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What did you want to be when you grew up?? Where are you know and what do you want to be??

I always like to hear the answers to these types of questions.  Especially now, since I am trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life!!  When I was young, I wanted to act and be onstage.  I always have enjoyed Public Speaking and wanted to work in Politics when I was in college (started off as Poly Sci in college, then switched to Communications).  When I graduated college, I got stuck in Customer Service, but I found my love for Corporate Training.  I got my MS in Training and Development, but haven't used it all that much in my professional career.Now that I have a ton of free time on my hands, I am trying to figure out my next steps.  I am considering getting a teaching or Reading Specialist Certification and a PHR.What about the rest of you...are you happy with where you are in your career??  What would your dream job be??

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    edited December 2011
    When I was very young, I wanted to work at Sears in East Liberty selling warm peanuts (I know, WTF?). I loved that place. We went there all of the time when I was little. When I was older, I wanted to be a hotel director like Connie Selleca on the TV show 'Hotel.' :P Then I wanted to be a psychologist. Got a degree in it. Realized that I didn't want to get my PhD. Ditched that. Now I sort of do instructional writing. A far cry from warm peanuts. :P
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    edited December 2011
    When I was really, really little, I wanted to be a ballerina. Then I got thrown out of dance class because I was so uncoordinated that I kept making the other little girls fall down. Then I wanted to be a doctor. I knew going into college that I loved bio and chem, so I majored in bio (minor in chem). I worked in labs throughout college as well as volunteered at Children's in DC. Went to med school as part of an MD/PhD program. After my first two years in med school, I wasn't really too happy, and when I switched over to three years of grad school (it was a 2-3-2 year program), I realized that I really missed being in the lab (as well as that I really didn't like dealing with patient). So, I decided to stop med school and to finish the PhD portion of the program only. My degree in in Microbiology and Immunology. Since there aren't very many post-doc positions in micro, I did a post-doc in cell biology in a Stem Cell Lab. I've recently been promoted to Staff Scientist in charge of iPS production at work. No accompanying pay raise though :( I'm relatively happy in my career this far out of grad school. I'm probably going to start looking for a job in pharmaceuticals in the next few years to be able to pad my retirement fund though. Eventually, I want to find myself teaching full time in an undergraduate/graduate institution as a PI of a well funded stem cell lab. But, that will be a while since science funding is majorly down due to the recession.
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    AMK2009AMK2009 member
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    edited December 2011
    When I was really little, I wanted to work at McDonalds and Disney World.  Then I wanted to be a veternarian.  And then I wanted to be a hairstylist, did that for a while, and hated it.  Then I went back to school to be a paralegal, and that's where I am today.  It's ok, but my dream job is to not have a job at all.
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    elishanbelishanb member
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    molly I cracked up at the Warm peanuts.. it's cute but a little funny. I went through and still do, go through lots of dreams of grown up jobs. I wanted to be an ritist when I was really young, drawing, painting and writing all the time. Then for a long time when I was a child I wanted to be a pro baseball player, then it moved to basketball player. This dream jumped off and on depending on how motivated I was feeling or if I was injured at the time. I also wanted to be an actress of some sort screen or stage. Till I found out that I can't sing and then it was screen. I wanted to act. So I took a short cut and started working at a radio station in highscool as a DJ and soing voiceover work for commericals. It was awesome. Then I stumbled into a Marketing/PR job where I met my FI and moved to Pittsburgh. and missed doing art. WellI fgiured making people look pretty was a form of art. (Or I could make it be my form of art) so I started doing hair. There are still a lot of things I still want to do.
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    edited December 2011
    When I was very young I wanted to be a vet. I grew out of that when I realized vets didn't just play with animals all day :pWhen I was in high school I was part of my school's morning television show. I loved broadcasting and video editing and decided to go to school with it.  I got bored with video editing fairly quickly and saw very little future in it.After one year of college I developed a huge interest in cyber crime, and because of my computer knowledge I decided to head that route instead. I got my BA degree in Criminology/Computer science. Switching majors was the best thing I ever did because it happened just as the boom in cyber crime happened, and apparently females in my field are a rarity.  I interned in federal law enforcement dealing with cyber crime, then worked there for 2 years. I got my MA in Computer Security/Information Assurance. I now work on national security projects as a government contractor. I love my job and its certainly a "dream job", though if I could quit and open my own bakery tomorrow, I'd do it :) 
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    edited December 2011
    When I was really little (2-3) I wanted to be an actress because I loved the Wizard of Oz and realized that they were actors playing the characters.After that I went through a bunch of stages, work in an office, be a teacher, etc....I think the most half baked idea was to be the receptionist at a salon or a waitress (I didn't really care which I just wanted to use the cool dustpan or electro-sweeper to clean up, so I suppose I was a bit of a neat freak when I was 5 lol).I went to college to study history and costumes in hopes of doing costumes for historical plays but I quit that after a semester and I switched to straight history which I loved and wish I would have found a job in a museum/historic site doing archives.  I suppose that or archaeology would be my dream job...but I am very happy where I am now and do not plan to go after anything else.
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    edited December 2011
    I wanted to be an actress for a very long time. I even majored in Theatre for a year in college, then I decided I didn't want to be a waitress for the rest of my life and transfered to Pitt, and changed my major to Communications. During school I started waitressing at OutBack and stayed there for two years after I graduated. Ironic... I wanted to be a teacher when I was really young. I'm still not sure what I want to do now. I had been studying for the GMAT to go get my MBA, but now I really think I should go into Law. It's a constant struggle and if I had the time and money I would go get both.
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    LaFemmeRousseLaFemmeRousse member
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    While growing up, I always wanted to be a dancer and a lawyer.  I still dance and I'm surrounded by lawyers (and marrying one!), but I don't want to be either of those things anymore :)During college, I floated between several journalism-type jobs, but found my passion in the nonprofit field.  I LOVE what I do know, love love love.  I'm hoping to go to business school next year, and after that I want to transition into a more upper-management role and possibly into freelance nonprofit consulting, eventually.
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    themissizzthemissizz member
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    I used to want to write (middle school aged).  My passion would be to work in fashion doing pretty much anything.  I'm not willing to move away from Pittsburgh to pursue that dream though, and there really aren't fashion jobs here.
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    edited December 2011
    I wanted to be a ballerina. I did it until I was 16. An injury, followed by frustration led me to quit. At that point I only had a year to figure out what to study in college. I ended up finding my "calling" Junior year, after I worked at an art gallery. I went to graduate school for Public Policy & Management with a track of management of arts & cultural organizations. The program gives you a broad understanding of all the diff portions of arts & cultural orgs, and then I chose Marketing as my focus. My job is actually in my field and I love it. My dream job might be to work for a visual arts organization, but I am happy where I am.
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    edited December 2011
    The first career I was really serious about was being a fashion designer. In my junior year of high school it was between that and studying Spanish to be either a teacher or translator. I obviously chose to study Spanish, and received my BA in that and government (a combined program at my university). I am happy where I am for now, b/c it is a good first job, but it's a far cry from my dream job. My dream job would be to be a translator for a major company or organization, like the UN. I'd like to get a translation certificate from American University...not sure if I want a Masters b/c there are not too many places that offer one in translation, except Kent, which I do not want to move to OH. My dream school is the Monterey Institute of International Studies in CA, but I don't know if that's ever possible...
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    edited December 2011
    I just wanted to be a mom.  My mom didn't work when I was growing up and neither did my aunts who all lived around use, so that was all I saw.  Later I wanted to be a vet, but also realized I could never put an animal down.  Next I had jaw surgery and loved my physical therapist.  However, biology/anatomy was not my favorite field of study.  Finally college rolled around and I had math, chemistry, and physics as my possible majors.  I ended up with math because that's what I was best at.  I didn't want to teach, yet had no idea what job I was qualified for.  I sort of fell into software testing.I wish I had a more rewarding job but nothing I could do would pay as much as I make now.
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    edited December 2011
    I've always wanted to be a lawyer, and in May I will graduate from law school.  My dream job would be a lawyer for like Estee Lauder or a large fashion firm on their corporate law staff (fashion.makeup ares my underground passion) but right now, I'll settle for a good paying lawyer position.  I currently practice social security law, and really like it, but I am doubtful there is a position for me as an attorney after law school.  Why pay an attorney when you can pay a third year law student.  :-( ( I would loveeee some warm peanuts right now btw). 
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    edited December 2011
    When I was little I wanted to be a Navy Seal. Through my teen years I wanted to be a cardiothoracic surgeon, then I went to college and interviewed a whole bunch of doctors and medical students, and they all said they hated it and never get to see their families. So I went to nursing school, and I like it a lot. Ultimately, I would like to be a nurse anesthetist.
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    edited December 2011
    I wanted to be a teacher until I went to college and my parents told me they wouldn't pay for me to go to school to be a teacher.  :(  I wanted to study either special ed or education of the deaf.  Instead, my first degree is in business.  Hated that.  So I went back to school for nursing... which I love.  Hopefully after the wedding madness dies down, I'll be able to start back for my master's degree and become a Nurse Practitioner.
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    McBridetobeMcBridetobe member
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    I always wanted to be a teacher, until I realized that it required lots of patience...which I felt I didn't have enough of!  Maybe I do now, but I can't imagine having to get my masters in education and then taking a paycut...and then what to do if I don't like it?  Too many variables for me, although I do envy how much my DH and our teacher friends love their jobs.  I've now worked in corporate and nonprofit communications/marketing and liked them both, but haven't found a solid fit yet.  My dream job would be government or educational communications and eventually teaching college, if I ever finish my masters.  :) 
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    jms173jms173 member
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    edited December 2011
    When I was really little, I wanted to be like all the Disney Princesses (Ariel, Belle, ect.)  hahaha In middle school/high school, I knew I wanted to work with animals some how, but not as a vet because I couldn't handle the bad associated with that line of work.. I was thinking about going into zoology. In college, I majored in biology.  I still intended to do something associated with animals, but couldn't find anything in the area.. sooooo I switched gears and applyed to a lot of places when I graduated in April. I got a job at Mylan Pharmaceuticals in July working in their quality control lab.  It isn't what I really want to be doing, but I enjoy it and the pay is excellent for entry level. I really want to get a job with the Pennsylvania State Police working in their crime lab, but I'm afraid that will never happen b/c you have to take this impossible exam first and score in the top 3 before they will even consider you for the position -- but you can take the exam every 6 months, so I'm going to keep trying!!
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