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Is there a career/job that you have always wanted, but know that you will probably never be able to have?

Asked by erichw1504 (26404points) February 10th, 2010

This question is probably more for individuals who are already settled in their career, but if you’re not you may still know an answer to it.

So, you know what you plan do to in life (career-wise) or are already firmly set in one. Is there something you wish you were doing otherwise? For example: You are a cable repair man, but have always dreamed of becoming a professional skateboarder. How often do you think about it? Why haven’t you pursued this dream job? Are you too far in your career to give it a shot? Or is there a physical/mental reason? For how long have you wanted this other career? Do you talk to other people about it?

If you have a career, but are actively pursuing another one that you’d rather have, how is that going for you?

If you already think you have the perfect career for yourself, how is it going?

Please include current (or planned career) and the one you have always wished to have.

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mattbrowne's avatar

Astronaut walking on Mars.

Vunessuh's avatar

and no I’m not joking

SundayKittens's avatar

Comedy Writer.

ModernEpicurian's avatar

I did at one point want to be a politician, but I slowly began to see the haze of lies that have to be ever present, I wanted to do good through honesty but so many told me that this just wasn’t possible. I slowly became more and more cynical. Now I’m a Biochemist specialising in Silica in Biota, pretty groovy for me :-)

erichw1504's avatar

I am a computer programmer, but I’ve always wanted to be a storm chaser, specifically tornadoes! I have this obsession with weather for some reason.

erichw1504's avatar

@ModernEpicurian Thank you for actually including your present job.

TheJoker's avatar

I always wanted to be a teacher. Either a History teacher in a high school or a primary school teacher. Never got the chance as I was supporting someone while they trained… for years. Now it’s just not financially viable for me to take a year off for training.

ucme's avatar

I always harboured ambitions to become a professional footballer,that’s soccer to the yanks.Alas they missed out on my talent, never mind.

Jude's avatar

Paid to be a Flutherite. That’d be nice. ;-)

really, though, paid to travel the world

ragingloli's avatar

Starfleet Captain.

Aethelwine's avatar

National Geographic photographer.

I was a travel agent. I’m now a stay at home mom.

fireinthepriory's avatar

I wanted to be in musicals on Broadway when I was young. I still harbor a slight desire to act and sing, but I know I’m not good enough to be successful, so I never went after it. I might be a good enough actress, but my voice isn’t strong enough. Not for Broadway. My voice is much better for choral type stuff, which I sadly find a bit boring, so if I had tried for it I would have been stuck in the chorus my whole life. Ah, well. I’m a scientist and love every minute of it. I think there would be something missing in my life if I were an actress.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I work as an artist and have wanted to do that since I was a little girl.i have also wanted to be a lion tamer but I am not good at it.My cats still jump on the counters ;)

lilikoi's avatar

Pro photographer of wildlife, human conflict, nature in general, and/or landscapes.

Also, philanthropist.

I am in the process of finding a career. I just quit being a mechanical engineer.

Just_Justine's avatar

I always wanted a creative career, which includes many ideas for me, but landed up in finance. Which I hate. But did so well in for a long period. However every day sucks! I guess I try and be creative in finance. (Not to self = do not forget to be creative in finance).

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@Vunessuh -You could still sneak up on spiders…;)

Vunessuh's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille I do that now anyway. It’s good practice.

marinelife's avatar

Figure Skater.

Dr_Dredd's avatar

Supreme Court Justice. I’m not even a lawyer, but I’ve read many of the decisions. I also just heard Ruth Bader Ginsburg speak at the 92nd Street Y in NYC. She’s quite an interesting person.

Cruiser's avatar

I am an executive desk jockey and always wanted to be a fly in fishing guide in northern Canada.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@Cruiser -Won’t your arms get tired flying with all those people on your back?
@Vunessuh-I’ll get my mom in law a spiderman outfit for her birthday;)You always inspire the best ideas!

janbb's avatar

Librarian, but I would love to be a great novelist.

Cruiser's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille Wait till they find out how bad my eyes are and I don’t own a boat!

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@Cruiser -How much will you be charging?

Vunessuh's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille Send her my way. I’ll take care of her. :D

Fyrius's avatar

Undercover freelancer vigilante.
With a cape and a mask and a load of cool gadgets, and my own logo to carve into doors or project onto the sky.

Judging from the direction in which my life is heading now, I’m more likely to become a mad scientist. Oh well, close enough.

Cruiser's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille Seriously I would do it for free. All I ask is you pay for gas and my beer!

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@Cruiser -Sounds pricey…I think I’ll go with Mrs.Paul!lol!
@Vunessuh-That’s what he said!

The_Idler's avatar

Jet fighter pilot. I don’t have perfect vision. =[

Something about being the master of one of the most advanced pieces of technology created by man….

Also, the extension of power….

CMaz's avatar

Fighter/helicopter pilot

Actually, I always wanted to be James Bond.

ubersiren's avatar

Some sort of musician/singer/performer. I love to sing and play instruments. I’d love to be on stage doing something, but I’m really not good at it.

philosopher's avatar

If I could I would be taking more classes in nutrition. On line is five hundred a credit.
LOL my other choice would be researcher.
I took a lot of Science in college. I never wanted to spend my life in school. I did well in many other subjects. Science is difficult. In hindsight it also offers answers.
Sadly I learned more from experience than any class ever taught me.

zephyr826's avatar

I teach High School French, and I love my job 90% of the time. However, there are moments where I wish, like @fireinthepriory That I could be an actress. I settle for directing high school plays, and on occasion, the community theater circuit. I don’t have the looks or the vocal power for it anymore.

MissAusten's avatar

I want to be one of those people who ride around Africa in Jeeps, studying and filming wildlife. Doesn’t have to be Africa, actually, any wild place would do. Basically I want to be a female Steve Irwin! Obstacles to that kind of career would be having the wrong education (I majored in creative writing) and having a family to raise. I have to content myself with living vicariously through the people on Animal Planet.

Right now I’m a stay at home mom, but in the past I’ve had office jobs and been a daycare teacher.

Judi's avatar

I’m to old to be a Disney Princess…. :-(

Christian95's avatar

I always wanted to be a religion founder
I think is so cooool to fool so many people to believe in some divinity who just blinks and makes you burn in HEEEEEL or just smiles and sends you to heaven

Jack79's avatar

Astrophysicist, but I found out early enough that the level of Mathematics you need to achieve before you even consider it is way above my own potential. I barely passed my Trigonometry exams at school (even though I was good in Geometry) and eventually gave up once the Algebra got too hard.

Trillian's avatar

I always wanted to be the Queen. A few boyfriends calling me queen B does not count, by the way!~

Dr_Dredd's avatar

@Christian95 Makes you burn in Heel? Sounds like the agony of de-feet. ;)

Trillian's avatar

@Dr_Dredd That’s the sole function of that place, isn’t it?

erichw1504's avatar

@Dr_Dredd Maybe he can do some sole-searching, then

deni's avatar

Crime Scene Investigator. Freelance photographer. Volcanologist.

mrentropy's avatar

Famous author

partyparty's avatar

Psychologist. I love people and their behaviours and thoughts.

kidkosmik's avatar

An English teacher in a foreign country, preferably Japan. Currently working in my #2 preferred field: Information Technology. I thought I was going to be in my current field temporarily while I worked on acquiring the appropriate credentials to teach abroad. Alas, life happened and I am where I am…

Ron_C's avatar

When I was a kid I wanted to be an electronics engineer, rail road engineer, sailor, drive a big ship, cowboy, airplane pilot, ski instructor, own a motorcycle, and parachute.

So far I still need to be a cowboy, drive a train, parachute, and learn to ski.

Bluefreedom's avatar

My current career is a military one that spans 22 years and it is the one that I will retire from several years from now. What I did want to do when I was growing up, very much, was to be a commercial airline pilot because I love aviation. There were some circumstances that prevented me from attaining this goal but I’m at peace with the reasons now why I couldn’t do it then. This is a profession that I know I won’t attain in my lifetime but I am going to work toward getting a private pilot’s license in the coming years and that alone is going to be very satisfying and entertaining for me.

I have been very pleased with all the time I’ve spent in the military and it has been an honorable and excellent career for me for almost half of my life. I have no regrets whatsoever about any of it and I’m fairly certain that I’m going to miss it when I finally retire.

Hobbes's avatar

I really respect scientists, and would particularly want to do research on brains or maybe know a lot about organic chemistry so I could synthesize certain… things.

Unfortunately, I simply don’t have the temperament for it. Plus, I’d rather actually spend my life doing Theater. Ever the practically minded one…

P.S. – Being an astronaut would be friggin’ sweet. It’s my dearest wish that space travel will develop enough in my lifetime that I can experience zero gravity and see the earth from orbit. As matters stand now though, being an astronaut takes an amount of physical and mental commitment I simply can’t muster.

life_after_2012's avatar

president of the united states

ragingloli's avatar


evandad's avatar

Oodles of them

mrentropy's avatar

With The Sims all careers are possible.

YARNLADY's avatar

When I was a child, I wanted to be an astronomer, but my talent for math and organization got in the way. My first real job was a bookkeeper. I switched to wanting to be a Corporate Accountant, and possibly Chief Financial Officer. I got a degree in Accounting, but there were too many other things that were a lot more fun. I don’t have much motivation for hard work.

talljasperman's avatar

comosologist…. the physics one not the hair kind….Math gets hard when you skip classes and stay up all night playing Nintendo

spiritual's avatar

I didn’t really have a firm goal when I was growing up, which helped to contribute to me being a nightmare for my parents.
When I matured a bit, I wanted to be a writer, write a good novel.
I am an air traffic controller now, which I love and just fell in to. It’s interesting to me.
I am still going to write a novel one day….

Dan_DeColumna's avatar

I’m pursuing a degree in American Sign Language, but I still work toward and hope for a career as an author. Perhaps I can do both.

wundayatta's avatar

I’m a teller at a sperm bank, but I always wanted to be in egg harvesting. I’d prefer working outdoors.

babaji's avatar

a pilot.
Flying a very fast jet plane.

bean's avatar

I’m starting Uni but dead keen on either becoming an astronomer or an archaeologist (hopefully also traveling around the world) but once I make my decision no one better stand in my way!

Dr_Dredd's avatar

I wanted to be an astronaut for a while, too. I even went to SpaceCamp as a kid. Then I found out that I was too short. The lower limit of height, even for mission specialists, is 5 ft 1 inch. (Apparently they don’t make space suits smaller than that…) I’m only 5 feet.

Now, of course, I’m a touch out of shape. :-)

GracieT's avatar

I wanted to be an anthropologist for most of my life, but I wanted a to work in a library as a backup.
I was planning on going on for my MLS degree until I was injured, so I’ve volunteered in libraries.

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