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When did you realize what you wanted to do in life?
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Initially I aspired to become an architectural engineer at a young age, that changed many times and has ranged from military/internal security to forensics firearm/toolmark examiner. Next year I'm transferring from my current university to a community college for commercial gunsmithing and international business, a decision my parents have been at disagreement with. A long held epiphany changed my perspective, that being at one moment in history, an ancestor must have used a weapon for whatever purpose, and in high probability that no family lineage is unscathed and clean of bloodshed. It is neither a raison d'être or arguably the most ethical, but I intend to become involved in arms manufacturing and proliferation, and with my skills in machinery and metalworking I am more than inclined. I have gotten started, with the assistance of extended family, in compiling and filing necessary paperwork for a business and for addressing legal, state, and federal niceties and regulation.

I suppose I also don't like people enough to care if they go on killing one another in plethoric ways.
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20 / M / Ontario Canada
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never until the point when high school was almost over
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22 / M / Prescott, AZ
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When I was 8. Already decided I wanted to be an Aerospace Engineer (at the time I thought that meant working on the engines of aircraft and spacecraft, turns out that Mechanical Engineering with a specialty in Propulsion which is what I am swapping to. Either that or making my self do AE-Propulsion as a major) and what school I wanted to go to. I'm currently at that school and I'm well on my way to reaching my dream job.

It helped a lot knowing what I wanted to do in life early on since I could focus on how to reach that goal and as a result I did really well in school (engineering schools are tough to get into and the classes are even tougher).
Posted 8/29/14
I wanted to eat brains and I have. I still do.
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I was EXTREMELY Young. Like around 3-4 Years old. I come from a Family that has several Physicians of differing types on both My Mother and Father's side. My Father Himself is a regular M.D. and has been Practicing for about a Year shy of 29 Years. His Father; My Grandfather was a Psychiatrist for over 30 Years. On My Mom's side, One of My Uncles is a Plastic Surgeon, and another couple of My relatives on My Mother's side are into Nursing, and another relative is an Orthopedic Surgeon. So when I was literally a Child, instead of reading Books by Dr. Seuss, or any of the Other staples for Children, I had My Head buried in the Physicians Desk References! Along with Oxford Unabridged Dictionaries and all kinds of other ridiculousness. Since Childhood; those Ages, I have literally NEVER had another thought regarding ANY other form of Education and Profession to chase after. And of course, I was "pushed" in some instances by My Family...namely My Father, but My Mother just as well. She Herself was a Registered Nurse for over 30 Years. So, I guess You can say that Healthcare is simply in My blood, or in My genes, if You'd have it. Although not once regarding My Family's "pushing" of Me in the direction toward the Office of Physician, or the Doctorate of Psychiatry, was it EVER done in a way that would be considered by some to having been done in a way that was, or is of any way to be seen in a manner that would be deemed by the possible "Outsider looking In" as unfair, or of having unfathomably high set standards that I was set to either ACHIEVE or represent FAILURE. And for that, I love them, and appreciate their manner of raising Me to the umpteenth Degree. I had ALWAYS looked up to My Father and My Grandfather, and seeing all the good that they were able to accomplish when it comes to helping out their Patients, and various other Members of the Community...It just planted a "seed" in Me that I wanted to emulate. My Father is My Hero. I Love My Mother all the same as well, but when it comes to the Familial bond shared between Parents and Child, it was always My Dad who represented to Me what a Citizen of the People - Someone that's upstanding amongst His Peers and His general Community and Neighbors alike...He just represented to Me, and still does to this Day, that of Someone who has paid His dues to both His Family first, and even more so, Society at large.

Why WOULDN'T I want to follow after Someone who, even at the End of the Day...among all His Credentials, He puts His Pants on one leg at a time just like Everyone else...Who, even as a very respected and generous Individual, He still has no problem in putting aside ANY "Ego" He may have to ensure that when People; speaking of Everyone in general looks at Him, they see not a Man with a freaking Alphabet following His Name; One who wishes to command their presence among Others, rather...Someone who is just like each and every Other Citizen that You may find as You look across, not only OUR Country, but even more so; just like Every other Guy You may meet One Day walking down the Road.

That sounds about right. <3
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when I was 12
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Yesterday, while drinking milk and staring at the wall.
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Not sure.... I am still thinking if I want to become a kindergarten teacher or work in computer engineering. I have been told I should work in psychology and sociology because of how I am with people and how much I learned. I don't want to make a career out of it but still wish to learn more about it.
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I learned at an early age what I wanted to do. I wanted to join the air force and fly my own jet. That dream got crushed when I learned at that time I needed perfect vision to fly. Since then it's been misery and mayhem.
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DonB04 wrote:

I learned at an early age what I wanted to do. I wanted to join the air force and fly my own jet. That dream got crushed when I learned at that time I needed perfect vision to fly. Since then it's been misery and mayhem.


I can feel your pain. I always thought it'd come to me if I waited, but nope. After finishing High School, I thought about joining the US Army, because I thought I could live a relatively easy life. No need to fully adapt to society's standards, no employment difficulty, etc. But I failed the physical exam and gave up.

I thought being an electrician was my calling, funny thing was, I didn't want to make a living in my country and I hated everything about laws, the laws of each city concerning electrical safety differ to some extent... anyway, long story short, I like electricity but saw no future in it.

After some suggestions from family members, I tried computers as a career path, and although I ended wasting my time, I realized it's what I want to do. I thought back and forth between Computer Science and Information Systems, ultimately, I chose IS since it was the most convenient for my location. I'm taking an Associate's in IS with focus on Computer Programming, and my goal is a Major in the field. I'm sure this is my calling.

The best thing you can do is go for something you know you like and eliminate all self-doubt, which is the only thing that can stray you away.
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I've always liked cars since i was very young, so i've always said i was going to be a mechanic and work on cars.

Little by little, that "dream" became more and more of a reality. Started studying cars in middle school, then got accepted into an automotive vocational high school. Graduated from there and went to an actual automotive vocational school. Now i'm a service technician working in dealership.

I guess you could say i'm lucky. Although, i don't like "lucky" because it cancels out all of the hard work. I guess it can be a mixture of both. It's like a dream come true right? Pursuing something i've always wanted since i was a child, and then getting it. I look at other people my age today, working at target, or a grocery store, or not working at all, not knowing what they want to do(**nothing wrong with that), and here i am, since 20 already at my career. Sometimes i have to pause and reflect, and remind myself, i did it. I got what i wanted. I think the child me from back then would be proud of the me today.
(**however, there are other conditions to this that make me question my decisions. for example - the automotive industry itself, salary, debt etc.)

I think if i could redo it all.... i would strongly consider aviation and aircraft maintenance. Even though i've always wanted to work on cars, what i want now is to travel, to see the world. And the key that is to work for an airlines company. Plus airplanes are awesome. To fly is to be free.

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I'm only 19 but all i know is that i want to be wealthy so i can buy all the cool future tech. When i was in high school i never once thougth about my future....big mistake.
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24 / M / Under your skin.
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Posted 8/30/14
Still haven't.
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22 / M / Baltimore, Maryland
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Posted 8/30/14
still haven't

my indecisiveness lead me to dropping out of college when i was working on my astrophysics degree
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24 / M / My bed
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Posted 8/31/14
I had no clue what I wanted to do so I figured since I am on computers all the time i'll go to college for something related to computers. I started college very soon after HS and soon realized this isn't working out for me right now. I put a lot of thought into what I really enjoyed and that was flying.

I decided I wanted to be a pilot a goal i'm still working on. I figured that fastest track would be the military so I joined that Air Force reserves. I currently rig chutes onto cargo then put it on planes. Its not flying but it's close for now. I need my degree to be a pilot so I take classes and do a job I enjoy at the same time. What I will do with my computer science degree I don't know. It's a safety net I guess.
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