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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
*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.