Everyone has one... What's yours? Mine is either a carpenter, or a doctor. haha
If I ever get tired of being a developer, I’ll retire to Canada, I‘ll buy a red flannel shirt and an axe, I’ll let my beard go wild and I’ll work as a lumberjack.
"I didn't want to be a designer anyway... I wanted to be a lumberjack..."
I'm a lumberjack and I'm OK
I can’t believe I did not know this… Thank you. :D
Nice. I already have a shirt like that and the beard. Missing: plane tickets, axe and suspenders. Maybe I'll buy the ax upon arrival...
Hehe! Oh guys... Is it really still the image you see when talking about Canadians!? Here in Montreal, we look far from that ;)
No, not really! I just think I would feel like a proper lumberjack in a more fitted country for that! It would be silly to be a typical lumberjack like this one in Portugal or UK. :)
Makes sense! :)
I'm the guy who always builds wooden houses on Minecraft. And then builds them again when someone burns them.
I know, right? :D There is something about wood…
Design is my backup career
Same. I went into graphic design in college because I chickened out of doing fashion design, thinking it was too risky.
I'd still like to have my own line eventually. Until then, sites like printallover.me are a dream come true for design minded people who want to make their own textiles.
I entertain the idea of helping someone design clothing at some point. I do web design, but I approach it more like an industrial design.
I want to be a trophy husband if this design thing doesn't pan out.
Master sandwich maker.
You mean "Master Sandwich Artist" :)
Perhaps "Master Sandwich Designer"?
Well, actually designer is my backup profession.
I'm a nurse. :)
Theoretical physicist wannabe
Professional sleep study participant.
Hey, boy, please do NOT tell me the truth...
OK OK! I just did the mopping up afterwards!
Sale hot dogs
Well since I'm almost done with my MFA I guess being a college professor would be my backup career.
Hey, photographer, if you wanna be a photographer, you will. I think photographer is easy to designer. But you spent all your live, you were not a real photographer, maybe,
I always wanted to be a UI designer or golfer. Since I'm already a UI designer with a very successful career so far I'll just stick with golf as a hobby…for now. :)
Online Marketing. I also do content marketing(blogging, email marketing, etc.) when I'm not designing. My dream backup would be a jazz pianist in a band, though.
Professional video gamer.
Yes! This sounds good. This, or my childhood dream of paleontology. Gimme all the dinosaur bones.
I've been a touring/session drummer for almost 15 years, so that would be my backup (if, for some reason, the world wakes up tomorrow and decides that design isn't needed anymore).
Why would you need a backup profession?
Are there any secrets you're not telling us, Ben?
Professional web commenter.
It’s all or nothing for me probably (as a designer and developer). Get there or die trying!
I always been fixated with geography or biology job. Like teaching geography, or being a biologist. I expect there to be more traveling, exploring and adventuring.
This is my backup career, i always intended to be a journalist or an academic. Thankfully design pays better than both of those.
Red Power Ranger
And if even that doesn't work, then I would retire as a blue Power Ranger for sure!
Michael Jackson 2.0 — singer, songwriter, producer and dancer
Certainly open up an artisan bread bakery (and coffee shop).
Coffee and Buddhism.
This is my backup profession.
I originally wanted to be a music producer. That's what I studied in my undergrad.
Not so much a backup, more of a second passion : trading stocks. I do it on my free time (albeit limited) and also invest long term for my future. If I couldn't work as a designer any more I would pursue trading stocks full time.
That being said, having a plan B distracts from plan A (Will Smith in da house) so all my passion and focus is on becoming the best designer that I can possibly become :)
Move South of Lisbon, open a sushi bar, help out at a local surf school...consider going back to psychology...create surf psychology...and develop my surf photography...(if i think about this any further i'll just pack my bags and leave...)
Unemployed net artist.
Well, my degree is chemistry, so I'd probably end up doing that. I can't think of anything non-tech I particularly want to do, though. Pop star‽
Copywriter or Photographer.
- Doctor, I could go back to Med school and finish the two years I have left back in Bolivia
Armed forces or the police.
I was a professional framer and finish carpenter for years before I started working in design, I could go back to that, but I think I'd take a stab at Architecture.
Professional Traveler is the one that sounds cool but most likely a commercial / editorial photographer.
I'd open up my own restaurant.
Because math is hard.
Writer or Teacher
if frontend development fails I will be a monk. Perhaps I could become a Pope... who nows...
Honestly? Designer. I'm a developer / engineer professionally but my degree is in design.
If we're talking not in the field and pretending I didn't go to college, I don't know man. Does blogger count? haha.
Let's flesh out this scenario. Do I need a backup profession because I wanted a change? Or because of societal collapse resulting in the end of the internet and electricity?
I'd probably go into either architecture or algorithmic trading.
Pianist, though it used to be the other way around a while ago.
I think this is my backup profession. What I'd really like to work in some sort of long-term community-building project, or youth education. My dream job would be to work for http://www.skateistan.org/ as it encompasses pretty much all of my passions: skateboarding, community-building, youth education, human rights, and even web & design! I haven't yet been able to figure out how to work in this kind of field and still be able to pay my bills and enormous student loans, so until then, this is my plan b.
My plan B is to be an escort. A $500/Hour type of escorte :D
Being proper homeless rastafarian at Jamaica
Mathematician, writer, jazz trombonist
PS: I'm serious.
well, maybe a photogrpaher or the willing to do anything which makes me happy!
Photographer, probably. But ideally I'd just move to SF, buy some hipster clothing and become a badass barista.
My Dad owns a farm and I used to work it with him when I lived there during college, it was fantastic. There is sometimes I think that getting into what I do now was a mistake and I should have just rolled that.
painter, guitar player at local band , and Barista
I don't have a backup profession! If you believe in a project, and you know you was born to do your job, i don't think there's can be someone or somethink that can freeze you!
jack of all trades
Electrical engineer, but I've managed to acquire enough skills to works as a illustrator or coder as well.
Mechanical engineer here...
I'd probably just go back to the factories. Or be a corporate middle manager.
Not sure which is worse.
Architectural Designer, Town-planning. Now Co-founder and business developer behind: http://dribbble.com/ramotion
Custom motorcycle builder. Vroom vroom.