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Old 10-15-2008, 03:42 PM   #21
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Man-whoring - I definitely regret not following that career path. Pay could be better, but the hours are good.
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Old 10-15-2008, 03:43 PM   #22
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I miss being a chef. But it was so much work, I don't know how I'd ever have time for my family, which is really the reason I left the profession.
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Old 10-15-2008, 03:53 PM   #23
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I was a FedEx courier from 99-01.
Everyone loves the FedEx guy. It not like people turn off their lights and act like no one's home. People are GLAD that he's there.
I loved that job and if I didn't have a military commitment, I certainly would have stayed.
I do wonder from time to time what would have happened if I had stayed.

Good topic for a thread. It's interesting to see other people's old dreams.
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Old 10-15-2008, 04:00 PM   #24
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Work in IT and have no regrets other than previous jobs were all in high tech companies and the current one (11 years on) is not. High tech companies have realistic ideas with the amount of effort it takes and stimulates tech think tanks.

These people are just morons around here and they're dumbing me down .

 
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Old 10-15-2008, 07:00 PM   #25
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Honestly though, although my current job is very stable, pays well, has super benefits, and is something that very few people do....I miss those days of being creative. Now it's more or less just the same every day. But I can't complain.
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Old 10-15-2008, 07:07 PM   #26
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Old 10-15-2008, 07:18 PM   #27
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I don't regret making the call to skip a move into management 13 years ago. I kind of resent my job as being a little uninspiring (electronic engineering) but it pays well, moved me to California where the beer is better, and I pretty much work a 40 hour week max. This leaves me time to play video games, play my bass, brew, dirt track race, watch movies, dick around with my motorcycle, etc. I guess "resent" sounds a tad ungrateful.

 
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Old 10-16-2008, 08:16 AM   #28
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I really appreciate the responses.
It is good to see what others have done, or have dreamed about doing.
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Old 10-16-2008, 01:07 PM   #29
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I used to teach technology courses (mainly innernet/*nix/webserver stuff) for the local community college district, and LOVED it. Vastly rewarding, and I felt like I was doing A Good Job and Making A Difference every single day.

Bottom fell out with the tech bubble and instead of adapting I went and got a Real Job. Sucks. I feel useless and mired in corporate BS. I try to sneak a bit of teaching into pretty much everything I do at work just to keep myself from spiraling into deep depression.

I am currently in an alternative certification course to get a teaching certificate for Texas. I'll start out teaching Social Studies since that is where my degree[s] are centered, then will pick up certs in technology instruction and natural sciences.

I should have my own classroom again in the next year. Until then I am just banking all I can so I can afford the pay cut to become a teacher. :-/ I have already paid off all debt but mortgage and student loans.

 
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Old 10-16-2008, 02:56 PM   #30
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I used to work in the aerospace industry building/integrating/testing satellites for USAF and NASA. I even participated in launch operations. Loved that job but got laid off after 8 years. After that I applied for a job to work shuttle operations (working on the vehicles directly) at Kennedy Space Center FL and was offered that job twice but chickened out both times. Had just me the girl I am currently engaged to and couldn't see me leaving everything behind to go to FL all by myself. I keep the offer letters just to remind myself what I could have been doing. I only regret not having that experience. That was 9 years ago.

 
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