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What Career Would You Choose if You Had it All to Do Over Again?

By Margaret Manning February 20, 2015 Mindset

Ok, so, it turns out that a career doesn’t actually last a lifetime. In fact, the experts say that the average American can expect to have up to 11 jobs.

Most of these jobs are within the same general category, but I suspect that the women in our community have made at least 2 to 3 big career changes over the course of their lives. And, now that we are in our 50s and 60s, many of us are once again ready for something entirely different.

First jobs are certainly no indicator of lifelong commitment as shown by an article I wrote, based on your feedback. I just loved reading all of your fascinating stories!

After listening to your stories, I thought that it might be interesting to reflect on the careers that we would choose if we had it all to do over again. Did you choose your first job proactively? Or, did you fall into your career by chance? Would you do the same if you could start over? What impact do you think that choosing a different career would have had on your life?

Personally, I had considered going into nursing when I was in high school, but took another route and found a wonderful lifelong career in marketing communications. I never regretted my decision, but, I sometimes wonder what my life would have been like had I taken a different path. Could I have been an actress, a doctor, a flight attendant or a truck driver? I think so!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Please take a few minutes to answer the questions below and “like” and share this article to keep the conversation going!

Are you happy with the choices that you made in your career? What career would you choose if you had a chance to do your life over? Why would you choose this new career?

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Margaret Manning is the founder of Sixty and Me. She is an entrepreneur, author and speaker. Margaret is passionate about building dynamic and engaged communities that improve lives and change perceptions. Margaret can be contacted at

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