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If you could start your career over again, what direction would you take?

This question has been answered 19 times by professional recruiters and hiring managers. View their answers below.

Advice
A hiring manager will be able to tell a lot about your personality by learning about your other career interests. If you could do anything over, what would you do, and why?

A safe answer to this question is to stay in your current career. Avoid saying things like, 'Well, I would have gone into a STEM related-career instead of sales.' You can mention how you would have sped up your career progression if you knew what you now know. An example of this would be, you would not have minored in accounting if you knew you were going to become a software engineer.

Account Manager answer example
"I certainly do not regret the direction I have taken my career; however, if I had to completely start over in a new direction I would likely pursue my Degree in Education and become a teacher. Both of my parents were teachers and they seemed to have a very fulfilling career. I enjoy coaching and leading others so, any tasks in my current career that related to these skills, are very welcome."
Admin answer example
"I am delighted with the direction my career has taken. If I could change anything I would perhaps have furthered my education to include a unique administrative focus; however, I have no regrets!"
Assignment Desk Editor answer example
"If I could start careers over again, I would become a movie director. I am good at leading a group, looking ahead, and helping others. I am also personable and can help people with their problems, but can ultimately keep my eyes on the goal. This helps me be a good assignment desk editor because I am able to speak up when I feel that a story needs to be covered."
Basic answer example
"I certainly do not regret the direction I have taken my career; however, if I had to start over in a new direction completely I would likely pursue my Degree in Education and become a teacher. Both of my parents were teachers, and they seemed to have a very fulfilling career. I enjoy coaching and leading others so, any tasks in my current career that related to these skills, are very welcome."
Benefits Manager answer example
"I certainly do not regret the direction I have taken my career; however, if I had to start over in a new direction I would likely pursue my Degree in Education and become a teacher. Both of my parents were teachers, and they seemed to have a very fulfilling career. I enjoy coaching and leading others so, any tasks in my current career that related to these skills, are very welcome."
Foreign Correspondent answer example
"If I did not become a journalist, I would have become a teacher. I love working with children and I believe that I am really good at explaining things and can cater to a wide audience. Although this is not the direction my life took me, I believe the ability to speak to a variety of audiences makes me a great journalist."
Manager answer example
"I waited a few years before completing my college degree. While my career has been rewarding, I still wish I had gone to college right after high school."
Meteorologist answer example
"I certainly do not regret the direction I have taken my career; however, if I had to completely start over in a new direction I would want to become a teacher. I enjoy working with children, and I even think this helps me as a meteorologist to speak to the audience in a way that even a child could understand the forecast."
Multimedia Journalist answer example
"If I could choose a new career path, I would want to become a teacher. I work very well with children and love to slow down my work flow and help others. I also am good at explaining one topic in multiple different ways until someone understands, and this helps me as a multimedia journalist because I have to make sure the way I tell story will be understood by all kinds of people."
News Producer answer example
"I once thought about being a teacher because I work well with children, make them laugh, but also do well explaining difficult topics to them so they can understand. Although I did not find teaching a good fit, my ability to write clearly for all ages helps me be the best producer possible."
News Researcher answer example
"If I chose a new career path, I would become a teacher because I work well with children and find that I enjoy learning new things from them each day. In news researching, I also love learning new things each day and that's why I believe this is the perfect job for me."
Newspaper Columnist answer example
"If I did not choose to be a columnist, I would have been a lawyer. I love to argue my case and find ways to outsmart the other side of the argument. While this is not the path I chose, I feel I am a stronger columnist because of my abilities to make my points of view clear and influence others to believe so as well."
Production Assistant answer example
"If I could start my career over again, I would still eventually find myself working in production. However, I have always been interested in art. I think my creativity makes me a great fit for this career so I can eventually progress into a strong producer and director."
Reporter answer example
"I wanted to be a history teacher years ago, because I love to tell stories to others. I am a great speaker and have a great memory. However, I realized being a reporter was the best career fit for me because I still get to tell stories, yet I get to create them myself."
Retail answer example
"Although I do love retail sales, and the variety that each day brings, if I had to start my career all over again I would become a psychologist. I love to learn what makes people tick and helping people overcome problems is a strength of mine because I am level headed and pragmatic."
Sales answer example
"I couldn't imagine doing anything but sales! Although still close to being sales, if I had to start a new career path, I would choose to be a trader on Wall Street. It is, and always will be, the thrill of the chase for me!"
Teacher answer example
"In addition to my teaching career, I have a strong passion for sports. I was an elite athlete in high school and college until I suffered two torn ACL's. Had that not been, I would have pursued a career as a professional athlete and then a coach for professional soccer."
Veterinary Technician answer example
"Now that you're in the field, you know what to expect. If you're working with exotic animals, you might wish that you took more classes on the subject. Maybe now you're interested in the intricacy of performing surgeries on animals but you need further training. How have your interests changed since you started working as a veterinary tech? "
Weather Producer answer example
"If I did not become a weather producer, I would have wanted to become an archaeologist. I have always loved science and discovering things, and the same goes for weather. There is always something new to learn, and my job is behind the scenes to discover these things and relay it to the viewers."

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If you could start your career over again, what direction would you take?
1.
No, never I truly enjoy what I am doing.
2.
I will do the things that I didn't get right and do them over right them time I will also do more work with practicing theses things.
3.
I would go straight into a clinical setting rather then a zoo, at least for a few months.
4.
I would try to put in as many hours as possibly at as many places possible.
5.
I would study every aspect a little more harder, and not be scared to jump into things and try it. Knowledge is important but you learn the most by actual experience.
6.
I have not gone through training yet.
7.
I would not do anything differently other than enjoy my classes and the education I have obtained.
8.
I feel as though I have received very adequate hands on training. I would however, liked to have been able to do more work with inventory and nutrition.
9.
I do not know if there is much that I would do differently. If anything, I may try and squeeze in more study time than I gave myself the first time, just to help improve my marks.
10.
Probably get more exposure to other kinds of animals.
11.
Definately get a head start on getting hands on experience.
12.
I would have started sooner. I waited a year after finishing high school to figure out what I wanted to do, when it was staring me in the face all along.
13.
I would have tried to go to vet school, or do the veterinary tech program.
14.
I would have volunteered more often.
15.
I would ask more questions and instead of being so observant-- I would take initiative to practice my technique rather than questioning it so much.
16.
I would try and stay on top of my text book readings a little more so I could obtain higher marks.
17.
I wouldn't make any changes, I am very happy with where I am.
18.
I would take a guide lines from my seniors who are more experience and I take some hands on training working with them.
19.
Constantly review material instead of just focusing on getting good grades.

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