@DoctorOW Yeah, but that was just a couple years ago, wasn’t it? When I was a kid, a computer filled a room and was serviced by old bald guys in white lab coats and thick glasses who fed punch cards into it. Didn’t look too exciting back then. Fortunately, by the time I reached college age they became a bit more ubiquitous/accessible.
I used to be answer 1, but over the last couple years, I have been working on making little changes to get me back on track. Not for my original answer of “a dinosaur,” of course, but for one of my slightly later childhood answers. Still, not sure I’d pass if given the chance to be a dinosaur. Just, you know, in case anyone is asking.
@Fuzzalini, I have a large dog and even then I sometimes struggle with the responsibility of having him. My last job I had to travel A LOT so that was tough with having to make sure he was taken care of while I was gone.
I remember in middle school, they polled us kids about what jobs interested us, and over the next few weeks, brought speakers in to talk about the handful of most requested occupations. A woman from some modeling agency/school came in and she asked girls to stand up if they were interested in being a model. One-by-one, she pointed to them “you’re too short”, “you’re too short”, “you’re too short” until I think there were one or two girls left standing. I understand establishing realistic expectations and conveying the minimum height requirement, but was it really necessary to call out all those girls individually? Even as a guy, I felt embarrassed for them.
@DrWorm, wow, that’s actually a pretty crappy thing to do.
Things are different now in many modeling areas as companies strive to represent the population. Now models are short, tall, fat, thin, pale, dark, freckled, etc. But if you want to make the real money you still need to be tall and thin–with a few notable exception.
Somehow I realized that being a baseball player wasn’t entirely realistic, but thought being an astronaut was. Even though at the time, there were only 16 astronauts (and less than 350 to date in NASA’s entire history)
@capnjb Not sure how to parse this. Does “vet” refer to animal doctor or your retirement from being a space cop? If the later, does a “vet chef” prepare meals for animals, or meals for humans using the animals that don’t make it on the operating room table?
@lisaviolet Don’t feel bad. I was an awful student basically because I had ADD or some variation of it which caused me to be all over the place and not being able to focus or stay still. My mother threatened me will all sorts of things like putting me in reform school (yes-she did). Never thought I would be interested in anything enough to make a career out of it.
Got my first A in college in Intro to Accounting and figured this must be what I am good at. So I majored in accounting. Got either Bs or Ds in my accounting courses and probably knew less about accounting than anyone who ever graduated with a degree in it. But low and behold, was working in an accounting office while I was in law school (don’t ask) and all the things I had learned in school but never understood finally started to make sense to me. Been a CPA for almost 50 years.
So there is hope for anyone and everyone.
BTW-our son inherited my ADD and in dealing with that took at test as to whether I had it or not and got 7 our 10 answers right so bingo. They listed a number of the professions one should not go into with ADD as they required a great deal of organization. One was accounting. Now they tell me.
The first occupation I remember wanting to have was a brain surgeon. I was a data analyst for 11 years and just recently moved to a vendor & project coordinator position - but hey, at least I work at a hospital!
When I was in 9th grade I took a test called the Kuder Preference Test which matched my answers to others in professions who took the test. It turned out the test showed I had the most in common with an accountant or a mortician and that is where my interest lied. Luckily and maybe more surprising I ended up being a CPA.
I wanted to be a scientist of some sort when I was a kid - a paleontologist or astronaut for preference. But I’m not patient or mathematically-inclined enough for the sciences, and my terrible eyesight precluded the military path to space. Then I wanted to get into journalism or acting in high school, and actually got to do the latter professionally for just long enough to realize it wasn’t for me after all - what they don’t tell you is that unless you’re an A-lister, 85% of the work is looking for your next job. I’ve wound up a handyman, homesteader, and aspiring vintner, and love it.
@Star2236 I feel like it’s the first thing I’ve tried that combines my love for both science and creativity. Don’t know if I’ll be able to make a go of it, but the plan for now is to build up slowly and make a final decision when I’ve reached the limits of what can legally be done as a hobby.
@tinamarie1974 I remember the first CPA firm I worked for there were very few women and the first staff associate I took out to a client to help me with the audit, the client asked me why I needed to bring a secretary out with me to help me. Now more than 50% of the staff at CPA firms are women. It was even worse in law school.
@Felton10 I can relate. I have been cornered in warehouses, had a guy lift my skirt in the office, have been ignored by salespeople who try to talk to my date at events b/c he must be the SC person. Had a manager try to give me back rubs.
I look really young for my age, so I have even gotten the oh so what experience do you have sweetheart from sales people…had bosses who would literally take my ideas after I say them and take full credit, they just acted like they didn’t hear me.
Have had to go to cigar clubs, places short of strip clubs, etc because the customer or the boss wants to go and was told to suck it up, it is expected.
All opportunities to build character. Just happy things are better today than they were 25-30 years ago.
@tinamarie1974 Some of the things that went on back then in the 70s and 80s by both sexes wouldn’t have been tolerated as appropriate work place behavior.
There was this one situation where this manager who took a liking to a young staff member who was right out of college 10 years his junior. He was married with a newborn and very religious. She was probably flattered by all his attention. Well, I saw them kissing in the parking garage one day and all hell broke loose. Long story short, he left the firm, divorced his wife and married this girl.
@Felton10 I saw that in the 90’s and very naive. Walked past my boss in the backseat of a car with one of my team members. I gave a wave and kept on going…grandma was in the hospital (cancer) and I was on my way to see her.
I was surprised when my boss started blowing up my phone. Finally answered and he felt the need to over explain what I did NOT see. He also asked that I not mention anything to my teammate because she was embarrassed. It was that moment I realized what I walked past. Ooooohhhhhhhh duh!!! Nothing happened, nobody thought it was a big deal. Different times
@tinamarie1974 Instead of going to the one of the partners-told another manager who was female (I was a manager also). She talked to the girl and I talk to the guy-did not good. He left the firm shortly thereafter. After I left the firm, saw her at a tax seminar some years later and found out she had married Walter (no relation to my Walter).
@Felton10@tinamarie1974 Yeah, it used to be you’d just warn the new women when they started about “that guy”. Or some women took their private revenge - like a woman who told me that she and another waitress at a certain place slashed their manager’s tires because he’d corner them in the kitchen and grope them.
@Kyeh@tinamarie1974 Things that everyone did back then including females wouldn’t be allowed today. For example-one women found a funny IRS form called a “Male Reproductive Organ Tax” where you had to pay a tax or get a refund based on the length (you get the idea). She made copies and passed it all around the office to both males and females and everyone had a good laugh over it.
@Felton10@tinamarie1974 I met my (future) wife while working at a major tech firm. She was hired fresh out of college with an EE degree and I thought she was smart and nice and attractive (and one of the very few non-administrative women in the department at the time) but we were both married to other people at the time. Eight years later, we both found ourselves single and decided to try dating. There was some gossip but no serious repercussions work-wise. We were married the next year and will celebrate our 30th this summer.
I’m not sure that things could work out quite the same in today’s business environment.
@macromeh@tinamarie1974 Good for you-always wonder what happened to Walter and his younger wife-bet she was cast aside when someone younger and prettier showed up. She looked like hell when I saw her that time.
@macromeh@tinamarie1974 I met my wife at single week in the Catskills even though we lived 30 miles apart. (approx 500 miles away from where we both lived). She was the most geographically desirable person I met there.
When I was like 3-4 I was hugely fascinated with great whites and wanted to swim with them. I had a shark book that my parents should never let me look at bc it was full of people getting bitten, just not appropriate for a little kid. Then in elementary I wanted to be a dancer. After that all I remember Is wanting to work for the FBI.
I did teach dance for the community enrichment program type thing for about 5-6 years. I got my BA in Criminal Justice and was all set to be a Probation/Parole Officer, even went on interviews but them I got permanently hurt at my work. I still love shark week and would go cage diving with great whites if I had the chance.
@Star2236 Great White Northern Rhino? Turns out they are virtually extinct; just 2 females left, neither capable of supporting a pregnancy. Interestingly, there appears to be a variety of Northern White Rhino sperm collected before the last few male examples died.
Or perhaps you were talking about great White Elephant gifts under $25? Different subject altogether…
I remember going up north (in Michigan) for time. My boyfriend took me to the bar to show me all the famous sturgeon (a type of fish that gets massive) that people had caught over the years from the lake were about to go on. Getting into the water to this day up there I still nervous.
I wanted to be a zoologist. I love all animals, even the disgusting ones. But, after working in a rural farming community as an apprentice blacksmith, I ended up in the Air Force as an aircraft machinist and spent 21.5 yrs working as an aircraft metals technologist. After the AF I used my degree in Metallurgy and applied it to a DoD Research Laboratory career. Now 16 yrs later, still work for the DoD. Just recently transferred to the US Space Force! My title: “Space Guardian”
@accelerator First of all, thank you for your service! I spent about a decade with DoE as a contractor and had an offer from DoD but Energy threw me an offer to stay that I couldn’t walk away from. Heh. Now I work for a bioA lab and my PPE game is the best it’s ever been. I just wish I was able to use ‘metallurgy’ in casual conversation. You must be the coolest kid at school
Around 8th grade I decided a career in intelligence work (spy stuff) would be interesting. After HS joined the Army and became an Intelligence Analyst, but got assigned to the Pentagon doing often boring stuff. So I went to college, majored in comparative religion (mostly eastern ones) and later became a radio DJ and talk show host. Makes sense to me. (I’m still doing radio at 72.)
I wanted to be a astronaut, or at least Major Matt Mason. Then I wanted to be Spock. I thought he was a lot more interesting than Kirk.
Later, when electronics & computers caught my attention I wanted to work for Industrial Light & Magic (Star Wars, etc.) or Evans & Sutherland (computer graphics pioneers).
ILM never came close to happening, but I started at Evans & Sutherland right out of school, and spent ten years there. E&S did the Wrath of Khan starfields and the ship computer displays a few years before I started there.