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Dream jobs of past and present

October 02, 2014

The Daily Tay

 The first job I have any memory of really answering that kid hated question of What do you wanna be when you grow up? was being a journalist. I grew up a curious child who loved to write, so journalism seemed like a perfect fit to me. That idea held until I took a Psychology elective my junior year of high school and fell in love with the idea of becoming a mental health counselor. I followed that idea until my freshman year of college when I got a C in Statistics and learned all of the tough math/science pre-requistes I needed for a B.S. in Psychology. I lost a good chuck of my academic confidence and went back to my original idea by changing majors to English.

                          (Ah back when I had no idea all the different jobs I would have by the time I hit my   30's)

Now at age 33 my idea of a dream job has evolved in many ways due to my life experiences. I have worked retail jobs in high school and college, taught public school for 6 years, and now I working in my second nonprofit job in a row. In my dream world where bills didn't matter, I would love to be a freelance travel writer. Or just a freelance writer period. A more realistic job that has become a new dream job is corporate training. I think it combines a lot of my skills from my teaching days and I enjoy working with people. One of the things I liked about my days in the classroom is the variety in my day. I'm kind of at a crossroads career wise in where I love working for non-profits and helping people but I know I will never make decent money for my skills at these positions. Funny how when I was younger I thought that I would have my career track set by the time I hit my 30's and here I am still searching for my next career step.


  1. I always said I don't know when I used to get asked that question and the only reason I don't say that now is because I'm done searching. I work where I work. The dream job for me now though would be a writer.

  2. Hey Denise,
    from what i read in this post, as well as the one from yesterday, i think i've found a similar soul :) You'd travel the world & like working with people, teaching and enjoy writing. We would have a hell of a tea party, if we met - i can tell you! :) Wishing you the best of luck with your current dream job. It might happen faster than you think.
    Luchessa @

  3. It's funny how dream jobs change over a lifetime. If only money wasn't such a huge factor in life! We could all be living our dreams.

  4. I don't think I've ever really know what I wanted to do. I think I've always wanted to travel and not be tied down, which is why I majored in business since you aren't tied to an industry or area with it. My "unrealistic" dream job is for someone to pay me to travel and eat :)