What career path would you take if you had the chance to start over again? 122



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This is a question that theoretically puts an old head on young shoulders but it’s thought-provoking. It was asked in an online forum I follow devoted to knitting and crochet; the question appeared in the General Chat section, along with recipes, cute pets and cranky neighbour stories.

Some of the responses:

My first job when 16 was in the railways which I left after about 9 months. By staying after turning 18 I could have learnt to be a train driver.

I’d work harder at math and science and become a veterinarian.

I would go to a dream I have had since a little girl, to study English History. I have always been fascinated in it and my love has never waned.

I would be a surgeon.

I wouldn’t change a thing. As rough as the path has been, I’m right where I’m supposed to be.

I wish I had gotten an education, then my options would have been better. But, no complaints, life has been good.

I regret my whole life. I cannot figure out why I never matured like everyone else. I never made the right choices to get ahead. Always just took menial minimum wage jobs. Even after marrying the second time, why could I not see I was just a ‘meal ticket’. In making the bad choices I did, I was just ‘band aiding’ my life together. Oh, if I could just do it over…

I am pleased with the career I have. I regret some of the life choices I made but they were lessons I had to learn to become the person I am.

I am still growing.

My mother told me I didn’t need college because I would end up cooking, cleaning, and taking care of people. Being the rebel I am I went to college and I have two college degrees. She was proud of me then. I would do everything the same way. I loved my career and am now retired.

I am a happy person, but can think of a few pivotal moments in my life when I wish I had chosen ‘the other road’.

I’m content with the end result. If I changed it, I wouldn’t be the person I am today, warts and all.

I have not done a good job; two out of three children will not let me see their children and they won’t speak to me. I really hate my life and feel like a big failure. If I only had a chance to do it over…

I would stay home with the kids instead of working. But Women’s Lib was hot and heavy in the early 70s and I thought I needed to show them that women could do more than be a homemaker. I was wrong: being a homemaker is a noble profession. But I would have included raising dogs as a sideline!

As for me, I echo one writer: I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m right where I’m supposed to be!

Do you daydream about what might have been, if only you had—what?

Fran Goodey

Frances Goodey is the mother of four daughters and the grandmother of two primary school age boys. With six brothers and two sisters, she was raised in Sydney and later lived and worked in Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and Brisbane. She is an avid reader and has had some small success with children's stories being published in New Zealand and Australia. Both she and her husband are retired, and her daughters live in Brisbane, Toowoomba, Sydney and Frankfurt.

  1. Create my own business ” press printing/art/decorations” everything from card to press printing on everything . Creativity all the way

  2. I began my second career at 49, in childcare and have been doing it for 11years. ☺

  3. Thoroughly enjoyed my 45 yr nursing career.
    However, I would have made a very fair judge.
    Sometimes I think I would have enjoyed law.

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