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Old 11-18-2017, 06:48 PM
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I am 56 years old and my dream as a kid was to grow up and impress people with posts about my success on internet forums.
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Old 05-29-2019, 11:35 AM
Location: Williamsburg, VA
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I come from a family of firefighters, and my dream career was to become one, too. But, my parents wisely guided me towards a business degree, telling me the I might be happier (and better off financially) in the white collar world.

They were right. Firefighting doesn't pay well, after all. So I tried it. It was ok, but deep down I still had that dream.

So I followed that dream and never regretted it. Had to be smart with my money, but if anyone out there wants to follow a dream but is worried about money, my message is: yes, you can have the career you want AND be able to retire. It's doable.
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Old 05-29-2019, 11:45 AM
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As a girl growing up in the 50s, I was told I could be anything I wanted, as long as it was either a: 1) teacher, 2) nurse, or 3) secretary. None of those choices appealed to me (I know that's hard to believe, with allllll those options to choose from), so I didn't bother to make plans.

But I turned out okay anyway.
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Old 05-29-2019, 12:16 PM
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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An FBI agent, then a fireman.

Ended up with a business degree and working in technical sales.
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Old 05-29-2019, 12:36 PM
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Something in art-maybe interior designer. At age 14 we moved to a school district that offered no art classes in high school and I didn’t pursue anything on my own. Actually ended up with a B.A. and worked for the state of Michigan in civil service testing.
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Old 05-29-2019, 12:50 PM
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I had planned to be a lawyer from the time I started high school. I think it was the Perry Mason TV series that gave me this idea. After completing the first year of law school, I decided not to return for my second and third years as being a lawyer was not something I wanted to do anymore. I actually wound up in my dream job in my early 40's as a computer specialist. When I started high school and college this wasn't even a field of study. The only computers were mainrames and the only college classes given on computers were in the accounting department.
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Old 05-30-2019, 09:24 AM
Location: Ypsilanti, MI
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As an elementary aged student I wanted to work for NASA doing calculations critical for space shots. EXACTLY the career that was highlighted in the movie "Hidden Figures". Until I saw that movie a couple years ago I didn't realize my early dream job had actually existed!

In high school I decided that I wanted to become an engineer specializing in designing and constructing buildings or other projects across the globe. I believe this choice may have been heavily influenced by Uncle Bill's job in the old sit-com "Family Affair" prior to my high school years.

So I went to college and became an engineer specializing in building design, then I became a Project Manger responsible for the construction phase, then I got lucky and transitioned into a PM role where I was responsible for construction projects throughout North America, and eventually became considered a Subject Matter Expert for a specific type of construction jobs across the globe. My goal had been reached!

I retired from that job and now work in Nuclear Power - for a while yet anyway.

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Old 06-03-2019, 01:07 AM
Location: Spring, Texas
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I wanted to be a farmer on my grandparents farm in East Texas. But farm was sold when grandfather passed away.

Then wanted to be Game Warden in Texas. But determined that was not for me when I turned 18.

As I was not a good student / candidate for a 4 year degree. I went to work in the Oilfield and took a 2 year course in Petroleum Technology from Tyler Jr. College - but what I was really doing was chasing ms gamboolgal.

Been in the oilfield now for over 41+ years and aiming to retire end of this year, effective 31-Dec-19.

Coming up on 38 year of being married to ms gamboolgal now. She's the best thing that ever happened to me.

Upon retirement will plan on full-time chasing ms gamboolgal around the old 4 poster buck neckid in Texas.

Thank God for them Texas gals

Lifes A Dance And You Learn As You Go


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Old 06-03-2019, 04:09 AM
Location: Washington State
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NBA was my goal but I hit the talent wall in college. Second choice was rock star. I settled for becoming a Consultant for an Engineering company.
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Old 06-03-2019, 12:37 PM
Location: The Outer Limits
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When it came time to choose a career path, I saw how becoming an Electrician like a relative looked like a good choice, as times grew tough back in the 70s I sought other employment, many years later I cleaned up my tools, pulled out my union card and got back in the game.
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