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If you had an opportunity to do it all again, would you change your profession, or push for something else?

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Mariella’s Answer

Hi Nino, I think everyone has things that they would like to go back and redo better. Every career has its ups and its downs but most of the time you grow so close to it that you do not wish to change it entirely even if an opportunity comes.
However you are unhappy with the situation, and if the opportunity is right, why not?
Most people however become good at what they do and they are valued for it, it feels like a you are doing something for the world, people appreciate you, and yes you would become good at that profession too, but why change if everything is fine?
Sometimes it does happen that you have a dream, my secret dream is to become a Nasa scientist. However I'm very happy here at my consulting job in PwC. I dont think I would ever change my profession so drastically, from consultant to Nasa scientist. But who is to say?
Sometimes a leap of faith is all it takes!
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Haven’s Answer

Part of the college experience is figuring what you want to do as a profession. I took up some classes that I thought I was going into as a future career, but changed my mind as time passed as I realized more of what I wanted to do. Now knowing what I know now, I would have definitely changed what classes I would have taken so that I didn't spend time taking other courses that weren't necessary. However, the experience of figuring who I am and I want to do would never happened as a result--and that's a valuable experience to take away from. Currently I'm a senior, and my experience led me to be a kinesiology major with a career hope in physical therapy, and sometimes I still have doubts that I should have majored in something else like finance because I was really exceptional in math and finance jobs are more readily available once I graduate, but I don't think it would have made me happy in the long run. Overall, my best advice is this: if you realize that you're not happy in your current career, then change it because it's better to be passionate in something than resenting it.
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Dan’s Answer

Short answer, yes, I would have change my major.

However, I think if I would have chosen a different major and you asked me again later down the line I would give you the same answer. I think no matter what you choose part of you will wonder what would've happened if you chose something else. In the end it's best to just keep moving forward. You can still change directions as you go.
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