Friday, October 13, 2006

If I Could Have Chosen My Career Differently

Let me first tell you a story of my path right after I graduated from high school. I didn't want to go to a 4 year college. I just wanted to learn something quick and start working. I was just sick of school. So when a recruiter came to the school to demonstrate Court Reporting my senior year and said it was a 2 year school I wound up going for that. Well, mind you they said it was 2 years. It took me 5 years! Yes, you read that correctly. I studied for 5 years straight including summers. I did graduate. However, I took the state exams 4 times and failed. I also started out recruiting in NY. One assignment was to go to a Brooklyn or was it NYC man my mind is fried. Anyway, it turned out that I wasn't assigned to Staten Island where I lived but they sent me to the 5 bouroughs of NY. One day I got lost and got on a train going the wrong way and I wound up crying and my boyfriend (now my husband) had to come and find me. That was the day I told everyone that this court reporting was not for me.

After that time, my mother-in-law helped me find a job in NYC as a legal secretary since I already had the knowledge of law. I did that for 6 years I think. Then when we moved I had to find a job closer to my area as the commuting to the city was getting to me. I then did administrative secretary work and then wound up in the accounting department working in accounts payable which I really enjoyed. Now, of course, while the triplets are here I am a SAHM.

If I could go back to when I graduated I would definately go to a college instead of a trade school. I have always dreamed of being a teacher so that is probably what I would have been today if I had chosen that.

4 comments:

glynis said...

It is definitely interesting the paths our lives follow--who knows what may still happen for you? :)

Tink said...

Agree with Grace, you never know what the future may bring.

Elizabeth said...

i think there is definitely still time for you....

carinc said...

I can relate on several levels...
regret not going for 4 years of college, got tired of NYC commute really fast, doing the admin and accounting thing as well before doing marketing & analysis, and I too would have like to have become a teacher. I like to think all these experiences are preparing me for something.:)