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I had a few ‘dream’ jobs when I was younger and I certainly had no idea I would ever end up doing what I do now. I certainly wouldn’t call my current career my dream job, but I enjoy the challenges it brings me and I’m happy enough doing what I do, which is just as well as I’ve somehow found myself in quite a specialised area.

Anyway the first thing I dreamt of being when I was grew up was a Palaeontologist, and this was definitely before Jurassic Park! We used to have quite a fossil collection (I’ve no idea where it is these days… If my parents don’t still have it somewhere it may have been donated to the local museum) and when we used to go camping in Dorset we would visit a beach called Kimmeridge Bay, which is an ugly slate beach but full of fossils! I would spend many an hour there exploring, crabbing and sobbing after slipping on the rocks and hurting myself!

My next dream job was that of Marine Biologist as I always loved the sea. I was told second hand by an actual Marine Biologist however that unless I wanted to study algae I might want to choose another path! It is only the lucky and very few who do the whole ‘swimming with dolphins’ thing!

I can’t think of any other jobs I showed that much interest in and now I’m not really sure I have a dream job any more. I’d be more inclined to say that I dream of not having a job! I would very much like to be able to retire in the very near future, so fingers crossed for the euro millions!

I know a lot of people say that it’s good to work and you soon become bored and frustrated when you aren’t working, and for the most part I agree. However I like to think that I would be able to keep myself sufficiently active and entertained. I would also argue that not working but having the money to be able to do whatever you want is quite different! If I had the money I would probably spend the next several years travelling the world, before possibly settling down and spending my time learning musical instruments, languages and other such things! I would also help as many animals as I could, perhaps working with charities to provide funding or resource etc.

If however I didn’t win the lottery, but still didn’t have to work, I would most likely do something with animals, perhaps volunteer at a local shelter etc. I tend to prefer animals to people (not because I’m socially inept or anything but because, as I’ve stated in a previous post, I’m not as big a fan of the human species) so if I was going to volunteer anywhere it would be somewhere like that.

Still, fingers crossed for the lottery eh?!