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What is YOUR “Dream Career”? (giveaway ends 4/26/13)

 

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A few days ago I published a guest post about childhood dream jobs that can become a reality, such as a dancer or fireman. A few people left comments about what they wanted to be when they grew up.

When I was a young girl I had dreams of doing a lot of things with my life. I had a long list of dream jobs that included being a teacher, actress, farmer, Oceanographer, Astronomer and vet. When I was a teenager I had my eyes set on one specific dream job – a Forensic Psychologist. I’ve always been fascinated by the criminal mind. I would love to know what can cause a seemingly sane and “normal” person to commit horrific crimes. In addition to being a Forensic Psychologist I also wanted to write books about the cases that I solved. I’ve always been into true crime stories and it’s always been my dream to write a best selling novel myself.

I was very serious about my “game plan” for my future career. I graduated with honors with my Associates Degree in Community Mental Health Assisting (yes, it’s a real degree). I also interned for a year at Green Haven Correctional Facility as a “peer counselor” working in the Pre-Release Center. WOW! Talk about an eye opening experience!

I was even offered a position to train to become a Victim-Offender Mediator from the National Institute of Justice. I had recommendations and everything was set to go but I couldn’t fathom the idea of leaving my then boyfriend (now husband) for several weeks because training was out of state.

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After I finished my Associates Degree I moved on to an accelerated Social Work program. I was going to get my BSW and then move on to John Jay College of Criminal Justice and get my Masters Degree in Forensic Psychology. I would have liked to continue on to a PHD if it was possible.

When I was 12 credits shy of finishing up my Bachelors Degree I dropped out of college. I was married and pregnant at that time. My college was an over 90 minute drive each way. It was also hard for me to sit behind those itty bitty desks with my great big pregnant belly. I had planned on returning to college after my daughter was born but that never happened. As you know babies are expensive and we couldn’t afford tuition. Thankfully we did pay off my college loans.

Even though I’m in my mid-40’s now I still wonder what my life would have been like if I had completed my education and became a Forensic Psychologist, helping to solve crimes and put criminals behind bars. Plus I wonder if I could have been a successful true crime writer. I guess I’ll never know.

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There is a new series on the USA Network that premiered last night called The Moment. Did you happen to catch it? It features NFL Quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Kurt Warner as the host.

Each one hour episode of The Moment profiles an ordinary person who has been secretly nominated by a loved one and surprised with the extraordinary chance to attain the job he or she always wanted.  The series takes viewers behind-the-scenes and explores a wide range of coveted professions, such as NASCAR driver, White House chef, Notre Dame football coach, toy designer, choreographer, Broadway costume designer, and orchestra conductor.

FYI… I am not being compensated to share this information with you. I am simply posting about it for the enjoyment of my site readers.

Here are two clips from The Moment. The first clip is the shows promo and the second clip is of a young lady who dreams of being a sports photographer and what happens when she is given the equipment and opportunity to capture images of a basketball game. You can also see the clips here, http://www.youtube.com/user/TheMomentonUSA/videos.
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The Moment airs on USA on Thursday nights at 10PM. Please refer to your local TV Guide for the channel.

You can also find more information about the show at www.USANetwork.com/Series/TheMoment.

What do you think about the show’s concept? Did you happen to catch the premiere episode? What did you think about it? Feel free to comment and let me know.

If you had a second change to pursue your dream career, would you?

The Moment Prize Pack

I have a special giveaway for a lucky reader featuring branded The Moment products that includes a tote bag filled with a journal & pen, a blanket, Kurt Warner’s Book: All Things Possible and a hat.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on April 26, 2013 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to respond or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please leave a comment on this post and tell me what your dream career is AND if you had a second chance to pursue your dream career, would you do it? Why or why not?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) however you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify. I do check. Extra entries are optional.

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. Any opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced in any way.

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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly works with school aged children doing before/after school care. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.

Comments

  1. Tabitha P. says:

    being a sahm which i do!

  2. travel reporter- would try it because it sounds like fun

  3. i’d try to become a computer engineer

  4. I would love to be an interpreter in Europe!

    • I probably wouldn’t pursue that career now, simply because I have settled into my current life pretty well 🙂

  5. I would love to be a travel writer/photographer! May still do it eventually.
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  6. I would be a scientist if I could, I would change careers in a minute if I could.

  7. Patti Hess says:

    I wanted to be a sign language interpeter and if I had the chance to do it I don’t know…Maybe I would but my hands shake (nervous) so I really don’t know

    pattifritz2000 at yahoo dot com
    thank you

  8. My dream career is owning a small boutique and yes I would do it if I had the chance.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  9. kristen m says:

    My dream career would have been selling jewelry, but there wouldn’t be any point to pursuing it now! someday hopefully i will retire to florid and work at disney.

  10. My dream career is to be a Documentary Filmmaker. I would do it in a second if I could.

  11. Denise M says:

    my dream career is a tv game show host

  12. Karen Gonyea says:

    I would LOVE to be a professional organizer and if I had a chance, I would pursue it.

  13. I was able to live my dream career as a school librarian.

  14. I wanted to be a photographer

  15. if i had a second change i would become a zoologiest

  16. Sandy Cain says:

    I always wanted to be a nurse, but it never worked out. If I could go back and re-start, I’d definitely go to nursing school.

  17. I have actually given myself that second chance and am WRITE now living my dream of being a….yes, you got it, a writer! Since I was eight years old, it’s what I wanted to do. But life got in the way…the traditional life; school, job, married, kids….you know how it goes. Well, not two years ago I got serious and started writing professionally – things just fell into place. I now write inspirational stories for a best selling author’s website, am a contributing author in a book called “Watch Her Thrive”, due out in June, and am publishing my very first children’s book “What Does the Tooth Fairy DO with Our Teeth?” which will be out in June, 2013! I feel so blessed. It’s a lot of work (as you know Kimberly) but because I love it so much, I can do it all day, every day. So glad I found your site. I am really enjoying it.

  18. My dream career is being an interior designer. If I had a second chance, I would probably go for it!

  19. Carolyn G says:

    A chef and yes I would do it over again

  20. clarissa says:

    a journalist…no i wouldn’t pursue it because I think staying at home being a mom is far more valuable

  21. Blessie Nelson says:

    I always wanted to be a doctor and I am going to pursue it no matter what the odds are.

  22. I would love to be a photographer on a cruise ship! Yes, I would do it once my son is raised. Thank-you

  23. I think it would be great to be a chef or have a restaurant or bakery.
    I doubt I would do it though, because I want to be with my children more then anything. =)

  24. Shelley P says:

    My dream career was always to be a veterinarian. They didn’t have a school in my city or any place close at the time. I didn’t want to leave the area so I never pursued it. If I had a second chance I would go for it!

  25. Before I met my boyfriend he used to race , race cars his dream was To be a race car driver he puts his heart and soul to support his family and I wish I could give him his dream which is to be a race car driver but I dnt have the money to afford his dream and I pray to God everyday to help with his dream because he deserves it for all his hard work he does I just want. His dream to come true hopefully one day he`’ll get that dream he’s a good man he deserves a lot me and my 7 yr old wish this for him we pray for him all the time he is the biggest nascar fan ever he watches every race never misses one he talks about being a race car driver all the time hopefully one day we can find away to make his dream come true and achieve his dream.

  26. I wanted to be a Fashion Designer! If I had a chance to do it again, I probably wouldn’t, but it still runs in my blood!

  27. Cheryl Chervitz says:

    My dream job is a race car driver! I love to drive, used to be a semi truck driver. If I could do it a 2nd time, I might try to find a way to do it.

  28. I think I would like to be a writer

  29. My dream career is either stay-at-home mom or a full-time crafter

  30. Debra Hall says:

    i always wanted to be a mid-wife

  31. I always wanted to be a private detective.

  32. Laurie Emerson says:

    My dream career was to be a writer but unfortunately I just do not have a way with words so will stick to reading what other write.

  33. Samii Meyer says:

    I would like to be an artist, but the reality is that it doesn’t pay well

  34. susan smoaks says:

    my dream career was to be a doctor. if i got a second chance i would not pursue it, i would rather spend time with my family!

  35. I am in my dream career. I love working in Physical Therapy. Not very glamorous but a lot of fun.
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