Monday, July 21, 2008

Fun Monday: Careers-Then and Now


Our hostess with the mostess this week is irishcoffee house, and she wants to know about our career aspirations, past and present. Here is the specific assignment.

THEN: As a child day dreaming of what your future would hold for you, what did you want to be when you grew up? Did you ever pursue or achieve it?

NOW: If you could be trained and placed in any career beginning tomorrow, what would it be?
I can't remember at what point I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. I just always knew I wanted to be a television reporter. Apparently, the seed was planted very early. We always watched the national news each evening in our house. Even at a young age I was aware of world issues, and Jessica Savitch was my idol. When I was about to go off to college to study journalism my grandma gave me a sheet of paper she had saved since I was a little girl. It was a piece of primary tablet paper I had left at her house years before on which I had rewritten a news story I had heard on the television that day and had used while playing "anchor" at her dining room table. It was proof that my career choice had been made early on. My decision never wavered through college and upon graduation I worked in radio news for three years before landing a job as a producer at a television station. While being an anchor and reporter was still my main goal, I really enjoyed the power a producer held over the entire newscast, and it wasn't long before my goals began to change. I liked the power. I wanted to be in charge. Within two years I was promoted to Assignment Manager. Eventually, I was named News Director and got to run the newsroom. I enjoyed the job, and for nearly five years I got my chance to be in charge. Parts of it were extremely challenging and even sometimes even heart wrenching. Management is tough. Parts of it were very rewarding, though. I loved what I did and cared very much about the people with whom I worked. A desire to have more time with my family and to eliminate some of the stress in my life fueled my decision to change careers at age forty. I am very happy with that decision.

If I could train for a new career today, I would be torn. Deep down, I am a pastry chef wanna be. I could be happy baking decadent desserts and making pulled sugar sculptures every day for the rest of my life. I would love culinary school, and upon my return home I would open a shop that reeks of sugar and adds ten pounds to your hips upon entry.

I would also love being a prima ballerina. I'm too old now for my body to be that flexible again, but I dream of flying across the stage in a tutu and pointe shoes. I'm sad Barishnikov has never held me in his arms. But if I have to be completely honest here, the career that I would give my right arm for, would crawl across the Sahara for and would walk barefoot on crushed glass for is this......
I long to be a Rockette. Since I was about eight, I've watched the Macey's Thanksgiving parade and marveled over the synchronized legs and furry Santa hats of the Rockettes. I kicked my way through high school and college on the drill team and pom pom squads, imagining the whole time that I really was in training for a career on the stage at Radio City Music Hall. New York could call me today, and I would pack my bags and Santa hat and head north. It's the only reason I would willingly wear pantyhose at this point in my life. Now head on over to irishcoffeehouse and see what everybody wants to be when they grow up.

14 comments:

Hootin' Anni said...

A Rockette?!! That's a fabulous fantasy career. And you're the first I know who idolized Ms. Savitch.

Stop by mine, it's not much, but it IS me. Hope to see you there.

Cruise Mom said...

I'd be happy just looking like a Rockette! Now that's a fun fantasy career.

Jason said...

I think your television job sounds absolutely fascinating. I love hearing about it. But I don't think I could ever do it myself.

oreneta said...

I love the honesty, " I liked the power."....and a rockette, who could blame you....

Aoj and The Lurchers said...

I'd like the legs that go with being a Rockette, that's for sure!!

Molly said...

You have lived an exciting life in your short time on the planet. I am a little sad that Barishnikov never held me in his arms too, (in dance or otherwise.)

My sister danced (ballet and modern) as an avocation into her forties. If the Rockettes call, save me a place in line.

Faye said...

Oh, I'm so glad that your first effort at writing anchor copy was saved! What a treasue to have this memento. Interesting that you stayed in journalism but was happy behind the camera as well as in front.

susan said...

How wonderful that your grandma kept that slip of paper for you...I hope you still have it.

And to be a rocketette...how fun!

iPost said...

I want to be a Rockette just to have that darn amazing body!

ChrisB said...

How wonderful to know what career you wanted from such a young age and achieve your goal. I imagine that was a really stressful job having the overall responsibility for running the news room. I once had a brief dream of becoming a ballet dancer~I was a plump child and I've never forgotten my mother telling me I was too fat to go to ballet lessons!

Robocop said...

If I say anything about rockettes, Debs will kill me**LOL**

Alison said...

wow....you have had a very interesting career life...being a Rockette would be very exciting!!!

Irish Coffeehouse said...

Oh very exciting- all of it! :)

I think it's incredible how your grandmother saved that tablet paper for you!

All of your NOW jobs sound great, but you totally sold me on pastry chef. I've cut back on baking for health reasons, but I have often said I'd love to open my own bakery.

grace said...

I loved your post, at least your dream came true and you fulfilled it.