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Did You Intentionally Choose Your Career Path?

I'm Asking: Did You Intentionally Choose Your Career Path?

In last night's episode of Mad Men, Bobbie Barrett made turning possibilities into opportunities seem easy when she told Don, "Pick a job and become the person who does it." Have you been able to tackle the working world in this way, or did you fall into your job without intention?

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4peachMoney 4peachMoney 8 years
After growing up being told I could not be an artist ("It's a hobby, not a job"), I aimlessly fell into lots of jobs and hated them. One day I finally worked up the nerve to do what I wanted to do in the first place, and what do you know, my first instinct was the right one (who says graphic design isn't a job?). I can pick a job and just do it, but the question is, how miserable will it make me when I can't utilize my God-given talents and be at home with my own personality?
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 8 years
I still haven't decided what I want for a career, so I'm expecting to kind of "fall" into something!
luvluvg luvluvg 8 years
I somehow am in a data processing position right now. I'll move to billing and then from there, probably to a different company. I want to do something creative and challenging in systems, but it's hard to pinpoint what that could exactly mean. Advertising?
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
I definitely knew what career I wanted. My undergrad degree was in communications and I worked in communications following undergrad. Then went to graduate school to get a MA in marketing and ended up taking a job in marketing so I've always followed a similar path and love it :-)
tcd4ever tcd4ever 8 years
I loe helping people but I fell into my job.
MeggyPoodles MeggyPoodles 8 years
I love reading these, they give me hope for my future. Sometimes I think everyone has everything figured out besides me. I graduate from college in December and have no clue what I am going to do after that! :?
gemsera gemsera 8 years
Yes, I fell into my job. I was going to be a journalist at first, and then an engineer (but I sucked at Physics!)... I ended up being a receptionist/secretary and was promoted quite quickly now I'm in telecommunications project management and its great! I had the opposite problem to Frenchh, as I also type fast (117wpm) but all they would put me forward for was data entry!!! They couldnt see past the typing to my skills. OH well they have now :)
hmcmcd hmcmcd 8 years
Not at all! I majored in Political Science and really wanted to work for a Lobby group or a think tank in DC. I ended up taking the first job I could find out of college at a spinal implant company (medical devices) it was a great job, but I left after 2 years to open a tanning salon with my sister. We did not work out very well as business partners and I cashed out, then I absolutely fell into my current job. Now, I write content for websites. I like it a lot, but it is contract work and some months are very lean...but I do get to work in my pj's! My resume must look like a complete mess! lol
runningesq runningesq 8 years
I went to law school and now I'm an assistant state's attorney (prosecutor), so.. yup!
magickalrealism magickalrealism 8 years
I'm nowhere near what I wanted to do with my life when I graduated from college and I have no idea how on earth I wound up doing what I do!
HeidiMD HeidiMD 8 years
I knew what I wanted to do for my entire life, and today, I have that career. I'm SO grateful that circumstances allowed me to pursue my dream, because it definitely could have gone a different direction.
valancyjane valancyjane 8 years
I was fascinated by that philosophy - that statement and a few other scenes in that episode really got me thinking about my approach to life and work. Anyway. I wouldn't say I was that calculated in choosing my career. I knew I was good with words and I stumbled on journalism as something people who were good with words did. My college program was known for educating newspaper journalists, so that's what I did - though I was a copy editor rather than a reporter, and I see now that my choice kept me close to the thing I was good at. Then I started hating my job and I took the first one I could find; now I work in custom publishing, so still working with words but not exactly journalism. And now I am starting to hate my job again, arrgh! So I was sort of following a path but I wouldn't say I followed Bobbie's philosophy. I see that as more of "I want to do this job and the people who do it have this personality trait so I will change myself to be like that." I'm too neurotic to do that.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
The semester I took Bacteriology I knew I wanted to be a Microbiologist. So pretty much from then on I knew.
flyinggrip flyinggrip 8 years
I decided what I wanted to do my junior year of high school and worked towards that goal through college and grad school. And now I have that career.
alikat07 alikat07 8 years
Not directly... I have always had an interest in higher education. I almost went the PhD route, but ended up with a MA and went to work for a university library. Now I'm finishing up graduate school in library science. I'm hoping to put both of my graduate degrees to work in an academic library in the near future.
Brooklynbee Brooklynbee 8 years
Yes, and then No. I first worked in a field that I intentionally chose, but then became nearly-obsolete due to significant changes in technology. Then I kind of fell into the field I work in now!
Emescloset Emescloset 8 years
I completely F-E-L-L into my job. It is fabulous...not the creative tasked job I need in my life, but it pays the bills and then some. So I have learned to love the job b.c. it allows me to enjoy life without bill stressin'.
hkdkat hkdkat 8 years
I chose my education path, but I sort of fell into my career path via a temporary job. Luckily my bosses try to tailor what I do to what I've studied.
Frenched Frenched 8 years
I was not very intentional, I guess you could say. Not to showw off or anything (LOL) but I usually can type from 90-100 WPM and when I first stated applying for jobs I was going for Secretary/Receptionist type positions that wouldn't hire me because of my "lack of experience." One day it "clicked" and I thought, "Why don't I apply for DATA ENTRY jobs?" Needless to say, I got hired almost instantly and now I'm actually working in the Medical Field in a better job processing orders. It's funny how life works :)
lizs lizs 8 years
I went to art school and then to film school, and now I work in web design and development, which is also what I did to pay for my tuition. It's hard for me to say if I really intended to keep doing web stuff as a career, but I don't mind it for now.
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 8 years
I went to school for advertising and work in advertising. The job I have now is not the one I was initially hired for, but it is absolutely the job I wanted. Love it.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well - i think that i kind of fell into my job as a result of the people that i surrounded myself with. i used to work in fashion and music and then when i moved i needed to find a real job, and well...2 of my exes worked in advertising, so alas - that's where i ended up. it's interesting how that happened though. 2 people that i don't even care much for anymore - or even respect - they all liked their jobs, so now i do something very similar.
lily8206 lily8206 8 years
No. And if I ever left this position I'd probably do something totally different (evening going back to school if I had to!).
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 8 years
I have yet to see. I'm going to college now to be a Criminal Psychologist hopefully I will stick with it.
sorrowja sorrowja 8 years
No I kind of fell into it I enjoy what I currently do. But it is far different than what I went to school for. Nevertheless, I don't complain about these things because life has a way of doing things. I when to school for media got a job in media and HATED it so I went back to my just out of college position at a different company.
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