Jobs you thought sounded glamorous or exciting when you were a kid...

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i've always wanted to be a scientist.
i'm not really a scientist but i do scientific research and i have a degree in biology.
it's not as i imagined as a child.
i thought i'd be inventing things or at least controlling my own work.
you need a phd for that.
Grocery store cashier. I thought it was so cool that they could scan all those items like that and play with a cash register!!
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Airline pilot. I never wanted to be one, but the job seemed glamorous. Keep in mind that my first memories of flying were from a time when kids still got a deck of Pan Am playing cards and a trip to the cockpit, and airports were a portal to exciting world adventures. Blew my mind when I discovered that I make twice what most pilots do, and I'm not in charge of millions of dollars worth of equipment and nobody's life is in my hands.
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I don't know that I thought it was glamorous, but I wanted to be the school secretary when I was in grade school. Or a teacher. My parents did not make me feel bad because of it. I know some very high paid secretaries too. They don't all chew gum and file their nails all day! LOL
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I don't think anyone means to belittle anyone who is an administrative assistant. I certainly rely on mine in so many ways and am so grateful for her. There is no shame in earning an honest living.

However, I do think that the objections to that being a chosen career come from the fact that an AA is dependent upon the person hiring them. If they luck out and work for someone very successful, wealthy and generous, they can make a lot of money and have a fair amount of control over their work. But if they are working for people of more modest means (as are the majority of people who hire AA's), then they are going to make less and likely have less control.

Up here, most AA's make $30K/year or less. That is not much to live on, especially with kids. The John Hopkins example is a rare exception.

Yet for many years (I think it is different now), secretaries were portrayed to women as being attractive, glamorous, well-groomed and some kind of ideal. They were viewed as being eye-candy for the men in the office and potential affair-fodder. Women were the secretaries while men were the bankers, executives, investors, lawyers etc. who had the power and the money. Sort of like nurses and doctors. This is why I personally would hesitate to endorse a young girl wanting to be an admin assistant as a chosen career path.

I do think it would be an excellent job for a college student or recent graduate to do for a year or two, though, to learn office, organizational and people skills before going back to school or doing something else.

And of course, it is a necessary job that someone has to do, just like many of the other jobs I wouldn't jump at MY kids doing but recognize are necessary - make of that what you will.
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My former secretary made $50K a year and got Friday afternoons off. A good assistant is invaluable to professionals and can be compensated well.

There are days I would rather be the secretary than the boss. I don't think anyone should think of it as a disappointing career.

BTW, my favorite job ever was a make up counter lady for Estée Lauder. It was my college job, and other than tired feet at the end of the day, it was a lot of fun.
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Originally Posted by Nej
is it wrong that i still think it's great to be a stripper?
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Stripper
Originally Posted by Nej
is it wrong that i still think it's great to be a stripper?
Originally Posted by frau
Haha I don't judge I just know when I was younger I really really wanted to be one. It seemed like the sexiest most glam best job ever.
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This probably isn't very glamorous but I still think if I ever stop doing captioning that I'd like to be a personal assistant to some rich person. I feel like I've had a more than 18 years of experience by being a mother to a pretty demanding (dare I say diva-ish) daughter:

I'm a great time manager
I run errands
I smooth over misunderstandings
I schedule things
I drive

If I could make a good living doing that, I'd probably jump at it.
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Hair dresser. I still think it's a great job but not as glamorous as it seems. It is a lot of hard, thankless work but also one that can really help people to feel better about themselves. It rocks. I just don't want to have to touch other people. Hats off and hair down to them!
As a child there were 3 things that I wanted to be:
- A circus clown! <ROFL>
- Movie star
- Artist (painter)

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I don't know that I thought it was glamorous, but I wanted to be a bridge engineer, which is ridiculous because I definitely do NOT have an engineers brain and I'm scared of heights. As a kid though, I thought bridges were the coolest thing EVER.

I loved, loved the administrative job I had. It spoke to my love of office supplies (haha) and organizing and I juggled a lot of hats and like to think I did it really well. My boss thought I hung the moon and in retrospect there's no telling how much money he saved by having me do so much. After I left he ended up hiring out the medical billing/coding and all the financial tasks, made me wish I had asked for more raises while I was there.

There's something out there for everyone and no matter what it is you want to do it's important.




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Stripper
Originally Posted by Nej
is it wrong that i still think it's great to be a stripper?
Originally Posted by frau
Haha I don't judge I just know when I was younger I really really wanted to be one. It seemed like the sexiest most glam best job ever.
Originally Posted by Nej
Lol, I actually was a stripper when I was younger and had a banging body...don't judge me, y'all.
I don't think anyone means to belittle anyone who is an administrative assistant. I certainly rely on mine in so many ways and am so grateful for her. There is no shame in earning an honest living.

However, I do think that the objections to that being a chosen career come from the fact that an AA is dependent upon the person hiring them. If they luck out and work for someone very successful, wealthy and generous, they can make a lot of money and have a fair amount of control over their work. But if they are working for people of more modest means (as are the majority of people who hire AA's), then they are going to make less and likely have less control.

Up here, most AA's make $30K/year or less. That is not much to live on, especially with kids. The John Hopkins example is a rare exception.

Yet for many years (I think it is different now), secretaries were portrayed to women as being attractive, glamorous, well-groomed and some kind of ideal. They were viewed as being eye-candy for the men in the office and potential affair-fodder. Women were the secretaries while men were the bankers, executives, investors, lawyers etc. who had the power and the money. Sort of like nurses and doctors. This is why I personally would hesitate to endorse a young girl wanting to be an admin assistant as a chosen career path.

I do think it would be an excellent job for a college student or recent graduate to do for a year or two, though, to learn office, organizational and people skills before going back to school or doing something else.

And of course, it is a necessary job that someone has to do, just like many of the other jobs I wouldn't jump at MY kids doing but recognize are necessary - make of that what you will.
Originally Posted by Amneris
Interesting points, Amneris...my mom has been a secretary for nearly 35 years. I think with age and experience, plus the company itself, there can be more benefits sometimes than people realize. She was a single mother in the state of Florida and while she wasn't earning tons of money, I guess we did OK. I see it as a job that pays the bills. She also worked as a janitor at one point.

I remember when I was a kid, she often worked for bosses (mostly men) who treated her very badly. I have a new respect for the struggles she went through at work just to put food on the table. And yes, the "sexy secretary" stereotype was alive and well for a long time...look at Joan Holloway from Mad Men, for instance.

I know that when I was little, I often watched my mom get all dolled up for work. She has always been very feminine, but I'm talking hours of makeup and the highest heels. It was part of the image her company wanted women to have back then. She was thrilled when they stopped enforcing pantyhose, though.

But she finally has a boss who is the sweetest guy and he's been very kind, especially since she had surgery last week.

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This probably isn't very glamorous but I still think if I ever stop doing captioning that I'd like to be a personal assistant to some rich person. I feel like I've had a more than 18 years of experience by being a mother to a pretty demanding (dare I say diva-ish) daughter:

I'm a great time manager
I run errands
I smooth over misunderstandings
I schedule things
I drive

If I could make a good living doing that, I'd probably jump at it.
Originally Posted by Springcurl
Yeah, I'll admit it - this is still secretly my dream job! I'd probably find out after 15 minutes that I hate it and I'm not cut out for it... But man, something about it just seems like a cool job!

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Not trying to start anything, but receptionists usually don't need degrees and don't make over $30,000. Admin assistants usually need a bachelor's degree and make between $30 and $50K. Executive assistants make anywhere from $50-$80K.
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Lol, I actually was a stripper when I was younger and had a banging body...don't judge me, y'all.
Originally Posted by curlyhoneyb
really?? was it fun?? did you make a lot of money?? did you date charlie sheen??

frau's fantasy dream job, if i were 26 years younger, no child and with a body that i really never had even at twenty, but it's a fantasy ok! click here, but nsfw
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