What do you want to be when you grow up? Adults never grow tired of asking kids this question. And it’s still fun to think about now. This weekend on my bike ride, I found myself wondering about what some alternative careers might be for myself.
First off, I love being a teacher so that’s not going to change. BUT…it is fun to think about other careers sometimes and what life would be like doing other jobs.
I came up with two lists. First, jobs I would absolutely love…even if I wouldn’t be any good at them. And second, jobs I would never want, not in a million years.
My Dream Jobs
Nurse- Labor and Delivery/Emergency Room OR EMT-Emergency Medical Technician
Why do I like these two jobs? I enjoy helping people in times of crisis. Naturally there would be a lot of sad times along with the happy, but the general idea of assisting people who need care is very appealing to me. It seems like it would be an emotionally rewarding job which is important to me. Nursing is also interesting to me because of the wide variety of jobs you can have or areas you can specialize in. Opportunities for growth are continuously available. One of the primary reasons I like the EMT job is because they are so vital to our communities. They save lives everyday and I very much value the service they provide.
Would I be any good at this job? I admire this group of people because they are capable, calm and encouraging. I feel that I share some of the traits so this job could be suitable for me. I’m also easy to talk to as are most nurses who are often more accessible than doctors. Many have told me that I am very good at staying calm under pressure and that I’m the one they’d want around in an emergency. So, that’s a positive.
Uh oh, here’s the deal breaker: I am squeamish to the extreme. Bones sticking out of flesh, needles and open wounds really turn my stomach. Also, I think you have to be good at math…I’m not.
Why do I like this job? Helping people by connecting them to fire, police, and medical services as they as they face an emergency seems like a rewarding career. I think this is a difficult and stressful job involving hours of assisting people who are facing what is possibly the worst day of their lives. Providing help and reassurance most definitely takes its toll on 911 operators, but must offer a sense of satisfaction as well.
Would I be any good at this job? I’m a calm, reassuring person who doesn’t get flustered under pressure. Also, I like that you don’t have to see any blood with this job. However, the stress over time might end up taking its toll on me. Not knowing what happens after you hang up the phone would probably haunt me. This lack of closure would definitely be a drawback.
Uh oh, here’s the deal breaker: I’m not crazy about the 12 hour shifts that most 911 operators work and this job probably wouldn’t help my chronic migraine problem. That being said, I wouldn’t mind giving this one a shot some day.
‘Slice of Life’ Reporter for a Newspaper or This American Life
Why do I like this job? I find other people and their life stories incredibly interesting. Today I listened to a This American Life podcast about how a car dealership in Long Island meets its monthly sales quota. The reporter stayed with them for a week and learned all about the inner-workings of car salesmanship by shadowing the workers. How fun would that be???
Would I be any good at this job? For some reason, people tell me things. They just spill their guts to me; stories, secrets and gems I would never dream of telling anyone! My husband is continuously amazed by this open and often over sharing of information by strangers to me. My interest in people, their willingness to talk to me added to the fact that I enjoy writing makes this seem like a pretty good fit for me.
Uh oh, here’s the deal breaker: I might have to step out of my introverted comfort zone more often than I’d like to. I think it would be worth it, though!
Jobs I Could NEVER Do
Reason: I am a very nervous flyer.
How this would end: I would be fired after my third flight. Warnings would have been issued to me on previous flights to “get a grip” and to “calm down.” As it would turn out, running down the center aisle while waving my arms and screaming, “We’re going down!” is unacceptable.
Reason: I have no tolerance for entitled, obnoxious, overbearing, pushy, arrogant parents…(or students).
How this would end: Probably with me on the wrong end of a lawsuit. Keeping my mouth shut and being diplomatic all the time would most likely prove to be too difficult a task for me to stomach for long.
Dentist or Dental Hygienist
Reason: I just really wouldn’t want to stick my hands in anyone’s mouth or scrape plaque off of teeth. Even with gloves on. Also, the sound of the drill makes me cringe and shiver.
How this would end: It would never even begin!
Reason: Those big, brown cow eyes! How could I ever sell my beautiful cows off to be slaughtered?
How this would end: I would end up as a bankrupt farmer with a lot of beef cows to feed.