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    Default If you could go back..

    ...and change career directions, college majors, et al, what would you do differently?

    I think I might have liked to have gone into Marine Biology or perhaps Film School. Both were obsessions from an early age that I foolishly ignored in adulthood. Now it's too late for me, but one can still dream like Walter Mitty.



    top 5 dream careers I should have pursued:

    1. Marine Biologist and Deep Sea Explorer
    2. Film Director
    3. Film Score Composer
    4. Undercover Investigative Journalist
    5. Movie Special Effects Guru

    I think some of these could've been paired, like I could've been a documentary film maker and showcased the world beneath the waves, then written the scores for my undersea exploits and adventures. I could've been Kubrick, Costeau and Goldsmith, rolled into one, whilst moonlighting as Woodward. Imagine that. By day, I would dive to the wrecks of ancient mariners and study and document the lifeforms clustered around these burial grounds, by night, I would uncover government and corporate treachery. Or maybe night diving would be more fun.

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    I can't really do these things per say. I did the best I could at the time with what I had to work with.

    I don't really have an end game though, I assume at some point I'll simply stop one way or another. Regrets of the past for me are best left there. There's enough spectres in the present for me.
    I am the Cat who walks by himself; and all places are alike to me...

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    Same as Gentleman Jack for me.
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    I started thinking about this 10 seconds before I came here and saw this.

    I really want to go back to school so I can do something I don't hate. The problem is that there are so few things I can see myself enjoying long-term. I've had a million ideas over the years and changed with the direction of the wind, so maybe I'm fucked.

    Things I consistently like:
    - writing
    - creative problem solving
    - thinking outside the box (original creativity)
    - being my own boss
    - decor design (minus the math)

    I can only picture myself happy as an entrepreneur who writes on the side. I could potentially see myself as some sort of life coach, but I need to be careful when it comes to psychiatry-ish stuff because I am so permeable to others' suffering, which could leave me perpetually fatigued and depressed.

    I could also be happy working with like-minded people in some forn of the humanities or art/culture scene, or even a cafe/bar combo that stands out from the rest.

    Ultimately, I need autonomy and creativity and flexibility of schedule to some degree, along with reasonable pay (I don't need to be loaded).

    So, I don't really know what to go back to school for, but I need to decide because I want to start this year.
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    but to seem to, try to, or try to seem to."


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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Deadpan View Post
    I started thinking about this 10 seconds before I came here and saw this.

    I really want to go back to school so I can do something I don't hate. The problem is that there are so few things I can see myself enjoying long-term. I've had a million ideas over the years and changed with the direction of the wind, so maybe I'm fucked.

    Things I consistently like:
    - writing
    - creative problem solving
    - thinking outside the box (original creativity)
    - being my own boss
    - decor design (minus the math)

    I can only picture myself happy as an entrepreneur who writes on the side. I could potentially see myself as some sort of life coach, but I need to be careful when it comes to psychiatry-ish stuff because I am so permeable to others' suffering, which could leave me perpetually fatigued and depressed.

    I could also be happy working with like-minded people in some forn of the humanities or art/culture scene, or even a cafe/bar combo that stands out from the rest.

    Ultimately, I need autonomy and creativity and flexibility of schedule to some degree, along with reasonable pay (I don't need to be loaded).

    So, I don't really know what to go back to school for, but I need to decide because I want to start this year.
    become a wealthy entrepreneur and fund my deep sea expeditions. I'm also gonna need you to pay for my scuba diving classes. And please keep wearing that bunny suit.
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    I would have stayed with health care but I would have gotten into policy.
    I like to rock n' roll all night and *part* of every day. I usually have errands... I can only rock from like 1-3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asynartetic View Post
    ...and change career directions, college majors, et al, what would you do differently?
    I would not change my education or overall career direction. The only thing I might have done differently is follow up on an opportunity to change employer several years ago. It wasn't the right position at the time, but I probably could have turned it into that after a couple years. I am finding it much harder to move on now.
    They are quite gentle, really, but people avoid them because they are a bit . . . different.
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    There were several times I questioned several things I did. But yes, looking back, I did what I could with what I had.
    Certain things were unforeseeable, and certain investments did not pay off.
    Focus on what you have, not what you lost.

    I read a nice analogy once, if you were given $50, busted half and have $25, you still do have $25. It's not 0.
    You lost $25, but it's not everything. Treat it as if you were just given $25, go on from there with the knowledge gained from the other $25 lost.
    WHY ARE THERE SHEEP HERE?
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    I think I'm gonna look into philosophy, either a major or minor or maybe even double major with something like psychology. Ultimately, I want options with the primary goal of being able to pursue writing and/or teaching. The way my mind works, I think I need an excessive amount of stimulation and tinkering with conceptual connections to avoid general neurosis and feelings of dread/pointlessness. People tend to view philosophy as a pointless major, but the statistics show that philosophy majors have the highest jump in income by mid-career and the options are essentially limitless because philosophy teaches you how to think, not what to think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Deadpan View Post
    I think I'm gonna look into philosophy, either a major or minor or maybe even double major with something like psychology. Ultimately, I want options with the primary goal of being able to pursue writing and/or teaching. The way my mind works, I think I need an excessive amount of stimulation and tinkering with conceptual connections to avoid general neurosis and feelings of dread/pointlessness. People tend to view philosophy as a pointless major, but the statistics show that philosophy majors have the highest jump in income by mid-career and the options are essentially limitless because philosophy teaches you how to think, not what to think.
    Not to repeat the trope or mantra that philosophy is a terrible major, but I think you're on the right track, pairing that with something a little more practical. I don't necessarily believe that trope, I think that can be the same case with any major. Like, I've met business majors who didn't do squat with their degrees.
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