UltiCareer Origins

by Robert Musterer   Ulticareer  | Story  | Job search  | Career decision  | Life lesson  | Building connections  | 

As a child my thoughts about what I wanted to be when I grew up were simple. I wanted to be a farmer or a park ranger. Why? Because they got to spend all of their time outdoors. At one point I even considered being a minister. Why? Because they only worked one day a week (or so I thought). Not the most sophisticated analysis of career prospects, but such is not expected at a young age.

Later in high school I had to think more seriously about my options. At that time, I was weighing trying to pursue a career in the arts or in the biological sciences. I always enjoyed being creative, drawing and painting. So a career in the arts was appealing. I also had a love of nature and when it came to school classes, I enjoyed and appreciated biology classes the best. Not knowing anyone working in any of these fields, I used the meager resources available in the library and guidance office to learn a little bit more about these options. Frankly, all I really learned was that artists don’t make much money, and the idea of the starving artist wasn’t very appealing. Biologists, on the other hand, may never get rich. But at least there could be more career opportunities available to them. So I decided to major in Biology in college.

Fast forward through college and I end up working for a pharmaceutical firm because the biology education allows me to understand the data. I move from being a data manager, to a programmer, and through various managerial roles. I spend 20 years with the last company, until they decide to relocate to another state. By now I’m married with 3 children, either in or entering high school, so we choose not to relocate. Not that I’m complaining. I had a good run and was at a director level with global responsibilities. But frankly I was bored and ready for a change. Admittedly though, when considering what to do next, I really still didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up. As fate would have it, I had time to consider what to do next.

When you have time to really consider the options, it’s staggering how many there really are. During this time, I explored numerous concepts, and one that always stuck with me was the concept of creating UltiCareer. I could see how such a resource could have helped me and also how it could help my own children. I discussed this concept with numerous people, and everyone, without exception, agreed that it’s a great concept and will be a valuable resource.

It took several years of some fitful starts before I had the time and resources to pursue its development. I am thrilled that after years of thinking about creating UltiCareer, it is now approaching reality. While you read this, a small team is working diligently to refine and flesh out this website. So you may find a few glitches here and there that don’t work as intended – if so drop us a note at contactus@ulticareer.com and we’ll look into correcting it.

The most important feature is to have as many real life descriptions of various careers as possible. So please support our cause by adding your voice. Contribute a description of what a day in the life of your job is really like. While you’re at it, please encourage friends and colleagues to do the same. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, connect with us on LinkedIn, and spread the word.

We at UltiCareer have lots of plans for growing and enhancing UltiCareer.com in alignment with our vision of providing the ultimate career research site. If you wish to contribute your thoughts, please feel free to do so by emailing us at ContactUs@UltiCareer.com.


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