(Closed) What did you want to be when you were younger and what did you end up doing?

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 2
1263 posts
Bumble bee

ballerina,  astronaut, archeologist and I ended up as a desk jockey in the financial industry womp womp womp lol

Post # 3
1669 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Disneyland - January 2016

Well I was very young I wanted to be a veterinarian and a ballerina. But mostly a veterinarian. As I got a little older I realized I would have to learn about “icky” things like needles and blood, so I gave it up since I couldn’t handle it (and probably still couldn’t). After that, I wanted to be a writer and an artist. Honestly, that’s never really changed. I toured a couple art colleges after high school, but decided against it because I couldn’t afford it or stomach the loans. When I went to a cheaper school, my practical side told me an art degree would get me nowhere from such an unknown school, so I opted for English degree instead. Even then however, I knew there was very little chance at earning money as a novelist and self-employed artist.

So now I work as a logistics specialist for a vegetable processing plant that my family has known my entire life. To be honest, I still only really want to be a writer and an artist, but sadly I’m just not sure how realistic it will ever be. It takes time to make any sort of real income in either of those professions, and my husband and I simply don’t make enough to support ourselves for me to quit a traditional job and pursue it. I doubt I’ll ever find a “real” career at this point.  

Post # 4
168 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2018 - The Garrison, NY

When I was younger, I was convinced I would be a jockey (yes, the one who rides the horse while they’re racing). 


Fast forward lots of years, and I’m a real estate agent. Lol

Post # 5
3088 posts
Sugar bee

I have always wanted to be an attorney but got married and knocked up and realized the sacrifice of going to law school plus the hours it normally entails would not be practical for me in addition to being a mother (and now a single mother since I got divorced)…eh…I am now working in finance…

The only other thing I would probably really enjoy is being a teacher but it doesn’t pay enough for me and the politics of the garbage disposal level school system in Philadelphia would be way too much to handle. Plus, unlike my job now where I can just up and leave if I have to pick up kids, etc. there would be almost zero flexibility to do that.

So I have learned to be content and although I am not in love with what I do, I have learned to make sure and do the things I really want to do  when I am not working hobbies wise, etc.

Post # 6
4431 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I wanted to be a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, in the WORST way. I made sure that was my Halloween costume every year until I was in high school….

I instead became a high school teacher, lol.

pretty much a big 180… 

Post # 7
10543 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

When I was young, like, 6 years old,  I wanted to work at Chuck E. Cheese. Then as I got older I decided I wanted to be an actress. Well, that seemed really hard so in my late teens/early twenties I informed my family of my intent to go to clown college and to become a professional clown. My father had a meltdown over that one and I gave up having hopes and dreams for the future.

I work in clinical research. I never went to school for this or anything, really. I have been lucky that my personality and gift of gab has brought me this far.

Still really upset about clown college, tbh.

Post # 8
657 posts
Busy bee

When I was young, my parents brainwashed me so that I thought the best job and what I wanted to do was to be a doctor. I didn’t venture away from that idea until I was maybe a senior in high school. I’m now an engineer. Somehow I think my parents still won. 

Post # 9
963 posts
Busy bee

I’ve always wanted to be a writer. Penned my first story at 4, and it was my major in college. Love writing more than anything. 

Buuuuut I’m not a writer. Or at least not really; I do freelance write as a side income. I work in FP&A. I’m a senior financial analyst for a Fortune 500. I love my career path, and it’s very stable, but it’s never what I envisioned.

Post # 10
948 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I wanted to be a teacher, and that’s what I am today, which is pretty darn boring. I did though think for the longest time I would teach high school English, but after taking high school English and disliking it I ventured more towards younger students who don’t have to study literature yet!

Post # 11
9519 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Disney animator, artist, costume and scenic designer. Became a costume designer/ seamstress and now artist. 

Good luck!

Post # 12
480 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Singer/ rapper. I had a myspace when I was a teen and put up the weirdest songs haha, my top hit that my family loved is titled ‘F*** Snow’

Post # 13
1604 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

When I was five, I told everyone I wanted to be a monkey. LOL

But my first *serious* career goal was I wanted to be a singer/actor. I’m now almost finished graduate school and I will be working in public health – most likely around healthy public policy. But I still have a little bit of that singer dream in me!

Post # 14
243 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I wanted to work at Mc Donalds in the drive through window.  Somehow I veered off course, ended up going to college and doing pretty well.   I’m now a Controller for an Excavation Company and an Appeals Consultant for a Law Firm.  Ironically, I just finished eating 12 McNuggets.  With Sweet and Sour Sauce.  They were very good. 

Post # 15
387 posts
Helper bee

Initially when I was little, I wanted to be a teacher. Around high school I wanted to be a lawyer.

Currently, a lawyer. 

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