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Old 10-15-2008, 01:37 PM   #11
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I never pursued any career path other than the one I'm in. Given the state of my industry, I seriously regret it. That sucks given that I love what I do and I'm fairly good at it.

 
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Old 10-15-2008, 01:38 PM   #12
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I regret not pursuing a Physician's Assistant (MS) degree, and instead going for an ecology/conservation biology MS. Took me way longer, starting salary was about $40,000 less, and it's harder to find a good job. The only upside is that I don't owe $80,000 in student loans like my friend that just finished her PA degree.

 
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Old 10-15-2008, 01:57 PM   #13
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I don't like to use the word regret. Life is funny in that every minuscule turn in your life can create great changes later in life. Had I not of chosen the path I did, maybe I wouldn't be living where I am, maybe I never meet my wife, maybe I never meet some friends...etc.

That being said, one area that I wonder what would have happened in my life is meteorology. Every since middle school I was fascinated by meteorology and thought that I might do it someday. However, I didn't want to do the schooling. The thought of being in school until I was like 26 sounded terrible to me; so I didn't do it. I went to a technical college instead and got to work in IT. Now, here I am, 26 years old, and I went back to school to get a degree from a university and I just finished a month ago tomorrow. So I ended up being in school until I was 26 anyways.

However, I would imagine meteorologist jobs are few and far between and you would probably have to move at least once (possibly far away) just to land a decent gig. They do make good money though.

Oh well, I am happy enough where I am. I am still support, and I don't make enough money, but I have a better education now, and not to toot my own horn or anything, but I am pretty good at what I do and that is at least slightly rewarding.

 
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Old 10-15-2008, 02:07 PM   #14
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i miss being a chef but not the hours. I;m in real estate but thinking of applying to law school.
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Old 10-15-2008, 02:18 PM   #15
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I was offered a project manager job last year, but didn't take it because I wanted to go for my MBA. I'm working fulltime as an A/V guy... I think it's good that i'm continuing my education but at the same time I know the immediate $$$ would be there plus i'd be a hell of a lot closer to home.

I don't like the fact that I'm detached from the direction I want to be going with my career and also that i'm 180 miles away from home.
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Old 10-15-2008, 02:30 PM   #16
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I hesitate to say regret as well, but I do wonder where I would be now if I would have actually continued with my degree and got a masters in it. Sure from what I can see it doesn't look like there are many jobs in the geology field but if I had made some contacts in those extra two years of school that would have allowed me to do some sort of cool research that would have been sweet. I suppose I could have moved to somewhere where mining is bigger too and did that but I met my wife and the rest is history. It's funny how a relationship can tie you down, it's not a bad thing but still you wonder what if sometimes.
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Old 10-15-2008, 02:33 PM   #17
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It's funny how a relationship can tie you down, it's not a bad thing but still you wonder what if sometimes.
100% true. My girlfriend stayed a year because I was finishing college, now I'm here partially due to the fact that she got a great job that will build her resume.

Give and take, I suppose.
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Old 10-15-2008, 02:42 PM   #18
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I started out going to med school to be a physical therapist, and ended up being a network engineer/IT manager. I'm happy with the career that I ended up in, but I'll always wonder if I could have made it as a porn star.
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Old 10-15-2008, 03:29 PM   #19
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Yep, I got disenchanted with the incredibly low pay that entry level pilot jobs offer and took a job in a factory because dollar signs looked so appealing at the time. However, the possibility exists to always improve on our positions, and flying is an excellent hobby as well.

Currently I'm goinng to school for accounting (on the company dime) and should finnish right about the time SWMBO finishes chemo, then its hopefully off to Delaware.
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Old 10-15-2008, 03:34 PM   #20
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I don't have any specific regret, but had I known what I know now at age 18 I would have went the Federal civil service route. Same benefits as the military but without the whole deployment thing.
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