I'm a firm believer in having dreams and aspirations, so I've written a list of careers that I think I would love and that I would totally do if anything was possible (and by that I mean un-hindered by lack of opportunity and relevant qualifications).
When I moved to Edinburgh 5 years ago, there was a saying going around that every second person in Edinburgh wanted to be an author. I've met quite a few wannabe authors in the last few years, but this hasn't dampened my desire to be an author. Its something I wanted to do from a very young age and I have 2 novels half written in a bottom drawer somewhere, but if money wasn't an option I would dedicate a year to writing my first great novel.
I came to the conclusion in my teens (when the idea of being a published author gets completely trashed as you realise getting a novel published it harder then breaking into Fort Knox with nothing but a tooth pick) that if I couldn't be an author then I would be a publisher. Turns out getting into publishing is just about as hard as becoming an author. I've love to work for Hachette, Penguin Random House, Bloomsbury, Lonely Planet etc but getting a foot in the door requires a degree.... which is something I don't have. I would love to spend 3 years studying publishing at University, but as I don't have a spare £12 000 per year (international student fees!!) it doesn't look like this will ever be a possibility.
3. FASHION DESIGNER
It seems I have quite the knack for picking impossible careers. When I was 13 I wanted to be a fashion designer and spent quite a lot of school time drawing dresses and skirts and really bad designs (noughties fashion drawn by a 13 year old = fashion disaster). Occasionally I'll get a new wave of enthusiasm for fashion design but then I remember that a) I can't draw unless you count stick figures as art, and b) I can't sew/ get too frustrated sewing to ever be any good.
I considered for a brief time in my teens a career in Interior Design, but as my mother so lovingly put it 'there's no jobs in interior design'. I'm right into the feng shui of any room and one of my favourite things to do is walk around a homewares shop and pick and choose objects for my imaginary house. I've got a great dream to buy a house in Melbourne and completely renovate it myself to my style..... ahh if only money wasn't an obstacle!
This may seem like an odd choice given my previous options, but I did always fancy being a nurse.... that is until I realised I was petrified of needles and was a sympathy spewer and a complete hypochondriac....
NEWS FLASH!! Librarians are more then just spinsters who tell people off for speaking a quiet zone. My first ever job was in a library and I loved it. You do get some very weird and wonderful people in a public library, but if you can't be an author and you can't work in publishing then a library is the next best place to be.
I often like the idea of being a publicist.... not sure why as I break out in a sweat when things go wrong and I need to fix them and everyone is relying on me and everything is going horribly wrong... ahhh STRESS!!! but still, it's a career that the awesome fearless me in my head would love.
8. BUSINESS OWNER
I'm sure most people would sympathise with the desire to work for yourself. I'd love to own my own business. At the moment, I'd love to run a women's fitness clothing store full of awesome yet affordable fitness wear- maybe I would even design the clothing myself....
In a previous job I had, I went on a press trip with some fairly awesome people. There we were recounting tales of 'when I went aboard a navy submarine', 'when I photographed soldiers in Afghanistan and nearly got shot', 'when I met the Queen' etc.... only none of those stories were mine, but hell I wish they were- what a life that must be!
10. YOGA TEACHER
When the stress of career planning all gets too much, I just think life would eb so much easier if I was a yoga teacher.... Namaste!