If I Wasn’t What I Am, What Would I Be?

I’m sure everyone has thought about what job they would rather have versus what job they actually have. While I enjoy what I do, I would be lying if I didn’t think about doing something else. At the very least, I have given some thought as to what careers I thankfully avoided –

  • Doctor – I could never be a doctor because it takes too long to get through medical school. I don’t have the patience to go through 8+ years of schooling only to have to sit for stressful exams, certifications and licensures.  But if I were to become a physician I would probably be an Ear, nose & throat doctor. It’s not a “sexy” field but it’s certainly not dangerous & probably one of the least stressful fields of medicine. You get to work on exciting cases – like patients who have throat cancer, but you don’t have to see any blood & guts. My second choice would be a chiropractor. You only have to go to school for 4 more years after undergrad, instead of 7-11 more years to become a “real” doctor.
  • Attorney – I’ve heard very frightful things about taking the bar exam. Depending on where you live or if you move during your legal career, you will have to take the bar several times over. Who has time for all that?!   But if I had to be a lawyer I would love to practice criminal law. Even if my client was admittedly guilty it would be a fun challenge fighting for their freedom. And if I lost, oh well – they were guilty anyway!
  • Actress/Model – Like most little girls I really wanted to be a model when I grew up. I used to love to act like my living room was the stage & even made up my own little dramatic walk & strutted in front of the television (which always annoyed anybody trying to watch TV). The problem, though, is that I love food too much. And because I prefer to keep my food down, I will never be small enough to actually be a model.
  • Teacher – Teachers by far have the best working hours of any job out there. While there may be a lot of parent-teacher meetings, school functions to attend, late nights grading papers, office or tutoring hours after class, I can’t think of any other profession that gives you an entire season off to recuperate. (Oh wait, I guess professional athletes get a few seasons off every year also, but I digress.) My problem with teaching is that I don’t want to be responsible for someone else’s bratty kids for 6 hours out of the day. I have a hard time dealing with adults who act like children, so I certainly can’t work with actual children.
  • Accountant – This is a job with good pay and decent working hours. No “extra” schooling is required and you’ll always be in demand (that is until some software program phases you out). From May thru March you’ll live a normal life but I would think that people would start to get really friendly in April because they want help with their taxes.

What about you? Are there any careers you’re glad that you dodged? If so, let me know…..

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4 thoughts on “If I Wasn’t What I Am, What Would I Be?

  1. I wanted to be an Attorney, specifically I wanted to be a Civil Rights and Constitutional Law Attorney and someday argue before the Supreme Court on weighty issues of Constitutional merit. But, I had a professor who wisely asked me if I wanted to be poor my entire life and the answer was no. I pursued other options, I had a family to consider.

    I think we all consider what else we could be doing. What else might be more suitable to our temperament and desires. The reality is we have a very long time in our working life to change direction. I know I have changed more than once, had more than one career. Women have more flexibility to reinvent.

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