Who wouldn’t love to have so much money in the bank that you never have to work at all? That sort of thing aside, here are a list of jobs I would genuinely like to do and which I think are within my range if I set my mind to it. In no particular order:
1. Property development
I love houses, especially old and quirky ones and I think I got an eye for the potential in them. I would absolutely love to buy them up, refurbish them and then rent them out or sell them on. I’m seeing myself more in an investor and project manager role as actually doing the building works even though I wouldn’t mind some of that either. I definitely want to completely renovate at least one house in my life, preferably an unexpected one.
2. Research Psychology
I’m absolutely fascinated by questions concerning memory, decision making and character traits. Why are some people charismatic and others not? When is this sort of thing decided? Why do some have really good memory and others don’t? How do we pick partners, friends and foes (or a new sauce pan for that matter)?
3. Retail design
Yep, I’d really like to design shop interiors. This kind of brings together 1 and 2. I firmly believe to be a good retail designer one would have to have a good understanding of behavioural economics. After all, this is all about influencing consumers decision making, paired with some interior design.
4. Professor in Physics at a University
I’d want to do a mixture between doing my own research in theoretical physics and teaching at university level. I really enjoy many parts of this: the problem solving, the paper writing (yes, really) and I’m looking forward to the teaching as well even though I haven’t done it so far. This is the career I’m currently heading for.
5. Development work
This is a very vague category, mainly because I’m quite vague was to what this entails. I’d love to make a difference in this world and use my skills and privileges position to help others but I’m just not sure how to go about this. I checked the Unicef website yester and apart from a minimum age of 25, I learned that on has to have a degree and two years work experience in a relevant field even for a volunteering position. What is a relevant field?
6. Company Consulting
I did a brief stint of that a few years ago (just an internship) and I really enjoyed the content. I love problem solving and trying to come up with constructive ideas. I admittedly wouldn’t mind the money either but that’s not why I’d do it.
7. Be a scientist/engineer, setting up the occasional spin-out
A spin-out is a company that takes something developed in a research lab and turns it into a commercial product. Unfortunately, doing theoretical physics isn’t such a great combination with this, it needs more of a hands-on approach in the lab but I’ve got my whole life ahead of me so I doubt I will be working on only one topic for the rest of my life anyway. This is a future option I’m keeping in mind.
8. Be a Housewife and Mother
Surprised? Most people who know me probably would be but I do love children and enjoy most domestic tasks. I would like to bring up a large family and stay home looking after the kids. Don’t worry, this isn’t going to happen because it would be a waste of my pretty head, education and ambition apart from the fact that I think it would put an unfair financial responsibility on my (hypothetical) husband. I will however try my very best to mix having a family with something else.
I’m sure there are more jobs I would like to do if I knew more about them/could think of the right now/came across them so this list is by no means exhaustive.
If you could pick completely freely right now, what would you love to do?