Yesterday, when chatting with some friends during a lunch cookout, we found ourselves reminiscing about our college days and what we would do if given a chance for do-overs. One person volunteered that she’d go back to college and switch her major from business management to interior design. She added she would also wild out more because she knows—in the scheme of life—she’ll end up okay. I suppose if the newer wild moments don’t involve serious injury or jail time, then she’s right.
Another lady noted she’d swap out the accounting focus for physical therapy and maybe massage therapy tossed in for sport. Then a guy volunteered, with almost a whisper of defeat, that he hated every bit of his college experience and would go back to change it all, including selecting a different school. His new career would be something with science.
This got me wondering if any of us are who or what we envisioned we would be?
My initial high school dream was to be the next Debbie Allen. Hey are you laughing? Since I was a child during the whole Fame and Flashdance era, what do you expect? I spent those four years immersed in all things theater and remember masterfully tricking convincing my parents to drive to New York City to get a tour of NYU.
My 17 year-old self figured double majoring in performing arts and English then graduating to the life of a starving artist would be cool. The parents didn’t agree and when we returned home, my mother killed the dream by telling me to not even bother spending the application fee because I would not be going.
Flash forward two decades. My first work life was in marketing communications where I did research analysis and wrote proposals to win clients. I’m now in a second career as a business training and development manager. No telling what the next 20 years will bring.
So tell me, if you could, would you go back and redo the college years?
Are you now on your second, third or fourth career?
Is there a dream job you still have your heart set on evolving into?