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What did you want to become growing up
When I was a little girl I wanted to be a teacher

Did you achieve it, or still pursuing it, or has you goal changed
Changed. I now dream of creating video games and then retiring to run a small cafe/tea shop.

What role are you currently in

I am a Systems Support Analyst for a bank and I am primarily responsible for user administration and supporting users with their problems with the core banking software.

How long did it take you to get to your position or into your career/ How old are you

It took me ten years to get to my current position. I'm 33.

Any advice or tips for people trying to get into your field?

Never be afraid to say "I don't know" so long as you follow that up with learning what you don't know.

Advice for people who feel there to old?

It's only too late when you're dead. If you have the will to keep going don't let anyone tell you that you can't. Unless that someone is a doctor or the police...then maybe you should reconsider.

And what step could someone take to get ahead in the right direction

Learn how computers actually work. There is more to computers than social media and word processors.
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What did you want to be growing up?

I wanted to be the chief engineer of the Starship Enterprise; TNG was new back then.

Did you achieve it, are you still pursuing it, or has you goal changed?

At some point I imagine I realized that faster-than-light travel would be a little too difficult given our current technology, so I decided to become a theoretical physicist instead - that being the subfield most relevant to building a Starship Enterprise.

What is your current job/position?

I'm a graduate student studying for my Ph. D. in physics. I do theoretical condensed matter physics.

How long did it take you to get to your current position?

I started college out of high school at 18, graduated in four years, and am currently in my nth year of graduate school.

Any advice or tips for people trying to get into your field?

  • Be deathly sure you want to do this. A Ph. D. is a nightmare and takes a very long time. Academia doesn't pay much either. Then again, physicists who go into industry or government research make a good amount of money.
  • Do not fear math. Math is easy; do enough problems and spend some time thinking about it, and you'll be fine. In particular, you should learn calculus in high school; otherwise you won't have enough time in undergrad to prepare yourself for physics grad school. It's physics that's hard, because physics is turning reality into math and then back into reality.
  • Take statistics and data analysis classes in undergrad, because even if you're a theorist you still need to understand the potential data that would bear on your research. This will save you a lot of time and pain later, because it'll be one less thing you'll have to do during graduate school.
  • Do some physics research during undergrad. Try to stick to a single project for at least a year so you can actually get something done and learn a particular thing in detail.
  • Read some philosophy of science; it'll give you some intellectual humility, and you'll learn that basically everything you were told in school about science and the scientific method is wrong. Too many scientists think like nothing has happened in philosophy since 1920, and they're hurting their own fields because of it. Start with The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn; it's pretty accessible for a philosophy book.
  • As a woman I did not have the best time studying physics as an undergrad. You will be talked about, hit on, and whatnot. Ignore the idiots and report the idiots that go too far. Find a female professor in the physics department to talk to - or in some other field if there are no female physicists at your college, which is possible. Ideally there will be some kind of "women in the sciences" group you can join. If you try to start one you'll likely get support from the physics department.

Advice for people who feel they're too old?

See the first point in my list of advice. You are probably better off not getting a Ph. D. if you've already been working for a while.

What steps could one take to get ahead?

Most of my answer to this is in my list of advice above. If you really want to go crazy, you can learn most of the math you need for a physics major during high school by taking classes at a local college (which is what I did). When you're in college, seek out and talk to any physics graduate students about their experiences and what you should do.
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- What did you want to become growing up
scientist.
- Did you achieve it, or still pursuing it, or has you goal changed

changed.
- What role are you currently in
disabled.
- How long did it take you to get to your position or into your career/ How old are you
how long did it take me to get disablled? lol, 3 years for the money, 14 years to be disabled.
- Any advice or tips for people trying to get into your field?
well, i've got mental problems, so a hit on the head. that or lots and lots of drugs. junk food helps too. or play chicken with trains.
- Advice for people who feel there to old?
your never too old to be disabled.
- And what step could someone take to get ahead in the right direction
dont be like me.


cus if you dont laugh about it, it will eat you alive.
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Why do I feel like this is a hidden survey for your own use lol. Just as a note you do not have my permission to use these answers in any sort of research or survey at all.


What did you want to become growing up


When I was really young I wanted to play sports like Football (Soccer) and later wanted to be a Vet

Did you achieve it, or still pursuing it, or has you goal changed

I think by the time I hit College I was just looking at more realistic goals. I wanted to travel and see the world. I wanted a job with good prospects for the future.


What role are you currently in

I'm a consultant for a large electronics company that does business internationally. My role is to deal with clients and look at their portfolio and which areas they could expand their business using our products along with helping them plan their business. Basically I sell our business to other companies.


How long did it take you to get to your position or into your career/ How old are you

On Sunday I turn 32. I worked for a couple of different companies before I landed where I am now mainly in marketing and somewhat in financial analysis. I met a lot of contacts and was asked by a friend if I might be interested in working for my company. Came in for a talk and an informal interview and they offered me the job which was 3 years ago. Moved over to being a consultant and I love it.


Any advice or tips for people trying to get into your field?

Develop your personality. Yes going to College and getting a degree are important along with work experience but it's yourself you are selling in the workplace. If you are selling your company you want to make clients interested in the portfolio you are offering them and make them want to work with you. For that you not only need to show that you have good ideas but you need to be good to talk to. This goes for your interview too. All those pieces of paper everyone has that they are looking for talent and for somebody they want to work with. Be confident but not a jerk. Be somebody that they say "I really want them on our team". Apart from that learn how companies work,understand finance and marketing etc

Advice for people who feel there to old?

You are never too old or young to do this. It's about who you are.

And what step could someone take to get ahead in the right direction


Go to College and get a solid degree like a MBA or Msc in Finance. While you are doing this take every opportunity to network and get an internship those contacts will be valuable later on. You never know where the people you meet now will end up. One day you might hold a meeting with a client who was a fellow intern or who worked for a company you interned with or they could be the one interviewing you for a job, Relationships and trust are important.
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Everyone is sparkling
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Posted 7/18/16

khaled93 wrote:

Hey, thanks for taking the time to click on the post and hopefully posting.

Figured this could benefit all the people who have given up on their dream due to not going to college or feeling to old or family who do not support there goals or even disapprove. Thought this would be a cool post seeing CR members I assume would have a broad background of people hopefully some nuggets of knowledge can help atleast one person reignite that fire by posting you journey.



Good intention but I think it will do the opposite, it's just like facebook. Peeps get depressed when other people have better lives than they do instead of getting motivated, sometimes.

positive envy vs negative envy.
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- What did you want to become growing up
Starship engineer.

- Did you achieve it, or still pursuing it, or has you goal changed
Working on a degree in electrical engineering with a specialty in power systems. Realistically I may never actually be a starship engineer, but it did inspire me to my current career path

- What role are you currently in
Student

- How long did it take you to get to your position or into your career/ How old are you
I am 20. Been working towards this since my teens.

- Any advice or tips for people trying to get into your field?
Study. Then study some more. Keep up with technology.

- Advice for people who feel there [sic] to old?
You are never too old to learn.

- And what step could someone take to get ahead in the right direction
Study. Read. Invest some time. And if you get discouraged watch some Star Trek.
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- I had a longtime dream of becoming either an animal cop or a veterinarian
- When I entered college, I started off with a Physics major. I had hopes of becoming an astrophysicist and wanted to work for NASA. However, I switched to Environmental Studies/Sustainability and Anthropology. So now I'm planning on going into environmental law/policy.
- I've got one more year of undergrad left so I haven't started my career yet. Planning on interning or joining the peace corps after graduation and then going to graduate/law school. I'm 21.

- Advice from friends who have already graduated college: intern as much as possible before graduating (or at least before going into your career), if you're in college then try and get close with your professors because they can really help you out in the long-run, and just keep going at it (you're not gonna be in your dream career straight outta college, it obviously takes hard work and dedication).
- For feeling too old: There isn't an age limit for your goals, you're the one who has to try and make them happen. It may take a few months, years, or even a decade, but that's how life is. My mom is in her 50s and she wanted to be a health policy maker but she was a nurse for 30 years. She just now started graduate school to get a PhD for public health policy.
- Having connections helps immensely when trying to get into a certain field--people who know someone on the inside have better chances (typically) of getting their desired position. Plus, connections can help put in a good word for you or even write recommendation letters.
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What did you want to become growing up
- When I was a kid I wanted to be a Paleontologist, which had been inspired by a trip to the Royal Tyrell Museum in Drumheller, Alberta.

Did you achieve it, or still pursuing it, or has you goal changed
- I eventually lost interest as I went into high school. I didn't have the drive needed to get through the sciences I needed, nor the interest. I eventually moved to wanting to be a teacher after I was inspired by some of my own teachers. I wanted to be teachers like them, who made being in school enjoyable.

What role are you currently in
- I'm a student right now, going into my third year of university and working towards my Bachelor of Education and towards my major in History.

How long did it take you to get to your position or into your career/ How old are you
- I went into University right after high school. I was eighteen then. Now I am twenty.

Any advice or tips for people trying to get into your field?
- When you're deciding where you want to apply for university, be sure to look for schools whose education department includes lots of practical experience in the classroom. When you're looking for a job, how far far you're application goes towards the front of the queue can be heavily determined on how much practical experience the school you went to includes in its program.

Advice for people who feel there to old?
- You're never to old to apply to education. I've seen people of varied ages in my classes.

And what step could someone take to get ahead in the right direction
- Volunteer for programs that involve teaching, tutoring, or otherwise interacting with youth, especially inner city youth. Stuff like that will put you ahead on your resume. Also, ask your own teachers what you should do. They ran the program once, so they'll have a good idea what prospective employers will be looking for. As an added bonus be aware of trends in the teaching world.

This is for Canada though. No idea how education programs work elsewhere, but I assume its similar..
Posted 7/19/16 , edited 7/20/16
- What did you want to become growing up?
I wanted to be a atheltic trainer.

- Did you achieve it, or still pursuing it, or has you goal changed?
I changed my mind and ended up pursuing a degree in biology, which I got last year.

- What role are you currently in?
Currently working as a Biological Field Technician, and I"m loving it.

- How long did it take you to get to your position or into your career/ How old are you?
After I graduated college it took me a whole year to land this job...and to top it all off, it's only temporary. I'm finally getting experience in my field, which is nice. Not sure what age has to do with it, but I'm 23.
Posted 7/20/16
Don't have one lol
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-I kind of always wanted to be in the military, although I didn't know what profession. My mom who raised me the most really attested to it, too.
-I achieved my goal back in '11, it was a lot more challenging than a lot of people make it out to be and it definitely isn't really a job where you can be an idiot and be proficient.
-I am a Gunner(Sergeant) on the M1A2 Abrams MBT
-I have dedicated 5 years of my life to this career, starting as a fresh 18 year old Highschool graduate.

-Pretty much, the best way to make it in this field, you would need to have some pretty thick skin and the ability to not take everything to heart. Critical thinking and problem solving skills as well as a positive attitude is a must if you want to make it anywhere, as well.
-If you feel too old, remember, I had a buddy in basic training that was a 38 year old private. The older guys tend to get messed with the least.
-Recruiters are always pretty thirsty for your signature! :3
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For the longest time growing up, I wanted to be a small animal vet. That changed in college, when I decided that path wasn't for me and traveled instead down the agriculture path.

I am now a management trainee at a poultry company for chickens. I love it, and have realized it as my passion.

As for where I end up in the company after the program, that's to be decided later. For now I am happy.
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YayForKittens wrote:
I am now a management trainee at a poultry company for chickens. I love it, and have realized it as my passion.
For now I am happy.
Yay for...chickens?
I mean that chick most have made you very happy!
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32 / M / U.K
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Posted 7/20/16 , edited 7/20/16
- What did you want to become growing up
A Soldier, used to play with my friends as a kid.

- Did you achieve it, or still pursuing it, or has you goal changed
Currently in a reconnaisance regiment having served 15 years from my 16th birthday. British Army.

- What role are you currently in
Reconnaisance, communications. Sargeant

- How long did it take you to get to your position or into your
career?
15 years

-How old are you
31

- Any advice or tips for people trying to get into your field?
Make sure its absolutely what you want, and dont think as i did "meh school doesnt matter because im joining the military" that mentality is wrong. Always try your best in everything you do.

- Advice for people who feel there to old?
If you meet the age limit for enlistment, go for it. Its a good career and very stable.

- And what step could someone take to get ahead in the right direction.
Fitness, both mental and physical.
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