Question Of The Day: What Did You Want To Be When You Grew Up?



Today I’m thinking about how what we wanted to do as children can impact how we act and the career we go into as an adult.

It’s funny how most of us have acquired careers that are far from what we wished we could be as a child.  Take me for instance, when I was younger, I wanted to be a vicar and in my older years, I’m the furthest thing from a Vicar, but I loved the Vicar of Dibley so much that it influenced my career choice and I’m not the most devout person.

But that isn’t all I wanted to be, I remember the question being posed to me in school and we had to draw our dream jobs. Of course, I drew me on stage performing to the crowds. I wanted to be a Spice Girl – the sky was the limit. But never had it crossed my mind to be a writer.

And all of this got me wondering, what other people wanted to be when they were younger and if they now are in the role of their childhood dreams, or something completely different.



We continued this chat in the office. I was quite surprised to know that our Managing Editor wanted to design comics.

The sales director, Ellen obviously wanted to be famous – as famous as the Olson Twins, but when she was eight she realized she wanted to be a lawyer. And in her future years, she went on to study this in University but didn’t quite end up working for a law firm, but rather creating her own company Career Girl Daily.

What people wanted to be as a child really reveals things about them.

It got me thinking though, I want to know what you wanted to be when you were a kid. And what you grew up into.

How did what you wanted to be as a child influence your career choice as an adult? Or didn’t it? Maybe on some level, the things that interest us as children do come with us into adulthood.


I’m excited to hear what you wanted to be when you grew up – and what you grew up into. Share your stories with me in the comments, girls!



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  1. I really wanted to be a paleontologist or a vet! I’m unfortunately neither but I remember those were my goals for sooooo long!

    A xx

  2. Actress and archaeologist! Neither of those things worked out for me, but I remember signing my name when I was in 1st grade to practice my autograph. Haha!

    Eva |

  3. A flight attendant! Ever since I can remember I wanted to be that lady in the pretty uniform with a matching suitcase. And even though it wasn’t my first career choice, nor my last, against all odds I ended up flying all over the world for a year with a world renowned airline and it’s one of my proudest achievements. :)

  4. Me too! I so wanted to be the next Britney Spears – haha. Such a cool variety though, actress and archaeologist – I always thought digging up bones was so cool. X

  5. I love Brit, so obviously that would have been amazing. Yeah, I think as kids we like the idea of discovering hidden treasures! I did actually take a few archaeology classes in college, so that’s something! Haha.

  6. I wanted to be an architect since the age of 10 or 11 and now proudly am an architect working in southern california =o)

  7. I wanted to be a Showmaster or an actress. I also wanted to be a lawyer, to be a voice for the ones who can´t raise their own. And I became a lawyer and give also classes at the university. I really love my Job, but didn´t expect it to be so tough sometimes.

  8. In my early years I wanted to be a princess (like every other girl in the planet), so I asked my dad where was the university to have a princess degree, when I discovered that I had to marry a prince to achieve my dream “job”, I quit the idea. So I decided that I wanted to be a dog hairdresser and back then I was afraid of dogs, so you can imagine… Then I wanted to be a painter and a nurse like my parents, again I discovered that I was afraid of niddles so I have to quit my dream job again. After that, a lot of years later, I decided to be an architect, then a fashion designer, then a product designer and now I’m completing my master degree in Fashion Communication’s Design. I don’t know how my dream to be a princess influenced me to be what I am now, but I really do believe that I still am that dreamy little girl deep inside.

  9. I ended up being a lawyer too (agree on the last line for sure – I work in criminal defence). I didn’t want to pursue law until after my undergraduate degree though. When I was little, I wanted to be a vet and then a doctor. I went so far as to attend health science in first year university and absolutely hated it! I always had this image in my mind of me as an adult though, in a great professional outfit with heels, going through NYC – not sure if vets did that in my mind haha.

  10. I love this idea! I’ve always wanted to be a doctor, since I was a little girl – it’s a family thing. but I’ve been through several phases in which I either wanted to be a journalist/writer (I was pretty good at essays & school activities) or fashion designer/buyer or even an actress at some point (this was when I fell in love with alan rickman when I was 15). but deep down I know that medicine is just the right thing for me and that’s what I’m doing. still art, design, fashion & literature are a big part of my life

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