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Have you discovered your passion/dream job for life already & do you know how to reach there?


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Happy New Year everyone!

I hope you all enjoyed your holidays and looking forward to the New Year!: A brand New Beginning! Thanks to a friend, I’ve come across this inspirational video on discovering your passion in the New Year and how enriching your life can be: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4P0K3tcheY : I wish what the speaker there wishes for you too, in the New Year!

Since everyone might be involved with their New Year resolutions, I thought perhaps one of your resolutions might be: to discover your passion or dream job for your life in the New Year, set your goals accordingly and think of your steps how to reach those goals to fulfill your dreams.

Following @Laura 's earlier thread on what you are passionate about, perhaps this is a good follow up on how to discover your passion if you don't know it already. I had attended a bunch of lectures and seminars on this topic as part of my counselor training. So, here are some of the key questions that were highlighted for this purpose:

1- If anyone asked you "what do you want to do when you grow up" when you were a child, how did you answer?

Apparently, the root of the word “enthusiasm” comes from the Greek enthousiasmos, meaning “inspiration by God” according to some translations. Therefore, many people believe (even in secular world) that God actually puts certain talents for your calling in your spirit. When you are a child, you can sense them or express them more abundantly or freely.

Of course, the environmental factors can influence whether you can pursue that childhood passion due to finances or any other pressure of life but if you know it and somehow could go back to it or include it back into your life, you may be a lot more satisfied in life.

Naturally, this question cannot answer everything. For example, with science and technology booming, some recent professions may not have been out there yet. Some passions are acquired and/or added into certain other talents as you move along in life. For example, I know a lot of mathematicians went into computer science when it was booming. When they were born or were a child, computers did not exist.

Hence, here are additional questions:

2- If you had millions of dollars, i.e. if money was not an issue, what would you like to do in life?

3- What annoys you most in the World that you would like to go and change to make it a better place? For example, I know some people who are so angry with injustice and they became lawyers.

4- Where did you feel at home most in all the places you have been (in terms of location, city, town, country, etc.)? This actually can help you to identify where you are supposed to be living too. It could be seasonal or for a period or for life.

5- Where did you feel that you belong there in places or situations you have been (in terms of environment, community, etc.)? For example, one of my friends was attending a science conference and she felt, this is the subject area where I belong; this is what I want to do.

6- What would you like your obituary to say? I thought it was a very morbid question but actually it makes you think when you give your time to certain things and helps you to plan and not to waste your time with things that you are not supposed to be involved in such as endless hours in front of TV! 😉 Certainly nobody would wish their obituary to say that –he or she watched a lot of TV!! ☺

What are your thoughts on these questions? Do you have any more additions? How would you go about setting your goals and fulfilling your dreams? I would love to hear your opinions.

Of course, these are very personal questions and you are not obligated to answer them in a global platform like this but in any case I hope they help you to find your true passion(s) in life and encourage you to run after it...

N.B. I had shared these questions on another thread in the Mentor Training Course of Coursera before, which is only accessible to Coursera mentors. If you’d seen them there, this may be your second round to think about these things. It never hurts to re-evaluate such concepts periodically... 😉

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Wow, a lot of tricky questions, @Denise! 😉 Below are my answers to the first few (I couldn't think of anything for the last couple).

Whenever anybody asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up, I never knew. I would always shrug my shoulders. I was like this even when I'd finished school! Of course, I had certain fancies from time to time, but nothing I really stuck with. When I was about 15 or so, I thought that I really wanted to be in the health field, and this was something that actually stuck. I thought about a few different careers, but couldn't pick one. All of them seemed to have too many things that I wouldn't like about them. After a while, I thought about dietetics. First, I thought that that might be interesting, but the more I thought about it, the more interested I became. Hence, I'm now studying to become a dietician! 😀

I think for the second question, most of the things I want to do in life aren't actually much about money. Of course, we all need money for certain things like a car, house, etc., but the things that I really want in life aren't things that I can buy.

One thing that annoys me a bit is that people suffer severe health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, etc. mostly due to having a poor diet. It seems silly that so much money is spent on these health issues when eating a healthy diet is not that expensive. I could talk a bit about this, but had better not! 😉

I don't think that a particular place makes me feel at home - it's more about who I'm with. I could be at the most beautiful place in the world and still not feel at home if I'm not with people I love.
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Thank you so much @Lillian for taking the time and responding although you found the questions challenging! I am grateful for it and admire it. 🙂

How wonderful that you discovered your passion to become a dietitian and already studying for it! Yes, I totally agree about unhealthy diet leading to so many diseases that could have been prevented. That frustrates me too if I see it happening around me... 🙂

I love your answers to Q2 & Q4: How sweet of you, to prioritize spending time with your loved ones. 😊

Since many people stop pursuing their passion due to financial strains in life, Q2 is meant to encourage everyone to think that if money was not an issue in their life, what would they like to do: For everyone not to limit themselves in their decisions on discovering and pursuing their dream jobs that they are passionate about. For example, you may open a diet clinic someday after you complete all your studies and qualifications, with the extra money you may have somehow... 🙂 What do you think?

Q4 is meant to be to discover the place you are meant to live in terms of city, town. For example, if you were offered a job after your studies somewhere other than your home town, would you accept it? From your answer, perhaps, you will be most happy to find a job near your family and friends?

On the other hand, Q5 is meant to be about the atmosphere, environment, community. Like my friend, in a science community during the conference, she felt at most home, where she belonged...

If you could think of any more questions or guidelines to add to help us to discover our passion, please feel free to share too.

Thank you very much once again for being my only responder in this thread so far after 5 days! I wish I could give you an extra medal for that! 🙂 I really appreciate it! 🙂
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A thoughtful and thought-provoking topic, for sure, @Denise and @Lillian!

1- If anyone asked you "what do you want to do when you grow up" when you were a child, how did you answer?

When I was a child, I remember being asked this question for a school project and my 3 choice professions were being a baker, an artist, or a teacher. When I was a little older, around 12-13, I think, I began to contemplate becoming a writer – a famous writer, of course! Writing did become my professional pursuit, as I studied creative writing in college and even for a time in graduate school. I still love to write – and read – but I don't expect to author a book anytime soon.

When I reflect on my early childhood answers, I think they represent two things that I value to this day: creativity and helping others.

2 + 3 - If you had millions of dollars, i.e. if money was not an issue, what would you like to do in life?

I would probably travel constantly – visit as many countries as possible and study (1) human-animal relationships and (2) animals. I picture myself traveling with amazing photography equipment in tow, so I could document animals' lives and – with permission – people's lives as they relate to animals. I would also spend time trying to figure out how I could best improve animal welfare and human welfare simultaneously. I feel strongly that our lives intersect with all the other beings on this planet, yet we often separate and elevate ourselves as a species – to the detriment of ourselves and other species.

4- Where did you feel at home most in all the places you have been (in terms of location, city, town, country, etc.)? This actually can help you to identify where you are supposed to be living too. It could be seasonal or for a period or for life.

This is a tough one! I had a wonderful opportunity to live in Alsace, France for an academic year, and it was so lovely. I came to value some French traditions, like businesses closing at lunchtime, long social dinners, and, of course, la bise (cheek kissing as a greeting/farewell)! When I moved to another place a few years later, I found myself homesick for France, not homesick for my home country (the US)! That was a really interesting realization.

5- Where did you feel that you belong there in places or situations you have been (in terms of environment, community, etc.)? For example, one of my friends was attending a science conference and she felt, this is the subject area where I belong; this is what I want to do.

I think my all-time favorite space, in terms of belonging, has been my college creative writing classes, as we were all very unique people who came together to study a collective passion for writing.

6- What would you like your obituary to say?

I'd like people to say that I lived with authenticity, passion, and a relentless commitment to alleviating suffering in the world.
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Wow @Denise these are certainly difficult questions! Very valuable to consider, though, if you want to learn more about yourself. Here are my answers:

1- If anyone asked you "what do you want to do when you grow up" when you were a child, how did you answer?
My first career goal was to be a ballerina. After I stopped taking ballet class around age 12 I decided I was going to be an interior designer. At 16 I got my worst grade in art (on my GCSEs for those who are familiar with the UK education system) so I decided I was going to be a Spanish teacher instead. Then I started to struggle with languages (the speaking part always gets me because I need to feel like what I'm saying is completely correct before I say it) and started to find science really easy and fun so I ended up studying chemistry at university. I guess after that I didn't really count as a child anymore but I did briefly consider dropping out of my chemistry degree to study equine business management and do something horse-related with my life. Clearly I ended up doing none of those things, although I did become a science teacher for a few years.

2- If you had millions of dollars, i.e. if money was not an issue, what would you like to do in life?
Honestly, I would keep doing my current job. Perhaps not for the rest of my life but certainly until I felt like I'd achieved everything I wanted to. I love the day-to-day work, I love that I'm contributing to a company whose mission is to transform lives around the world and I find it rewarding and just the right amount of challenging.

3- What annoys you most in the World that you would like to go and change to make it a better place?
I try not to think too much about what annoys me in the world - it makes me too angry or upset. Human trafficking and violent crime/abuse are probably my top 2. I do think that education has the power to drastically reduce many of the world's problems so I do hope that by working at Coursera I'm contributing to a better world. The other thing I feel like I'm making a small contribution towards is ending cosmetic testing on animals. I naively thought that because animal testing was banned in the UK that meant the products I bought weren't tested on animals (and after I move to the USA I assumed it was the same here). Now I know better I make sure to only purchase things from companies with very clear policies that do not allow animal testing.

4- Where did you feel at home most in all the places you have been (in terms of location, city, town, country, etc.)?
I've never really thought about this question before and I'm not sure I have an answer. I very much fell in love with Cusco and the Sacred Valley in Peru and have considered moving there one day, but since I was on vacation when I went there it's hard to know how biased those feelings might be.

5- Where did you feel that you belong there in places or situations you have been (in terms of environment, community, etc.)?
I feel like I belong at Coursera, it feels like this is what I was meant to do.

6- What would you like your obituary to say?
I'm not too worried about being remembered but I'd like to think my family and friends cared about me.
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Such wonderful and interesting responses both from @Laura & @Claire too! Thank you!

@Laura : A baker, an artist or a teacher! Wow! Such an interesting combination! With your love towards animals, I had assumed you might have been interested in becoming a vet. One of our relatives wanted to be a zookeeper when he was a kid apparently, he is a chemical engineer now. That goes to show, how unpredictable we all can be...

From your answers, I get the sense that you are born to be a creative writer, which you still could do, if you are not doing on the side already. When you get to travel in your spare time, some of which you already have done based on your other posts, observing/caring for animals and people, it could provide you with so many wonderful stories to write inspiring & exciting novels. I look forward to reading one of them some day! As you would know, France is famous for its invaluable authors! 😉 Who knows may be someday for your retirement years? 🙂 We love la bise tradition and have adopted it here in the UK too.
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Another exciting interests set from you @Claire from ballerina to chemist to Coursera! That goes to show we have some invaluable ladies with many talents among us!

How cute that you wanted to be a ballerina! I had so much attraction to ballet as well when I was in primary school because of those pink tutus mostly.😊 My mom was so concerned that ballerinas had suffered joint problems later on in life and she actively prevented me, registering me for folk dancing instead. Thankfully, I like dancing; it was OK although I still had my eye on the ballet crowd... Later on as an adult I was able to attend ballet classes in a sports center to exercise that satisfied my curiosity. 🙂

It sounds like you have found your true passion with Coursera in the end. Congratulations! Yes, I agree that I am also soo appreciative of Coursera’s incredible multifunctional role to transform lives all around the World, which could indirectly help tackling those issues you listed under Q3 through education. Wishing you continuation of your success!
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Q4 is meant to be to discover the place you are meant to live in terms of city, town. For example, if you were offered a job after your studies somewhere other than your home town, would you accept it? From your answer, perhaps, you will be most happy to find a job near your family and friends?
This is a question that I've been thinking about a lot, @Denise. My closest friends actually live 3-4 hours away from my family, making it a bit difficult to decide where I want to live. 🙂 I think I'll just see what happens. Perhaps some of my friends might move a bit closer! 😉

That's so cute about the pink tutus! It sounds like you were a very girly girl! 😊
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3-4 hours is not too bad @Lillian . You could still visit your friends or family in either of those locations. Or you could find a town that is in the middle for both sides! 🙂 When we first got married, my husband's job was in a different city, ~4 hours away from where I was. We ended up living in a town close to his work and I ended up commuting ~4 hours back and forth every day! I was exhausted after a few months. Thankfully, he found another job eventually close to where I was and all worked out fine. I am sure you will manage to figure out something that suits you all too.

Girly girl!! 😊I must tell my mom about it! Among the names I've been referred: "The Chimp" also exists, after chimpanzees since I used to climb up trees too and hanged around the branches, being acrobatic like the monkeys! -which kept my parents on their toes... LOL!

How about you? Did you not like pink tutus? Or trees? 🙂
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Oh my, I can see how you would be tired out by driving 4 hours a day, @Denise! 😮 That is a lot of driving. I suppose 3-4 hours isn't too bad to drive to visit someone. I guess I'll just wait and see what happens, as I mentioned previously.

Oh, yes, I remember I used to always want a tutu! I was always a very girly girl, so anything like that was just wonderful in my opinion. 🙂 I didn't mind climbing trees occasionally, but I would be very careful that I didn't get dirty! I didn't want to ruin my looks! Very girly, as you can tell! 😊
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I took the coach (intercity bus) first coach early in the morning and last one in the evening to get back @Lillian . It was ~8 hours commute, ~4 hours in one direction. I managed to get a lot of reading done though. I was not the only one, so I became kind of friends with the regular ones on the coach too. It was such an experience but on Saturdays I slept most of the day as it was really tiring in the end.

Tutus too! 🤗 How clever that you already paid attention not to dirt your clothes from young age! My mom was like that apparently too. My grandma used to tell us some fun stories.
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For those of you who may have a passion on EMT, have you seen this thread: https://coursera.community/health-34/emt-specialization-course-could-be-industry-game-changer-608 ?

As mentioned there, there is an inspirational movie, based on true story of Jane Stern who was a food book author and suddenly decided to become an EMT in her 50s?: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambulance_Girl . It's never too late if anyone else out there has an passion for it, which might save lives some day! 🙂
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Happy New Year Courserans!
I am glad to be back online.

What an interesting (and at the same time difficult) topic @Denise
Thank you all for your contributions @Lillian @Laura @Claire

I'm glad you chose this topic, Denise. Maybe you could help me discover my passion because I am afraid I don't know it https://ci3.googleusercontent.com/proxy/5h6_J66cyDDcToP3487pzagE2KcHafb9bAA127_auwO0JfrCm8T8nQo9qQIrvF3_T3RhBBVM1A=s0-d-e1-ft#https://mail.google.com/mail/e/1f614 I have heard people talk about their passions and I've asked myself, "what really is your passion, Terry?" I haven't been unable to answer that question right from childhood.
During high school, I found myself in science class because my parents wanted us all (7 of us) to be medical doctors. I was not doing bad in both arts and science courses but I didn't know which class to choose or better still the choice wasn't mine as I was going to become a medical doctor. I ended up studying Microbiologgy at the university. I enjoyed every bit of it especially the medical and food aspects.

I have an endless list of hobbies but I will mention my top five, maybe it could help you discover my passion. They are: Traveling, sightseeing, learning, helping the less privileged, and listening to music.


1. When I was a child, I had so many fantasies which changed each passing day. Whenever we went on picnics, I dreamed of owning a park and a recreational centre. I've fantasized on becoming a pilot and owning a plane. Sometimes I wished I was seen on TV as a presenter, newscaster or an actress. I have also wished to play in the snow and built a snowman. My wishes/fantasies were endless.

I was born into a family that loves agriculture (plant and animal rearing) in Maiduguri, Borno State. We had a large piece of land where we planted all sorts of crops and a few trees including fruits & vegetables (garden eggs, tomatoes, peppers, okro, amaranth, water leaves, pumpkin, fluted pumpkin, ginger, cowpea, onions, corn, millet, guinea corn, cotton, sugar cane, potatoes, groundnut/peanut, spinach, carrot, beetroot, pineapple, tiger nuts, citrus family, guava, avocado, mango, neem tree, etc).
We reared the following animals (including fish & birds): chicken, guinea fowl, duck, turkey, rabbits, guinea pig, pig, goat, sheep, cow, dog, cat, snail and fish. My family was referred to as a mini zoo.
Naturally, my siblings and I developed interest in mixed farming and plan to have one in future.

2. If money wasn't my problem, as much as I can, I would love to help the needy.

3. What I would do to make the world a better place is to stop corruption. I feel corruption is the mother of all crimes.

4. I feel at home anywhere as long as I am comfortable and I am with my loved ones (family & friends).

5. Where I feel I belong? I feel happy being a Courseran and I think I belong here and some other places unknown to me at the moment.

6. What my obituary would say does not bother me. All I want is to live a happy, healthy and fulfilled life.
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Happy New Year to you too @Terry! I guess we could still say it! 🙂 And Welcome Back! Thanks so much for being so humble and open about this topic. You are yet another super multitalented lady among us! It’s usually harder for the multitalented people to discover their top favourite passion. :)

So, do you not wish to be a medical doctor? You mentioned that you liked what you studied at university. How about being a research scientist on microbiology? You could carry on to Masters and PhD degrees, you could branch into molecular biology, genetics too or carry on microbiology? And/or into plant science? To combine your agricultural background of your family perhaps? Since you mentioned animals, if you like to care for them, how about veterinary science to become a veterinarian?

You can always help those who are in need in any of those fields as you come across them or opportunities arise in your environment. You could always travel for sightseeing during your vacations or listen music anywhere you are as a hobby. What do you think?

The purpose of these questions is to highlight the one (or on occasion more than one, of course) main thing to do with your life that will bring you the most satisfaction and joy. For example, if you imagine yourself as a TV presenter or a musician or a travel writer, how do you feel? Or if you imagine yourself as a medical doctor or a research scientist or a veterinarian, how do you feel? Which way do you feel most happy or joyful? -not your parents, you? 🙂

For example, the lady I mentioned above, Jane Stern, who became an EMT in her 50s, she was already a famous writer, specialising on food and travels. She was traveling with her husband all around the World, appearing on TV shows. It sounded like everything was so perfect for her from outside but she was miserable on the inside. Eventually, she managed to discover her true passion on EMT and turned it all around.

Another way to look at it perhaps: If today was the last day on Earth for you, which job would you have liked to have accomplished most? Or if you missed out on any of those jobs, which one would you regret the most?

Naturally, you do not have to answer all these questions at once or here if you do not wish to but these are the types of angles you could ponder on to help you to discover your main true dream job.

If others have more questions or suggestions to help Terry, please feel free to share as well.
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@Terry, I took quite a while to figure out what I wanted to do as well. It's totally understandable in this world where there are so many different careers to choose from! One way that helped me to find out what I wanted to do was actually here on Coursera. I just picked courses to do that seemed interesting while having a gap year after school. After doing a few, I noticed a pattern. Most were in the life sciences area, and many were pertaining to diet and disease. That's when I really began to think seriously about dietetics. When I had decided, I really felt inner peace as if that was what I was meant to do. Other careers which I had thought about just didn't seem right for me. I just couldn't imagine myself in those roles. I kept thinking of the negative rather than positive sides to the role. All the right doors opened, and I found myself at university the next year! 😀

Perhaps, you could look at what you've done over the years and what you've enjoyed doing the most. There may be a pattern there. It might be interesting to see where you end up! 🙂

I hope this has given you something to think about, and I hope you will soon discover your passion. Keep looking! 🤗
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A million thanks for your kind words @Denise & @Lillian 💐💐

@Denise to say that you are a Mega Multi-talented Mentor is a grave understatement. You have a way with words. @Lillian, the way you start up series of threads effortlessly is super amazing. You have a good command of English. I really admire you both and lots of people on this platform. It takes a GOOD PUSH for me to start up a thread. 😊 I think I should enroll for some quality mentoring.

Yeah, maybe I would have studied Agriculture in the university; but before owning my dream farm, I would definitely take some courses in Agriculture. Right now, I think I am crazy about Public Health and I would like to do an MPH (Masters in Public Health) and perhaps become a researcher or an analyst.

I will borrow a leaf from @Lillian and take some courses on Coursera before going for my masters. I pray it helps channel me to the right direction. 🙏🏽

Thank you once again for your support and encouragement @Denise and @Lillian 🤗 May God bless you immensely. I'm so happy to have "e-met" you on this platform. 😍 I bless the day I encountered Coursera!
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Thank you for your kind words and well wishes @Terry . I think you are natural at mentoring and you also have good way with words. 🙂 Your English is excellent! Yes, I like @Lillian 's approach too, testing certain fields via some of those courses. It sounds like a good plan. You could also visit some research labs on the subjects you are interested to see how you feel when you are there, when you talk to people on the subjects you are interested in. A bit like "field trips" of the schools... Very happy to "e-meet" you too! I love that term and never heard of it before until you mentioned it! See, you have a good way with words too! 🙂
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I feel it is a good plan too. Thank you @Denise. I myself have not heard of the word "e-meet" before but I guess it wouldn't be a bad idea to create one, besides we live in the "e-world". 😃 😄
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See how creative you are @Terry ! First e-meet, now e-World! So true! 🙂 I am glad to be of some help. Wishing you all the very best with all your courses and decisions.
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Thanks for starting this topic @Denise !

I am in a process of rethinking my career and questions you posted were really useful. Recalling what I wanted to be when I was a child drew my attention to the fact that I very much like change. I am not able to imagine doing one type of job for my entire life. Unless the job includes a lot of change, somehow:).

Considering job related skills, Coursera is a great resource because it facilitates the progression or career pathway change. In addition to the courses, people in this Community are also great resource. That said, it would also be great if you @Denise would have time to develop job related counselling even further here because you possess valuable expertise and many learners, including myself, can benefit from it.

When we are asked to think about what we would like to be, it may be somewhat limiting due to the fact that more than one type of job can actually make us happy. Personally, I like doing something that includes life-long learning, multicultural environment and/or travel, living abroad (at least for a while), creating something new or improving something existing, working with interesting people (not disgruntled customers). I prefer to have a lot of autonomy in my work as well. Now this can mean many things and it leaves the door open for various possibilities including self-employment.

Moreover, as you already said in one of the threads, some jobs that do not exist at the moment (but will in the future) can be what we are looking for. Sometimes, we need to create that job post by being creative and following our dreams and passions. In that respect it may be interesting to start (unless it exists already:) the thread about the jobs of the future and even the thread on the most weird jobs that people do. It can be fun and inspiring as well!
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When we are asked to think about what we would like to be, it may be somewhat limiting due to the fact that more than one type of job can actually make us happy. Personally, I like doing something that includes life-long learning, multicultural environment and/or travel, living abroad (at least for a while), creating something new or improving something existing, working with interesting people (not disgruntled customers). I prefer to have a lot of autonomy in my work as well. Now this can mean many things and it leaves the door open for various possibilities including self-employment.

I can very much relate to what you shared in this paragraph, @Danijela! Life-long learning, travel, living abroad, working in a multicultural environment, and creating/improving something – these are all things that really bring me joy. I also really enjoy change and so I've held different kinds of jobs. I'd love to hear more about the career(s) you've had and what you're thinking about doing in the future!
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Thank you so much @Danijela for your kind words and all you have shared in your post. It's wonderful to have one more multi talented lady like yourself in this community, enriching our lives further. Yes, as Laura said, it would be great to hear more about the jobs you have had and planning to do if you don't mind sharing, of course. I would be more than happy to advice as much as I can either here or privately if you like.

There was a thread about jobs of future in the mentor community forums a while ago. I have not noticed it here yet. If you would like to start one here, please feel free. It would be a great follow up to @Veektoh ' s courses for the future thread ( https://coursera.community/community-help-questions-40/courses-for-the-future-761 ) as well. 🙂
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In my professional life, I had different jobs such as counselor, journalist, manager and consultant. At the moment I am considering a change in the direction of digital marketing. I am going to take Social Media Marketing Specialization here on Coursera first. And I have already registered for prof. Hlavac's webinar on Coursera too.:))
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Wow, @Danijela you have such a wonderful career under your belt already. You must be proud of yourself, with your accomplishments! Thank you for sharing with us. Sometimes, certain jobs in our lives can be for a season. So, it’s possible that you already fulfilled what you were supposed to do in those jobs and now you are ready to move onto the next adventure in your life with digital marketing. How exciting for you!

To examine if you are on the right track, you could always try and apply these 6 questions in my original post above to your past jobs as well as the planned ones and see how you feel. For example, when you were a child, when you were asked what to do when you grow up, did you answer it as you wanted to be a journalist? Or counselor? You might not have known the meaning of the word "counselor" as a young child but something similar like a psychologist perhaps? Digital marketing might not have been so well known or even existed in your childhood days, I suppose... :)

So, if you had so much money, what would you like to do? For example, would you like to own your own Newspaper? Or your therapy center or your Advertising agency? In which of these communities/environments did you feel most at home? What would you like your legacy to say about you ultimately, etc... If you could find answers to such probing questions, hopefully you could manage to identify the best career path for you.

Have you seen the movie called “A Private War” ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Private_War ) based on Marie Colvin’s life, an exceptionally incredible journalist? If you see the movie, you get to see that she was definitely born to be a journalist! She was so passionate to do her job in the best possible way, she did not mind risking her life to get the job well done. If you happen to see that movie, I think it can tell you very quickly whether you were meant to be a journalist or not: If you were to imagine the lengths she went and ask yourself how would you feel about such situations she was in...

In any case, it sounds like you already do have a great plan by taking the Social Media Marketing Specialization. You have an excellent background with your journalism, counselling and management experience. Marketing field would be a great area to bring all these skills together and build on them further. The only question would be, how passionate/joyful/excited/enthusiastic are you about that field? Only you can answer this... :)

I hope this helps some?
In answer to question 1: I still do not know what i want to be when I grow up. I think I do not want to grow up.

Question two:take all of the classes I want, In any subject I can pass at a large university that offers many, many classes.

Question 3: wilfully ignorant people make me angry -by that I mean not the people who can't, for whatever reason learn better, but those who choose not to learn better. Examples are flat-earthers, holocaust deniers, etc. who look at what is right in front of their eyes and refuse to educate themselves enough to make a rational decision to believe or deny it. As to changing it, I don't know how that would be accomplished. At the end of the day it is their responsibility for their own education and if they choose not to do so I do not see what I can do to change that. The resources are there for them to use if they so choose and they can not be forcibly educated.

Question 4: In the middle of the wilderness with few, if any, other people around. I would prefer a semi-arid desert.

Question 5: Music school, the couple of years that I was a music major in college.

Question 6: I was.

I am not sure what kind of a dream job the above qualify me for. Musician, but there are a number of good reasons why I am not that have nothing to do with the music. Perpetual student, but that is not a job description. Hermit in a some remote desert somewhere. I am close to that now.

I am open to suggestion.
And no, I am not trying to be funny, or anything here. Those are my honest answers to those questions.

I have always envied people who knew from an early age what they wanted to do, as I never have. As Danijela said, I, too, could not envision myself doing just one thing for life.

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