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My first blog, or at titled in other site: "My Dream Job"

Posted by rumarudrathas, 03 May 2009 · 186 views

You know you're a philosophy and/or a random and fairly "useless" liberal-arts major when you find yourself writing, rather than playing video games or even sleeping at this hour.

I had this fairly romanticized and ideal "job" that I've been floating in my mind for a long while now, maybe even back to the time before I was old enough to work: working in a game store, and not just necessarily those of a "video" nature; I wouldn't mind working in a table-top game store either.

And before anyone thinks of it, no, this is not that great aspiration that I have for my life; who would really want to be stuck in meaningless retail hell? Rather, this is just one of those thoughts of whimsy that I had some time ago, and reflecting on the fact of me wanting to find a second job during the summer, I suddenly realize that I still have the though floating in my mind. My goal is not working for (and for the sake of argument, I'll pick a recognizable store name) Gamestop for a prolong period of time, but rather I would really like to work in one, just to say that I have.

I always find myself to be deeply attached to this hobby and entertainment niche. I've defended it, had meaningful arguments about it, and even joined various groups dedicated in protecting the video-game life-style in the political arena. If I wasn't actively working on my degree, was single, and had no one depending on me, that I would be fairly content living, breathing, and playing video-games until the cows came home, died for my lack of feeding them, and that I can no longer tolerate and subsequently die for the inevitable build-up of noxious gases that comes from a rotting bovine corpse.

Back to the topic at hand though. I really wouldn't mind working in, or even owning a game-shop. Yes, partly that would be an ideal job for me, being surrounded by toys, all the time. Also, I've found myself quite fond of that certain sensation that a retail employee gets when he genuinely receive a (non-often given) heartfelt thanks and gratitude from a customer. And, at least for the lowly retail-grunt, the work doesn't have the tendency of "following you home".

Working in a Gamestop (or whatever store would be willing to take me in), it would allow me to use my own experience of the hobby constructively, and not just having my burgeoning waistline to show for it. I could use my uncanny ability match people to whatever product they would most likely like, and I could call my tendency of trolling video-games forums as "research", and buying the newest titles as "career-enriching purchases".

Some time ago, Jenn and I talked about our dream jobs, and like me, her's grounded on the thing she loves most, and as such she has a fair bit of passion behind the choice. But unlike me, she is using her studies in order to ready herself into making the job a reality, and while that is true for my *other* dream job, if I ever pursued the game-store one, then I'm somewhat shitting on my future BA, figuratively.

Maybe it's better to keep such thoughts of whimsy be left floating in my subconscious aether, and just keep that dream as it is: a dream. But, part of me still wants to experience having such a job, and hopefully in the near future while I'm still stupid and young, so to say.

Heh, maybe the reason that I'm thinking of this now is because I do have a long lists of "dream jobs", and this particular one is only socially acceptable to have and perform when someone IS young and stupid. You know, like that kid who wanted to be a magician, but by having someone telling him later on in life that being a Magician would leave you penniless, single, and socially awkward, he goes on to become an accountant; and instead become spouse-less, socially inept, but quite rich.

So, I'll be that Magician, until someone (most likely my parents) tells me to grow up and switch careers, but mainly to grow up.

I will grow old, but no one has yet to tell me to grow up :)




You know you're a philosophy and/or a random and fairly "useless" liberal-arts major when you find yourself writing, rather than playing video games or even sleeping at this hour.

I had this fairly romanticized and ideal "job" that I've been floating in my mind for a long while now, maybe even back to the time before I was old enough to work: working in a game store, and not just necessarily those of a "video" nature; I wouldn't mind working in a table-top game store either.

And before anyone thinks of it, no, this is not that great aspiration that I have for my life; who would really want to be stuck in meaningless retail hell? Rather, this is just one of those thoughts of whimsy that I had some time ago, and reflecting on the fact of me wanting to find a second job during the summer, I suddenly realize that I still have the though floating in my mind. My goal is not working for (and for the sake of argument, I'll pick a recognizable store name) Gamestop for a prolong period of time, but rather I would really like to work in one, just to say that I have.

I always find myself to be deeply attached to this hobby and entertainment niche. I've defended it, had meaningful arguments about it, and even joined various groups dedicated in protecting the video-game life-style in the political arena. If I wasn't actively working on my degree, was single, and had no one depending on me, that I would be fairly content living, breathing, and playing video-games until the cows came home, died for my lack of feeding them, and that I can no longer tolerate and subsequently die for the inevitable build-up of noxious gases that comes from a rotting bovine corpse.

Back to the topic at hand though. I really wouldn't mind working in, or even owning a game-shop. Yes, partly that would be an ideal job for me, being surrounded by toys, all the time. Also, I've found myself quite fond of that certain sensation that a retail employee gets when he genuinely receive a (non-often given) heartfelt thanks and gratitude from a customer. And, at least for the lowly retail-grunt, the work doesn't have the tendency of "following you home".

Working in a Gamestop (or whatever store would be willing to take me in), it would allow me to use my own experience of the hobby constructively, and not just having my burgeoning waistline to show for it. I could use my uncanny ability match people to whatever product they would most likely like, and I could call my tendency of trolling video-games forums as "research", and buying the newest titles as "career-enriching purchases".

Some time ago, Jenn and I talked about our dream jobs, and like me, her's grounded on the thing she loves most, and as such she has a fair bit of passion behind the choice. But unlike me, she is using her studies in order to ready herself into making the job a reality, and while that is true for my *other* dream job, if I ever pursued the game-store one, then I'm somewhat shitting on my future BA, figuratively.

Maybe it's better to keep such thoughts of whimsy be left floating in my subconscious aether, and just keep that dream as it is: a dream. But, part of me still wants to experience having such a job, and hopefully in the near future while I'm still stupid and young, so to say.

Heh, maybe the reason that I'm thinking of this now is because I do have a long lists of "dream jobs", and this particular one is only socially acceptable to have and perform when someone IS young and stupid. You know, like that kid who wanted to be a magician, but by having someone telling him later on in life that being a Magician would leave you penniless, single, and socially awkward, he goes on to become an accountant; and instead become spouse-less, socially inept, but quite rich.

So, I'll be that Magician, until someone (most likely my parents) tells me to grow up and switch careers, but mainly to grow up.

I will grow old, but no one has yet to tell me to grow up :)
If you dream it, it will come. Seriously my uncle owns a gamestore, he couldn't be happier. Your BA will come in handy if you expect to do any business above store clerk.

As far as gamestop employee = dream job? I don't know about that one. It can be fun mind you but how many hardcore gamers vs. moms and bratty kids do you see in these stores?
I think that unless its a degree in the sciences, your end job may be totally different than what you studied. Keep your dreams alive, they're more like a guide than anything definite. You'll grow and tweak your dreams, adding new interests as you grow and ridding yourself of outdated desires.