Ask the Readers: What Is Your Dream Job?

By Ashley Jacobs on 29 May 2012 (Updated 5 June 2012) 91 comments
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Editor's Note: Congratulations to NJJ, Lisa, and B for winning this week's contest!

Everyone has envisioned their dream job. Sports fans have probably considered job opportunities they could have working for their favorite team, travel enthusiasts have most likely thought about what it would be like to work for National Geographic, and writers have probably contemplated how to get a job working for their favorite publication. Whatever your priorities are in life, there is a job out there that would be perfect for you!

What is your dream job? Is it something where you'd make a ton of money? Be super famous? Have a flexible work schedule? Travel a bunch? Make a change in the world? Or...?

Tell us about your dream job and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!

Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards

We're doing three giveaways — one for random comments, one for random Facebook "Likes", and another one for random tweets.

Mandatory Entry: 

  • Post your answer in the comments below 

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  • Go to our Facebook page, "Like" us, and leave a comment on this article telling us you did, or
  • Tweet your answer. You have to be a follower of our @wisebread account. Include both "@wisebread" and "#WBAsk" in your tweet so we'll see it and count it. Leave a link to your tweet (click the timestamp for the individual URL) in a separate comment.

If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.

Giveaway Rules:

  • Contest ends Monday, June 4th at 11:59 pm Pacific. Winners will be announced after June 4th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.
  • You can enter all three drawings — once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.
  • This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.
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rbee

I want to use/hone my tangible skills,serve God,and respect/affirm those I work with everything else is peripheral.

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rm

Filmmaker. I don't really care about fame or fortune, just the creative aspect.

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Patrick

Since professional golfer and NFL QB are not going to happen, I'll say CIO of a major university. The pay would be comfortable. I would have the opportunity to run an enterprise, while likely being able to publish and speak on academic topics, travel some, and hopefully be part of a learning, continuously improving organization.

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"like"d Wise Bread on Facebook.

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My Dream Job would be for my blog character- Bohemian Babushka to start earning her keep! ; ) My blog, Babushka's Baile, has been doing very well considering I started in August, and her public appearances have been well accepted. To be able to make a living from writing as the bubbly and babbling BB, to be able to travel spreading her joy of life, this would be a wonderful job and I'm ready to jump into it.

"And to those who don't see your brilliance, look at them, smile, and say, "JU SO FONII!!!"
Bohemian Babushka

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PK

If I knew what my ideal job was, I'd be able to do something about working towards getting it. However, I'm on the other side of 40 and I still have no clue what I want to be when I grow up :(

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nbongo

I'm with you there, in the same boat!

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Brenda Faulkner

I always wanted to be an archeologist - travel to Egypt and Europe on digs!

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Christie

I'm living my "real" dream job right now, being the best wife and mom I can be to my husband and our two children. Traveling with them is just the icing on the already wonderful cake.

My dream job is to live in Europe and show people all the cool places off the beaten path that I've found, but since it's not practical right now, I'll stick with my dream life.

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Prathee Chan

I think my dream job is where I can use my skillsets. I'm an MBA with quite a bit of business experience. I'd prefer to work in a position which is challenging and provides opportunities to learn more than taking a boring job with higher pay.

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Prathee Chan

I liked your facebook page

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Eileen

My dream job would be to have my food blog take off and just be able to cook and write and take photos for a living.

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Holly

I would love to be an author. I love to write and I love the idea of setting my own hours and basically being able to work from anywhere in the world.

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iamniecy

My dream job would to be the female version of Quincy Jones.

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My dream job is any job that lets me leave it at work and go out to live the rest of my life! :-)

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I like WB on FB

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Kaye

Right now it would be to be at home with my two small children (3 and 6). I truly wish I were a SAHM right now while they are little. When they get older, I'd love to run a candy shop (think fudge, truffles, etc). I love making that stuff and seeing other people eating the things I make. =)

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I would become an actress as I originally wanted to, until bills got in the way of my daily life.

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kimberly rose

I would love to open my own no kill animal shelter.

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Catherine

Well...I used to think my dream job would be one where I was in upper management, leading, coaching and moving the business in a positive direction. After being laid off, my whole life radically changed and so did my thoughts on a dream job. I currently work in an hourly position that requires no responsibility except to manage myself. I actually like this freedom and I would like to continue this but maybe in a company with Christian values and a goal to be a part of supporting God's kingdom and promoting the Gospel.

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Catherine

Like on Facebook

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Liked you on FB!

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RebeccaP

I would love to work at Disney world! I don't care what I would do as an actual job, but just work there!

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RebeccaP

I like you on facebook.

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My dream job would be something that I can do from home that would make good money and would allow me to utilize my talents to help others. I have not figured out what that is yet, but I am still looking. :) In the meantime, I am enjoying freelance writing and blogging greatly.

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Christie

Liked and commented on Facebook too!

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I already 'Like' Wise Bread on FB. That is how I found out about this. Thanks!

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Brittney

My dream job is to be a writer, preferably for a magazine. Maybe even a website like yours. :)

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Betty

My dream job would be somewhere near water. I can't imagine what I could do at the ocean, so I'll say pool girl. I could hand out towels!

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Betty

Liked your post on facebook.

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Tricia Kolsto

Hi
My dream job would be card making for a living. I love making cards and scrapbooking.
Hugs,
Trish

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Elena

I'd love to have my own bakery. I LOVE to bake, but I dont nearly spend enough time doing it.

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I don't dream of jobs, I've had over 50 jobs already, I dream of a life, the life of an artist. I dream of a time when I will no longer have to live by some other persons rules, a time when I can spend all my energy creating. Being an artist isn't a job, its a way of being that permeates every aspect of you life. And when I get to that place where I no longer have to work a job, watch out world I am coming for you.

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Alex J

Right now my dream job is professional soccer referee. I am not sure if this is a momentary lapse in judgement, but it is what I am going with. :)

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Sara N

My dream job is being a stay-at-home mom!

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Carmen

My dream job would be to work from home, farming, baking, and blogging.

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Carmen

I follow you on Facebook

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Happy Love

I'm doing it. I'm an online instructor for a state university. My dream, however, is to finish my PhD so that I can get a promotion and a raise.

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Ellen B

find a solution for autism would be my dream job

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Ellen B

I follow on facebook

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I like you on Facebook.

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For 28 years I've been doing my dream job: making my living as a writer. I'm very busy, but also very grateful.

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I love sports and I love to talk. Thus, my dream is to be a sports radio talk show host.

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I liked Wise Bread on Facebook.

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Crystal

My dream job would be a teacher. I'm too old to train for that now, but I would love it and I think I would be good at it.

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I was lucky to have my dream job - twice! I worked in a library and also as a church administrator and only employee at times. I realized I really like to work alone while at the church. Then when I went to the library, I was a little worried about working with the public; but I really liked that, too.

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anything in the political arena would be fun.

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jaymezrus

My dream job has evolved over the years. Still would love to do them all (below). However, I find the most rewarding in helping people, especially kids, make the right decisions when it comes to their future. I used to be a teacher but that was taken away or left behind due to the lack of money they get paid. It's hard to support a family on a teacher's salary.

Baseball player - Photographer (who doesn't want a shot on the cover of Nat. Geographic?) - Surfer - traveller - author - Principal - entrepreneur - business executive - Owning my own advertising company.

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jaymezrus

I liked and actually like your FB page.

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NJJ

I don't have a dream job per se, I'd rather just focus on being happy. For me my job isn't my identity so being happy is easier for me to focus on. I do think it would be fun to be a children's book author and illustrator :)

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Lisa

My dream job would be to work from home on our tea business, raise animals and live out in the country. I'd love to get in some volunteering as well.
My main priorities in choosing a job have always been:
1. Close to home/10 min or less commute
2. Free dress code(for me, black shirt/jeans is the norm)
3. Low stress/opportunity to work alone for the most part/quiet environment
Thankfully I have all of those things now. The $$ is okay but I choose this over business attire, 2hr daily commutes and 100K per year, no thanks.

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Lisa

BTW I like you on FB.

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Professional wedding guest.

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That sounds fun! Like when no one is dancing, or it's just got that uncomfortable " yawn factor" starting to happen. You could be a integral part of the day. People plan for months and years sometimes and guests just don't gel. I feel sorry for those bride and grooms. I think it's a great idea!

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Phyllis

My dream job idea has changed over the years, in high school I thought it would be neat to be a truck driver that went across country. You could see so much. But then after knowing some truck drivers, I've learned that it's not that glamorous. Then I would have wanted to be a horse trainer, but after working with horses for years and being sent to the hospital a couple of times by them, not so sure about that either. So then I am thinking it would be great to have a bed and breakfast where you could meet alot of people and I love to cook and entertain. But I already do that in my own humble way. So I guess my really really dream job would be getting paid to do what I love now. Traveling when I can, entertaining when I can, and having some animals around for company, and spending alot more time with my husband of 35 years. :)

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ZB

Cultural ethnography starting in Inner China is my dream job!

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ZB

I liked your FB page. Thanks for the great content!

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nbongo

My dream job as a kid was "explorer", but there's not much need for that now - ha! Then it was archaeologist, then to work for the CIA as an analyst, then work in a diplomatic role somewhere in the world. Now, my dream job is more nebulous -- I'd like to be an authority or expert in "something", always researching and learning to stay abreast of "it" and travel around to meet and collaborate with colleagues. I wouldn't mind doing this as a representative under the auspices of a true philanthropic or scientific entity.

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Therese

My dream job would be to make enough money and have enough flexibility to travel several times a year for a couple weeks at a time.

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cwaltz

I have my dream job. I'm a mom and a wife. Sure, I'd love better pay and I wouldn't mind having the opportunity to travel but overall I am very happy with my choice. I have a supportive spouse and great kids. I've been able to focus on what I love and who I love and that has been a blessing.

Christine

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Margaret Davis

My dream job would be as an assistant stage or production manager for a financially stable regional theatre. I don't want the stress of being the one in charge but I like the responsibility of keeping things coherent. I would also prefer a "house" or permanent position rather than seasonal or show to show. I am an AEA member and went to college in theatre but now live in an area that does not support ehough of the arts.

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Lee

I have my dream job, just not my dream pay! I do crime analysis for the police and love it. But, if I had no need to make money I would open up a retirement community for pets. I have always wanted to be able to afford to take care of those dogs and cats that are "seniors" and either no one adopts or families can no longer care for. To be able to give those animals love and affection and medical care during their sunset years would be my dream come true.

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Adam

My dream job would be owning a really cool company.

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Aissa

I have my dream job working for a media company. I make enough money to live on and have an almost totally flexible schedule, so I can just concentrate on doing the job and having fun!

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Juj

Dream job = stylist/fashion coordinator that gets to check out all the NY sample sales, vintage stores (and can afford to do so) orrr have a TV show about food and fashion and just be really creative while talking/advising about both. Yep, sign me up!

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ASR

I would love to be a college professor--in fact, I'm going back to school to get my PhD next year!

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Katie Orton

My dream job is to be an ESPN broadcaster! (any segment)

I also liked the Facebook page!

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PJ

My dream job is to write and travel around the world, volunteering in whatever city I'm in, always creating valuable knowledge and insight and guidance!

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Melissa Hansson

My dream job would be as an antiques/vintage buyer. I think I have a great eye for what sells.

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Kathleen S.

I'd love to be an "academic coach" at the college where I teach as an adjunct. The school needs someone to track down struggling students and work with them to get their grades up. As it is, students are put on academic probation if they're in danger of failing, but there's no support offered after that. They can go to the tutoring center or to workshops about stuff like time management, but these students need somebody to keep tabs on them to make sure they're applying the skills they learn in workshops, etc. I love working with students, and I know I could be great at helping students improve their GPAs. I'm woefully underpaid as an adjunct, so the salary wouldn't even have to be great to be an improvement!

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Melissa Hansson

As always, I'm a fan and "liked" you on FaceBook. thanks!

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Lynda

traveling photographer

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Lynda

i like wisebread on fb

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DeeDee

To join my husband at our mail order business. Health insurance is the item holding us back, I hold a job for the medical benefits because we can't affors it on our own. Please being middle aged prices you out of the market even with a very high deductable.

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Eileen

Also, just "liked" the Facebook page!

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KelR1

Wealthy socialite/philanthropist!

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KelR1

Like you on FB.

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Guest

My dream job would be finding out that I'm Prince Charles' love child so I could partake of my royal duties.

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Jeanette

I would like a job, that allowed me to serve the needs of the elderly, but not medically speaking. I would like to coordinate daily activities. My job would entail making them smile and try to enjoy what's left of thier life, even though they may be in a cruddy nursing home. I would hug them on Christmas and other holidays when someone in thier family just couldn't make it to visit. Most importantly, I would work to improve working conditions in skilled nursing facilities, so the workers would be allowed to provide better care. I would like to remodel the current system of basically herding the elderly into place that has a bed for them. It would be nice to not fear nursing homes, and know that you were going to receive adequate care. To know that when you took your last breath, someone would be holding your hand.

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Deanna

My dream job would be a sponsored travel show (meaning someone else paid the tab), I'd review the hotels, excursions, sights, spas and restaurants. My crew would be my close friends.

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B

Show host for national geographic or discovery.

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My whole life, I've wanted to be a stay-at-home mommy. I've also wanted to be an artist. This would allow me to be with my children, have a flexible schedule, and make my own rules. I would love to travel more.

For the past couple of months, I've been able to be home with my kids, and do the art business. It is AMAZING how free you feel when you're doing what you love. :)

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TrishB

Something creative, where I would be able to make enough money to get by and could be my own boss.

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My dream job is to be my own boss with a creative business! I want to financially support myself through selling prints and housewares and maybe eventually have a boutique shop with curated handmade items!

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Rebecca B. A. R.

I honestly still don't know what I want to do when I grow up, and I'm 34 years old! I would love to use the gifts that God gave me, but I have no idea how to go about it. For now I just volunteer my time to others and to animals.

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June

My dream job would be one where I could go to work when I wanted to, have no direct boss but I'm part of a team trying to accomplish a goal, no politics, but I work with people I like who aren't try to outcompete each other for raises or atta boys.