I had a job interview last week and they asked me this question: if money and logistics were no object, what would you do as a career? I think the right answer was like, “I would be the position I’m interviewing for” or something, but I said I would sell coconut monkeys out of a hut on a beach in Hawaii. What would your answer be?
27 replies on “Lunchtime Poll – 5/19”
Traveling, by motorcycle. Starting with the US and when I’ve covered all fifty states I’d branch out to Europe. Then maybe I’d try to beat Nick Sanders as the fastest to circumnavigate the globe on a sport bike.
If money and logistics were no object, I wouldn’t work. I’ve put my time in. I’d make an excellent lady of leisure.
I would work in a museum of paleontology, working on cleaning and preparing dinosaur bones to be set up in exhibits, maybe doing a little field work.
I might teach college English. Which I do anyway. Ha. Or possibly I’d do grant writing. Another thing I’d love would be working at a museum (like the soon-to-be-closed Washington State History Museum) researching and writing the information to go with exhibits and planning educational opportunities for students who visit the museum. That would be delightful.
Hostess of any show on the Travel Channel that doesn’t involve eating.
Basically, Samantha Brown. But cooler.
Oh, shucks this is easy! I’d be writing, on my the porch of my beach front house with a nice Shirley Temple in hand
I want to be your next door neighbor on that writer’s beach. We can drink Shirley Temples by the pitcher. There’s little in this world that can’t be improved with a little grenadine and a cherry.
Poet and feminist sex store owner!
I would be doing the same thing I will (hopefully, fingers crossed, ohgodplease) be doing after bar results are out: prosecution. Or, if I had not just gone to law school, I would work with my vet and go around just hanging out with the horses and calming them down while she does her job. Equine Vet was always my Career Plan C, but after law school, I am no longer interested in being a student.
Make greeting cards, train dogs to assist the disabled, and run my own small publishing company.
Oh! I would go out and buy a big ole farm with lots of pasture room and a couple barns down in the valley and set up a facility for dogs, cats, horses, llamas and the like. All animals that were neglected or needed a good home. They could run around, play, be free and sleep on giant couch cushions covered in flannel. There would be a vet (we would grow to become best friends) and a trainer (we’d be allies but always kinda poke and prod each other) and a nutritionist (we’d be secretly in a relationship, I don’t know). And all the animals would be happy.
One area of the farm though would be the chicken coup and cow pasture because my mom and grandma would KILL me if I didn’t take advantage of so much space. I’d make them help me though. Grandma would live in the cottage down by the creek, near her garden and roses.
This will all happen.
…Once I start buying lottery tickets.
(a job type job? I’d work on a farm – preferably a polyfarm)
I’d probably keep doing what I do now, making glass art, but in a bigger studio with an unlimited supply of 70’s and 80’s TV shows to watch while I work. Or possibly be a manuscript screener for a publishing house so I could read all day and get paid for it.
A midwife, and when I wasn’t delivering babies, making handmade wedding dresses. I like the idea of being part of very special days of people who are basically strangers. That might make me a creeper, but you get to see people so happy, I think.
aww I think that’s nice and not creepy.
…Where are you and would you make my wedding dress? LOL.
Girl, if I did not live in the middle of buttfuck nowhere where we only have a quilting fabric store, I would be all over it.
But I’d worry that you’d have to deliver babies while finishing your dress for big client’s wedding.
So says this OB-GYN’s daughter who had the on-call phone outside her bedroom.
That question seems mean and very intrusive. Maybe it strikes me that way because I am not in a creative industry…May I ask what industry?
haha it was for the front desk position at a gym. The opposite of creative. Maybe I phrased it wrong on here, it didn’t seem mean at all to me.
Gotcha! So many people are unhappy with their jobs and having one you like is so coveted so it kinda struck me the wrong way I think. Glad to hear it was a playful question.
I would like a job that required me to scroll down endless pages of design blogs, while eating fries, drinking Scottish Ale and petting a French bulldog.
I’d be working for Turner Classic Movies, doing something with research, perhaps writing blurbs. Or working in a film archive such as UCLA’s or AFI. Or doing research for Roger Ebert.
I’m a big weirdo, but – Farmer/Rancher!
Sometimes I fantasize about that. I have a very romantic notion of what farming and ranching is like…but if money were no object I think it would probably be a lot easier.
put me in the weirdo pile! that’s (one of) my dream(s) too.
Ha, yes, sign us up for backbreaking work, please!
I would be back in publishing.