A Different Career Path

Inspired by Mama Kat’s Writing Prompts

Prompt #3. You HAVE to go back in time and choose a different career path for yourself. What do you choose?

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For as long as I could remember, my father always wanted me to be a teacher or a nurse. He reasoned that the money was decent and that there will never be a shortage of opportunities. Nursing grossed me out and I didn’t want to teach.

Instead in college I majored in Communications and became an on-air personality/voiceover artist for eight years.

When radio wasn’t fun for me any more I answered an ad citing, “Recruiter wanted, no experience necessary.” (This was in the time when the economy was good!) I became a Recruiter for the pharmaceutical industry and I did that for eight years before I became too sick to work any more.

The thing about being on the air and recruiting was that I never got a satisfaction that what I did mattered. Even though I placed many people in positions, they rarely thanked me.

If I had to do it all over again, maybe I would have become a teacher to make a difference in a child’s life. Or else work for a not-for-profit organization. I find myself envious of people in these types of positions.

What career would you choose if you had to do it all over again?

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About mamasick

Emily Cullen is a pen-name. I suffer from chronic illnesses and diseases which include Bipolar Disorder, Asthma, Diabetes and Fibromyalgia. I had battled Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis but there is no longer evidence of me having these diseases and my Rheumatologist has declared them to be "burnt out" of my system. I am separated from my husband, “Grant”. Our son, “Tyler” was born in September of 2006 and suffers from tics and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and is delayed in fine and gross motor skills. In my blog I seek to let sick moms know that they are not the only ones going through this, and to educate people about what can happens when one becomes catastrophically ill. I also strive to break down stereotypes of what a “Welfare Mom” is like. Anything that I have gone through due to being sick, is written on the pages of Mama Sick.

11 Responses to A Different Career Path

  1. Kathy says:

    It sounds like you needed to take your own path even if it didn’t lead to something as fulfilling as you wanted. Like you, I admire and have a great respect for teachers. It’s not a job, it’s a calling.
    Kathy´s last blog post ..Back in time

  2. I too wrote on this prompt. Am a teacher by profession but would love to have tried out a marketing and job that allowed travel.
    Dominique Goh´s last blog post ..Bridging the Gap: Learning of English in Upper Primary

    • mamasick says:

      Yes, the grass is always greener I suppose. I got to see some pretty amazing cities while working as a recruiter.

  3. allstarme says:

    being a teacher is both irritating and rewarding. But sometimes we don’t end up where we saw ourselves but we still learn something!
    allstarme´s last blog post ..Writer’s workshop – Guilty (pleasure)

    • mamasick says:

      I know teachers work really hard, must have patience and bring a lot of work home, but sometimes I do wonder!

  4. I think your two jobs sounded interesting enough. I would’ve stayed in the military as a career. Not that I’m unhappy that I didn’t. But it was the fork in the road.

    • mamasick says:

      My two jobs WERE really interesting, but as I grew older I longed to do something more fulfilling, you know? Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Kat says:

    Yeah, I don’t know. I know a lot of unsatisfied teachers as well. I wonder if that’s just life…when you turn something into a job you’re just bound to grow weary of it.
    Kat´s last blog post ..Writer’s Workshop: Where The Future Is

  6. OzarksUSA says:

    I would have gotten an MFA in Professional Writing or an MFA in Creative Writing. I started the MFA for PW, but couldn’t get through it because of my bipolar, anxiety, chronic pain, and seizures.
    OzarksUSA´s last blog post ..Throwback Thursday – On Elvis’s tour bus #TBT

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