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Musings About Careers And What Would Be My Dream Job

Published 1/10/08 (Modified 3/8/11)
By MoneyBlueBook

I left the traditional attorney job behind a few years ago and now do finance and legal work on a contractual basis. I've been doing this for more than a year now and so far it's been enjoyable, although not without its ups and downs. But then they don't call it a job for nothing. I probably can go on and on about how miserable I was working as an attorney but I think I'll save that for another day. Suffice to say, the legal field is overly saturated and the profession simply isn't the lucrative and inspiring field it used to be. I think most attorneys today, including myself would be wary about recommending law school to those contemplating a field of study. I am constantly trying to tell younger friends to bypass law school and do something more worthwhile and meaningful with their lives, but they never seem to listen. They'll know what I mean when they get out.

A Change Of Profession Is What I Needed

So here I am in my current job, working on a contractual basis in a field somewhat related to my area of study. The job security and rapid advancement opportunities may be gone, but my sanity and happiness have flourished ten fold. Working on a contractual basis, I now have the opportunity and time to develop and improve my various side ventures - things I'm quite passionate about. Of course, perhaps one day I will tire and choose to get back to the nitty gritty legal practice. Tax law and small business consulting maybe.

All in all, it was definitely worth the transition, although I do look back with tiny tinges of regret and musings of - what if? What if I had done something different with my life? What would be my dream job? I'm sure we've all pondered these questions at some point in our lives. Well here's a list of a few fantasy jobs I wanted to have during different times in my life, starting with the most recent and working my way into childhood:

  1. Sports Anchor - I currently love watching and following spectator sports. I love playing fantasy football and I take it seriously, spending a lot of time researching and tracking player and team performance statistics. My dream job would be to become a sports commentator for a major network like ESPN or even for a local television station. Everytime I watch Comcast SportsNet I always wish I was sitting on the sofa in front of the camera sharing my thoughts and predictions about my favorite sports teams. I have so much to say but no group to call an audience. My girlfriend is not into sports although I think she enjoys watching me get all excited when I talk about how my favorite teams are doing.
  2. Investigative News Reporter - I think I see a trend here. I really should have gone into journalism as I love to write and speak my mind. I've always envisioned myself walking the news beat exposing bad business practices, defective products, as well as cracking down on white collar computer crimes. I think I would greatly enjoy chasing perpetrators down to get the story. I would probably focus my first investigative pieces on exposing online scammers, and those who engage in phishing and other illegal online activity.
  3. Doctor - Like everyone else when they were young, I originally wanted to be a doctor - that is, until I realized how disinterested in the sciences I was. I started college as a biochemistry major on the pre-med track but ultimately shifted gears into computer science and finance. Eventually I went on to complete law school. I think if I had continued, I could have ended up becoming a doctor, although it would have been out of character for me. I'm simply not very passionate about medicine or the natural sciences.
  4. Video Game Designer - When I got out of the pre-med track, I studied computer science for a year before I transitioned into finance. During the transition I initially wanted to become a video game designer. Ever since high school I loved playing role-playing video games and I always wanted to design them. When I was a kid I remember making my mom buy me an expensive computer paint shop program so I could dabble in graphic design. However I eventually grew out of it, although my interest for web designing and programming remained.
  5. Pet Shop Owner - Okay, I know this one's extremely random but when I was very little I wanted to run my own pet shop. I've had a variety of pets in my lifetime, including a parrot that I still own today. At the time I thought it would be so cool to have my own breeding facility where I could raise baby animals. Of course that's before I got older and realized that I wouldn't be able to keep them forever and would have to give them up to paying customers. Well, it was whimsical while it lasted.

So, now you know my current and past dream jobs. What are some of your own? :)

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6 Responses to “Musings About Careers And What Would Be My Dream Job” 

  1. JB says:

    Personally, I would love to hear your story about your feelings of being an attorney, law school, the pros and cons. I am contemplating law school, for the right reasons (not money) and am looking forward to furthering my education. Yet I hear again and again, that lawyers are very dissatisfied with the profession, have high depresssion rates and it's scary to hear. But again, I'd like to pursue the field for the right reasons and it makes me wonder if people that are dissatisfied didn't go into it knowing the whole story? I already work alot of hours and at a stressful job...I'm wondering how much could really change.

    Thanks! (or if you have a post on this already, if you'd highlight the link I'd appreciate it).

  2. Raymond says:

    Hey JB,
    I'll post about my experiences and share some thoughts in an upcoming post. Not sure how to frame it so I don't sound too gripey though.

    If you are applying to a top tier school (top 25) then you may be all right and I'd encourage you to go for it. Anything lower, I urge caution. The market is very, very saturated.

    Remember, anyone can become a lawyer...there are no pre-requirements and there are more than 4 whopping tiers of law schools - substantially more than any other professional field of study. The biggest hurdle is the student loan factor. Are you prepared to take on more than $100,000 worth of student loans? For more insight, take a look at one popular forum for wiped out law students and attorneys at jdunderground.com

    However, it's not all bad. I don't regret law school completely - I received an excellent education and it prepared me for all facets of the business/legal working world. However, while the education will equip you with powerful tools, at the same time it will also hand you a bit of jadedness as well.

  3. Mrs. Micah says:

    Oooh.

    Quilting store owner - I love to quilt and I love fabrics!

    Librarian - I love to read. I love to help people find books. I have a passion for libraries. I also have the Dewey Decimal system memorized (see below). *innocent whistling*

    Library Page (shelver) - Passion for libraries. If this job paid more, I'd be willing to do it 40 hours a week (though I'd prefer to work 25 hours and make $30,000 a year but that wouldn't happen). I adopt libraries and help make sure all the material is where it's supposed to be. I did this for some 5 years and it was my best job ever! Perks include getting to see lots of books and learning the Dewey.

    Charitable quilting organizer - Obviously this job doesn't pay, but I think it'd be awesome. Organizing quilt drives, quilting circles, etc.

    Blogger - When Micah gets a full time job, this might happen. Yay! :) (with a part-time job on the side too)

    However until I'm more mentally balanced I don't think I could try anything entrepreneurial. Freelancing/patchwork jobbing is hard enough on my psyche.

  4. Raymond says:

    Mrs. Micah,

    Have you heard of this new Sock Wars thing? It's basically extreme knitting in competitive form where knitters battle each other by knitting pairs of socks and mailing them to their assigned targets. If a player receives a knitted pair before the player finishes, then she's knocked out of the competition. Cracked me up when I read about it but it sounds pretty interesting!

  5. Mrs. Micah says:

    Lol. Unfortunately, knitting is my crafting weak point. I can knit, but I crochet so much better that I've just given up knitting.

  6. GameJobHunter says:

    The position of Video Game Designer is highly sought after, and can be quite rewarding. It is an extremely tedious and time-consuming job, but the rewards are huge. Pay is high, but more importantly, the end product can be something that you can be proud of. Not unlike being a lawyer, you can choose to work for small to large sized organizations and dabble in many different areas without too much additional training.

    Andy Williams | Biz Dev
    GameJobHunter, Inc.

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