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

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.

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"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."

Admin

"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!"

Manager

"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."

Marketing

"I am a creative person by nature. If I could change my career path, I would become a pastry chef! I love to bake and create unique desserts for my family and friends. It started off as a way to blow off steam, but now I spend most of my weekend trying new recipes. It's a great creative outlet."

Retail

"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

"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

"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."

Residency

"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."

Meteorologist

"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

"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."

Benefits Manager

"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."

News Producer

"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."

Weather Producer

"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."

Newspaper Columnist

"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."

Reporter

"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."

Foreign Correspondent

"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."

News Researcher

"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."

Production Assistant

"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."

Assignment Desk Editor

"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."

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