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

19 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

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.

Professional Answer Examples
General
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."

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!"

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."

Marketing
Answer example

"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
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."

Residency
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."

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."

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."

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Written by:

Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
First written on: 01/05/2017
Last modified on: 06/29/2018

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