Blogtober Day 5 – What Career Did You Have Planned As A Child?

Day 5 of Blogtober and todays topic is, What Career Did You Have Planned As A Child?. I went through a few career choices growing up.

I remember wanting to be an Air Hostess, I thought this would be a very glamorous job, travelling the world and smiling and helping passengers. ย When I realised it would not be as glamorous as I thought I changed my mind.

Next it was a Librarian, yes you read that right, I was into reading and loved it when we went to the library and they stamped the books, I was very easily impressed.

Next was a Hairdresser, I used to love going to the hairdressers with my Mum, and the chat and fun they used to have. ย My Mum still has the same hairdresser now, and he actually talked me out of this as a career by telling me truthfully what it is like.

I then decided on Secretarial work, and I trained in Pitmans Secretarial and passed my typewriting and shorthand, and also passed Business Studies. ย My first job was administration and secretarial and I loved it, but still felt I was missing something. ย I moved to work in a Building Society, where I worked for many years, and loved it I did secretarial, obviously worked with figures and chatted to customers, it was the ideal job for me. I left for a few reasons some personal in my life and also because the job changed and I refused to do hard sell on customers for targets.
So yes in the end my childhood career, was what I went into on leaving school.
What was your childhood career, and did you follow your dream?



  1. Mel
    5th October 2016 / 10:10 am

    Ha! Air hostess is a common one, isn’t it? Librarian not so much ๐Ÿ™‚ I was desperate to become a hairdresser until my work experience in a salon… swiping and cleaning the whole time, not going anywhere near hair!

    • admin
      5th October 2016 / 7:27 pm

      I only wanted to be a librarian for the stamp they did in the books x

  2. Sam | North East Family Fun
    5th October 2016 / 10:35 am

    Oh love this idea for a post – I wanted to be a doctor when I was growing up x

    • admin
      5th October 2016 / 7:26 pm

      That is one job I never wanted I can’t do blood etc x

  3. 5th October 2016 / 9:48 am

    I wanted to be a teacher, and it is what I did for 12 years. Like you, as the job changed I decided to get out.

    • admin
      5th October 2016 / 7:27 pm

      I think it is a shame when jobs change so much x

  4. Amy @ Mighty Duxburys
    5th October 2016 / 10:51 am

    Sounds like the ideal way to start your career in what you love. Not so much the end though! I started off as a legal secretary before qualifying as a solicitor – I think it gave me a great start in how to deal with people! #Blogtober16

    • admin
      5th October 2016 / 7:25 pm

      Your career sounds so much better than mine x

  5. Hannah
    5th October 2016 / 10:15 am

    I think I wanted to work with dolphins haha. Sadly that didn’t work out x

    • admin
      5th October 2016 / 7:26 pm

      That would be a great job x

  6. 5th October 2016 / 11:35 am

    Ahh! Every time I went to the library as a child I wanted the job of stamping the books….It looked like such a fun job.
    It sounds like you left your job at the building society for the right reasons. I wouldn’t fancy that either x

    • admin
      5th October 2016 / 7:22 pm

      That is why I wanted to work there to stamp the books. Funnily enough I popped into a different branch of the Building Society today where some friends still work and we were talking about this x

  7. 5th October 2016 / 11:11 am

    I wanted to be a forensic scientist, then a chef but I ended up with a journalism degree and now I work in social media. I still love food tho, aha!

    • admin
      5th October 2016 / 7:23 pm

      I could never be a chef altgough love food x

  8. 5th October 2016 / 12:13 pm

    I definitely didn’t follow but like a lot of people it changed, doctor, vet, teacher, wrestler, actor, singer….it went on and on. I’ve become none of those lol.

    • admin
      5th October 2016 / 7:19 pm

      I only mentioned a few of mine x

  9. 5th October 2016 / 12:25 pm

    I wanted to be an archaeologist, when I was a child – it still fascinates me really. Perhaps in another life I would have managed it. x

    • admin
      5th October 2016 / 7:18 pm

      That would have been such a fascinating career x

  10. Francesca
    5th October 2016 / 11:56 am

    So many options right!? Hahaha you had your fair share of great ones you wanted to do, Librarian! I actually really wanted to be a singer haha and then I decided I’d quite like to be a lawyer. As you can tell neither worked out!

    • admin
      5th October 2016 / 7:20 pm

      Haha I only wanted to be a librarian for the date stamp

  11. Jessica McDonnell
    5th October 2016 / 12:55 pm

    This is such an interesting post. I always wanted to be a writer and subsequently went and did a journalism degree. I still don’t have a career plan and keep thinking of changing.

    • admin
      5th October 2016 / 7:16 pm

      I am loving hearing what everyones dreams were and the reality x

  12. 5th October 2016 / 3:42 pm

    I used to want to be a journalist when I was younger and now I run my own blog so I guess I have achieved my childhood dream x

    • admin
      5th October 2016 / 7:15 pm

      It is lovely to see you followed your childhood dream x

  13. Kathryn
    5th October 2016 / 6:30 pm

    I always wanted to be a ballerina but once at nursery a policeman came to stay and with my Yorkshire accent he thought I said belly dancer haha xx

    • admin
      5th October 2016 / 7:14 pm

      Haha slightly different but still dancing x

  14. 5th October 2016 / 6:39 pm

    I wanted to be a criminal psychologist, from about 10 or 11.
    Unfortunately life never planned out that way and I did everything from hairdressing to managerial positions. Now I am a blogger and love it (Also have employment but don;t consider it a career anymore)

    • admin
      5th October 2016 / 7:13 pm

      It is amazing how different our dreams are from when we were children to when we become adults x

  15. 5th October 2016 / 7:39 pm

    As a child I dreamed of being either a teacher or a journalist. I ended up going to college when I finished school to do child care and worked briefly in a nursery for a little while before moving on to retail. I’m now a stay at home Mum but I guess u can say I stuck to near enough what I wanted to be as a child.

    • admin
      6th October 2016 / 8:51 pm

      You have stuck to what you wanted to do

  16. 5th October 2016 / 8:36 pm

    I wanted to be a nursery nurse… I’m not one but I often still like the idea

    • admin
      6th October 2016 / 8:50 pm

      My Mum was a nursery nurse, she has had an amazing career even working for a photographer and journalist in the 60’s and meeting so many famous people x

  17. The London Mum
    5th October 2016 / 9:53 pm

    My childhood dream was to become a vet- I studied the right subjects but when it came to choosing a uni course I realised to become a vet I would need to study a further 7 years. So I chose a totally different subject and became something totally different lol. x

    • admin
      6th October 2016 / 8:47 pm

      7 years does seem a long time after all the studying to get to that time x

  18. melissa major
    5th October 2016 / 9:53 pm

    When I was younger I wanted to be an air hostess! I wish I did it because it sounds like a fun career ๐Ÿ™‚

    • admin
      6th October 2016 / 8:46 pm

      I wanted too as well but I don’t think it is as great as it sounds x

  19. 5th October 2016 / 9:02 pm

    I wanted to be a teacher and preferable at primary school age, now looking back I would have hated every minute of it x

    • admin
      6th October 2016 / 8:48 pm

      The thought of a class of primary school children scares me lol x

  20. Rhian Westbury
    5th October 2016 / 9:46 pm

    I always used to say to my mum as a kid I wanted to be an author as I loved reading and wanted to create my own stories. I might not want to write fiction now but my love for writing hasn’t changed x

    • admin
      6th October 2016 / 8:48 pm

      I suppose you have followed your dream, my Daughter could do this as she is such a great writer she has had poems and stories published before now x

  21. 5th October 2016 / 11:21 pm

    I wanted to be a lawyer and I work in PR now and sometimes I feel like lawyer with all the negotiating and debating I have to do!
    Great post!
    L x

    • admin
      6th October 2016 / 8:44 pm

      I can imagine it is pretty similar sometimes x

  22. 5th October 2016 / 10:58 pm

    Ha, I wanted to be a chattery architect. I guess I’m not too far off that, working as a regeneration officer…

    • admin
      6th October 2016 / 8:46 pm

      I am loving finding out whether everyone followed their dreams or went in a totally different direction x

  23. Tara
    5th October 2016 / 11:36 pm

    It’s so funny seeing if our plans turn out!

  24. Zoe
    6th October 2016 / 10:48 am

    interesting. I wanted to be a vet as a child until I discovered you had to deal with creepy crawlies sometimes, Then I wanted to be a childrens nurse, ideally would still love to but practicalities of it mean not.

    • admin
      6th October 2016 / 8:41 pm

      My Daughter wanted to be a vet once until she found out she might need to operate x

  25. 6th October 2016 / 11:16 am

    I wanted to be a lawyer at one point. Really glad I never went down that route.

    • admin
      6th October 2016 / 8:38 pm

      It is a hard job and knowing various laws must take so much dedication to learning x

  26. Milly
    6th October 2016 / 11:25 am

    When I was a kid, I wanted to be an actress! It lasted all the way up until I did drama at Uni, then I realised it maybe wasn’t for me – but the skills and confidence from my training are still mega helpful now I’m working in marketing/social media!

    • admin
      6th October 2016 / 8:37 pm

      I wanted to be a pop singer, I can not sing though so that was going nowhere x

  27. 6th October 2016 / 12:08 pm

    I wanted to be a nurse when I was little, but I studied to be a criminologist. I am now a full-time blogger and wouldn’t have it any other way. Funny how things turn out!

    • admin
      6th October 2016 / 8:37 pm

      My life has changed totally, but I think things happen for a reason x

  28. 6th October 2016 / 3:37 pm

    I always wanted to be a teacher. I used to play schools with my teddies and call the register and mark their books. Now having three kids I wish I had so we could synchronise diaries!

    • admin
      6th October 2016 / 8:35 pm

      I used to do the same, but I would not have the patience to be a teacher now x

  29. 6th October 2016 / 4:50 pm

    When I was younger I wanted to be a barrister and I nearly became one until I realised I hated what happens in court! xxx

    • admin
      6th October 2016 / 8:33 pm

      It is a tough job one of my friends daughters is a barrister x

  30. 6th October 2016 / 4:31 pm

    Personally, I’ve know I wanted to be a teacher and move to England since forever (ok maybe since I was 14). And I made it so I’m really happy because I didn’t believe I’d actually have the guts to do it ๐Ÿ™‚

    • admin
      6th October 2016 / 8:34 pm

      Well done on following your dream ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  31. 6th October 2016 / 6:09 pm

    I wanted to be a school teacher. Still wish I’d gone in to it lol journalism isn’t as satisfying

    • admin
      6th October 2016 / 8:33 pm

      I used to love playing at being a teacher, I would sit my toys down and have a register, but the thought now of having 30 children sat in front of me fills me with dread lol x

  32. Jen
    7th October 2016 / 5:10 pm

    I think I’d *still* like to be a librarian lol. I wanted to be a vet until I finally did work experience in one which put me off as it was so focused on money rather than just the animals like I’d imagined (saw healthy animals put down), after doing a psychology degree I trained as an accountant, but hated that. I think I’m still trying to figure it out ๐Ÿ˜€

    • admin
      7th October 2016 / 7:01 pm

      Wow you have done a variety, that is so sad that they were more vocused on money rather than the animal ๐Ÿ™ I would be no good as an accountant, although I am good with figures and used to do book-keeping, and in the Building Society I was chief cashier and had to balance the branch each day,

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