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Posted: 2/7/2006 4:29:40 PM EDT
What would you guys and gals do differently from the paths you have chosen or that possibly chose you. What line of work would you get involved with now if you could could travel back in time? I am looking to some of the older or possibly younger members who have more experience than myself and could give me some invaluable advise.

Me:
I recently graduated from college and I am eager to enter the job force and make something of myself. I graduated with a degree in Political Science and have a background in sales. I would like a job that would allow me to live freely and provide my family with a well off life. I am very open to suggestions and appreciate all the insight I can get.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 4:31:13 PM EDT
Cell phone industry(towers and service)

And be the first to do Girls gone Wild.

If only i had known
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 4:31:13 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/7/2006 4:31:36 PM EDT by mjohn3006]
Cop.

Software Engineering it pissing me off.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 4:32:45 PM EDT
Marines.

Oh wait I am still in. No regrets.

Max
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 4:34:25 PM EDT
I'd go to college and become a Doctor like I originally intended.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 4:35:20 PM EDT
I would be a victoria's secret dressing room monitor.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 4:39:49 PM EDT
I'm 37 and if I could go back and change things I would only make a small career shift from school psychology to school guidance counseling. In fact, I plan on making the switch in the near future.

My emphasis has always been on career satisfaction rather than money.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 4:49:35 PM EDT
porn field.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 5:13:09 PM EDT
Radiology has a great future with decent $$ & benefits & work about anywhere you want.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 5:13:44 PM EDT


I'd be a pirate, matey!
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 5:16:06 PM EDT
I am a nurse.

If I could start over, I'd get my pharmD and be a pharmacist.

Link Posted: 2/7/2006 5:18:24 PM EDT
I should have bought some cows when I got out of high school. With the advent of the internet, college is for suckers!! You can learn it all online for free now and do your own thing. I would have bought up as much land as I could afford to pay the loans on and held on to it for as long as possible and then sold it off to buy microsoft stock. It sounds great with 20/20 vision now.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 5:24:50 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/7/2006 5:25:16 PM EDT by uscmas412]

I recently graduated from college and I am eager to enter the job force and make something of myself. I graduated with a degree in Political Science and have a background in sales. I would like a job that would allow me to live freely and provide my family with a well off life. I am very open to suggestions and appreciate all the insight I can get.


I'm a junior poli sci major, and as of right now, I see no use in my degree if I don't go to law school or the armed forces. Where did you find a job? I currently have a sales job with a cell phone store, but I don't plan on working this field the rest of my life by any means. What else is out there that would be applicable to poli sci?
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 5:25:57 PM EDT
I wouldn't do it over again
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 5:27:47 PM EDT

Originally Posted By jj01:
I wouldn't do it over again



Same here ... I'm pretty happy with my career as an R.F. engineer. Although if I could, I would have gone to a bigger school with a more active social life...
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 5:30:51 PM EDT
Honestly, I am not sure that I would.

But being a high priced gigolo could have it's good points.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 5:31:12 PM EDT
Comp Sci major, kinda wish I went Electrical Engineering or even the less than glamourous but still think it'd be cool metalurgist.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 5:31:45 PM EDT

Originally Posted By mjohn3006:
Cop.

Software Engineering it pissing me off.



Software Engineering.

Being a cop is pissing me off.


Really.



Sheep
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 5:31:47 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/7/2006 5:32:04 PM EDT by wildearp]
Back when my brother was 19 years old, he managed a McDonalds restaurant. He directed the poly-sci grad with a background in sales to mop the floors and scrub baseboards.

But, good luck anyway.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 5:32:11 PM EDT
I'd've stuck with the medical profession.

EMS was the first thing in my life I was good at other than football.

I wish I'd've stuck with it and gotten my RN.

I was just all out of any ounce of human compassion I had
after I got out of .mil.

I honestly didn't care if people were sick, hurt, or whatever, and pretty
much felt everyone was faking or whineing.

I'm only slightly better than that now, but, it would've been a solid field that
I was good at.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 5:34:37 PM EDT
Proctology.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 5:34:49 PM EDT
Naval Avionics...

I passed up a golden opportunity during my SR year of HS...

It's been 21-22 years since talking with a Navy recruiter, but I remember being tested for something involving Naval Avionics and was one of the the two highest scores in my class. Not wanting to commit to anything long term, I wussed-out.

Still kicking myself in the ass for that.

If nothing else, I should have at least joined the military. Probably would be working in a local PD by now if I had.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 5:35:13 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/7/2006 5:35:40 PM EDT by warlord]
I would be a male porn star in the porno industy. There is zero slow down in that industry, the internet is fueling unprecedent demand for content.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 5:37:00 PM EDT
Firefighter

If I had it to do over I would still be a firefighter, but I would have started earlier.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 5:37:03 PM EDT
I am going through the same thing. I have a masters in an it field and hated it. Not to mention it is very hard to get a stable job in it now. Going to try real estate. i am a hustler and it is a nice self employed career with relatively low cost of entry. If I had to do it all over god who knows since I have been out of work I think about it every night
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 5:37:36 PM EDT
with the foresight i have now carried to "back then" i would have been mowing a helluvalot more lawns and spending next to nothing, then investing in my drug of choice along the way.

I'd be retired right now.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 5:41:35 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Zippy_The_Wonderdog:
with the foresight i have now carried to "back then" i would have been mowing a helluvalot more lawns and spending next to nothing, then investing in my drug of choice along the way.

I'd be retired right now.


I hear ya, my daughter's friend's dad, started out mowing the neighborhood lawns in high school, he now owns his own gardening & landscape company with something like 50 people working for him.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 6:10:19 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/7/2006 6:11:31 PM EDT by Ralph]
If I could go back say 50-60 yrs I'd would've liked to be a gunsmith and have a gunshop as well, lots of leftover 1911's Mauser 98's from WWII for sale back then..cheap too, A guy probably could have made a good buck sporterizing and customizing 1911's and Mauser's and selling various other brands of firearms that were still quality made items, like new M70Winchesters, Colt 1911's and SAA's. I Goddamn sure would'nt be a pipefitter like I am now...
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 6:32:54 PM EDT
I've always wanted to be......





A Lumberjack.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 6:49:20 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Waynegro: What would you guys and gals do differently from the paths you have chosen or that possibly chose you. What line of work would you get involved with now if you could could travel back in time?
I'd be an US Air Force recruiter specializing in hot chicks.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 6:56:16 PM EDT
I would have gone to college as a lifetime student and banged lots of chicks
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 7:08:09 PM EDT
It would involve either snakes, guns or cars and trucks.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 7:15:02 PM EDT
I would want to be a weapon designer for H&K.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 7:15:26 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/7/2006 7:16:06 PM EDT by LWilde]
If I had the physical skills, I'd be a pro baseball player. I can't imagine a better job. Just think...they PAY you to play baseball in the most beautiful parks in the country.

Otherwise, I wouldn't change a thing...
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 7:16:06 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 7:23:03 PM EDT
If I had a time machine, I'd pull a Marty McFly and take back a sports almanac or something, then give it to myself to bet with.

Granted I'm only 20 now so it wouldn't do much good.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 7:26:26 PM EDT

Originally Posted By AMZ:
I would want to be a weapon designer for H&K.



Nothing like designing cool projects that nobody buys, huh?
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 7:43:23 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Tim84K10:

Originally Posted By AMZ:
I would want to be a weapon designer for H&K.



Nothing like designing cool projects that nobody buys, huh?



Now... That's a Zzzzzing!
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 7:47:40 PM EDT
Law Enforcement.

Tired of working in the IT field.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 8:03:13 PM EDT
Around the time I that I was the age to be making the decision, it was rumored that the Air Force was going to be getting rid of the A-10 and using a kevlar armored F-16 with a centerline 30mm gun pod to replace it.

Had I known they were keeping it, I would have done my damndest to end up flying one.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 8:08:53 PM EDT
Ive always tried to make an " HONEST " living,but have thought about the Other Side of the fence, like being a COP OR A JUDGE
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 8:15:18 PM EDT
While I've loved my time in the military, If I had to do it all over again, I'd either a) stay in the army and never switch over to USAF, or B) I would've gotten out after one tour and gone full time a fly fishing guide in either Colorado, Montana, or Alaska - maybe even run a custom rod and fly shop out of an A frame log cabin :-)
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 8:19:00 PM EDT
Been in the IT field for almost 15 years. Would probably start with that, but keep a strong background in EE, which is where I started in the first place.

If I had a chance to start over, it would probably be back to mechanical/electrical design, or Electrical Engineering/PLC programming.

No problems finding a position there...
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 9:40:42 PM EDT
I would have done the same things I have done, only I would have actually applied myself, been motivated, and not sat around with my thumb up my butt. Although, if I had been motivated, I wouldn't have blundered into what I do now, which is a pretty cushy gig. I would have ended up being a priest or in management somewhere and I'd probably be pretty miserable. Occasionally, being lazy and sliding by with the bare minimum works out for people. I work in the academic world. It's a huge scam, but that's the way I like it. My retirement plan is to dodder around the university, senile as all get out, attempting to create atomic mutant super-monsters, until I drop dead of a heart attack one day. Collecting my paycheck all the while, of course. I intend to be the flesh-and-blood incarnation of Dr. Hubert Farnsworth from Futurama.

My biggest regret isn't career-related. My biggest regret is not asking the first woman I truly loved to marry me. It's entirely my fault that she isn't alive right now. I intended to propose, but I chickened out. I then resolved to do so the next time I talked with her. I never got another chance. Had I done so the first time, she wouldn't have been in the wrong place at the wrong time. That was a while ago and I've found a pretty good one since then, but everyone is compared to her.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 9:48:55 PM EDT
Currently my degree is in Theology and I've been a cop for going on 12 years.

If I could go back, I would have joined the military when I got out of college. Tried to get into some medical field, maybe try to get into the Army's PA program.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 11:30:03 PM EDT

Originally Posted By mjohn3006:
Cop.

Software Engineering it pissing me off.



If you really want to do that, the transition isn't that terribly bad. Pay is upper 20's while you're in the academy, and mid to upper 30s when you're done with your probationary period. At least, that's what KC MO pays.

Jim
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 11:45:31 PM EDT
Well, I like what I do now. If I wanted to change anything tho, I would have done better in college, and busted my ass harder flying. I might not have had to keep being a flight instructor at friggen 25.
Link Posted: 2/8/2006 3:41:41 AM EDT
I would have been a truck driver; see the country, clear goals and accomplishments every day, and no asshats to talk to me unless I let them.
Link Posted: 2/8/2006 3:50:08 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/8/2006 3:53:50 AM EDT by OLO]
To do it over again...I would have skipped grad school. I'm so burned out on the subject matter I don't even want to be it the field anymore. Looking at a career change at the end of grad school is not a good feeling.
Looking at the current circumstances, and where the taxpayer money is going now and in the future, one has to look at either Defense or Nat. security.
Link Posted: 2/8/2006 3:53:35 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/8/2006 4:22:48 AM EDT by vito113]
Link Posted: 2/8/2006 4:21:26 AM EDT

I would like a job that would allow me to live freely and provide my family with a well off life. I am very open to suggestions and appreciate all the insight I can get.


Have you ever considered studying accounting or finance / economics? I cannot think of a better source of job opportunities than those 2 fields, as far as business is concerned.

The beauty lies in the freedom that the professional charters and certifications provide for oneself in the business community. Whether it's a Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Financial Analyst, Certified Financial Planner, or others, the freedom to spend one's life either completely working for oneself or for a corporation / business / government / partership, or any combination thereof, is pretty wild.
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