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did you become what you wanted to be?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Gary D, Jul 15, 2005.

  1. Gary D

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    as some of you know things have been a little rough lately. i've therefore had some time to reflect on life the universe and everything.

    So did you do what you wanted to do or did you just "fall" into what you do now?

    i work in IT which is painfully dull.


    Gary
     
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    Do what I do by accident. Was all set to become an estate agent. With hindsight I'm glad I'm not.
     
  3. Nobber22

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    Ah, but you've only answered half the question: are you happy where you are now and will you remain in that industry until you retire?

    Me = IT = no. (God knows what else I want to/can even do)
     
  4. GaryB

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    Pretty much. I was mad on electronics at school and started as an engineer repairing cheap audio equipment. Thanks to redundancy, I moved to one of the major manufacturers where I worked my way up to Technical Manager.
     
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    I fell into what I do...never had any real dream vocation.....left school soon as i could after spending most of my school days playing truant anyway...got a job in the city as a trainee in a stockbrokers...somehow I now seem to be a Director of a software company! :)
     
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    I always wanted to work in radio & TV.

    And now I do!

    I had to work bloody hard, and become more of a geek than I thought, But the best thing is my work supports my hobby, and I enjoy it alot...

    I know people say dont work doing your hobby... but I love it!

    Gareth. :thumbsup:
     
  7. Jules

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    I worked as an analyst for 2 years and learned SQL, SAS etc, but got quite depressed. I think this happens to alot of people who end up in IT... some people love it, but I was not one of them.
    I now pretend to know very little about IT so as not to get involved in tech talk.
    Such a pointless, thankless, stressful and lonely existence that I'd rather forget it was a part of my life.

    I'm now a learning advisor, and get to meet loads of nice people.
    Sure there are times when my current job sucks, and the pay sucks big time, but mostly it is rewarding and the people I work with are a nice folk.

    I never planned to do anything I've done. I still don't have any long term ambition, but the most interesting people I know don't either.

    I'd rather be a milkman earning £10k than a £30k a year computer programmer.
     
  8. PoochJD

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    Hi,

    My answer would be no, but I am hoping that will change in a few years. I've always worked (part-time and full-time) as a shop worker, a cinema usher/confectionary/drinks seller, and/or as a call-centre operative. None of these have been worthwhile jobs, mainly because of the lousy pay, and the long or obscure hours needed to be worked. :(

    I am currently training to be a criminal lawyer, but whether that will be the job I end up in, in a few years or so down the line, I don't know.

    To be honest, I'm actually thinking of radically changing my life, and emigrating to another country. I'm becoming sick of England, society and all the :censored: that it harbours (chavs, youth crime, lack of tolerance for anyone who's different in any way, crap jobs, bad employees, the English lifestyle, etc), so I hope that in under ten years, I'll be contributing to the AV Forums from elsewhere in the world!


    Pooch
     
  9. Ed Selley

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    Well at 24, I suspect the retirement age for me will be the high side of 70 so we're talking nearly 50 years away. I love my job and the industry but doing it for half a century? I suspect not.
     
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    My life has been cyclical. For a few years working for a good company then beaten down with redundancy then working my way up again. I keep on learning, formally and informally.

    On an up ladder at the moment, hopefully no snakes on the way :)

    Did I plan this career? Not really but I like the way it is going. I am not doing what I started out being trained for but I am still in the business in a different role
     
  11. stealther

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    Iam in IT and I love my job, only been in this one 6 weeks tho salary is not the best.
    Overall really happy with my life just hope it lasts!

    Given the right opportunity i would emigrate in a second. Somewhere with a more relaxed way of life plenty of sunshine and no pikey council kids :D

    PS Didnt plan to be in IT just sort of stumbled into it.
     
  12. The Dude

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    I'm not doing what I set out to do, but what I'm doing now is right.

    I wanted to fly Tornado's but my eyes aren't good enough.
    So I got a job building Tornados instead, as it was the best I could do.

    Then went working as a Cable Installation guy, good money, everything else was terrible.

    Then started in IT, Helpdesk etc.

    Now, years later I'm a happy IT guy.. You guessed it, I'm contracting.. :)

    I get paid to sit building PCs, basically doing things that some of us here have to pay our hard-earned for the priveledge of doing in our free time.

    My two main interests are PCs and Hifi.

    I've made a career out of one, and a hobby out of the other..

    Can't be too bad can it ?.. :smashin:
     
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    "Did I become what I wanted to be ?"

    Hmmm...... RICH ?

    No, but I'm working on it ! :D
     
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    There are a few 'I would emigrate' posts here. Are we really sure that the UK houses all of the Chav & pikey population?

    I think Canada and Australia probably decided not to mention the downsides of living out there. I am not knocking other countries, I just don't think that the UK is the only place you will find low-lifes
     
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    I always wanted to be a pig farmer when i was a kid... then I started to draw and that eventually got me where I am today. As much as I love being a designer I doubt i'll be doing the same job in 10 years time - I quite fancy carpentry.
     
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    Fell into IT, cos it was pretty easy, and half decent money. But when i was a kid, all i wanted to do was destroy things.........there again, not much has changed....
     
  17. Bristol Pete

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    I started training as a butcher at thirteen years old, went into the trade at sixteen, was fully qualified Master butcher by 19 and left the trade at 24 as it simply died on its feet :(

    Then took a job as a haulage manager with Avon Cosmetics which I held until 98/99 but quit due to terrible hours and conditions, though I was there for a good few years.

    Ended up taking a casual job at the social security after a couple of temp roles here and there and been here ever since, hence the name!

    Not exactly a career choice but not really into work at all.

    Pete.
     
  18. Beobloke

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    Been a hi-fi nut since the age of 4 when i clambered up onto a stool to watch my dad's turntable operate.

    Love buying, selling, repairing and restoring audio equipment of all sorts, so I'm coping with working in the hi-fi industry............ :smashin: :thumbsup:
     
  19. MartinImber

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    Nope - I wanted to be either an Astronaut or a train driver - same as every other boy at primary school
     
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    I wanted to join the Police & did , then wanted to drive pursuit cars & did , then wanted to teach pursuit driving & did.
     
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    So nobody became a pilot, an astronaut, a footballer, a fireman?

    An old primnary school friend of mine who always wanted to be a fighter pilot actually did and I think he's still in the RAF now!
     
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    I always wanted to drive around in a van solving mysteries with Scooby, but had to settle for programming :D
     
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    At the moment I'm more or less where I wanted to be having just graduated.

    Unfortunately all of my career ideas have recently gone out of the window for various reasons so am completely mystified by which direction to even think about starting along which is either going to work out just fine like some forum members, or go a bit pear-shaped like other forum members. :)
     
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    I had that boyhood dream of being a Fireman, tried to get in and couldn't, failed medicals and all that...

    went to college for a substantial number of years to study Electronics (couldn't find anything else I was any good at !)

    wound up as a Broadcast Engineer...

    ...didn't see that coming ! :confused:
     
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    I wanted to be a Sales Manager, but ended up working as casting director for a major pornographic film studio.

    Phil
     
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    Yawn...

    Now that was a good dream; what's this thread about?
     
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    Fell into IT. Stuck.
     
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    Wanted to be a marine biologist as a kid, now have a degree in a broadly similar area, Ecology. I am training to be a seconary school science teacher, which I think I will throughly enjoy! :thumbsup:
     
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    Wanted to fly but too crap at Maths/physics. Landed pretty much my dream job by working in hi-fi. Sadly that went pear shaped during the last recession and after a few years of trying to staying it, and making more and more crap money, gave up and joined the civil service.

    Went and re-trained in 97', ended up in teaching, and never looked back. Alas, due to poor fiscal management, poor curriculum choices, and even worse man management by the Colleges MT, that may be over by September too! *sighs* :(

    Oh well, back to the drawing board...........
     
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    When I was very young I wanted to either be a doctor or a waiter - parents unsurprisingly pushed me towards one over the other.... no prizes for which way round.

    Got to med school and suddenly realised that I REALLY didnt want to be a doctor and thinking back on some of the doctor type careers I was considering when at 6th form college - like a medical officer in the armed forces - think I had already decided I didnt really want to be a doctor.

    Other than that I didnt really have any career ambitions and kind of fell into my current job as I was working in disputed motor claims for an insurance company and applied for their graduate scheme but one of the senior managers on the selection board decided they wanted to offer me a perminant job rather than go on the scheme.

    Problem is that I do enjoy my job, and am very good at it. On paper to get from my current level to the next 2 there are 2 areas of 'behaviours' which require higher levels. On one of them I already exceed the levels required for the next 2 possitions but for the other area I currently hit target for my level but need to increase it to get the higher levels but whilst I am sure I could do it I am not really sure I want to - so currently looking for other jobs which would give progression based on my areas of strength
     

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