What are the occupations OTHER people have told you you'd be wise to go into?

@AmbiePam (49886)
United States
June 5, 2007 2:23pm CST
I'm sure you've heard someone tell either you or someone else, that they are so good at this and that they should go into (insert occupation here). For instance, my dad said I should have gone into law because with the way I get to the heart of the matter and get the last word, I would make a good lawyer. Now, he said that to me when I was younger as a joke, but he really wanted me to try law. Of course I didn't. That's not my thing. My mom and one of my professors really pushed me to go into being a counselor or a psychologist. I listen to a lot of people's problems. Most people just want someone to listen, and I have done a lot of that in my life. Also, the 6 psychology and counseling courses I took were so interesting and I excelled at it. (Hey, at least I'm good at something. LOL) So that is what they told me I should be and what I would be good at. No one makes up my mind for me, but it was interesting to hear people's ideas. So what about you all? What have you been told you should choose or should have chosen as your occupation?
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29 responses
• United States
5 Jun 07
This is a very interesting discussion. I am married, but the men I have dated in the past have always said that would make a good psychologist, psychiatrist, or counselor. I remember those men having a lot of things on their mind. They always had some problem they talked about. Not saying that I do not care to help others, I do. However, I do not want to be married to someone who is nothing but problems after problems after problems. I like a man who is upbeat. My husband has never said you would make a good counselor. My husband does not like to sit around and talk about problems. He likes to solve his own problems.
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@AmbiePam (49886)
• United States
5 Jun 07
Oh, I agree. I couldn't stand to have a significant other who couldn't solve their own problems. I'll listen, but I can't be the asnwer to everything. Sounds like you have a real man, congratulations! I bet he is thinking he is lucky to have a real woman. : )
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• United States
5 Jun 07
Thanks! That's what he says!
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@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
6 Jun 07
I had wanted to be a teacher since the age of 8 years. Mostly, my parents didsn't try to change my mind. When I was in year 11, my Mother wanted me to apply for a bank job in our town. I think thsts because she wanted me to be like everyone else, & not further my education beyond year 11, & just work locally. Anyway, I ended up being a teacher. In my twenties my parents were fairly sure I would end up in politics, but I ended up finding that too stressful.
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@AmbiePam (49886)
• United States
6 Jun 07
What age of children did/do you teach?
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@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
7 Jun 07
I mostly taught ages 11, 12 & 13 years years, but occasionally I taught children as young as 6 years.
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@AmbiePam (49886)
• United States
7 Jun 07
All difficult ages, but equally rewarding I would imagine. : )
@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
6 Jun 07
Somebody in the university said I will make a good landlord or actress or artist. well if I won lottery I would get a real estate investment, otherwise I guess I'll stay what I am now
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@AmbiePam (49886)
• United States
6 Jun 07
I would think you were one of the best in your field of business. You put people at ease. And if you can do that online, than you must do that in real life.
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@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
6 Jun 07
oh wow (blushing) thanks! wish me luck :) at times it was so hard I feel like eating more wasabi peas hehe
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@AmbiePam (49886)
• United States
6 Jun 07
Oh no, not the peas! : )
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@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
5 Jun 07
Nobody has ever told me that I should go into any occupation. I guess I don't have any particular skills. A few years ago, I signed up for some general classes to see what I might get into. I went to the career center where they had forms to fill out and career councelors who tried to help the undecided make a choice in what program to sign up for. After looking at my completed form, they told me that I should be an undertaker. Then they started laughing and said they were just joking. That might not be a bad occupation though. When my older brother was younger, that's what he wanted to be. We all thought it was weird. He ended up becoming a cop.
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@AmbiePam (49886)
• United States
5 Jun 07
If they couldn't tell you what specifically you are good at then you are probably talented in a lot of different areas and they couldn't pinpoint just one.
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@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
5 Jun 07
That's a nice thought. I ended up going for a bachelor's degree in nursing, and I only had a semester and a half to go, but I couldn't finish it. I might try something else, or just get a general bachelor's degree. At this point, it doesn't matter much, but I don't like to leave things unfinished.
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@AmbiePam (49886)
• United States
5 Jun 07
I feel the same way. I'm so close to a degree that it just bugs me not to have it completed.
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@laurika (4536)
• United States
24 Sep 07
Thank you for this duscussion, it is very interesting. I was just asking this my friend maybe one month ago , since I was interested starting university and wanted know from others what would be good for me.I also read in one book, your friends know you the best, they will tell you, where are you good at.So i just ask my friends , buy to my surprise nobody really know what to choose for me.It hurts me a little bit, but so what!!!Then finaly they tell me I should be real estate agent or architecture, but none of those seems right for me.But you never know, maybe I should try it.
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@AmbiePam (49886)
• United States
25 Sep 07
Just from talking with you on MyLot, I think you'd make a great K-5 teacher or a counselor. In K-5, kids are just getting started in school and they are scared and unsure. I bet you would make them right at home. I say you would be a good counselor for some of the same reasons. You really invite people to talk to you, just in the manner in which you speak. And I think any advice you give, would be well thought out and scrutinized in your own mind before giving it to anyone else.
@laurika (4536)
• United States
28 Sep 07
Ok thank you very much.What a great idea, i will have to think about that.But I am really interested in psychology.Hmm and now tell me where that your idea come from?Are you secret agent and know me?lol
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• United States
6 Jun 07
No-one has ever suggested an occupation to me.My dad said that I should join the Republican party.I mean,I like partys and all,but, naaa.I get in enough stuff without having an affiliation.All that I do I am good at,and I do alot of things. Busy,busy,busy
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@AmbiePam (49886)
• United States
6 Jun 07
Just don't join the Independent Party. They're too...independent. : )
• United States
8 Jun 07
The wonderful thing about being an American,Is being an American is a wonderful thing,you don't have to be affiliated with anything. J-e-e-s,I'm not a church-goer either.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
6 Jun 07
Well I was always the science geek in school...hehee..and I did love the sciences and still do...I remember going through a phase of wanting to be either an astronomer or Egyptologist...but looking back..I think that's actually what my mom wanted me to do...also since I seem to have inherited my great-grandmother's knack for healing with herbal/natural cures I probably would've been good in the healing profession..at least that is what people have said..but unlike my great-grandmother who was great with natural cures for people...I'm good with pets...so some have suggested I missed my calling and should have been a vet--then with my own various brushes with lawyers and how they tick, a friend said I either should have been a lawyer or at least a paralegal since I know legal smeagel jargon and have the same analytical mind of a person in law--and then my mom also once suggested a teacher since I myself have a love for learning... Ah....but the creative muse took over....I'm more content being the creative artist type and am a photographer, writer, artist, musician and craftsperson...uh. ..even studied acting--all of which didn't go over big with my mom....but sometimes you have to follow your bliss...right??
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
6 Jun 07
I think that's why I could never be a vet...it's fine when you can help the animal out..but if you can't or worse yet have to be the bearer of the news that the pet needs to be put down, forget it...I'd be a basket case
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@sacmom (14315)
• United States
8 Jun 07
When my husband and I had to hire a lawyer back in 2005 not only did I gather all the necessary information needed, I typed it all out so that it looked professionally done. I put all the information I typed up in a folder and in the order I thought it was supposed to be in. Our lawyer asked my husband if I was a lawyer, and my husband told him no which impressed our lawyer even more as had never seen paperwork from clients so well presented (just like a lawyer would do it LOL). He even told my husband I saved him (our lawyer) from doing the work himself and that I should become a lawyer. LOL This made me beam with pride. Though I think I'd make a lousy lawyer! LOL
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@AmbiePam (49886)
• United States
8 Jun 07
I'd hire you because I know you're honest.
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@tonixxx (358)
7 Jun 07
My grandfather is always telling me that i ought to get a job in a bank. I assume that back in the days that grandad was working, banks paid well because i can think of far better jobs. I want to work wwith children either teach or be a social worker.
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@AmbiePam (49886)
• United States
7 Jun 07
A teacher or a social worker...either one is a noble job.
• United States
6 Jun 07
Nobody ever told me what they thought I should be (that I can remember) and while I think that's a good thing I do wish that people would have done more to help me figure out what I would like doing and be good at. Now here I am in my 30's and I STILL don't know what I want to be when I grow up. :)
@AmbiePam (49886)
• United States
7 Jun 07
It is hard to know what to do if no one ever helps you develop your curiosities and talents. Unfortunately parents don't seem to have the time to pay that close of attention. And if you don't get guidance in school then a person is really left to figure out something really important with absolutely no advice. If it helps, I don't know what I want to do either. I'm currently getting a degree that is basically a little of everything. I'll be qualified for a lot of things, but nothing specialized. : )
• Austria
6 Jun 07
I'm a painter and many people tell me: Oh you should teach little kids how to paint! I hear this so many times. I don't know what makes people think that I'd want to do this. I don't want to be surrounded by kids or adults all day while I try to teach them anything. I want to be by myself and paint. Big difference between being a painter and a teacher.
@AmbiePam (49886)
• United States
6 Jun 07
I don't know why people want us to jump into something that really we've given no indication we like to do.
@Woodpigeon (3710)
• Ireland
6 Jun 07
The advice seems to have changed over the years. When I was younger and still considered quite tall, and was very thin, my relatives were constantly telling me I should model. At 5'7" I was never quite tall enough, though to tak them seriously. At university a Prof I really admired was so annoyed that I was pursuing the soft sciences when he said I had a head for hard science and I was being wasted. He was a physical geographer, so that was naturally his first choice for me. Lately, a couple of friends have been telling me I should teach. They are convinced I would be very good at it, although I am not so sure that they are right!
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@AmbiePam (49886)
• United States
6 Jun 07
Well, you've taught me a lot!
• United States
6 Jun 07
So many people have told me to go into becoming a psychologist and I was going to but I started working as a receptionist at a children's clinic and just fell in love with my job. I actually like doing medical records and billing more than anything but it showed me what I really liked doing. I just don't think I could sit there and listen to other peoples problems and tell them what was wrong with them if they can't figure it out for themselves not sure if I actually would be much help.
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@AmbiePam (49886)
• United States
6 Jun 07
Sometimes we find what we love in unexpected places. You can do just as much good there than you could in a psychologist's chair.
@amishagg (186)
• India
6 Jun 07
I do have a sort of dilemma. I actually am studying for entry into a good law school. Mine is exactly almost the same case as yours. Even my father says the same thing. Another motivating factor was he himself being a lawyer, he would guide me through a good and prosperous legal career. But even I was asked by several if I chose law only because of my father. Well, they did get me to think again always but then I ultimately feel law would be the best for me. I was even told to think about other careers like engineering, chartered accountancy, etc. but then these are the professions others might want to take up, but I felt otherwise.
@AmbiePam (49886)
• United States
6 Jun 07
If it is what you truly want than good for you for going for it. I imagine you will succeed beyond anyone's expectations. : )
@add_im (2712)
• Philippines
6 Jun 07
Hi AmbiePam, when reading this discussion I remember my baby brother Fritz. He's the one who keep on pushing me to applied in a Call Center to be an Agent because he keeps on telling me that I would surely be qualify for the said job as an Agent, but for me I don't really find it very much interesting because as what i've observed and heard from other people complaining about the said work because of too much stress they experienced and most specially the time they spent working, are too much. That is why, I responded to him a no, no...might as well find another job that really suits me and even I could have enough time to spare for my family.
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@AmbiePam (49886)
• United States
6 Jun 07
Yes, you made the right decision for you. It is very stressful to work in a call center.
@angela2006 (1846)
• China
6 Jun 07
to be honest with you,I am at loss with what job I should do.what is bad is no one can tell me where I should go.my major is law,but I do not like it at all.I like English,but my spoken English is very poor,and I do not have any experience of this field,so what can I do.I hate my tempory job,its salary is so low,but I do not have an idea on how to do.
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@AmbiePam (49886)
• United States
6 Jun 07
Well, what are your hobbies? Could you turn any of them into a career?
@4cuteboys (4102)
• United States
6 Jun 07
Well my parents wanted me to be a doctor, which I liked and wanted to do, but before I could I ended up pregnant and started my family life, so I didnt want to push it aside for medical school. I have been told that I should be a nurse, and that's something i've considered, however I am persuing a degree in early elementary education now, and hope to finish up sometimes soon and teach little ones.
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@AmbiePam (49886)
• United States
6 Jun 07
Oh, I'd bet you will be great at that! Besides all that, you are excelling at the most important job in the world - being a mom. : )
@coffeeshot (3786)
• Australia
6 Jun 07
I've been told I'd be a good school teacher. I have wanted to teach since I was little. I attempted it at uni but had to pass a year of bachelor of Arts to get my score high enough to get into teaching. I hated learning about stuff i wasn't interested in and didn't quite make it to the end of the year! i've also been told I'd be a good vet but i'm not prepared for the responsibility and study it takes to be one! So that's why I'm 99% sure i'll be doing Vet. Nursing this year.
@AmbiePam (49886)
• United States
6 Jun 07
Sounds like you have a well thought out plan.
@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
5 Jun 07
I followed other people's predictions. I was a teacher, then a counselor. I worked for the government for a while. No one predicted that! I was also told to be a writer, but I don't like to work that hard!
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@AmbiePam (49886)
• United States
5 Jun 07
Oh, a writer has got to be hard! Plus, you don't get medical insurance. lol
• United States
5 Jun 07
I've had several people tell me that I would have made a good teacher. I like explaining things that are sometimes hard to explain. Some people call it being a know-it-all and they say that it's a bad thing... ROFL.
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@AmbiePam (49886)
• United States
5 Jun 07
Hey, if you've got it, flaunt it. LOL