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As a kid, I didn’t have any career in mind. This is even after I  finished school. 

The only real thing I wanted to be was a sportsperson. I didn’t think it was a paying gig, I just loved playing sport. This came hurtling back to me yesterday when I did a tour of the AIS  Two young ladies, one on crutches, talking and showing us around and telling us what life is like as an athlete.  

So what about others ?

FM

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I had no idea what I wanted to do and I'm still trying to work it out. 

I have worked in: 

Landscaping

Hospitality 

Manufacturing 

Stores 

Logistics 

Facility Management 

Operations Management 

Intergrated Logistics Support 

Quality Engineering 

The one thing I have learnt is I want to be happy, interested, motivated and passionate about what ever I'm working on. I also want to have the right family, work life balance. 

I have probably got one or two more promotions left in me. Before working 60hrs becomes the norm. I don't need the money or want the hassle of having to log on at 10pm at night to get stuff done. 

I want a job that I want to jump on line and work but don't have to. I get paid a good wage now so everything else is just a bonus. 

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I had no idea either, even when I finished school. If pressed I would probably have said lawyer, and that's what I ended up doing - eventually.  Now can't see myself doing anything else. 

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I wanted to be a teacher. 

Really liked a lot of my teachers at school, but then got disillusioned with school and the system later in high school. 

All my mates were leaving at year 10 so I went for a few jobs and landed one and left and became a chippy. 

Looking back now I wish I had stuck with my original dream, the construction industry sucks balls!! 

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40 minutes ago, roxii said:

I wanted to be a teacher. 

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Looking back now I wish I had stuck with my original dream

I wanted to be a PE teacher. I got into the 3rd year of the 4 year degree and decided I hated teaching. I got into Telecom as a tech & loved the travel, but had my eyes on being a pro-triathlete (you can laugh now). I was just going to finish my apprenticeship to give me something to fall back on, then drop out & give it a go. In the last year I was out for 3 months with a knee injury & the reality of what would happen as a pro-sportsman hit home, so I stayed in the job. I was enjoying the travel & lifestyle as a radio install tech, but knew it wasn't really the right place for me.

After a few years later I decided to do an Engineering degree by correspondence while I traveled. Upon completion it landed me a job in Planning. Great work, very interesting, very customer focused (we do a lot of "reactive planning), and I have a great team. 

 

I'm not sure what I want to do when I grow up though.

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I wanted to do what I'm doing now. 🐊🐢🦎🐍🐸

As a child, I was captivated by animals. I still remember my father stopping the car during a holiday in Tassie to move an echidna off the road. I was only two, but that fascination and excitement was profound. I also remember a couple of years later when my father found a green tree-snake while gardening and being totally enthralled as it moved in my hands.

So many books (including an 8th birthday present of a detailed 550 page encyclopaedia of animals complete with scientific names, which I launched into reading cover-to-cover), posters on the walls loaded with information, a collection of little plastic Scotch Terriers from the scotch bottles, a stuffed toy koala that I loved beyond total alopecia, feeding all the neighbours' pets when they were on holidays, finding all sorts of critters in the bush, school holiday visits to the museum to visit my grandmother where she worked as cleaner, always wanting to stop at every zoo or wildlife park that we drove by.......especially the reptile park at Gosford with the concrete dinosaur out the front. No surprise I began volunteering there at 16 in the summer holidays.

Even in recent years when I was only working part-time, I volunteered with rock-wallaby surveys camping out in the Wollemi, or assisted radio-tracking koalas on Sydney's outskirts.

It warms my heart when I see a little kid "light up" like I did when I was a child their age. We only place value on what we feel connected to, understand and appreciate.

I genuinely love my chosen career. It feeds my soul, gives me serenity and makes my life feel complete. I'm very fortunate.

 

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1 hour ago, Ex-Hasbeen said:

I'm not sure what I want to do when I grow up though.

I have certainty. Though I too am still waiting on the growing up.

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I have wanted to do/be many things over the years. I've had a few careers, some longer and more successful than others. I still don't know what I really want to do. I know animals and being outdoors makes me happy. but whether I would want to do it as a career, or more, what could I do as a career which includes those things, I don't really know.

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Grade 10 I wanted to be an architect.  End of grade 12 I only wanted to be a journalist, to the point I was going to repeat to improve my grades if I didn't get into the one uni degree I wanted to do (which I did get).  First week at uni I changed to radio and TV production.  Left and then went back again, changed to a double major and then when my degree was nearly finished a started an apprenticeship.

How kids are supposed to know by 17 had me buggered!  My daughter does, but the amount of parents I've spoken to lately that are worried their kids have no direction!  If they think they wanna go to uni, just get them to get into anything.  Once a foot's in the door, who knows what can open up for them?

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I wanted to be a stuntman.  Even met up with a few working guys and discussed it with them.

A few years later I took a photo which appeared in the Sunday Telegraph of a stuntman who jumped off the Blacktown Council chambers and broke his back and became a quadriplegic. Ironically, it was one of the guys I'd spoken to.  

That was the day I realised I'd made the right career choice.

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33 minutes ago, goughy said:

How kids are supposed to know by 17 had me buggered!  My daughter does, but the amount of parents I've spoken to lately that are worried their kids have no direction!

I took my young bloke to an interview the other day for a new school. He's 15. One of the early questions was "What do you want to do after school?" He answered he didn't know. She said "Don't worry, that's what most of the kids say".

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4 hours ago, Paul Every said:

It feeds my soul, gives me serenity and makes my life feel complete. I'm very fortunate.

 

My my job is exactly like that :lol:

I can't remember properly but I had designs on trying to make a living from motorcycle racing and although gave it a nudge as a club racer, realised I'd left everything way too late.   

I do remember wanting to be a HGV mechanic then we had a tour of some facilities at school in winter and the sight of blokes under the lorries with snow and ice dripping on their heads put me off!

About 28yrs ago, I started at Larry's as a Procurement Specialist and have been on that trajectory ever since.  Vendor Mgr, Contract Mgr, Commercial Mgr and a Team Mgr.   Nearly exclusively in ITC/Telco.

I'm not sure I'm passionate about it but at 54, I've probably left it too late to switch to modelling. 😎

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3 hours ago, FatPom said:

I'm not sure I'm passionate about it but at 54, I've probably left it too late to switch to modelling. 😎

Check out "#MrStealYourGrandma" Irvan Randle. He only started a couple years ago.

So never too late FP.  Whether you have what it takes, well, only Mrs FP can say that. ;)

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20 hours ago, Flanman said:

As a kid, I didn’t have any career in mind. This is even after I  finished school. 

The only real thing I wanted to be was a sportsperson. I didn’t think it was a paying gig, I just loved playing sport. This came hurtling back to me yesterday when I did a tour of the AIS  Two young ladies, one on crutches, talking and showing us around and telling us what life is like as an athlete.  

So what about others ?

FM

AFL footballer.

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Career guidance given to me was "jockey" and "oyster farmer". I am not joking with these. I was a heavyweight rower at the time and 1,500kms from the nearest oyster farming region. Did work experience at every opportunity I could and got into law at Uni. Tried it for a while - and was successful - but hated the people. 

Now I do what FP does, in Switzerland, buying Professional Services for a drug company!

 

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5-0. Got a speeding ticket half way through training and had to wait 3 years. 6 months later got my now job. Been there 25 years in April. 

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Race car driver - Still do

Finished Yr12 with not a great mark, smart kid but I was never really taught how to study. Had no clue what to do.

I was working casually at McDonalds so kept working there for the next 12 months while looking for a job.

Applied for many jobs, tried to get in to media being a camera man but wasn't successful. Still wouldn't mind this job.

Ended up applying for a job with ICI that was advertised as an Electrical/Instrument Apprenticeship. Applied for the "Electrical" Apprenticeship, turns out it was a dual trade and you did them both at the same time. Approx 500 people applied and after all the testing and interviews they employed 4 and I was their 5th choice. One kid pulled out and I got the job.

That was 1993, I'm still there wondering what I'll do when I grow up.

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Had heaps of jobs through school including working in a butchers, swimming pool and Water industry, but as the eldest of 5 boys my only intention was to take over the family farm.

Mum was pretty smart and knew the writing was on the wall and sent me off to find a job, so I ended up working for one of the Big 4 banks. Left there after 21 years (and post GFC).

Spend some time working in the TAFE sector before being made redundant. Managed an Insurance Brokerage for a bit before being made redundant again. Went back into Banking with another of the Big 4 before pulling the pin earlier this year.

Now working for a NFP that has a focus on young people, particularly those marginalised and disadvantaged. My best role from a fullfilment point of view. Still has some frustrations as trying to effect change, and particularly system change, is difficult. It's also a new environment for me being reliant upon funding to continue to do the work that we do.  Currently working on our pitch to secure funding for the end of our current agreements that finish Sept 2020.

A gig on the side for some time has been event management which I have always enjoyed.  Wouldn't mind having a crack at that if you could make some decent dough.

What will see me out for the next couple of decades? Likely odd jobs. My wife and I are currently working towards a plan of selling up and travelling full time. Currently working through obtaining various tickets (Fork, Excavator, MC licence, RSA, White Card etc etc) so I can pick up whatever, whenever, wherever.

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