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Hulamoon
April 26th, 2013, 01:45 AM
This is such an old question. But I don't want to search for it. lol

I wanted to be a forest ranger. I'm seriously saying I wanted that. I was hoping to go to school in Oregon. Moved to Hawaii and became a baker/ pastry cook. Almost a chef. What a weird shift.

So what did you want to be? And how did it change?

dwil23
April 26th, 2013, 02:01 AM
Interior Designer. I got my AS degree in 1978. The economy was bad and there wasn't a lot of hiring going on. It was the old catch 22. "What was your gross sales last year/" Uh, well, I was in school last year. "Oh, well, go get a job somewhere else and in a couple of years when you have a track record, come back and see us". Got a couple of jobs with small companies that didn't like to pay the commissions that they owed. In 1979 I got married and had my son in 1981. Got my last job as a designer, paid a babysitter, drove 40 miles each day for three months and made less than $200 BEFORE paying the sitter and buying gas. Needless to say, that was the end of that dream. In 1988 I went to work at the post office and have been here ever since. I think my interior design background is what has drawn me to quilting. I love the design/planning part of quilting the best.

SisterDi
April 26th, 2013, 02:12 AM
An RN.

A month after I graduated from CNA class, I had my first of three pulmonary emboli, and was never able to keep my head above water financially for long enough to work and go back to school and support myself. I learned a lot working on the units I did as a nurse's aide, but a good deal of my "medical education" came as a patient. That was exactly half a life ago. Six months of work, six months of medical leave, rinse, repeat. What a waste. Well, I shouldn't say that. I loved my job, and every experience with every patient and family member, good and bad. I would like to have enjoyed the fruits of those labors in the form of a degree and a bigger paycheck. Autoimmune disease is horrible.

bubba
April 26th, 2013, 02:23 AM
When in high school, I wanted to be either an architect or a court reporter. Before graduating from high school, I started working in a doctors office doing filing and billing. Once I got married, I continued doing office work, and started doing light bookkeeping as well. At that point, I decided I wanted to work for the city, so applied to be a communications officer. That is the person who answers 911 calls, but back then, there was no 911. Now almost 30 years later, I still work for that same department. For the last 28 I have been a dispatcher and I greatly enjoy bossing people around all day :0

shannonsaulter
April 26th, 2013, 03:20 AM
In high school I was in ROTC and pilot class I wanted to be a Marine Corps pilot...Sr. yr that all changed when I was diagnosed with Epilepsy...I went to a JC...worked with Alzheimers patients for 10+ yrs and then needed a change and now have been a Corrections Officer for almost 5 yrs...

dwil23
April 26th, 2013, 03:27 AM
Interior Designer. I got my AS degree in 1978. The economy was bad and there wasn't a lot of hiring going on. It was the old catch 22. "What was your gross sales last year/" Uh, well, I was in school last year. "Oh, well, go get a job somewhere else and in a couple of years when you have a track record, come back and see us". Got a couple of jobs with small companies that didn't like to pay the commissions that they owed. In 1979 I got married and had my son in 1981. Got my last job as a designer, paid a babysitter, drove 40 miles each day for three months and made less than $200 BEFORE paying the sitter and buying gas. Needless to say, that was the end of that dream. In 1988 I went to work at the post office and have been here ever since. I think my interior design background is what has drawn me to quilting. I love the design/planning part of quilting the best.

I forgot to say, I had dreams of going on to architecture school and actually designing homes. It made me extra proud when my son graduated with his Masters in Architecture a year ago.

Evilynn
April 26th, 2013, 03:29 AM
I always wanted to be a interpreter. And still want, only the languages have changed, lol!

Once my baby is big enough and I am cured, I will go to school, here in Finland. Quite a challenge! I want to get my degree first and then study to become interpreter Finnish-German and as 2nd language English. There will be a demand for sure!

I became a sales-woman. I worked in a supermarket in different positions before they never hired full-timers anymore. Then I got involved into callcenters and worked there for many years. Then I moved to Finland and became.. well a mother :)

shermur
April 26th, 2013, 07:22 AM
Seriously...I wanted to be a singer. In fact, at the tender age of 19, my family had left the house and I started packing my car with everything I owned to drive to Nashville. I got behind the wheel and got a tremendous guilty feeling about leaving my family and home. I had everything back in my bedroom before they came back home. That was 30 years ago and there are times I regret my decision. I did work for two piece work factories (Key Industries and Levi Strauss); I eventually became an accounting clerk by hard work and determination. I do wish that I could still sing like I did 30 years ago and still wonder if I could have made it.....

Karena1984
April 26th, 2013, 09:20 AM
I wanted to be a home ec teacher!! I got married young and had a baby young so now I stay home and raise my daughter. I still love the idea of teaching but I cannot bring myself to put her in child care so instead I teach friends and family how to do the stuff! It seems like these days the kids coming out of school cannot boil and egg let alone patch a pair of jeans! I'm determined to change that in my small town lol

Lisapc
April 26th, 2013, 09:34 AM
I come from a medical family. Extended family I should say. The other half of my family are artists. Music, painting, wood craftsmen. I was always in my uncles medical books when he was in med school. I wanted to be a nurse. I wanted to be a singer. I wanted to be a writer. I wanted to be a painter. I wanted to be a queen. All before I was 10.

I became a nurse, I became an administrator. I had a family to support and thought the fun stuff was just for fun. I have always done craft fairs. So now I am making money doing home medical agency consulting and I am phasing that out. I am slowly building my sewing business and because of Jenny taking the fear of quilting out of the equation I am adding quilting to that sewing business. I still sing, write, paint, make stuff and train the occasional dog.

mcwade
April 26th, 2013, 09:38 AM
I always wanted to be a labor and delivery nurse but wound up as a teacher - which I love!

Sandy Navas
April 26th, 2013, 10:27 AM
At a young age I wanted to be a lumberjack. Go figure. While in high school my dream was to become an industrial engineer. Not to happen. US WAC placed me in charge of a military hospital emergency room (admin area) and that lead me to college to obtain a degree in Health Care Administration - was manager of an HMO for several years before moving to the Middle East where I became the Unit Supervisor of an advanced technical training program for young engineers.

My favorite occupation? RETIRED!!

WendyI
April 26th, 2013, 10:56 AM
For as long back as I can remember I was going to be two things: a vet and a country music singer. lol. I learned quick on in life that there is no money for "girls" to be educated and while I could sing a fair tune, in my day there was no CDN or American Idol and you didn't just up and go to Nashville. So I did a lot of house parties. lol. Now I sing in my car and that's just fine for me.

I'm someone who believes that the very first serious full-time job you have will greatly influence your future path if you are not already embarked on a path to do what you want. My first serious, well-paid job was clerical work for a school board and I pretty much gravitated to to that, ending up at my current job at the University where I work now and have done for the past 23 years. Not my dream job by any means...but it pays the bills.

Sandy....I can't WAIT to have your job!!

auntiemern
April 26th, 2013, 11:14 AM
Want an interesting question. I never wanted to be anything more than what I am now. A full time mom and granny. I worked for 30yrs, my last job being home assembly piece work, so I could be home. I was very good, and fast at that, and made good money. I did that for almost 15 years. Then my arthritis, and fibro got to be to much on my joints, especially my hands, elbows and shoulders, so I gave that up. Been a home maker, and full time mom and granny again, for the past 8 yrs. Like Sandy, I like being retired.

MayinJerset
April 26th, 2013, 11:27 AM
I was influenced by actresses in 1940's movies and wanted to be a secretary. Also wanted to be an artist. During high school I worked part time in a big time corporate law firm in NYC, continued there after high school in their accounting dept. I wanted to go to college but parents were against it even though in NYC college was almost free at those time, they wanted me to work and contribute to the family income. Married in 1955 and had children and couldn't even get a part time job at Christmas in those days because I had children. Went back to work in mid 1970's at several office jobs at a bank, park and nursing service. I took some college courses at night and also painting classes at local park. Last job was finally as a secretary, really an Admistrative Assistant at local college. There I was able realize the last of my dreams as I continued my education and at age 60 received my AA in Art.

Those are the paying jobs that I have had. Best job has been as wife to Gene, mother to sons Bob, Pat and Tim and grandmother and great grandmother. Family and Home are what has always been most important to me. May

Renate
April 26th, 2013, 11:36 AM
- I wanted to be a nurse in a hospital and I became a nurse in a hospital. After beeing very disappointing how this job changed more and more from work with the patients to office work and could not longer agree with how patients are treatet,
- I wanted to be a natural doctor and I became a natural doctor. After working 13 to 15 hours each day I had a complete burn out and
- I wanted a year of break and I got a new love. Short after falling in love, my darling asked me if I can help him in his distributions office, because his assistant walked away from one day to the other and of course I helped him. This was 10 years ago. We built up his company more and more and today I am mrs. vizepresident.
- I never wanted to be a quilter for money, just for fun and 2 days ago, the purchase manager of the most famous department store of Zurich/Switzerland asked me, if I would like to sew baby quilts for their kids department. And I will start with 3 pieces and than we will have a look.

It seems, with everything I wanted to become was over after some years and with what I was asked to be I found my felicity.

If God wants to punish you, he listens to your prayers. If you want to be fortunate listen to God.

Momofmonsters5
April 26th, 2013, 11:54 AM
I wanted to be a doctor. It has always been my dream but I ended up being very fertile so 5 kids later that dream has changed. I now am a year away from finishing a degree in Human Resource Management. I have worked as a manager and love it. I'm 35 and just really starting out in the field but I do not regret having all these years with the monsters. I have worked throughout the years but I'm more then ready for a career.

EmmaB
April 26th, 2013, 12:06 PM
This is a fun question!! In high school, I wanted to follow speech therapy. Worked retail jobs while going to college. Met my husband (now ex) quit college and started clerical jobs. Found THE clerical job I was meant for 23 years ago and am still here! I think my profession found me.

GinnyKNC
April 26th, 2013, 12:16 PM
When I was young I wanted to be a vet :) In high school I wanted to be a photographer and travel the world taking beautiful pictures. Instead at 15 I started the process to become an emancipated minor and had to work to support myself. Although not a dream life I wouldn't trade my life for anything. I have a wonderful husband and two beautiful sons and they mean the world to me. Life isn't easy for anyone and we are never to old to learn (at least that's what they tell me lol). I could still be those things if I wanted them bad enough. But I'm happy being me - although I wish I could retire and quilt all day :)

jsmetcalf
April 26th, 2013, 01:14 PM
I remember sitting on the floor in the library of my elementary school reading a book about Florence Nightingale and decided that I wanted to be a nurse and that's exactly what I did. Initially I became an LPN (primarily because it was the fastest route into nursing) dabbling in it over the years, but lucky enough to be a stay-at-home Mom first, nurse second. Eventually I went back to college and became a Registered Nurse and went to work in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) for several years before I remarried and became... a farmer (THAT was never on my list of things to do with my life!). I loved the NICU, but living where I do now, there are no opportunities in the field. Most of the medical facilities in the area are small and only a few even deal with babies at all. Those that do include Labor, Delivery, Postpartum, and Nursery as part of the job....not the least bit interested with the first three on that list!!! I love what I do now, but every now and again, I sure miss my tiny, tiny babies.

HdWench
April 26th, 2013, 01:38 PM
hmm I wanted to be an airline Stewardess, then a model LOL

At the end of H.S. (back in the 70's) I weighed 130 at 5'6" and considered "overweight" !!!! Had photo shots taken but never got a call for even a commercial, so went to college and began taking nursing classes. Got asked to teach Trampoline classes, so changed mind to a teacher! Then I joined the Army and that took me into office management. I've been a software tester, General's receptionist, and an office manger & web designer my last job in NYC before 9/11. Married my last husband and followed him with his PhD in High Energy Psychics first to Dallas, TX - then to NYC.

After that my husband began a small company and I got drug into it. But I finally got to model (on our website), build several websites, and began to sew sew sew! I'm much happier now quilting and letting him deal more with the business.

Divine Daisy
April 26th, 2013, 01:44 PM
I wanted to be a florist.............soooooo badly! When I was a teenager I got a social conscience and decided I would bring justice to those who were denied it, through race, sex religion or finance. I was sooooooooo nieve lol but I tried. I was a lawyer for donkey's years specialising in Victims issues and sexual offences. We did manage to change things somewhat, attitudes and understanding of victims of crime but it was and up hill struggle and I grew tired. Whenever I was weary I used to think of all the pretty flowers and displays I could be doing.

The truth?

I should have been a florist lol

shannonsaulter
April 26th, 2013, 01:48 PM
This post was great enjoyed seeing what everyone wanted to be and ended up being some staying on their path others going way the other way...

EnumclawGramma
April 26th, 2013, 01:49 PM
When I was in Jr. High I wanted to be a minister. Seriously. I wound up marrying YOUNG and when all my kids were little I went to work as an Admin. Asst. for a real estate company to put my DH through school. I spent 30 years there and retired (read: was laid off due to bad economy/housing market) as the asst. manager. The company is like family to me still, made many lifelong friendships and loved most all of my time there. I still go back as fill in when needed. I also prefer my job now: RETIRED.

EnumclawGramma
April 26th, 2013, 01:51 PM
In high school I was in ROTC and pilot class I wanted to be a Marine Corps pilot...Sr. yr that all changed when I was diagnosed with Epilepsy...I went to a JC...worked with Alzheimers patients for 10+ yrs and then needed a change and now have been a Corrections Officer for almost 5 yrs...

Wow. My daughter was on the same career path. She was Marine Corps ROTC. She was the commander of the unarmed drill team. And diagnosed with epilepsy. She's grown out of it but it changed her path for sure.

Rosie59
April 26th, 2013, 02:07 PM
I wanted to be a teacher, did one year of the teacher training course and decided that was not for me. Fell into an admin job for a couple of years then was out of work for another couple of years. I moved to the other end of the country (Scotland to south of England) and got a job in the Unemployment Benefit Office as it was called then. Although I have moved back to Scotland I am still with the same department 28 years later. I now help people with disabilities find and keep work. I can't say it's what I wat to do but it pays the bills! I would much rather be sitting in my craft room making cards, scrapbooks, jewellery and sewing. One can but dream.

SallyO'Sews
April 26th, 2013, 02:41 PM
As a child, I wanted to be either a hairdresser or a ballet dancer. Sadly, no talent the former, and wrong body type for the latter! I wound up getting a music degree (applied voice & music ed), but met my DH in college, got married and had ten kids, the first eight of whom were born in the first 12 years we were married. Still have had the opportunity to do lots of singing at church, and all our kids sing really well. We even do a family gospel concert every year as a fundraiser for the school where DH serves as pastor/principal.

Funny thing; when people find out I have so many kids (and yes, my house is rather like a shoe), they think I must have ALWAYS wanted to have a large family and be a wife and mom. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth! When I was 21, I told my college roommate that the last thing I would be doing in ten years was making babies and oatmeal... So of course by the time I was 31 I was expecting child # 5! Does God have a sense of humor, or what??

At this time in my life (I'm 57; my kids range in age from 16 to 33), all I can do is give thanks that I didn't have my way! What changed me? Only God - He does all things well!

Carolyn23
April 26th, 2013, 03:15 PM
Although my college degree was in Secondary English Education, I never really taught except for sub work. I was blessed enough to be a stay at home mom and now a stay at home grandma. �� HOWEVER, if I could do it again I'd be a COP. I always wanted to get into law enforcement and I'd love to be a homicide detective. I had a good friend who was an FBI agent and he was always trying to get me to apply to the FBI. The only reason I didn't was because I was pregnant with my firstborn. This friend was great...he and I would go to the shooting range all the time. It was a blast and I was a pretty good shot for a rookie! I still have our targets from those days thirty years ago!

WendyI
April 26th, 2013, 03:57 PM
I wanted to be a florist.............soooooo badly! When I was a teenager I got a social conscience and decided I would bring justice to those who were denied it, through race, sex religion or finance. I was sooooooooo nieve lol but I tried. I was a lawyer for donkey's years specialising in Victims issues and sexual offences. We did manage to change things somewhat, attitudes and understanding of victims of crime but it was and up hill struggle and I grew tired. Whenever I was weary I used to think of all the pretty flowers and displays I could be doing.


I think that is TOTALLY WICKED!! I am taking a Sociology course in Criminology this term and I'm really looking forward to it. But I can imagine how frustrating a career in that path would be though. Don't you wonder where in the world common sense and human decency went??

Although being a florist would be fun!!

Tanya D
April 26th, 2013, 05:17 PM
Well, let's see....I remember wanting to be a pilot, then a flight attendant when I was younger.

When I graduated HS, my grades weren't great...I focused more on my boyfriend than I did on my school work. I never really aspired to go to post secondary school. I started working in an office after HS and that is all I've ever done. Some jobs were better than others and I've made some friends along the way that I've enjoyed keeping in touch with.

This job I am currently at has been my home away from home for 7.5 years now. I love it here...despite the one annoying girl that I can't stand. It's close to home, it's easy and the pay is decent.

K. McEuen
April 26th, 2013, 05:42 PM
I wanted to be independently wealthy. It hasn't happened yet.

I've done all different kinds of jobs, partly because hubby was Air Force so it's hard to stay with one thing when you have to move every so often. I started out in retail as a teen. Thank goodness I don't have to do that anymore. People are too rude to cashiers and salespeople in the stores now. I worked for Levi Strauss for 7 years, first sewing on the line, then in the cutting department as a fabric spreader and then as the marker planner ( making sure all the patterns for the jeans were correct when they came in from San Francisco.) Then I had my daughter and was a stay at home mom until she was in the third grade. I worked as a substitute teacher and did before and after school Campfire at her elementary school. I worked for a couple years at the local newspaper on the webpage, then I was the secretary for the mayor of a small village just outside Albuquerque. In recent years I have worked for several non-profits, either as executive director or support staff. As of the first of February this year I was not working, until today when I got a call from another non-profit that wants me to do part time support work for them. So I guess I'm working again.

Iris Girl
April 26th, 2013, 06:07 PM
When I was young I wanted to marry a prince and be a hairdresser. went to vocational school to be a hairdreser, but Mom got sick and couldn't get me to stateboards in albany, so that was that. I do the familys hair and mine, my kids have never been to a barber or a stylist, hubby sometimes when he starts to think they are better then me then they nip his ear and he says I can get that treatment at home...LOL. Very rarely go get my hair done either and everytime I do I am disappointed because no one I mean NO ONE knows what layering means. as for the prince that didn't work either. I went to work in an ice cream / dairy place. I made ice cream for 5 years yum and stayed thin somehow. met my husband there he drove a milk truck...yeah I married the milkman. I got pregnant we moved the planned wedding up a year. When my son was 18 months old I seen an ad in the paper for the rag shop. So I went an applied knowing I was a shoe in. I was there all the time anyway buying fabric to make me or my husband or my son clothes. I knew the manager and was hired immeadiately. I stayed there for 20 years till they closed working my way up to fabric manager/ass't manager and sewing instructor. It was a fun job and not like work most the time. Loved the twice yearly trips to the warehouse to help buy and pick fabrics for our area. After they closed. I went to work at Michaels as cashier not wanting any part in any management anymore still there and I like it.

Sew Perfect
April 26th, 2013, 06:50 PM
I wanted to be in the Olympics. When the Olympics came on, it was a big deal in our household. My 2 favorite events was Gymnastics and Track and Field. When Gymnastics was on, Nadia Comaneci was my absolute favorite. In Track and Field, it didn't matter, just so I could watch.

I began running track in the 3rd grade. By the time I was a Junior in high school, I had won trophies and lettered. I went to Districts, State, and Nationals as my races were the 800 meter solo and the mile medley relay (800 meter). My goal was to be in the '88 Olympics. I trained all the time and was ready. For my career, I wanted to go into Sports Therapy and be a Track Coach.

I graduated from high school in '86, but my dreams of the Olympics were squashed very quickly. My mother became ill and after a round of events, I ended up homeless. I took showers in my bathing suit at the beach showers and went job hunting, while living out of my car at the age of 18.

An opportunity came up for a job working for a Chiropractor as a Therapist and Assistant. So, I went to the beach, took a shower, and put on a dress for my interview. I got the job right away! I was so happy. That same day, I was able to rent a room from a lady for $200 a month.

After going through what I did and working as a Chiropractic Assistant for several years, I followed my best friend, Greg, to Germany in January of '89. We were married in Denmark in May of '89 and had our first child in July of '90. By then, my ideas had changed. My husband was in the Army and I was a mom. I managed to go to college, but never went into the field I once dreamed of and never did go into the Olympics. I was something greater...an Army wife and a mother.

When my kids were young, I began faux painting for people in the area of which I live today. I did it for years. Then I met up with a lady who was selling her Home Staging Business. I bought her out and became a Home Stager and Re-Designer. I had gone to school for Interior Design and Design Merchandising, so I felt this would be up my alley. Over the years of working my Staging business, I built a good relationship with several Real Estate Agents, so they called me when they needed me.

I am now done with working and love making my quilts. My kids are grown and I am quite content with my husband, Greg, of nearly 24 years (Next month is our Anniversary). Our son is getting ready to graduate from high school and go to college.

Although, I had hopes and dreams of the Olympics, I do not have any regrets. I believe things happen for a reason. I did not become a Track Coach per say, but I had the great honor of coaching my own children when they wanted to run track. I rather enjoyed it, as it brought back memories of my own glory days, while I watched my children...especially when my mother told the stories of those days to our kids.

God has blessed me with a good life and a wonderful family. By the time I was 22 years of age, I had been to Germany, got married in Denmark, traveled several countries in Europe, and my first child had been born. I would not trade any of it for the world. What more could I have asked for?

ConnieNana
April 26th, 2013, 06:55 PM
I wanted to be a nurse. My father was a doctor and I loved medicine. I could draw okay, but Daddy thought I would be better at that. He paid for college...I studied art. Shortly after starting college, I decided I wanted to get married and have a family. The night of my high school graduation I had a blind date for the all night party. I fell in love that very night. College didn't last but the one year. We got married 3yrs after we met and raised seven children. On May 27th we will celebrate 46 yrs of marriage. Being a parent is not just parenting. You become a cook, judge, nurse, teacher and a best friend and much more. I love my job!

mamaquilt
April 26th, 2013, 07:38 PM
From little child up to teenager, I always wanted to be a carpenter, like my grandfather, whom I loved dearly. I also up to this day, like the smell of fresh cut wood. Back in those days, they didn't take any girls in the industrial and engineering schools here in Luxembourg.

So that was my carpenters dream. In high school I my English wasn't meeting my parents standards either. So I immigrated to Toronto mainly to learn English, but also to be far away from my family. Going to evening computer classes and working during the day in the financial section of an US training school for truck drivers. That kept my alive. Only got the job because of my speaking French with the Quebecs.

After 14 months my Mom came and took me home. Just turned 18 then. Got a job in the Finance Department of NATO, went to evening classes for advanced financing. After our daughter was born, had to give up the job as they didn't take any part time employe's. Stayed home for 6 years and we'd 3 children.

Then got a part time job in the financial department in a Public Relation Co. Stayed there 20 years and was layed off because of the international crisis. Since then I love my present job RETIRED and for the last 6 months GRANDMOTHER.

Wouldn't want to change anything.