Careers — Then and Now

Irish Coffeehouse is hosting this week’s Fun Monday.

The topic is a GREAT one: careers — then and now: what we wanted to be when we grew up and what we’d do NOW if we had our druthers.

What I Wanted to Be When I Grew Up (the childhood version)

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a number of things. The two I can best remember are teacher and news anchor.

The first I still think I’d be good at. The second? Not so much. (WHAT WAS I THINKING?!?)

I went to college to study media communications. I was still following — at least vaguely — the news anchor dream. This didn’t last long. By the spring of my freshman year, I decided to focus on production aspects, particularly producing. I still had t.v. news in mind. (WHAT WAS I THINKING?!?)

My sophomore year, while working on a story for the campus newspaper, I realized what I REALLY should be doing was studying journalism. I called the person who would end up being my adviser and told him I thought I needed to add journalism as a major. His response? “I think that would be a good idea.”

My first clue that journalism was a better fit than media communications should have been the fact that I didn’t have a CLUE why people in my media communications major (primarily older than I was) were so freaked out by a class called Writing and Reporting the News. The professor (the previously mentioned future adviser) was known to be tough, and he made people have a lot of sources for the stories we wrote. (The HORROR!) In high school, I had to have answers to 50 questions for any newspaper story I wrote. What was the problem with having to have lots of sources?

I took my journalism classes and media communications classes and graduated with a double major. At the end of my second internship at a t.v. station about 25 miles from my college, I ended up deciding that t.v. news was not for me. I knew that if I produced t.v. news I’d end up like Miles from Murphy Brown, swilling Maalox constantly. This realization came RIGHT before graduation. Good timing, no?

After college I worked for three years at a sports news network in the video tape library. That particular job was far from Maalox worthy, but it still wasn’t for me. For almost 8 years since then I’ve been working for the magazine of a professional society. The second job is a MUCH better fit. πŸ™‚

That said, I still don’t know if journalism/publishing is what I want to be “when I grow up.” I say I’m only 33, so I have at least 20 years to decide.

This leads me to…

What I Would Like to Be When I Grow Up (the adult version)

If I could do anything “when I grow up,” I’d do something in the baby business: be a midwife, a doula, a lactation consultant. I’m not sure which of the three, exactly, but I have a lot of fun dreaming. πŸ™‚

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22 thoughts on “Careers — Then and Now

  1. Sarah

    Sounds like you got on a great career path there, isn’t it so nice to have supportive tutors/professors?!?

    Brilliant FM post, thanks for sharing it πŸ™‚

    Sarah’s last blog post..Fun Monday

    Sarah, I am so blessed to have had supportive professors. I think it’s a testament that I’m still in touch with the professor I mentioned in this post. πŸ™‚

  2. Marylin

    Oooh interesting post!

    When I was little I wanted to be a vet… then as I got older it changed to doctor… and then to pharmacist. Then I got pregnant and uni stopped. >_<

    Right now I’d love to be a professional photographer, I’m even enrolling in a course on photography just to learn more about it, so… who knows eh? I wonder what I’ll be doing in 10 years time…

    Marylin’s last blog post..Weekly Winners #27

    Marylin, I, too, wonder what I’ll be doing in 10 years. Who KNOWS!?! Enjoy your photography class… and let me know what good stuff you learn.

  3. Barbara Ling, Virtual Coach

    When I was little, I just wanted to work at Bell Labs. Chalk it up to having engineering in the family.

    Met my husband at the Labs, so that certainly worked out well. πŸ™‚

    Now in my adulthood, I simply want to continue to be successful and raise my kids half as well as I was.

    Best wishes, Barbara

    Barbara Ling, Virtual Coach’s last blog post..A friend is ALWAYS a priceless gem and you’re never too old for more

    Barbara, raising good kids is as important a job as there is.

  4. Sayre

    Certain kinds of television can be absolutely nerve-wracking. I used to do CG for a sports network. The money was great, but when I was throwing up before and after each game from the stress of it, I decided to call it quits. News producers are in the same boat. I sympathize. I also went into something related but not nearly as stressful.

    Sayre’s last blog post..Fun Monday – When I grow up

    Hey! Where in production work did you make “great” money? Seriously! πŸ™‚

    “Related but not nearly as stressful” is a MUCH better plan. πŸ™‚

  5. Hootin' Anni

    Oh man…..reading all these wonderful entries this week is making me wanna change my mind over and over now, for my ‘dream career’…TV! But then, when you say ‘no’ Miles from Murphy Brown, well….that put a stop to my grandeur vision!

    A midwife. Interesting! Very interesting. This is gonna be a good week for Fun Monday—

    Come by if you can find time. Have a super-duper Monday.

    –Yeah, reading these have been such fun. πŸ™‚

  6. iPost

    Your job sounds like fun! I think I would like to give that a shot one day. I thought about journalism at some point, but was afraid of the grammar and punctuation! So, what did I do? I became a teacher:0p I too would consider being a doula or lactation consultant! Such a sweet time (mostly) to be involved with families.

    –Oh, iPost. That made me smile. πŸ™‚

  7. lceel

    Lactation Consultant? Rebecca, do you feel me, knocking on the boundaries? Do you hear the pitter patter of my little mind running around with this one in its hot little hands?

    But I won’t. I WILL behave.

    I hear the pitter patter of little lceel feet. πŸ™‚ Indeed I do. πŸ™‚

  8. Irish Coffeehouse

    You have plenty of time left to decide! I’m not far behind you and just feel so clueless about what I want to do and be. lol

    Midwife would definitely be fun, rewarding and adventurous. πŸ™‚

    I’m finding there are lots of clueless folks out there… it’s comforting, actually. πŸ™‚

  9. fayee

    First time to visit your blog Reba. Love your writing style. Don’t feel badly about changing majors up until graduation. It takes a lot of searching to get it right–and, as you say, you’re only 33.

    A friend of mine(very earth mother, Type A personality)used a duala for the birth of her first child when she was 40 years old. Very satisfied with the expereince.

    fayee’s last blog post..Always a Teacher

    Welcome, fayee! πŸ™‚ I hope you’ll come back again soon.

    I love the term “earth mother.” So many think that’s a negative term, but I adore it.

  10. chrisb

    When I was reading this is so reminded me of my daughter who wanted to be a journalist. She did a degree in communication and media production but found she had a talent for computer graphics and ended up with a career in this field!

    chrisb’s last blog post..Fun Monday # 75 Day dream to reality!

    Good for your daughter. That’s awesome!

  11. Leora

    Oooh, I love this career posts theme. One thing I discovered is the real world is definitely different than the academic or school world. Which is why I am now in the 5th year of working for a university (Rutgers) and my favorite job was working for the previous university (MIT). I used to want to be an actress, then a writer. I found the visuals the easiest, so now I’m a web designer. Oh, dear, I’m taking up your whole post with my comment! Enjoyed your ramblings on this one. Yes, 33 is young…lactation consultant is a great choice. I considered that one after a year of nursing my first son. Midwife–nah, too much risk! I’m risk averse. But if you like excitement, it’s a great option.

    Leora’s last blog post..Tel Dan and a bus

    Hi, Leora! You’re always welcome to leave comments, no matter the length. I love it when people share extensively! πŸ™‚

  12. Amy

    I always wanted to be a teacher growing up and low and behold I am one. However, that doesn’t mean my interests have changed. I still love teaching but there are a lot of things that I would like to explore further. We’ll see if I get to them all. πŸ™‚


    Amy’s last blog post..?????????

    Here’s to your exploring them all. πŸ™‚

  13. Molly

    Both the sport network job and the magazine job seem interesting. You are right. At 33, you still have plenty of time to decide what you want to be as a grown-up. At 61, I still wonder what I will be.

    Molly’s last blog post..Fun Monday – She Works Hard for the Money

    It’s nice to be surrounded by others who still don’t know what they want to be when they grow up. πŸ™‚

  14. Sandy (Momisodes)

    Loved reading this about you. Sounds like your current job is working out well πŸ™‚ Although most of my career has involved infants and mothers, I’ve also given some thought furthering my studies in becoming a midwife.

    Sandy (Momisodes)’s last blog post..I Got Served

    Thanks, Sandy. I don’t think I’d ever actually become a midwife… sigh… 😦

  15. Debs Buzz

    Lactation consultant sounds very interesting to me. When I had Thing 1, a woman tried to teach me to breast feed my little one. She did not have any kids and knew NOTHING about it. *LOL*

    Debs Buzz’s last blog post..Fun Monday

    See that would be my problem. I don’t have any kids. And even if I “could” do it, would anyone want me to?

  16. mamie

    i love this post! i wanted to be a photographer or a geologist, and i became a photographer. but i still don’t know what i want to be when i grow up! commenting from ICLW.

    Hi, Mamie. Thanks for visiting me. πŸ™‚ I enjoy the photography, as you may have noticed. πŸ™‚

  17. Lisa's Chaos

    I had a wonderful midwife with my middle son and I so wanted to do that! I have always been excited by pregnancy and birth and I still wouldn’t mind doing it. However, with the coming of grandchildren I did get to be in the delivery room and assist with my grandson and it was magnificent! I can’t wait to help with the one due in December!

    Lisa’s Chaos’s last blog post..Macro Dragonfly Study

    Very cool, Lisa! I saw several babies be born when I volunteered in labor and delivery a few years ago, but I’ve not seen anyone I know give birth. I’d love to one day.


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