#1 Edited by cbarnes86 (600 posts) -

Seriously... I'm always interested in seeing the correlation between what a father's occupation is and what the son (sorry ladies) grows up to do. My dad currently works in a factory making car parts and I'm a teacher. Nowhere close there, but my dad did work as a janitor when I was in elementary school so I guess that counts?

#2 Edited by McGhee (6128 posts) -

When my father was alive he was a minister. I was going to follow in his footsteps until I realized I had no interest in it or even religion in general. Now I'm back in school, my goal to teach English over seas and eventually become a martial arts instructor and possibly a writer as well.

#3 Edited by MildMolasses (3189 posts) -

He is a deadbeat piece of shit and I have no idea, nor do I care, what he is doing right now. I have a BA, but it lead nowhere so I'm currently studying accounting

#4 Edited by UlquioKani (1282 posts) -

My dad is a doctor and I want to be a game designer. Took a lot of convincing to explain to him that it was a viable career path.

Edit: This thread title sounds super creepy

#5 Edited by Garfield518 (405 posts) -

He's the Senior Avionics Tech for the MP&EU division in the Canadian Airforce.

#6 Posted by crusader8463 (14744 posts) -

When he was younger he drove stock cars, was a lumberjack, did odd jobs working on cars, and then spent several years working as a tire changer for a local tire shop. After several years he quit to start his own business and he has been fixing/changing tires for transport trucks since. I'm a lazy leech who works part time doing tech support for cell phones at a call center.

#7 Edited by OfficeGamer (1120 posts) -

My dad was a car mechanic for 40 years and now he's a private bus driver - I'm gonna have a job in an embassy or international office somewhere down the line. I sure learned a lot of stuff from his car fixing magic and I'm thankful for everything he's taught me at being a handy man, but my future is in international relations.

#8 Posted by ShadowConqueror (3241 posts) -

He's an accountant and I'm interested in writing and filmmaking.

#9 Posted by kerse (2191 posts) -

No idea, when I knew he was a drunk good for nothing with no job, and I'm currently studying computer science and considering switching to applied mathematics.

#10 Posted by ArbitraryWater (12664 posts) -

My dad's a radiologist and I'm thinking about going into Information Systems. Not really much of a correlation.

#11 Edited by Dave_442 (53 posts) -

Secret agent.

#12 Posted by Pr1mus (4099 posts) -

My father is retired and i'm currently unemployed so there's definitely a correlation here.

#13 Posted by alternate (2789 posts) -

Steve and he mostly does my mother :~(

#14 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7097 posts) -

He's one of the top guys of a major hotel company.

#15 Edited by Hunter5024 (6308 posts) -

My Dad's a drug counselor and I'm pursuing a bachelors degree in creative writing and working as a security guard. Though the drug counseling is relatively recent, he spent the large part of my teenage years in school, so I suppose there is kind of a correlation there. Mostly it's just that he's not willing to tell me how stupid I'm being!

#16 Posted by 49th (3028 posts) -

He is a structural engineer and I'm studying multimedia and animation/VFX. I was not that interested in buildings.

#17 Edited by HerbieBug (4228 posts) -

Semi-retired renovation and construction slinger of spackle, hammerer of nails, painter of walls. He is also mentally unstable and extremely irresponsible with money. Three times he has claimed bankruptcy due to stupid high risk investments that (predictably) fell through.

He and I do not get along very well. I see him maybe once a year. The only things he and I have in common are blue eyes and mental illness. :/

#18 Edited by Mrsignerman44 (1105 posts) -

My father is a telecommunications manager at a major car company, I'm currently unemployed but I'm interested in writing and directing films.

#19 Posted by Winternet (8236 posts) -

My father is dead. Thanks a lot.

#20 Posted by planetfunksquad (687 posts) -

My Dad is a mechanic. I'm an audio technician.

#21 Edited by oraknabo (1567 posts) -

Boys have a penis. Girls have a vagina.

#22 Edited by myketuna (1782 posts) -

My father has been a lot of things. Currently, he's a "UH-60 Helicopter Repairer" in the US Army. Which is close to his old job of "Automotive Technician".

He's a mechanic. Though now that he's higher in rank and stuff, he seems to have more of a managerial role than he did previously. Which is pretty good for him, I'd say. He's getting up there.

#23 Edited by CaLe (4223 posts) -

He was a laborer who worked harder than I ever will. I'm sorry I never told him how much I appreciated that.

#24 Edited by Godlyawesomeguy (6420 posts) -

My dad promotes professional boxing fights and runs a kickboxing gym.

I, on the other hand, am an unemployed High School student.

#26 Posted by jimmyfenix (3941 posts) -

My dads the main man !

#27 Edited by ManU_Fan10ne (688 posts) -

My dad is a civil engineer, and I am currently a high school student. I'm Arab so I only get three options for what I want to be: lawyer, doctor, or engineer (or have your own business).

#28 Posted by planetfunksquad (687 posts) -

I'm an audio engineer


#30 Posted by Demoskinos (16216 posts) -

Oh boy. This thread man...

#31 Edited by dungbootle (2501 posts) -
#32 Edited by Demoskinos (16216 posts) -

@demoskinos: sorry about your dad

Oh, nothing is up with my dad but reading through there's a lot of people that obviously can't say the same. Thread is a little dark.

#33 Posted by Hamst3r (4862 posts) -

There's no correlation between my dad's job and my job, but one of his hobbies was singing in a barbershop quartet, and I make music stuff. So there's that.

#35 Edited by Inkerman (1492 posts) -

My dad is a radiographer and sonographer (and I really dam good one as well), whereas I'm studying law and politics and wanna become a diplomat of some sort. But my parents did live overseas for a long time and I grew up with their stories, so I guess that's where that interest comes from.

#36 Posted by Raven10 (2050 posts) -

My father is an electro-chemist who invents and tests batteries. He probably helped invent many of the batteries you use today. He worked on the earliest cell phone batteries, early fuel cells and hybrid car tech, UAV batteries, electric car batteries, Energizer batteries, and currently is working at GE on some energy project of some sort. He also worked on the PowerPC G6 processor before the project was shut down.

I am a game designer so not really any parallels. My brother is a material scientist and my other brother is a neuro-biologist, so they both followed him into science. My grandfather worked at IBM, though, and my Uncle did as well. So there are computer people in my family tree.

#37 Edited by troll93 (449 posts) -

My dad worked in a steel mill, then became a paramedic, then an electrician, got drafted and sent to Vietnam, came back, became a teacher, moved to the middle of butfuck North Queensland, became an eletrician again, and now is the international manager of one of the largest hazardous training companies in the South East Asia/Australasia. I am studying to be a civil engineer and work at a steel yard filling out invoices.

1 TO 1.

#38 Posted by Nev (594 posts) -

My father is probably drunk somewhere currently. That's what he is most hours. He worked in random factories for the past 20 something years until a year or so ago. Now I don't know what he does, aside from get drunk.

I don't currently do anything but take care of my grandmother, and have never had a sip of alcohol thanks to my father. I have no brothers or sisters, either.

#39 Edited by BigBoss1911 (2659 posts) -

He worked for RCA for about 25 years until the factory closed down, hes been a nurse for the past 10 years.

#40 Posted by Patman99 (1634 posts) -

My dad has done a shit ton of different things. He was a firefighter, owned his own pub, and even owned a dry cleaners. Now is a delivery truck driver. I'm an archaeologist. Not a correlation but my dad is a fairly inquisitive person who simply did not have the opportunity (read: came from a super poor family) to pursue any kind of schooling beyond high school.

#41 Posted by Sinusoidal (2206 posts) -

My father used to cut lathes and shoes (not shoes for your feet, a "shoe" is a cut of wood, that what my father always called it, I have no idea where the name comes from, nor if "shoe" is the correct spelling) for lobster pots (pot=trap) for the local lobster fishery. He worked out of the family's 200 year old sawmill, which straddles a river since it used to be run by a waterwheel. It has since been modded to run off the drive-shaft of a tractor. In the 80s most lobster fishermen switched to wire-frame lobster pots and my father started doing some landscaping on the side. He's been retired for quite some time now.

I teach English in Korea.

#42 Posted by Thrawn2112 (11 posts) -

My dad is the technical director of a chemical testing lab and I'm an RMM (remote monitoring and management) technician for a tech company. We get along pretty well even though his lab still has machines running Windows 95.

#43 Posted by AziMuttyo (94 posts) -

He was working on elevators, now he is retired. I am a web designer.

#44 Edited by BisonHero (8329 posts) -

My dad also works in a factory making car parts. I'm going to school to be an engineer.

This thread is fascinating :D, but also an emotional roller-coaster :(

#45 Posted by Hitchenson (4708 posts) -

My dad works at Nintendo and he told me that GTA V is going to be a Wii U exclusive.

#46 Posted by Slay3r1583 (674 posts) -

My dad was a crane operator in a steel mill for 25 years.

I'm unemployed with no prospects and no ambitions for the future.

#47 Edited by Atlas (2558 posts) -

My father has worked for the same company for 25 years. He's got a very business-y job; his company advises other companies about human resources. He wears a suit to work, travels a fair bit (he used to travel much more), and earns six figures.

I am unemployed and unable to work, but I don't think I'd ever feel compelled to work in the corporate world. I think my autism means that I am somewhat incompatible with that kind of job and lifestyle. My interests are much more creative; I've always wanted to be a novelist.

Work aside, we have a lot in common (music especially), and I love him to bits. My parents got divorced when I was very young, but I'm incredibly lucky that they were able to still work together and get along to provide a good home for me and my sister.

#48 Edited by frankfartmouth (1047 posts) -

My dad is a retired college professor/administrator. I have a BA in media communications and worked for a few years as a freelancer in the production industry but I fucked up on a shoot a few years back and destroyed a camera, so I'm on the outs, back to waiting tables until I can break out on my own again. Have to wait until my daughter's a little older so I can move to a different area and start over. Probably Chicago.

Despite having a PhD in the liberal arts, my dad is very conservative, and has acted like my interest in film and storytelling (I minored in creative writing) is on par with some kind of mental illness. He's a great guy, and we have a good relationship, but we're miles apart when it comes to our interests and what types of people we are. So it goes.

#49 Posted by EarlessShrimp (1789 posts) -

@oraknabo said:

Boys have a penis. Girls have a vagina.

I see you've been taught the basics.

#50 Posted by Hailinel (25787 posts) -

My dad worked in banking for several decades, and then retired. He took up a second career as an insurance agent, but he's about ready to give that up and just enjoy retirement.

I work in software QA. One of the only pieces of career advice my dad gave me was that I shouldn't ever go into banking. I can't say I argued.