Why did you choose the career you're in?

United States
January 24, 2007 8:45am CST
Is it for the money? For the prestige? Is it your first choice? Did you choose it for the sense of making a difference? What other reason?
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
12 Feb 07
i am an aquaculturist (deals with culturing fish in freshwater), not yet licensed. well.. at first, i chose this because of my mom. She's also an aquaculturist and she got to travel to different places. That's what i liked about her job. Going from places to places. ^__^;; but then, as i was taking the course, i learned to love it. i got interested with the aspect of making new technologies in breeding/culturing fish and even in postharvest and then transferring this technologies to other people. I love doing extension activities, which means going to rural towns, conducting seminars and trainings. ^__^ i previously worked as a community organizer and i got to do a lot of extension activities even if its not entirely about my course.
• United States
12 Feb 07
That sounds great. You enjoy what you do, you travel, you teach, you're making a difference in the aquatic ecology. I can see how you would enjoy what you do. ‹(°¿-)›
@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
12 Feb 07
yeah. i dont just enjoy, i get fulfilled when i see that what i do really helps the people. like when i was a community organizer, it was my achievement to see the people i organized working together to strengthen their organization. it was even more fulfilling when they were granted a livelihood project and now they are benefiting from it. i just hope it would continue to be successful. ^__^
• United States
12 Feb 07
You sound genuinely excited about what you're accomplishing. In addition, you're making a difference in people's lives hopefully for some time into the future. A person's legacy is the most valuable thing we can leave behind once we pass.
• United States
13 Feb 07
I am a volunteer firefighter and am in school to get my EMT license to work on the ambulance. honestly being a girl I never even gave firefighting a thought because it is more man orientated ( or so I thought) my friend talked me into going to a meeting with her one night so I went and have been there ever since. I love it, it is one of the best jobs (if you call it that) that I have ever had. I have always wanted to be writer and/or work in the medical field, being a firefighter you get called to so many things that I decided that an EMT would be the job for me. ( and I have written a children's book and it is being published on the net so yes I love my jobs and would not change them ( sorry this is a book lol)
• United States
13 Feb 07
No need to apologize for writing about things you're passionate about. That's a true reflection on how you feel about what you do. I can almost feel you bubbling over with enthusiasm as you talk about being a volunteer firefighter, then preparing yourself to make the transition to E.M.T. That's a big jump. I believe you when you say it's more than just a job. They both take more than just wanting to do a job. The last volunteer firehouse I remember was 20+ years ago growing up in New Jersey. When we'd hear the siren blare we would hope it wasn't anyone we knew. I'm curious about your children's book. Care to share more about it? ‹(°¿°)›
• United States
13 Feb 07
sure it is a picture book for little ones, I have a few more I have wrote it is hard to find time to write much even on here sometimes. it should be published sometime the beginning of this year. I hope (by the way I love the little face you make at the end of what you write)
• United States
14 Feb 07
I'm sure you're really strapped for time right now, in addition to your studies. Hope you get published soon. Keep me posted on their progress. Thanks for noticing the face. How about this silly one? ‹(°¿-)›
@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
13 Feb 07
I've done several jobs before until I decided to do what I like best. I enjoy wood work as a hobby since I was a young boy. I started my own business in fabricating modular kitchen cabinets and closets. I enjoy it very much and it gives me wonderful sense of satisfaction.
• United States
13 Feb 07
It's not many who can say they turned a beloved hobby into a career that we love, take pride in and have that sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. I'll bet you'll never totally retire from this.
@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
13 Feb 07
retire? naaahh. re-tire, yes. Cheers.
• United States
13 Feb 07
That's the right attitude!
• United States
13 Feb 07
Well, I'm not in my dream career... Not yet, anyway. I want to be an attorney for several reasons. For one thing, I grew up poor and I never want to have to live in another slummy part of town. Second, I see a lot of things I want to fix, especially concerning disabled students and women. I didn't want to go to medical or nursing school, but I thought (and still think) that law would be a good medium for me to work with, so to speak (I was once an art student).
• United States
13 Feb 07
Don't feel bad about not being in your dream career. If you're meant to be an attorney and you're focused and driven enough, it will come. The reasons you have given are noble and constructive unlike the typical ambulance chaser. Good for you. Don't ever abandon your creative soul either.
@yueliu (1623)
• China
13 Feb 07
I haven't start my career,I am a student majoring chemistry.My parents hope me to become a scientist.Although I hoped to be a composer before.But now I do hope to be a woman scientist as well as a professor.I don't care much about money.But what I care most is prestige.My friends always say I am a ambitious girl.^_^
• United States
13 Feb 07
It appears that you are a well grounded person. You're right, a scientist doesn't get much in the way of monetary compensation. However, you do have unlimited potential for recognition, notoriety and prestige. Perhaps someday you may be able to follow your dream to be a composer.
@emquinsat (1059)
• Philippines
13 Feb 07
I chose the career that I have now since I still ahven't finished my degree and it's one of the better pay jobs that I can have at the moment. As soon as I finish my degree, I'd find a job that I love and I can enjoy.
• United States
13 Feb 07
Sounds like your on your way. While you're working on your degree don't forget to start canvassing around for either internships or an actual position straight out of school.
• Philippines
12 Feb 07
it was a chance career. I never thought I'd land this job. I've been doing the same thing for almost three years. It's the easiest job I know, maybe from experience.
• United States
12 Feb 07
Good for you. Sometimes luck plays a lot into what are future could hold for us. Hopefully It's something you enjoy doing.
@smkwan2007 (1036)
• Hong Kong
12 Feb 07
If there is chance for me to choose my career, my criteria is to have an achievement that I can be proud of. Of course, I wish my career can bring me fortune and fame, but these are not the utmost important points. My ultimate purpose is to get the feeling of being able to control my life's future.
• United States
12 Feb 07
Those indeed are noble reasons for choosing a future career. The sense of accomplishment, pride and satisfaction are among the best attributes to strive for in your career.
• Indonesia
12 Feb 07
Well, i'm a government administrator. I entered as goverment official because i'd choosen a goverment college. Not only for prestige, but also for money, I like my career, and i wish i can do the best at my career
• United States
12 Feb 07
The way I see it, you can't get much better. You have a position you enjoy and want to excel at. It comes with prestige and good compensation. Congratulations.
• Philippines
12 Feb 07
i'm a graduate of political science and was going to study law but then due to financial problems i was forced to work so that i can pursue my studies (i hope..). I'm working now in Verizon as a research analyst (my first job) and it's very fulfilling.. but if given the chance i'd still want to be a lawyer... =(
• United States
12 Feb 07
No need to frown. It took me 7 years on and off to get my B.A. I can't tell you how many crappy, fun, frustrating, mind numbing, silly and well downright pointless jobs. There is one thing I learned through all this. That each one of them taught me something about being prepared when my big moment came. Be patient and always think ahead, it will happen. Live your dreams.
@funnycole (392)
• United States
11 Feb 07
Well since I wasn't born a trust fund baby, nor have I won the lotto....I decided I better get myself a career. I am an ultrasound tech..I scan people's hearts. It is a rewarding, well paid profession...but I'm ready to move on...basically I've seen it all...every disease etc and there comes a point when you can no longer wonder why some people get sick and others don't. I am a creative person and am trying to move myself in that direction...and hey there is always EBAY.
@badkat83 (1621)
• United States
4 Feb 07
Well my parents started a printing company when I was a baby. I never paid any attention growing up. Like I never said I was going to work in the printing when I grow up. Then unfortunate circumstance I started working there. Now I run it. And I love it. I do whatever I want. Have my own hours. It is great. Sometimes a little stress as everything falls on you, but I wouldn't change nothing. Funny how things work out.
• United States
5 Feb 07
Absolutely. You just never know where life is going to take us. We simply need to do our best with what we're handed.
• Philippines
4 Feb 07
Well, I chose my career because of money. Although this is not my first choice but chances made its way.
• United States
5 Feb 07
Hey, maybe it's a brief detour. keep striving forward.
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• United States
3 Feb 07
I am Librarian by Profession , done my Master in this field. Actually I feel it is very peaceful environment among the books, I feel ooool and comfort among books, thats why I choose this profession.
@makaira (1159)
• Philippines
24 Jan 07
well the reson i' into this career is because i was influence by national geographic channel. i always love their feature about our marine environment. and because of those shows, i chose to become a marine biologist. in a way, yes, i did choose it because i want to make a difference. and also, marine biology is kindda unique here in our country. there are only few marine biologist here. However, ive been thinking lately of having a shift or change in my career as the work related to marine biology are relatively very few. and i'm having a hard time looking for one. if only i could earn more...
• United States
24 Jan 07
Wow, great story. Yeah, it would be nice to have the best of two worlds. Your dream career and excellent pay but that's not always the case. If the positions aren't there and the pay is enough, than holding on to your dream is nearly impossible. ‹(°¿°)›