Friday, February 6, 2009

Friday Forum: Childhood Ambition

We've moved into February (is it just us, or is the new year going by a bit quickly?) and everyone seems to be making decisions about how to move forward in their careers. Sometimes the path we take is quite different from the one we envisioned when we were younger.

Looking back to when you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? How different is that from what you're doing now? If it's a completely different track, where do you think you veered off?


Eloriane said...

I never really knew what I wanted to be when I was a kid. In my heart, I always wanted to be Indiana Jones or Han Solo, but I also knew that I couldn't be. When talking with my female friends, there was this dynamic where the less your preferred career earned, the more "selfless" you were, so to be a "good person" I always said I wanted to be a high school teacher, which was still pushing it because it wasn't working with little kids. (My friends wanted to be kindergarten/ preschool teachers, daycare workers, stay-at-home mothers...)

I still don't consider myself "grown up" but I'm majoring in Arabic and I have no intention of spending any time with small children, at all. (I don't intend to have kids.) I'm planning to try the film industry, which is my passion, with translation work as a back-up, which I quite enjoy. Much more creative and selfish than I anticipated as a kid. And especially if I travel for my translation work, much more exciting. In other words, much more in line with what I wanted, even if I'd never say it then. And hey, if I go hunting through old tombs for supernatural documents, I could be Indiana Jones after all!


When I was younger I really enjoyed my science classes and envisioned myself one day being a doctor. I had worked at a hospital and loved helping people. Over time I began to realize that although I enjoyed this one aspect of the profession, I don't enjoy spending years in a laboratory or lecture class. And you can't be a doctor without taking all those biochem classes! Anyway, my interest in improving the welfare of people remains, but I approach it in a different way. Now, I study the treatment of people under a political and social lens. -Bridget

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