When did you know what career you wanted? High school? College? I suspect that most high schoolers had no idea what kind of career they should pursue, opting instead for any steady job with a paycheck.
When I was in high school I knew exactly what career I wanted.
Car designer. Teacher. Baseball pitcher. Artist. Comic strip writer. Printer.
That last one is on the list because I worked part time at a local print shop. The first one, car designer, was a shot in the dark. Jimmy Smith and I loved to draw cars. He went to college and became an insurance company executive. I went into the army to avoid the draft.
The closest I came to car designer was high school.
What about artist? Let’s just say I have a good eye for what I like and an innate ability to describe what I like and why, but I can’t paint, can’t draw, can’t do much of anything that anyone else would describe as artistic.
As a baseball player I was the team’s batting practice pitcher so I could throw almost any kind of pitch and with great control. Slow curve, slow knuckleball, slow fastball. That last one explains why I never became a pitcher in professional baseball.
Teacher? Based on my experience with high school teachers and college instructors, I considered teacher to be a fallback profession. Anyone can get a job as a teacher.
As it turned out, I had seven careers through the years, starting with radio announcer right out of high school. That became television newscaster in the army and at a local TV station after discharge.
From there I ventured into sales, became a teacher (English as a second language), went into advertising production, launched a career in telecommunications (for a local phone company), ventured into internet website development, and finished adult life as a technical writer.
That’s seven, right?
That many careers must mean I have a wide variety of talents and skills. Or, I couldn’t hold a job. You choose.