Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: Dream Jobs

Hellllllllo Persephoneers! It’s Monday, and for many of us, the first full week of work after the holidays. We’ve got some great stuff coming your way this week, hopefully it can take the sting out of being stuck at work all week. 

For today’s LTP, I want to know what your dream job is, and what you’re doing to try to get said dream job.

By [E] Selena MacIntosh*

Selena MacIntosh is the owner and editor of Persephone Magazine. She also fixes it when it breaks. She is fueled by Diet Coke, coffee with a lot of cream in it, and cat hair.

29 replies on “Lunchtime Poll: Dream Jobs”

Ludicrous Dream Job: being paid gross amounts of money and not actually having to work.

Practical Dream Job: Radio or voice work.

I already have a pretty dreamy job (most of the time) as a Graphic Designer, so Practical Dream Job is more of a “change might be nice dream job”. If anyone wants to help out with Ludicrous Dream Job, they are more than welcome to!  :)


I joke that I’d like to be a professional internetter, but seriously? I would be super at professionally internetting. Paid blog-writer, The Next Public Radio Darling, and cupcake baker are also on the list.

Starting to contribute here is a first step to internetting, but I kind of like that I’m not confined by subject matter, normal waking hours, or real pants.

I’d like to work for the State dept. in recruiting or events or potentially the foreign service but now I’m not sure I want to move wherever they need me, which I was eagerly willing to do (in theory) a couple of years ago. Now I kind of like routine… but… I still think about it!

My dream job is to a theatrical director. My practical dream job is to do social media management for a really amazing, fun company.

I’m kind of in between the actively working on it at the moment, because I can’t commit to any directing gigs here until I know if we’re moving. I worry that I’m not as experienced as I should be for the area I’m moving to, so I’ve been thinking about going back to school and finally finishing out my degree in marketing to get more qualified. So as soon as it’s financially viable, that’s what I’ll be doing!

I was the strangest kid. These were my dream jobs, in no real order: Artist, family doctor, veterinarian, teacher, psychiatrist, dermatologist, the person who formulates cosmetics (I don’t know if they have official names), interior decorator, Olympic athlete (until I found out you don’t get paid to do this, just endorsements), patent lawyer, and dolphin trainer. At one point I thought it would be really cool to walk around with a clipboard and check boxes off in a nice fancy suit with lots of people doing what I tell them (I was probably 7-8 at this time? Hot damn, was I weird.) I didn’t know what kind of job would require this – I just wanted the clipboard.

So what do I do now? I walk around with a bamfing clipboard and make sure people are compliant with company policy. I only got up to J.Crew levels of fancy though. Gotta leave some room to dream. :)

I’m still a strange kid.

So what do I do now? I walk around with a bamfing clipboard and make sure people are compliant with company policy. I only got up to J.Crew levels of fancy though. Gotta leave some room to dream. :)

That is AMAZING. Also, I wish I was up to J Crew levels of fancy. Now, I just stand in front of their window displays and drool.


I want to be a writer and performer. I have two web series that I consider myself very lucky and sublimely happy to be a part of! I take improv classes and submit myself for all sorts of roles on casting websites. As for writing, I’ve recently become a contributor for you lovely ladies at Persephone, as well as a few other online magazine/blogs!

Next goal: Making a sustainable living doing these things!



I want to teach at the college level and write about literature, and I want to have it be a part of my just to just have really interesting and engaging conversations with fellow academics about interesting questions of literature and culture all the time, so… academics. There are other things I think I’d really like–sometimes I think I’d like a job that actually ends at the end of the day, and maybe one a little less strenuous than full-time teacher and full-time scholar, but overall I think this will be a good fit for me. I’m in a PhD program in Literature and I teach freshmen (though this term I need to like, plan that by tomorrow…) so I’m making good progress! In fact, I already do all that stuff, just as a student so far. I am deciding, though, whether my aspirations include like R1 schools or if I’d prefer to be at a liberal arts college (I think that’d be my preference) or even a community college (I’ve taught at a community college before and I am attracted to several things about the atmosphere and the student population, as a teacher, but in PhD programs it’s sort of discouraged to aim so “low” or whatever, plus there’s much less teaching of literature and more of composition, which I enjoy but perhaps in a different ratio). So there’s a lot to decide still, and room to figure things out.

I want to be either a film studies professor (if I decide to apply for grad school), a filmmaker/editor/someone involved in film production (if I decide to apply for film production college) or just do something with film. Since I’m in university studying film now, I think I’m on my way to achieving one of these, but you never know.

I’ve always wanted to be a singer, so a friend and I are working on getting something recorded this year.  I mean – I already am a singer – but I’d love to do it more often (and maybe even get paid?).

Otherwise I’m a chemist with aspirations to environmental/nuclear foci.  This year I’m doing a bunch of EPA stuff I’ve never done before, so – here goes!

Ever since reading The Hot Zone and The Coming Plague in Middle School, I was pretty drawn to epidemiology (I didn’t really know what it was at the time). I thought pretty seriously about med school so I could do biological research, but right now I’m getting my MPH in epidemiology and applying for research jobs with state agencies. If I end up in Seattle, I am thinking of getting my PhD at U of W.

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