What Do You Wish You Were Doing at Work?

by Kristina on July 12, 2012 · 10 comments

Good Morning DINKS.  Not so long ago we published a post asking about what you really want to be in life whether it’s to be happy, or to be successful, to be rich, or to be famous.  Now we want to know about your career.  Some of us may be in a career that we studied for in university or college, some of us maybe in a career that we just happen to be good at, and some of us may be in a career that we just happen to fall into.

Let me ask you a question, is your career your passion or is it just something that helps pay your bills?  I do like my job in personal finance, but I am not sure if I want to do it forever.  There are so many other things that I want to do in life, there are some jobs that I wish I had, and there are also a few other careers that I would like to have.  I am only 31 years old and it’s never too late to start over and make changes…right?

Working from 9 to 5 at a “stable job” is some people’s personal dream whereas pursuing our personal dream may be some other people’s goal. However, being financially responsible and always doing the sensible thing may just take priority over following our dreams.  It is hard for some people to give up their stability to follow their dreams. But dreams and working towards personal goals are what make us get up in the morning and keep us going throughout the day.

Now let’s talk about the jobs that you wish you had in the past and the jobs that you wish you may have in the future.

What is it in life that you really want to do?

3 jobs that I wish I had

1. Starbucks Barista.  I love Starbucks and working there while smelling coffee all day long is definitely appealing.  We didn’t have Starbucks in Canada when I was younger so I worked at McDonalds for eleven months when I was a teenager.

2. Dolphin Trainer.  When I was younger I wanted to be a dolphin trainer and work at Sea World after watching the movie Jaws 3. It just seems like a really cool job and I really love the water.

3. Game Show Host.  I have always been a big fan of the game shows The Price Is Right and Let’s Make a Deal.  I also watch re-runs of Match Game on the Game Show Network.  I think it would be so much fun to be a Game Show Host.

3 jobs that I would like to have

1. Author.  It’s no secret that I want to be an author. I love writing and I love the stress relief of the creative process. I would love to publish a series of personal finance books for youth of all ages from preschoolers to teenagers.  I am currently working on a young adult fiction trilogy.

2. Teacher/Money Coach.  I would really love to teach personal financial basics to high school students because we learn many of our adult habits as teenagers. As a banking professional we have a lot of young clients who don’t understand how to make a budget, how to manage debt, or the importance of saving money. I want to teach young people good financial habits. I want to help them save money to make sure that everyone can afford to pursue their higher education if they choose to do so.

3. Literary Book Agent.   Recently I have been looking into this career as my next move. I want to help discover the world’s next great financial author.  On a personal level I know which money mistakes  I made as a teenager and as a young adult, and as a financial professional I know the importance of good financial habits and financial responsibility.

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1 DC @ Young Adult Money July 12, 2012 at 7:39 am

I definitely enjoy what I do right now, but when we start talking about “doing that job forever” I get a bit uneasy. There are many things I would like to do but it’s really a matter of seeing what doors open and pursuing opportunities that come up. I am all for doing “what you love,” but at the end of the day it has to pay the bills or it’s just a hobby.

2 Michelle July 12, 2012 at 8:26 am

I think being a National Geographic photographer would be an awesome job. Have definitely thought about that as a dream job.

3 Jeremy @ Modest Money July 12, 2012 at 11:17 am

I’ve been thinking about this kind of thing more lately. Since I work in the website marketing industry, it is tough to think about staying with this work long term. The work is always changing each year and there is always the uncertainty that the job may eventually become obsolete. So I am considering going back to college to pursue my interest in the sciences, but I have to figure out where the most potential is and where I would truly enjoy myself.

4 BeginYoung July 13, 2012 at 1:42 am

Its never too late to go after your dreams. Colonel Sanders was in his 60’s before he found success with KFC. Never stop trying.

5 MakintheBacon$ July 13, 2012 at 9:53 pm

I enjoy my full time job now. My boss is awesome and most of the people I work with are pretty cool. The only thing that stinks is starting work at 6:30 am, but being done around 2:00 is sweet. One of my passions is my part time job as a group fitness class instructor. I enjoy being active and motivating people.

One job that would be super cool is to be one of those travel writers. Getting paid to travel and write about it!

A starbucks near my apartment just opened yesterday. They are hiring for baristas. I am almost tempted to apply cause it is so close, but I’m not sure I could take on a 3rd job!

6 B. Rich July 16, 2012 at 3:27 pm

I love my job but I will drop it like a hot potato if I could get Guy’s gig on Diner’s, Drive-ins and Dives! I seriously want to take a cross country tour totally inspired by eateries featured on the show.

7 Kris @ BalancingMoneyandLife July 20, 2012 at 9:34 pm

I love the Starbucks one – I often come home from my job when I’ve had a bad day, tell my husband we’re selling the house and I’m going to work at Starbucks. One of these days, it might still happen….

8 Watson P August 6, 2012 at 11:36 pm

Rockstar. Yes it sounds corney but I’ve always had a strong passion for writing and playing music. I grew up playing piano, guitar and singing and I’ve been complimented by many of my peers who like my originals. I tried to my make it my “main gig” during college in Austin, TX. I went as far as hiring musicians, paying for professional studio recording time, playing free gigs, giving away free demos, etc. I just never quite made a name for myself; and considering today’s commercialized world where we have an abundance of aspiring young musicians who all think they are the next American Idol…hard to compete.

Nowadays I work an honest job and make more than enough to live comfortably, yet I still compose songs and play open mic’s. It’s what I love, but I’m not about to drop everything and be another “starving artist”…it’s just too overrated. Maybe someday my hobby could pay dividends but for now ill just take it for what it is.

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