Long-Term Career Goals

I’ve had a lot of professional ambitions in my life that haven’t come to pass, and that’s OK because I’m quite happy where I am right now. But it is amusing to look back and think about what I wanted out of life at different times. Beyond the dreams of every kindergarten child to be a policeman/firefighter/doctor/grocer/banker/any other mammal from Richard Scarry’s What Do People Do All Day?, here, roughly in chronological order, is what I was serious about becoming at one point or another.

  • Horse trainer/champion horse showman
  • Actress, screen or stage – no preference
  • Lawyer and later US Senator, a dream crushed when I couldn’t even get elected to student government when my  class was only 144 people
  • Foreign service employee*, consular track so I could help with international adoptions even though I’d probably just spend my days rejecting a lot of visa applications. I also wanted the free, intensive language training.
  • Professional translator or interpreter. I can get by in a smattering of languages, but I’ll never be anywhere good enough in any of them to be a translator.
  • Someone who works for UNHCR extracting humans from life-threatening situations and getting them across borders to safety. Still my dream job. Have you read my bio?
  • Microfinance facilitator for a small non-profit in Central Asia
  • Statistician/Data Analyst. I know, serious non sequitur.
  •  And…bestselling author. This one is still going to happen!

*I read a memoir once, maybe 10 years ago, about a foreign service officer who had worked in some of the most undesirable outposts and absolutely loved it. I think he talked about three locations – somewhere in Latin America, somewhere in Central Asia, and somewhere in Africa. He wrote about living in decrepit, sprawling mansions left over from the colonial era and all the random connections he made. I have been trying to remember that this book was for the longest time but no matter how much I search, I just can’t figure it out. If anyone knows, please tell me!

Curious about what everyone else is writing for the A to Z Blog Challenge? Me too! I’m featuring three blogs from my fellow contributors each day. Here are today’s entertaining, lyrical, beautiful, unique, informative, or just plain random discoveries:

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7 thoughts on “Long-Term Career Goals

  1. Thanks for visiting my blog! Those are some very interesting career goals! When I was in college, I wanted to join the Peace Corps, but that never happened. And now that I have a toddler, it won’t be happening for the next 17+ years. But there was an older woman in one of my college poetry classes that had just gotten back from the Peace Corps, so I still have that plan in the back of my mind.

    Good luck with the rest of the challenge!



    1. It’s true – you never know what the future has in store. When I was teaching English in Honduras, I worked with two women who were both in their late 50s. Their children were out of the house and in college, so they were taking the opportunity to do all the international travel they had always wanted to.


  2. I have at one point wanted to be a translaror too. I am pretty good at English, but when I told my German translation major husband that I wanted to take up translation to English, he told me I make too many typeos for that. Edited out two typeos from this comment.

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  3. I almost accepted an appointment to the Air Force Academy, but I went in a totally different direction. Became a high school English teacher instead, and that lasted just 5 years. Weird where life can take you.

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  4. I always wanted to work with UNHCR… always. My dad was a politician and he had the opportunity to travel and visit refugee camps around the world. I was so jealous! Although I have worked with the UN 3 times, it was electoral related and that just didn’t cut it. I think my dream is dying but if you get on, I would love to hear about it. Don’t know the book but would also love to know which one it is as it is right up my alley. Cheryl

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