Back at the beginning of the year, I posted a list of jobs I might have done in an alternate universe. Sommelier was on the list as was restaurant critic. As I’ve been digging and looking more closely at jobs ads, there are some real, live, non-fantasy careers that I think I would have been good at that seem to also have plenty of listings. Development is one of them. I see these jobs all the time for non-profits and educational institutions. I actually did a fair amount of fund raising when I was in college for one of the clubs I was in (and eventually led), but never took it beyond that. I was pretty good at it, actually, even in my lackadaisical college days. And I kind of liked it. I also did some work with the development people at my former institution and always liked working with them. Sadly, I now have zero experience in that area.
Sommelier is still on my list as a kind of fantasy job and I actually did a search for something along these lines today. I thought it’d be fun to work in a winery or a brewery. Nothing really came of that.
It’s sometimes fun to think about what I might do if I didn’t just take a side step, but a giant leap in another direction.