20 July 2008

Fun Monday 07.21.08



Wow, it has been awhile since I did a Fun Monday. This week's Fun Monday is being hosted by Irish Coffeehouse.

The Rules:

Careers- Then and Now

THEN: As a child day dreaming of what your future would hold for you, what did you want to be when you grew up? Did you ever pursue or achieve it?

NOW: If you could be trained and placed in any career beginning tomorrow, what would it be?


THEN:

Now this is a tall order because as a small child,I wanted to do many things. My childhood dreams included being a soldier, police officer, doctor, or lawyer. As I progressed into my teen years, I narrowed it down to lawyer. I am not too sure what happened after that because after my first semester of college, I was no longer interested in becoming a lawyer.

What I ended up doing is completing a double degree in Public Administration/Criminal Justice with a minor in Economics. I did, however, end up serving as a Soldier for 8 years (4.5 Active,3.5 Reserve), a Police Officer for a combined five years (two different departments), and a Corrections Officer for a combined seven years (one department, and one company), which I am currently doing.

NOW:

Currently, I am a Sergeant/Corrections Officer. What I would do if I had the means to do so is go back to college and get a job teaching either High School,or College History. It has always been my best subject in both high school, and college. I would teach both what is in the current text books, and what is reality, since they are not the same thing these days. Since I am not either a spring chicken, or rolling in the dough, this will always remain a pipe dream, but hey, without dreams, there would be no hope.

Now to end this post with some inspirational music:

24 comments:

Gattina said...

You can always make your dream to a hobby after retirement. I have no career to make anymore I am retired. So everything I wanted to do I made to my hobbies and that keeps me busy !

Sayre said...

My brother-in-law recently retired from law enforcement and now spends his days as a substitute teacher - and he loves it! You could realize your dream yet!

Hootin' Anni said...

Pssst....Robocop....there is a hired assassin in our midst. Somewhere in the FM entourage. Honest, I just read it. I read all about it...where the weapons were stashed and everything.

Hope you can stop by sometime today for a visit, my Fun Monday is posted.

iPost said...

Greetings! I admire and thank all police officers. I have many family members in the profession from current Secret Service agents, to local law enforcement, to retired FTA officers. And one of my high school friends was a veteran of the 1st and 2nd Iraqi wars. Thank you for what you do and for what you did.

Faye said...

Teaching history from the perspective of reality? What a novel concept! Most students would enjoy a bit of the real world in their curriculum, I believe. I have a dear friend whose whole career has been in prison security. His wife works in the same system as a counselor. Bob takes care of physical security and Judy works on mental demons. . .

Molly said...

So you did fulfill most of those childhood dreams. My mother statred college at age 48. She earned not one but two degrees. You might look into a "Transition to Teaching" program a nearby college or universirty. Due to a shortage of teachers in the US, every state offers programs for professionals to make career changes to teaching. In Transition to Teaching programs, life experience is valued.I believe most programs take 24 -36 credit hours.

Robocop said...

gattina: As for hobby training,I would either like training as a gunsmith,or a boot maker.

sayer: I didn't totally rule it out.

anni: ? **LOL**

ipost: Thank you for the thank you.

faye: You are not kidding about the mental demons.

molly: Thank you for the pointers.

Conservative Chic said...

I saw your comment on my blog a while ago (sorry, I didn't get here sooner) and I thought I would come over for a visit. I truly enjoyed your blog and hope you don't mind my input....I can sometimes have a big mouth! LOL

Keep up the great work!

CDO said...

cool blog - It sounds like you dont like Barack Hussein Obama any more than Willy Does.

By the way - What hell hole in Texas you at.

I am a misplaced Texan in Hillbilly Country in Arkansas

susan said...

It sounds as though you stuck pretty close to your childhood dreams.

And it's NEVER to late to go back to school...even just one night course a semester.

My mom went back to college while I was in high school. We sat at the table and did our homework together. I was so proud when she graduated.

You can do it.

Robocop said...

conservative chic: I am glad you like the blog. I am just getting back into it.

cdo: I have no idea why you would get the impression that I do not like Obama**LOL** I am located two hours west of DFW.

susan: I know I could do it if I really wanted to,but I'll have to wait until the kids are out of high school. Money, you know.

storyteller said...

Thanks for visiting Small Reflections and leaving the link back here. I know lots of retired ‘firemen’ and ‘policemen’ who have started out as ‘substitute teachers’ as they worked toward a full-fledged teaching credential … so if teaching is something you’d really like to do, it’s definitely possible … and it’s certainly a rewarding career as well.
Hugs and blessings,

Robocop said...

Storyteller: Thank you very much for the advise and confidence.

hulagirlatheart said...

Hmmm...guarding felons or teaching high school....kind of the same thing sometimes, don't cha' think? :) BTW, my husband used to be a parole officer. You two would have much to talk about.

Crown Princess said...

RObocop....yes you can take the test on my page. the link has either a husband or wife option :P

As for your now, as a fellow corrections officer....i love my job and think it is a great service, even though most people dont see it.

Robocop said...

hulagirl: It is kind of a toss up between felons and high school students**LOL**

crown princes: I'll take that test.

Robocop said...

Ding fries are done.

Alison said...

I love how you said you would teach textbook and reality....I wish all teachers thought like this!!

Irish Coffeehouse said...

YAY! Welcome Back!

Where there's dreams, there's hope. And where there's hope, there's possibilities. :)

College History would be fun. And it's interesting what you say about teaching by the book adding the "in real life" bit because being older (and an adult) now, I see how superficial school was.

Cruise Mom said...

You might really enjoy teaching in an adult education or graduate class (those students expect reality, not theory.)

Good luck, and thanks for helping keep all of us safe!

Robocop said...

Thank you all for visiting. Hope to see you all again.

Peter said...

Welcome back, good story.

Rebecca said...

What a lovely post. I enjoyed it!

grace said...

fun post, I enjoyed it. You have served in honorable jobs