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Has Anyone Here Gotten Their Dream Job?


#1

if not why didn't you.


#2

Bills, health care, money , i would love to be a trainer in a gym.
But even if a had a lot of clients and made good money, no health care, no pension.


#3

Libanbolt, where do you go to school? I wish they did a better job of teaching grammar....fix your thread title.

My dream job is to make a nice living off of music. It hasn't happened yet, but there's always tomorrow.


#4

Mostly because of people. People can love a subject, love a job as it is supposed to be, and then when they actually work in a respective field, work with predominantly stupid, insubordinate, and distasteful people, and wind up doing all sorts of boring, stupid things and having stupid conversations for much of the day. One can see this commonly in education and healthcare, especially in so-called "inner cities". Let's mention the traffic-ridden commutes in the morning.

To anyone who found their "dream job", hats off! I'm damn grateful I have great health insurance, a salary, and some co-workers I actually like, and who like me in return. I'm convinced that's a lot to ask for in modern day America, if the current stat of 95 million able-bodied American workers sitting on the sidelines is true, and which I believe to be true.


#5

My dream job is to make a living as a novelist (in case you're wondering, mostly SF/F) and I've had a couple of close calls in that regard.

But I did get my close runner up job. I really enjoyed teaching debate and composition at a Chinese university for five years. My supervision was almost non-existent, my evaluations were written by students (who liked me because I was more likely to make fun of them when they goofed than being a hard ass, but I could do that because their parents had raised them properly and so their goofs were rare), I got to expose Chinese college kids to writers like Thomas Paine, Emily Dickinson, and Martin Luther King while teaching writing strategies (and if they picked up ideas along the way, bonus). I also discovered the health benefits of a life without a car and that I could eat as much Chinese food as I wanted and still lose a couple pounds a month. Of course, I only ate rice if the food was really spicy.


#6

I honestly gotta think troll at this point. He comes by every few months, makes some inflammatory thread and never comes back to it.

Looking through his post history, it is like his 4th sophomore year of college after starting Starting Strength for the 9th time.


#7

I did. It took 7 years of hard work, sacrifice and perserverence in the face of setbacks. It put significant strain on my marriage and every other area of my life, but it was absolutely worth it.

All I can say is, do your best to understand what the reality of the day to grind of the job entails. It would suck to go all in for something and finally get there, only to realize it's nothing like what you thought and it's not what you want. The idea of your dream job is often very different from the reality.


#8

Fortunately I have, full time music composer working from home. It was an incredibly challenging road, lots of self doubt along the way, obstacles, no sleep, etc. Took 10 years of making it work while teaching full time, and finally made the transition this year. Well worth it!

This is spot on, try to imagine the day-to-day of it. It usually entails other stresses and obstacles that didn't occur along the way. This shouldn't deter you, but it will help set up for better long term success.

Fortunately I make a nice living off of music, and I didn't get there by trying to correct people's grammar and waiting for tomorrow.


#9

I'm a part-time backup dive bar bouncer.


#10

Dream job at what age?

Anything from age 6 until 22ish, thank God I didn't get it, lol. Circa 24-26, I'm working on it.

Ultimately, any job that allows me to stay out of the toxic environment of my youth, keeps me warm, fed and smiles on my kids face is a dream job, imo.


#11

Dream job is an oxymoron.


#12

Except for that time I fell asleep at my desk.


#13

Not me, but rock-star-porn-star-food-critic isn't really a thing so I'm not too down about it.


#14

So you're here to protect the college sophmore who can't use the correct form of a basic word? Be sure to send him a participation trophy and a big hug. Whats sad is that I anticipated this type of response, what a great world we live in where peoples feelings are more important than getting something right.

You've been a composer for how many months? Let me know when it becomes a career and not a phase....if you get to that point, you'll realize that it's not a dream job per usmccds423's point.


#15

Lol, calm down dildoshwaggins.

@carbiduis, for someone who is so passionate about reading and being right, you must have missed the "it took 10 years" part of my post. I've been a composer for 10 years, and built my business while being a full time teacher. I have a masters and bachelors and music, and am now doing it full time, no longer in "building phase." I have hundreds of ensembles who commission works, work from my studio in my house, travel around the country year round to rehearse with my groups and write half time shows for NFL teams, so I'd call that a career and a dream job. One day when you get out of your parent's basement maybe you'll have one too!


#16

I've always envied people who had a dream they could chase. Since I was a kid I don't recall having a passion or calling for a particular job or career. I've done a few and done well at them all. I suppose I'd call my current position a dream job in that it affords the following:

  • Pay cheque that, while not stratospheric, keeps me in a style I prefer
  • Steady hours: M-F 9-5
  • Close to home; no commute
  • Latitude in my position/department to pretty much run things as I please
  • I typically have the freedom to come and go with appointments for my children as needed (this is very significant)
  • Health benefits
  • Low stress so that when I'm not at work, I'm rarely worried about work which hasn't been true of previous positions

While all of this may sound fairly unexciting, it allows me to lead a comfortable life outside of my job so that it's not taking up an undue amount of mental and emotional space.


#17

I saw a little bit about that in your BB thread. Very impressive.

My wife loves marching bands and has gone to see a couple of the shows that tour when they've come through the area.


#18

My sentiments as well.

From 12- 18 I was going to start out as a Navy Seal, move on to a very high position in the Secret Service, then use all of my connections to become an international man of mystery.

I've had to dial it back a little.


#19

Agreed. Robstein, that's a really tough racket (as you know only too well). It speaks to your determination and grit as much as your talent that you've been able to carve out a niche for yourself. Enjoy it.


#20

That actually sounds great.

I've got my dream job (great position, flexibility, a lot of prestige, ok paycheck)
But there is always something that needs to be done so I'm kind of always on standby.. I'm used to it, but sometimes I wish I could have a deload week workwise.