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Alternative Careers

From qaqaq, via fauxklore:

Say what your current profession is. Then list up to five professions that you might have pursued (due to your inclinations, abilities, whatever) had your life taken different turns than it has.

I'm a network engineer (by title). Mostly, I write network protocol software. I have other related support duties.

Other professions I might have pursued (in no particular order):

  • doctor
  • musician
  • sportscaster
  • radio program director

This just happens to be around the 30th anniversary of the decision I made to pursue engineering instead of medicine. I was pretty sure I wanted to be a doctor from about age 14 until my senior year of HS, when I went to a weekend pre-pre-med program at a hospital on NYC's Upper East Side. (I don't remember the name of the hospital, unfortunately.) I don't remember much of the program, but I remember having trouble extracting blood from the corner of the eye of a mouse. After a while, I decided that I didn't really want to do anything involving medicine. As I liked my computer class more anyway, I figured engineering was a better match.

I'll also add that when I was very young, I wanted to be an astronaut. I abandoned that idea when I found out that my vision was too poor.



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Jan. 15th, 2009 10:42 am (UTC)
I think nearly everyone of our generation wanted to be an astronaut.

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