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alexusjonesfan
Jul 29th, 2003, 01:52 AM
I'm going through an interesting phase in my life right now. I just finished my first year at university and everyone around me seems to want me to choose a profession or atleast something to aim for...well I'm pretty confused and am still figuring out what I want to be or what I'm good at doing...

well, I was just curious, for those of you who aren't in the workplace yet, what it is that you want to be and why? and for those who already work, did you end up getting the job you always wanted? or did you find something else which was better/worse?

King Satan
Jul 29th, 2003, 01:54 AM
I wanna be a rockstar. i'm a musician and i love playing music, so why not get rich while you're playing it.

Bacardi
Jul 29th, 2003, 02:16 AM
I wanted to be a doctor. :o

Ting
Jul 29th, 2003, 02:46 AM
I wanted to be a writer or a journalist...but that's hopeless already.

Hawk
Jul 29th, 2003, 02:49 AM
I wanted to be an Astronomer..but that was when I was still pretty young ;)

Gowza
Jul 29th, 2003, 03:00 AM
in my teen years i wanted to be a cricketer, i had serious goals of trying to get into my open state team within 2 years of leaving high school but in year 10 i got a shoulder injury and never fully recovered and i was an express bowler so i basically had no choice but to give that up. other than that i haven't really had anything i've wanted to be other than fantasy dreams like being a celeb. i did want to be a songwriter for a couple of years and i'm hoping to pursue that next year. i'll do some courses and see how other people do things and go from there. apart from that wanted to be a pro tennis player (i still do) but i only started tennis this year and i'm 18, i'm told i have talent but i am a bit old to develop all of it. they told me if i had started in high school then i could have been pro. my goal is to just playing some future events or something but it could take me awhile before i get there because i'm not doing tennis fulltime.

but you just finished 1st year uni, you shouldn't worry about a profession now. relax and have fun at uni because when you finish uni you're going to be working for like 30 or 40 years without many breaks to be able to just sit back relax and have fun. imo opinion trying to figure oout what you want to to makes it harder to decide. imo it just comes to you when your ready.

Rocketta
Jul 29th, 2003, 03:44 AM
eh, I'll let you know when I figure it out. ;)

I mean I'm only 33 still plenty of years to work it out. :p

People ask me why am I always taking classes and I tell them cause I know one day I am going to happen upon my "passion". I just haven't found it yet. :o

¤CharlDa¤
Jul 29th, 2003, 04:41 AM
Poor Rocketta :kiss:

You should be helping others, you rock at that and you are so attentionate :hearts:

Go Tina GO!!!

Rocketta
Jul 29th, 2003, 04:52 AM
Poor Rocketta :kiss:

You should be helping others, you rock at that and you are so attentionate :hearts:

Go Tina GO!!!

awww, Thanks but whose Tina? :p

skanky~skanketta
Jul 29th, 2003, 05:52 AM
lawyer. but currently i'm studying journalism/PR.

i'd settle for playboy playmate too.

alexusjonesfan
Jul 29th, 2003, 05:54 AM
but you just finished 1st year uni, you shouldn't worry about a profession now. relax and have fun at uni because when you finish uni you're going to be working for like 30 or 40 years without many breaks to be able to just sit back relax and have fun. imo opinion trying to figure oout what you want to to makes it harder to decide. imo it just comes to you when your ready.

thanks, that's reassuring :)

It's quite interesting how some people have a sense of purpose from childhood while others just stumble upon their passion later in life.

King Satan
Jul 29th, 2003, 05:55 AM
hey, i wanna know why you guys gave up on your dreams! :(

rocky, you'll find your calling! :kiss:

Bacardi
Jul 29th, 2003, 06:32 AM
hey, i wanna know why you guys gave up on your dreams! :(



Two words Joe: College Parties :lol:

At least sometimes I get to play a doctor in fantasies. :devil:

irma
Jul 29th, 2003, 06:48 AM
a history teacher then journalist, then history reseach journalist

now I have to accept that my dream will probably never come true except when a miracle happens and suddenly I am cured ;)

alexusjonesfan
Jul 29th, 2003, 07:02 AM
a history teacher then journalist, then history reseach journalist

now I have to accept that my dream will probably never come true except when a miracle happens and suddenly I am cured ;)

I hope you don't mind my being so rude but what is it that ails you?
I hope you get your dream :)

irma
Jul 29th, 2003, 07:11 AM
to many phobia's and disorders ;)

at least to much to study for a long time without getting stressed and work in groups wich I can't either so that makes it difficult.
maybe a home study would be something one day but that's expensive and must be a study wich motivates me a lot so I don't think after a while this is it not either wich happens a lot too.

SM
Jul 29th, 2003, 09:29 AM
aiming for workplace/industrial relations, if not then ill go in to some legal area.

im studying law/commerce(econ) combined which will take me 6 years (im only in my 3rd damn it).

alexusjonesfan
Jul 29th, 2003, 04:17 PM
oh btw, I'm currently in for mechanical engineering. I was doing a different discipline first year but that didn't work out so I switched...but now I'm considering applying to medical school after I'm done this degree but I'll need really good marks and I don't even know if that's what I want to do so we'll have to see what happens :lol:

DunkMachine
Jul 29th, 2003, 04:26 PM
I allways wanted to be a payed athlete in whatever sport. Playing a game and getting payed for it is the best job in the world.

alexusjonesfan
Jul 29th, 2003, 04:39 PM
well i'm already grown up and out of college. right now, i'm doing what i've always wanted to do. chemical engineering.

Could you tell me what kinds of jobs Chemical engineers do? I've heard they can work for pharmaceutical companies or companies like Dow but I've never really been clear on it. I dunno if it's the same in the states, but here in Canada, we call Chem engineering Fem eng ;) One of my male friends is in it, he claims he's doing it for the chicks (j/k ;))...sadly, my classes are full of nerdy brainer boys and I'm not gay and even if I was I don't think they'd float my boat.

Lord Chips
Jul 29th, 2003, 07:29 PM
F1 driver. Thank G-d for Grand Prix 3 :sad:

Giuliano
Jul 29th, 2003, 07:32 PM
Vet, spationaut, tennis player, F1 driver... (I'd still like to take some lessons if I ever get enough money). Then I wanted to be a tennis referee or a journalist. I finally found out this year what I want to do.

Rocketta
Jul 29th, 2003, 10:55 PM
rocky, you'll find your calling! :kiss:

Ohh I hope so! :cool: :cool:

Cybelle Darkholme
Jul 29th, 2003, 10:56 PM
She-Ra Princess of Power but it really didn't work out.

sartrista7
Jul 29th, 2003, 10:59 PM
well i'm already grown up and out of college. right now, i'm doing what i've always wanted to do. chemical engineering.

You serious?! You never ever struck me as a chemical engineer, DD.

It wasn't a childhood dream, but as soon as I started thinking about careers I wanted to be a journalist. It's happening even as I type :D The world is mine.

gentenaire
Jul 29th, 2003, 11:02 PM
comic strip artist

kiwifan
Jul 29th, 2003, 11:06 PM
I know one WTAworld poster wanted to be the Benevolent Dictator of the Known Universe.

I won't name names...

sartrista7
Jul 29th, 2003, 11:08 PM
I know one WTAworld poster wanted to be the Benevolent Dictator of the Known Universe.

I won't name names...

I want to be dictator of the universe. Damn well wouldn't be benevolent though :D

decemberlove
Jul 29th, 2003, 11:21 PM
i always wanted to be an architect. when i was lil i would make floor plans on the old tandy or on graph paper. i was really into curvy, flowing houses, with long, low lines. i basically took all the classes i needed to in high school, took up to calc 3, and boom. decided it really wasnt what i wanted. all those calc classes for nada.

i would still like to do it later in life. the problem is, it takes architects a while to get to do what they really want, be free creatively, and some never even get there. the profession [the road to it] has a drop out rate of something like 50-60%.
the classes were rough too... i was the ONLY girl out of a class of 20. and im cute so i had to deal with a lot of bullshit. even from speakers that would come in the class and doubt me. there were two kids that would not leave me alone.. ever. the teacher gave up cos i would always talk back, i dont take bullshit.

you can guarantee, if i ever get enough money to build my own house i will have a large part in it, no doubt.

[b]caelestia:[b] a good website to research potential majors/professions/colleges is www.princetonereview.com theyll even match you with colleges perfect for you.

Colin B
Jul 30th, 2003, 12:29 AM
i always wanted to be an architect. I was really into curvy, flowing houses, with long, low lines.

Pity you didn't follow that dream decemberlove; I'm looking for a plot of land in Spain or Portugal with the aim of building just the house you describe. I could have commissioned you!

I always planned on being a Formula 1 driver or, failing that, an astronaut. I ended up designing, fabricating and installing production lines. Oh well... :rolleyes:

Viva
Jul 30th, 2003, 03:12 AM
I want to be dictator of the universe. Damn well wouldn't be benevolent though :D

Yep I was the same. It was either ruler of the universe or...

Being an actor. I wanted to be an actor all through school. Then I realised I wasn't good enough after seeing people my age do shakespeare...

Now I'm settling on being a filmmaker. I'm happy with my decision. I love being in control, bossing people around and doing things my way. hehe

alexusjonesfan
Jul 30th, 2003, 05:04 AM
caelestia: a good website to research potential majors/professions/colleges is www.princetonereview.com theyll even match you with colleges perfect for you.

thanks a lot decemberlove. I'm seriously considering going to a school in the states for post graduation or maybe even training for a different profession (!). That site was really helpful :wavey:

Rothes
Jul 30th, 2003, 05:22 AM
From when I was younger I always had the devotion to be a Doctor, For Christmas or Birthdays I would always ask for play medical Kits, Microscopes, plastic stethoscopes, I had quite a collection in the Toy Box, Getting onto my teenage years I found the devotion to increase, I would get the "How My Body Works Series" still have them ;) and by medical books, Biology Books. Getting onto 16 and 17 years Going to the library to issue medical books was a must, and any oppitunity on a research field trip to the hospital was also a must.

Going onto Biology and Chemistry at school was vastly easy compared to my friends and other students, especially the medical/Human Anatomy part of it, I just found the field really amazing.

I still have my options available to attend a medical school and to my degrees, as I only finished school a year ago and my results were good enough to get into a medical school, but maybe going to the library took a toll, so Im having a years rest of.

I still feel strong about being a Doctor, and am considering it seriously now, Applications start in October for the University, and a careers advisor did urge me to attend, so might be a doc in 7 years ;)

I work at a local pre school at the moment though ;)

gentenaire
Jul 30th, 2003, 07:10 AM
i would love to see more females in this field. and you're right. a lot have recently started to see just how fascinating it can be. however, the problem is in the finish. many begin...few complete it. and there needs to be more of a push for women to not only enter, but to excel in and flourish in traditionally male dominated careers. so i'm sure your friend will meet quite a few women studying chemical engineering. however, i'm sure his pickings get slimmer toward the end. :)

Funny, here, next to Architectural Engineering, chemical engineering was/is where you'll find most women. The overal ratio for engineering is about 20/80, for chemical engineering it's almost 50/50.

King Satan
Jul 30th, 2003, 07:16 AM
another thing i wanted to be when i was growing up, was an american football player. I always dreamed of playing football. i played all the time growing up, but i messed up during highschool, so i was never able to get on the team.

decemberlove
Jul 30th, 2003, 07:17 AM
thanks a lot decemberlove. I'm seriously considering going to a school in the states for post graduation or maybe even training for a different profession (!). That site was really helpful :wavey:


i made a boo boo, its supposed to be www.princetonreview.com

hope you found your way there fine :)

decemberlove
Jul 30th, 2003, 07:21 AM
Could you tell me what kinds of jobs Chemical engineers do? I've heard they can work for pharmaceutical companies or companies like Dow but I've never really been clear on it. I dunno if it's the same in the states, but here in Canada, we call Chem engineering Fem eng ;) One of my male friends is in it, he claims he's doing it for the chicks (j/k ;))...sadly, my classes are full of nerdy brainer boys and I'm not gay and even if I was I don't think they'd float my boat.

my old best friends dad is a chem engineer. he pulls in $130,000 at the company that makes oxycontin. ironically, my ex-friend was addicted to heroin and eventually died from it. her parents ignored the problem in fear the father would lose his job.

alexusjonesfan
Jul 30th, 2003, 02:26 PM
i made a boo boo, its supposed to be www.princetonreview.com

hope you found your way there fine :)

yeah, I just typed the url out...I actually read it as princetonreview :eek: dunno why

Mase
Jul 30th, 2003, 02:33 PM
The title of this thread just reminds me of that Snoop song from his first CD, where he asks the kid in school what he wants to be..

'I want to be a mother fucking hustler, you better ask somebody!" :lol:

Hidden Stillness
Jul 30th, 2003, 06:23 PM
I've made periodic attempts over time to make a living at the thing I love most, but which is very difficult to make consistent money at--freelance writing. The money you can earn for publishing a magazine article, a poem, etc., is pretty pathetic, especially after all the work it took to get there. I am working on a play, which is a very intensive, "unnatural" kind of writing; not flowing prose, etc., but instructions, (a script), like a manual, and where long pages of detailed work can take up only a few minutes of story time. Very hard to tell how it was actually even going, and of course, you don't know after all that if anyone wants it. If you are a writer, though, you can get a sense of things by, as I have here, posting things you have written and hope for a response. I have posted poems, etc.
I love writing because I am always thinking, thinking, in my own little world, over-analyzing anyway, and all these can be sorted out and told. I don't know why, but I have always loved describing things; it becomes like a sport, like darts--you think about something, you tell it, and--bam, bulls-eye (horrible expression)--you got it; you told it correctly. For those of us ill-at-ease among social settings, you can publish or put on things you've written, and hide anonymous the whole time. Anything you learn about, even the thinking about your phobias etc. themselves, can find their way into your writing, and even be very perceptive. Hard to make a living, though.
By the way, to DeuceDiva (posts # 20 and 22): Wow, very impressive, "chemical engineer." A different kind of intellect: you love to analyze, but you analyze material objects and properties. I love the abstract you have to fly to get to, and can only go in your private mind. Also, you mentioned (#22) "there needs to be more of a push for women to not only enter, but to excel in and flourish in traditionally male dominated careers." I believe they may already have programs for just that sort of thing--I think they call it "Affirmative Action."