Dream Job?

September 27 , 2007

Once upon a time..

little boys and girls were asked what they wanted to be when they grew up. The answers ranged from firefighters, astronauts, lawyers, doctors to ballerina.  The internet wasn’t in the equation when I was a kid. The economy is doing really well and it is possible to go solo today. I know a few of my friends leaving their full-time jobs and striking it out on their own.

What would you do if you left your current job? Would it be related to the internet? What is your dream job? What makes you truly happy?

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Thu Sep 27, 2007 at 05.58 pm

Howie

My dream job is either to play hockey or do woodworking.  Of course, I have no skills at either, so at my job I stay.

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Thu Sep 27, 2007 at 05.59 pm

Patrick Haney

When I was a kid, I always wanted to be an inventor. Yes, I wanted to invent things. Like that kid in The Goonies who always had some sort of crazy gadget for any situation.

I guess you could say that I still want to invent things, but now I want to do it in design, on the web, to make people’s lives easier and brighten up their day. Without using my handy oil slick sneakers. Though it would be pretty cool to have sneakers that spit out oil, wouldn’t it?

I’d like to work in a design commune, with other great people and designers, sort of like a small studio that gets things done. That would rock. Especially if it involved being able to travel around.

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Thu Sep 27, 2007 at 06.00 pm

Kelsey Ruger

Hmm. My next job is going to be running my own company. My dream job would probably be owning a professional sports franchise, although I don’t know if that’s really a job ;)

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Thu Sep 27, 2007 at 06.02 pm

Caleb Keiter

Dream job: Make good records with good bands, helps others to learn how to do the same, and travel wherever I can with a camera. This would all have to be in a great city with cool people and great things to see.

God Bless San Diego.

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Thu Sep 27, 2007 at 06.13 pm

Alex GIron

When I was working a full time job my dream was to start my own design agency…

I’ve done that…

Now my dream is to make it successful by working like minded individuals who are willing to help others through the ways of design and who are passionate about what they do.

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Thu Sep 27, 2007 at 06.16 pm

Garrett Dimon

I’m w/ Patrick on this one.  Inventions. Fun like-minded people. And the interwebs.

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Thu Sep 27, 2007 at 06.19 pm

Martin Ringlein

If I could do whatever I wanted ....

I would find people like me that I like and that do great work. I would start my own agency and have as much fun as possible doing exactly what I love to do . And I would hope that by doing great work and having fun doing it would make the little necessities like money just easy.

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Thu Sep 27, 2007 at 06.30 pm

Samantha Warren

Growing up i wanted to be the President of the United States and a Designer. It made perfect sense to me that the leader of the free world would have to know a thing or two about branding ;-)

I guess my Dream job today is one where I can have the ultimate work/ life balance. I am a people-person, and sometimes sitting at a Mac all day can wear on me… I need human interaction! I can’t imagine having a job where I wasn’t designing but i would love to have the freedom to go to more conferences, interact with clients, and do more community oriented events. I probably just need a corporate sponsor, not a job. I like the sound of Patrick’s fantasy Design Commune. Patrick… if you make that happen, I’m in!

Cindy what is your dream job?

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Thu Sep 27, 2007 at 06.50 pm

Jason Beaird

I remember wanting to drive a backhoe and dig ditches when I was a kid.  I don’t think that aspiration lasted very long, but the concept behind it, to make an impact, drives what I’m doing now. I don’t know if I’d call my current position a dream job, but building websites is what makes me happy.  I’d still like to operate heavy machinery someday though. :)

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Thu Sep 27, 2007 at 07.27 pm

Doug

My dream job is to be the man, instead of work for him. Remarkably the plan is taking shape.

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Thu Sep 27, 2007 at 07.44 pm

Cindy

Samantha, sometimes a vw fix it person (they make just as much as designers.. sometimes more, who charges $170 for changing out a headlight that takes 20mins tops). Note:Sam had a VW beetle too we bonded over the fact that both our VW’s had issues.

Sometimes a handy person to fix things at a house…


I would like to illustrate a children’s book, start a greeting card company, design tshirts, or write how to fix (insert project).

Or do.. party/conference coordination.

The goals I had when I was a kid are still the same as adult. I want my family to be taken care of (hence my aggressive savings over the years), have great friends/be a great friend, have cool toys and feel like I add value to the world. Sorry if this totally sounds sappy but it is true.

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Thu Sep 27, 2007 at 07.51 pm

Will

Without a doubt, I would be a snowboard instructor out West.  Now putting my realistic hat on, I would start my own company around what I know, that being the Web.  Once I became wildly successful and rich, I would leave the Web world and start my own Microbrewery.  Then and only then could I do the 2 things that I am very passionate about (excluding my family of course) making beer and snowboarding (I would not need to be an instructor at this point since I would be rich and oh, the brewery would need to be out west).

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Thu Sep 27, 2007 at 08.00 pm

John F Croston III

When I was younger I wanted to be a dentist and then an accountant. My dad suggested data processing as a degree/career (old mainframe days), since it was what he did. I took that suggestion and it has seemed to work so far. I started on the web about four years ago and am enjoying myself for the most part.

What I would like to be is a clown for Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey Circus. I’m too old for that now though.

So I guess for now I would like to start my own web company and be able to work part of the year and travel the world and take photos the rest of the time.

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Thu Sep 27, 2007 at 08.55 pm

Relly

Currently I’m a stay-at-home-mummy, which is the most stimulating and the most boring job in the world.

I’d like to be a photographer and scrapbook product and page designer. But as much as I’d like to be those things I might as well say I’d like to dance the lead with the National Ballet Company. Not gonna happen!

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Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 07.58 am

Neil Ford

Had to give this one quite some thought. When I was finishing school my aim was to work with computers. Being doing that 20+ years now, doesn’t seem quite so hot any more.

So my dream job would be Interactive Storyteller… sometime better known as Dungeon Master :)

I’d love to be able to visit schools and teach kids about communication, co-operation, problem solving and storytelling using the skills I’ve learnt roleplaying for 30+ years. Imagine being able to stimulate young minds with worlds of adventure, the possibilities are endless.

And at no time would it involve a computer. The computer for me would return to just being a tool. A way to communicate and research and print stuff off, nothing else. Pure bliss!

- Neil.

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Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 08.10 am

Ian Lloyd

I’m often thinking “If the Interwebs crashed tomorrow I’d be a chippie” ... and by that I mean ‘making stuff outta wood, not running a chip shop’. I get a real buzz out of making things, seeing the end result and there’s something so reassuringly rewarding about picking up a cordless drill, squeezing the trigger to check the battery’s there and thinking “Right, let’s do this!”

You mentioned VW fixing, well the funny thing is that over the last couple of months I’ve been combining my DIY with my VW fixit skills, having restored a 37 year old van interior that was given to me, ripping out the previous interior in my van and then fitting the newly restored interior back in, as well as numerous other little jobs (upholstery, electrics, trimming, flooring). It was a bit of a time suck, but the reward is great (much better than paying someone else to do it for me!).

So yeah, making stuff - tangible stuff - that would be something I could do for a while.

Although my *dream job* would be as a travel writer:

* travel, write about it, get paid
* travel, write about it, get paid
* travel, write about it, get paid
* travel, write about it, get paid

Sounds like a good plan to me.

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Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 08.15 am

Stephanie Sullivan

When I was really young, I wanted to be a gymnast in the olympics (and did gymnastics for 6 years—until I suddenly grew—really tall!). Then, when I was teen, I wanted to be a brain surgeon. But my dad talked me out of it due to the time it would take.

As an adult, I was a nurse, model, supervised a travel agency (where I learned to write macros that the agents used to make reservations), corporate image consultant, worked at a plastic surgeons office teaching women how to cover scars and make up newly lifted eyes and then was a home-school mom for 10 years.

When reentering the workforce, I decided I didn’t love anything I’d done before. I wanted to re-enter in a manner in which my brain was suited. Having studied the brain for years, I knew I loved research, puzzle-thinking and detective-type work. Somehow, that made me believe I needed to write code. Go figure. And as they say, “the rest is history.” I’ve never loved something I do to make money like the career I have now.

The only thing I struggle with at this point (since I have my own business) is, “Do I want to remain on my own—working with other contractors. Or would I enjoy the guaranteed regular paycheck and benefits that working for a larger company gives?” Time will tell. :)

Good question, Cindy!

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Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 09.14 am

Matthew Pennell

I’d be a writer and script doctor.

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Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 09.08 pm

Nguyet

When I was younger and naive, I “wanted” to be a pharmacist - how boring! 

My wildest dreams have always been being a NuNomad (http://nunomad.com/). I love traveling as well as designing. The ability to work anywhere I damn well please as a designer is a dream. I want to live a green life in an exotic place without sacrificing what I do/make for a living. I love being a designer, a creative problem solver and it is such a great profession to integrate into the Nunomad plan. :)

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Sat Sep 29, 2007 at 12.45 am

NatalieF

Writer, photographer or artist. Then again I would have to practice more (especially at writing and art!) and lose my tendency to procrastinate…

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Sat Sep 29, 2007 at 12.50 am

Marianne

Growing up, I wanted to be a fashion designer or an archealogist.  In high school, I figured I’d be a journalist or an engineer. Now, I’d eventually like to start up my own design company.

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Sat Sep 29, 2007 at 08.22 am

Alun Rowe

I’ve been thinking about it alot recently, I’m not feeling the buzz of creation I used to at the mo.  I also think I’m very much a business man who get’s the web rather than a web designer/developer etc and I need to spend more time beign entrepenurial rather than helping other companies with their goals.

My dream result would be to own a Lotus Cars specialists and buy/sell/repair/service all manner of the marque.

One day I intend to do it so it’s more a matter of when rather than if…

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Sun Sep 30, 2007 at 07.50 am

Cindy

I found this website via www.monster.com which is running a contest about dream jobs. How funny is that?
The contest is sponsored by www.vocationvacations.com.

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Tue Oct 2, 2007 at 10.48 pm

Kris

When I was a kid I wanted to be a fireman, an inventer, an astronaut… Now that I grew up I only want to be a kid again.

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Wed Oct 3, 2007 at 12.02 pm

Neil Ford

@Kris

That would work too :)

Maybe being a kid again is everyone’s dream job?

- Neil.

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Wed Oct 3, 2007 at 06.21 pm

Ed Devinney

Coincidentally this is the subject of an awesome lecture by Randy Pausch, his last as he’s got terminal pancreatic cancer:  http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=362421849901825950&hl=en

Watch the whole thing, it’s worth your time.

If I wasn’t doing computer crap I’d build things in metal.  Cars, mostly.  The trick is to keep the art/hobby fun when you make it into a job.

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Sun Oct 7, 2007 at 11.48 pm

O

as a child - mimicking my mom’s social class - like creating buildings
as an adult - an investor. to cut down costs, to maximize profits, to export jobs to Asia :]

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Fri Oct 12, 2007 at 09.43 pm

yong

pro. gammer! or president of Fiji..

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Wed Oct 17, 2007 at 06.26 pm

David K_ypuros

What a terrific question. You know, it takes a lot of courage even to ask the question.

I think this question is tied to “what is your contribution to the world?”

I heard that one on the latest episode of Bionic Women.

As for me, I would actually be coding for web. I love nothing more. :-)

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Wed Jan 9, 2008 at 04.10 pm

Fantasy

My dream job is player soccer in Italy! :D

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Sun Feb 17, 2008 at 03.05 am

David Murphey

Yeah, my dream job now is internet related. I cant wait till I get out of my IT support role. Looking to leave in 6 months. Start solo with e-commerce and affiliate marketing.

When I was a kid I wanted to be a alot of things, truck driver and an air force pilot haha.

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