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Old 04-15-2004, 09:45 AM   #1
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Default WHen did you finally figure out what it was that you wanted to be when you grow up?

As I sit here developing project plans, administrating multiple databases, implementing network security, and dealing with other IT stuff............ I'm not sure if this is what I want to do "when I grow up"

It seems as if some people find their direction early on in life. Others either never find that direction or only find it later on in life.


How do you "know"?????
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Old 04-15-2004, 09:48 AM   #2
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I knew I wanted to work in pro sports when I was 13. That never wavered. I went to university and got my degree in sports management, worked for the athletic department all four years, and got a job with the Detroit Pistons when I graduated. Only when I got into the field did I realize I didn't like it. Well, the NBA, at least. I fell into advertising, which I enjoy, but continue to keep my eyes open for sports related jobs.

All the advice on this is so cliche - find something you like to do, that you're passionate about, and you'll find a career - but I think it's true in many, many cases. Unfortunately, the cliche that it's easier said than done is also true in this case.
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Old 04-15-2004, 09:50 AM   #3
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I don't wanna grow up
I'm a Toys R Us kid

I never really wanted to "be" anything. I just wanted to be rich. So I'm working on that

I realized I found my career when my office hired me when I was 16, and asked if they needed someone part time. Nearly 8 years later here I am.
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Old 04-15-2004, 09:50 AM   #4
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I was 20, doing alignments. I was doing a 4-wheel on a 4 wheel steering Porsche and thought to myself "someone is designing this stuff, why can't I be on that end of the equation". So, tired of banging knuckles off of tie rods, I went to school for mechanical engineering.

You can switch careers at any time in life, but are you willing to step out of that comfort zone? I might have a huge switch in a few years by leaving the engineering world and stepping into corporate farming.

Answer......I don't know yet.
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Old 04-15-2004, 09:53 AM   #5
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I still haven't figured it out. I'm sitting here dealing with IT stuff, but what I really want to be doing is making furniture... or doing something related to film production. Having just built the $14 steadycam that was featured on Slashdot last week..... this weekend's project is to design and build a jib arm rig or two for a camera and boom mic.

I get so tired of just fixing crap day-in and day-out here at work... I just want to build something. I want to create something new, for once, not just fix what other people screw up.
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Old 04-15-2004, 09:55 AM   #6
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I still haven't figured it out.
Same here. And I'm not sure I'd want to figure it out. The only variable after you do that is when and how you'll die.

No thanks.
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Old 04-15-2004, 09:55 AM   #7
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I get so tired of just fixing crap day-in and day-out here at work... I just want to build something. I want to create something new, for once, not just fix what other people screw up.
You sooooo nailed it on the head!!!!!!!!!!!


I'm starting to regret this IT crap. Never a sense of accomplishment or a finished product.
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Old 04-15-2004, 09:56 AM   #8
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I still haven't figured it out. I'm sitting here dealing with IT stuff, but what I really want to be doing is making furniture...
I can put you in business there. Are you equipped, tool and skill-wise, to actually make beds, dressers, buffets, bookcases? If so, we need to chat.
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Old 04-15-2004, 09:56 AM   #9
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It just sorta happened with me. I'm a productive guy - whether it's writing/performing music, producing music, doing photography, blah blah blah... Web design was just one of those productive things I did because I enjoyed it. I didn't decide to pursue it, it just sort of happened. I wish I could say that it was all part of some master plan, but when it comes down to it I just got extremely lucky. :shrug:

Also, I know this isn't what I'll be doing for the rest of my days, so I guess I still don't know what I'll be doing when I grow up.
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Old 04-15-2004, 09:59 AM   #10
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i was supposed to be a dr. i crushed that in college after a year of pre-med. i knew i could not go to school for more than 4 years. i needed out. i do not regret it either. i eventually went back to get a masters.

consulting pays ok, but i still have no clue what i want to do for the rest of my life.
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Old 04-15-2004, 10:00 AM   #11
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i'm convinced that i will always grow to hate my job. so i make sure that i REALLY hate my job so that my hobbies are that much more kick-ass in my mind.
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Old 04-15-2004, 10:04 AM   #12
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As stupid as this sounds, I would really love to be a Bob Vila-type. I've found so much interest in remodeling, building and repairing things, both with my house and my car. It would be great to do one of those TV shows where I travel to people's homes and help with improvements/repairs. Not serious engineering stuff, just the stuff that most people don't know how to do. For instance, sweat soldering a new plumbing line, installing kitchen cabinets or flooring, building an in-wall bookcase, etc.... Plus, what I've really always wanted to do is be an actor - this would knock out 2 birds with 1 stone. However, I have absolutely no idea how to pursue this option at this point in my life..........
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Old 04-15-2004, 10:06 AM   #13
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I can put you in business there. Are you equipped, tool and skill-wise, to actually make beds, dressers, buffets, bookcases? If so, we need to chat.
Not yet. Cyndi and I are getting married on June 19th, so we're getting a house sometime before then. As soon as I do and have some room, I'm gonna start gathering stuff. I haven't been able to really do anything since I was about 12-14 and would help our neighbor in his wood shop.... so I'm sure I've forgotten many many things..... but I do remember that I used to enjoy it.
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Old 04-15-2004, 10:06 AM   #14
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Well, when I was younger I "knew" that I wanted to be in the Air Force, and was gung-ho on going to the Academy. That lasted all the way up through high school, when some bad experiences in the Civil Air Patrol really tarnished my opinion on the service.

Dropped that during high school didn't know what I wanted to do. Settled on writing as a career, but thankfully my guidance counsellor said something along the lines of "Maybe writing can be a hobby, and you can find something you enjoy as a day job." At first I wasn't pleased with him, but it was good advice. I turned to software engineering in college and do enjoy it a lot, and still write a lot, which is actually becoming a bit of a side-career of its own that might someday surpass my "day" job... fingers crossed.
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Old 04-15-2004, 10:13 AM   #15
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You sooooo nailed it on the head!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm starting to regret this IT crap. Never a sense of accomplishment or a finished product.
I feel the exact same way and I've only been doing it professionally for a year.

If I bust my ass, I get a 3% raise at the end of the year.

If I do nothing, I get a 3% raise at the end of the year.

This company blows.
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Old 04-15-2004, 10:17 AM   #16
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I still havent figured it out -- but its kind of irrelevant now. I'm already locked deep into lawyering, which apparently I have a talent for but sometimes I really hate.
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Old 04-15-2004, 10:23 AM   #17
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I'm already locked deep into lawyering, which apparently I have a talent for but sometimes I really hate.
You hate it because you seem to have a soul, unlike most lawyers. Most have had their soul removed and replaced with black tar straight from the fiery pits of hell.
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Old 04-15-2004, 10:24 AM   #18
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When I found out firefighters work for 24 hours on, 48 hours off. I knew it.
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Old 04-15-2004, 10:33 AM   #19
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You hate it because you seem to have a soul, unlike most lawyers. Most have had their soul removed and replaced with black tar straight from the fiery pits of hell.
That's why I'm a prosecutor. But inevitably one day I'll have to sell my soul to the highest bidder.
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Old 04-15-2004, 10:37 AM   #20
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I feel the exact same way and I've only been doing it professionally for a year.

If I bust my ass, I get a 3% raise at the end of the year.

If I do nothing, I get a 3% raise at the end of the year.

This company blows.
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Old 04-15-2004, 11:22 AM   #21
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All of you guys in IT, I hear ya. It's SO unsatisfying and you never feel on top of it. You just clean up what other people have messed up and when you go home at the end of the day, you've got nothing to show for it. In two years, what you've done today will have been replaced, upgraded and essentially you haven't left anything in place behind you.


Anyways, I'm 30 and I finally figure out what I want to do, but I've got to go back to school for it; so that's what I'm doing.


The current plan is to take some night classes for now (currently English, but Math is up next quarter), get out of debt, stockpile some cash and move to Brisbane. I want to attend the University of Queensland there and major in Mechatronic Engineering.

The road seems sooo long to get there, but I'm so sick of my job and I simply can't fathom working in the IT industry as a digital janitor for the rest of my life. My job is going to India now where they can pay people six times less than I'm currently making for quality ten times less than I can provide. I don't see this trend going away anytime soon...well, until everyone in India is employed in a call center or an IT shop, but then I guess they'll just move call centers and IT shops to another country with a poor economy and easy to train workers who can speak broken and heavily accented english.
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Thanks Star, your post makes me feel better.

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I dont know

I've changed majors 3 times already.
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Old 04-15-2004, 11:34 AM   #24
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i dont want to do anything
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Old 04-15-2004, 11:35 AM   #25
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Change your major? YOu shouldn't know if you're still in college. The people in college that knew exactly what they wanted to do were boring as ****.

And the IT haters are right, depending. My job is a lot of troubleshooting, but I've also overseen the implementation of a crapload of technology that this campus would not have had otherwise. The money's not what I could have been making in the private sector, but I'm not jaded on the profession either. There are opportunities to do work that's inherently rewarding, you just have to look. And, in some cases, move to freakin' nowhere. But there are advantages to that as well.

I know that my passion is cycling and bikes, but I also know that my lifestyle wouldn't be the same if I went that route. I plan on it being a part of my retirement some day, but until then it's something on the side that brings sanity. I really can't imagine it being a job, though. I've come to believe that work is a necessary evil, one that can be bearable but will always be in the way. It doesn't bum me out to view it that way at all. In fact, seeing it as a means to an end keeps me focused on the important stuff in life. Like vacations.

Ah, hell. I dunno what I wanna do when I grow up, other than not get stuck in the usual rut at 30. Life is a lot of fun. As long as I can make it stay that way, I don't care if I have career direction or whatever you want to call it. In the end, the job doesn't make me.
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