want to change to a career where you get to dress up and wear high heels and fake nails and make up and use beaurocratic language."

Bahahaha, I had one of them - it's overrated :)

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 12/09/2010

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I enjoy writing and have been writing fiction stories since I was 14, I aspire to become an author, I want to write all areas of Fiction; Mystery, adventure, suspense, but most of all Juicy/Erotic novels ;-)

Sarah - posted on 12/09/2010

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I have a BA in Health & Kinesiology, but I never really did anything with it. I worked for a little over a year in Occupational Therapy as a Tech, but that job didn't even require a degree. When I got prego with my son, I decided that I would be a SAHM. Best decision ever. :) I've changed my mind sooooo many times over the years when trying to decide what to be when I "grow up." I think it would be cool to be a tornado chaser or something haha. Or maybe a speech pathologist or physical therapy & work with kids with disabilities. Or maybe a photographer. I don't know. :)

Stifler's - posted on 12/09/2010

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I was an aged care worker or "personal carer" or "assistant in nursing" (shit job whatever the title) before Logan and have done half my bachelor of nursing. I chose that because I got rejected from Endorsed Enrolled Nursing and then my parents told me aged care is not a career and enrolled me at CQU. I already want to change to a career where you get to dress up and wear high heels and fake nails and make up and use beaurocratic language.

Jodi - posted on 12/09/2010

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Oh, and I LOVE being a mummy right now, but I'm realistic. My youngest has started school, and our oldest has finished. My kids will have lives of their own, so I feel it is important for me to also have my own career/job I will be happy in when the time comes :)



I do at the moment run a scrapbooking supplies business. It is small, and I can run it from home, so really, right now, I am happy with where I am.

Jodi - posted on 12/09/2010

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I still think I should have been a lawyer. I did a BA in Psychology & Sociology, but I did take some legal studies as well. I then went on and did an MBA. So I am a qualified manager, worked as a Business manager and Company Secretary/Administrator, also as a Functions/Conference organiser. But honestly, I think I would have made a great lawyer. My father always thought that's what I'd do. I just can't be stuffed doing the work to qualify now, so instead, I am going to finish a Graduate Diploma and will be a secondary teacher :) 2 years part time and I'm there. I'm also thinking I'd like to do photography, it's something I enjoy and am okay at, so it's on my list.

Ez - posted on 12/09/2010

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I have a Communication degree but work as a Medical Receptionist. I love my job, but it has nothing to do with my tertiary qualifications. Instead, I wish I'd done a Bachelor of Midwifery (our local uni offers a separate degree, where as some others require a Nursing degree with an extra year for Midwifery).

I still plan to do this, though not until my daughter is grown. In the meantime, I will settle for working as a doula while my daughter is young. Hopefully that should happen within the next 2 years :)

Amanda - posted on 12/09/2010

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I love being a mom as well...the timing for it though was a little early! I was a sr in highschool with my first! But I did follow a few dreams I had! I finished highschool. Went to community college and finished the Early Childhood Education courses, and am now certified in CPR/1st Aid, and am registered to do inhome daycare from the state. I run a daycare out of my house. My fiance and I rent well rent to own to duplexes attatched together. They are front and back with the laundry room being the divider. I have made over the back living room and kitchen into my daycare center :) The living room back there is a playroom. The kitchen is set up like a school. Tables and chairs, with an arts and crafts set up. Walls are completley decorated by the kids. Painted blue, orange, red and green. They handprinted all over as well. So I'd have to say that my life is complete! :) Couldn't imagine doing anything else!

Nikki - posted on 12/09/2010

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Well I am a stay at home mum right now, I have considered going back to work, but I have decided I love being a mum more than anything.

My career is in Early Childhood Ed, I have kind of reached as high as I can go in some respects so rather than going back to Directing child care centres I would like to look into starting my own business to train child care workers. Training staff has always been my favourite part of my job, so why not do it full time.

Mary - posted on 12/09/2010

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If money were no object, I would work full time at the Humane Society.

I wanted to be an L&D nurse from the time I was 15. I achieved that goal. I love it, but honestly, after all of the abuses that almost 20 years of nursing brings, I've come to really appreciate animals. They are always grateful, never critical, malicious or dishonest. Sadly, many of them smell better than a fair number of patients I've encountered over the years as well. In the years I've volunteered at the BHS, I've never been bitten - as a nurse, my count is now at 5.

Yeah, most days I'd rather be rehabbing abused pit bulls over dealing with a crackhead or teenager in labor. Don't get me wrong, I still love delivering babies, and I still find each and every birth simply breathtaking. But if I won the lottery tomorrow, I'd only work per diem in nursing, maybe 4 nights a month, and spend the rest of my non-mommy time at the Humane Society.

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If I were to do anything other than mom or teacher (which is what my degree is in, and what I did before I was a mom)...business owner. I have a very small business through a direct sales company which I thoroughly enjoy in my spare time. I've also considered a job...volunteer or otherwise...in a women's and children's shelter. Or in a teen mom program or something. If I chose not to go back to teaching when my children are older, I may look into doing that.



I loved teaching...but I would not teach grade 4 again. Lovely kids. But it's a testing year in my state, which takes all the joy out of learning. I think I would teach grade 6 history. Or I've thrown around the idea of getting certified to be a reading or math specialist, which means teaching small groups of struggling students.



I love being a mom and I'm content to do this job for...well I guess forever! I was thinking the other day, re-evaluating to decide if I made the correct decision to give up a coveted teaching position (there were 200 applicants to fill my spot...best school district in the state...low employee turn over rate). After thinking for about a second, I said, "Sara, Heck YES you made the right decision!" I can honestly say I don't regret my decision to stay home with my kids. And I feel very blessed that my husband supports that decision, and he has a job that allowed us to be financially stable on one income.

Charlie - posted on 12/09/2010

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Hey I was a Barista LOL .

I didn't know at the end of high school what I wanted to do , I was a go with the flow kinda girl and I wound up in my dream job doing Early childhood education .

Kate CP - posted on 12/09/2010

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If I could I would be a vet. But I don't have the patience or the money for school. And if I got bit by a cat again it would be really really bad. :/

~Jennifer - posted on 12/09/2010

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When I'm not a full-time mom (as I am now) I'm a bartender.

I LOVE MY JOB

(prior to being a mom I was an 'exotic' dancer - I have no idea why anyone thinks it's exotic, it just sounds better than 'stripper'....kinda like "Barista' sounds better than 'counter girl at a coffee shop')

^ I loved that job too, but I'm older now, and gravity is being mean to my 2 biggest assets to ever doing that again. *adjusts bra*



I honestly don't think I'd want to change my 'career' path. I have a blast @ work, I get to be 'out' and I get paid to be 'out'....can't beat that.

I wouldn't mind owning the bar at some point in the future, but I'd still stay behind my choice of beer puddles and 2 1/2 feet of mahogany.

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I am on my way to doing my dream job, I started off in Pre-K teaching and quickly got burned out by the drama (not the kids, they are kids lol).....but if I could do my dream dream dream job lol, it would be, being a fashion designer.

Rosie - posted on 12/09/2010

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i still do not know what i want to be doing as a career. i love criminal justice, and i love to cook. but to do those things fulltime? i don't know. i hate my part time job as a cashier in a home improvement store, i would love to stay home all the time. i would need more money to do that, and i just don't know if i could serve people my food. i used to work fast food and the idea of serving people food again, kindof sickens me. i don't have enough confidence to think i'd do good in criminal justice. meh, what i really want is to win the lottery and move to hawaii, and do boat rides around the island, lol!

Becky - posted on 12/09/2010

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Well, I love what I'm doing now, being a SAHM! Before I had kids, I was a social worker -guess I still am, just not an employed one. :) I worked in Child Protection, doing child protection and adoption. If I were to go back to work, I don't think I would go back to that. I'm too nice for the child protection side, and too emotional, especially now that I have my own kids. It's too hard for me not to bring it home with me. Which was fine when it was just me, but not so good when you have a family. I think I would want to continue to be a social worker, just in a different field. Maybe in the medical field, or working with kids with disabilities. Or as a private counsellor. Or foster parent... I have so many different ideas! I've also thought about maybe changing tack entirely and becomming a doula.
Good thing I have a few more years to decide! (hopefully!) gqtm

Lady Heather - posted on 12/09/2010

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I am a stay at home mum for now. I'd like to be a teacher. Grade 5. It's something I always come back to in my head but I've never found the time or money to go back to school to do it. I'm going to when my kids are a little older though. Maybe in four years.

I started out aiming to be a jazz pianist. Went off to college on a full scholarship for that. Dropped out and got an archaeology degree instead. So I've been all over the map. Now I'm at the point where I just want to do something that I know will have a positive impact on the world and keep me happy at the same time. Teaching seems the obvious choice.

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