If you weren't in IT, what would be your career?

Cameron MCameron M MemberPosts: 68Member ■■■□□□□□□□
I've always been into computers so IT naturally ended up being the career choice for me, but I have 2 other passions. I wanted to be a pro gamer for a long time and played competitively (DDR and Fighting games), but if you're not the best, you're not going to make any money so it wasn't a good long term career goal for me. I've also always been fascinated with insects (especially ants) and wanted to be an entomologist, but I thought it would've been too hard to make into a career. I didn't even know how to get started and figured I would've probably had to be in school for many years before I could even get a job working in that field (and I've always hated school).

If I wasn't in IT, I think I would've tried being an entomologist as my 2nd choice or a pro gamer as my third. Both seem fun, but I'd have a much more stable career with studying insects then with gaming.
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  • Skyliinez92Skyliinez92 Level 99 Wizard Gielinor, UKPosts: 696Mod Mod
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  • clarsonclarson Posts: 881Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    I always tell people if the laser printer wasn't invented, I'd have to had been a doctor.

    Because no one can read my writing. not even me after a few days.
  • stryder144stryder144 Posts: 1,505Member ■■■■■■□□□□
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    My wife does that. No thank you, too hard. IT is easier. (Not kidding)
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  • ecuisonecuison Member Posts: 119Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    I would have been on the road playing pool.
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    Goat farmer
  • SteveLavoieSteveLavoie Posts: 571Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Well, if I was not into IT, I would be into BBQ catering or restaurant. Presently, I am part of a pro KCBS BBQ team, and we are competing 6-7 teams a year into Eastern Canada and New-England. I would enjoy to be able to live from BBQ, but IT is much less trouble and easier money.
  • tripleatriplea Senior Member UKPosts: 166Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    VET,

    electrician

    driving instructor
  • tedjamestedjames Scruffy-looking nerfherdr Posts: 878Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    I wanted to be a billionaire, but those jobs are so hard to come by...

    Seriously, my first degree is in architecture (building design, not computer architecture). I worked in the field for awhile but got lured away by the sound of a PC booting up. If not for that, I'd probably still be in a creative field.
  • SpiegelSpiegel Taco Tuesday FLPosts: 221Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Wanted to be a motion graphics designer doing post-production work. It's still a very active passion of mine. Once I finish my bachelor's degree I want to launch my freelance graphics design business on the side.
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  • malachi1612malachi1612 Senior Member UKPosts: 375Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Air Pilot
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    If I had a lot of money, I'd devote my life to a children's charity
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  • coextendingcoextending Junior Member Posts: 23Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    I'd do professional gaming
  • cyberguyprcyberguypr Senior Member Posts: 6,636Mod Mod
    Always wanted to combine my true passions in life: alcohol, cars, and women. Unfortunately I haven't been able to come up with a legal business model to make this work.
  • DatabaseHeadDatabaseHead Posts: 2,328Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    I would still be in supply chain or HR. (I previously left those two for IT).
  • JoJoCal19JoJoCal19 California Kid Posts: 2,735Mod Mod
    stryder144 wrote: »
    My wife does that. No thank you, too hard. IT is easier. (Not kidding)

    Same. That's a hella stressful job for sure.



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  • ksijurksijur Posts: 85Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    cyberguypr wrote: »
    Always wanted to combine my true passions in life: alcohol, cars, and women. Unfortunately I haven't been able to come up with a legal business model to make this work.

    **** director? :D
  • ClmClm Cloud Sec Senpai Denver Metro AreaPosts: 426Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    cyberguypr wrote: »
    Always wanted to combine my true passions in life: alcohol, cars, and women. Unfortunately I haven't been able to come up with a legal business model to make this work.

    You want to be a professional rapper or athlete
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  • TechGromitTechGromit Completely Clueless Ontario, NY Posts: 1,843Member ■■■■■■■□□□
    triplea wrote: »
    electrician

    That what I did when I was going to school for programming, I was pretty good at it. I could have made a living doing that. The advantages of a trade skill is there haven't been any radical advancements in electrical, HVAC or plumbing technology, what you knew 20 years ago is just a relative today. Not so much with IT, being an expert in Windows NT probably isn't going to be of a lot of use in todays job market.
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  • cyberguyprcyberguypr Senior Member Posts: 6,636Mod Mod
    @Clm no talent for that so still working on plan B.
  • paul78paul78 Posts: 2,855Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    Either underwear model or making custom furniture.
  • E Double UE Double U Posts: 1,474Member ■■■■■■■□□□
    If I wasn't in IT I would be looking for a way to get into IT. Either that or be an international man of mystery
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  • E Double UE Double U Posts: 1,474Member ■■■■■■■□□□
    cyberguypr wrote: »
    Always wanted to combine my true passions in life: alcohol, cars, and women. Unfortunately I haven't been able to come up with a legal business model to make this work.

    Becoming an alcoholic mechanic would cover 2/3.
    "You tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is, never try." - Homer Simpson
  • stryder144stryder144 Posts: 1,505Member ■■■■■■□□□□
    cyberguypr wrote: »
    @Clm no talent for that so still working on plan B.

    Easy...manage a Funny Car team where the driver is a woman and the car uses an alcohol based fuel! Win/win/win...right?
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  • scaredoftestsscaredoftests Senior Member behind youPosts: 2,601Mod Mod
    or a Victoria's secret model. LOL I don't think they'd look at 4'8" woman (in her young 50s) has a chance do you? icon_wink.gif
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  • Jon_CiscoJon_Cisco Posts: 1,573Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    My current career is Printing Prepress. IT just became an extension of my job so I hope to make it my second career.
  • sigsoldiersigsoldier Posts: 136Member
    Own a gym or artisan coffee shop.
  • draughtdraught Posts: 217Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Professional gaming is not a real feasible job for 99.999 percent of people just pointing that out. I'd like to post my gaming uploads to youtube and make make millions as well but probably not gonna happen.

    Realistically I'd say teacher because of the job security and I could maybe teach about computers so that would be my second choice.
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