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.

My first career I remember was wanting to be an Air Hostess. I thought this would be a very glamorous job, travelling the world and smiling and helping passengers.  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. As you can tell 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.  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.  My first job was administration and secretarial and I loved it, but still felt I was missing something.  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?

#Blogtober16

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Comments (63)

  • fashion-mommy 3 years ago Reply

    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 3 years ago Reply

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

  • Mel 3 years ago Reply

    Ha! Air hostess is a common one, isn’t it? Librarian not so much 🙂 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 3 years ago Reply

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

  • Sam | North East Family Fun 3 years ago Reply

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

    admin 3 years ago Reply

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

  • Amy @ Mighty Duxburys 3 years ago Reply

    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 3 years ago Reply

    Your career sounds so much better than mine x

  • Hannah 3 years ago Reply

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

    admin 3 years ago Reply

    That would be a great job x

  • Kim Carberry 3 years ago Reply

    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
    #blogtober16

    admin 3 years ago Reply

    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

  • Daniella Keating 3 years ago Reply

    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 3 years ago Reply

    I could never be a chef altgough love food x

  • LaaLaa 3 years ago Reply

    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 3 years ago Reply

    I only mentioned a few of mine x

  • Sarah Bailey 3 years ago Reply

    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 3 years ago Reply

    That would have been such a fascinating career x

  • Francesca 3 years ago Reply

    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 3 years ago Reply

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

  • Jessica McDonnell 3 years ago Reply

    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 3 years ago Reply

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

  • stephanie 3 years ago Reply

    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 3 years ago Reply

    It is lovely to see you followed your childhood dream x

  • Kathryn 3 years ago Reply

    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 3 years ago Reply

    Haha slightly different but still dancing x

  • Sam B 3 years ago Reply

    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 3 years ago Reply

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

  • joanna 3 years ago Reply

    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 3 years ago Reply

    You have stuck to what you wanted to do

  • Annie B 3 years ago Reply

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

    admin 3 years ago Reply

    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

  • The London Mum 3 years ago Reply

    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 3 years ago Reply

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

  • melissa major 3 years ago Reply

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

    admin 3 years ago Reply

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

  • Rachel 3 years ago Reply

    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 3 years ago Reply

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

  • Rhian Westbury 3 years ago Reply

    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 3 years ago Reply

    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

  • Lyndsey 3 years ago Reply

    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 3 years ago Reply

    I can imagine it is pretty similar sometimes x

  • Lauren 3 years ago Reply

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

    admin 3 years ago Reply

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

  • Tara 3 years ago Reply

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

  • Zoe 3 years ago Reply

    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 3 years ago Reply

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

  • Jemma 3 years ago Reply

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

    admin 3 years ago Reply

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

  • Milly 3 years ago Reply

    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 3 years ago Reply

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

  • 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 3 years ago Reply

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

  • Beth @ Twinderelmo 3 years ago Reply

    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 3 years ago Reply

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

  • WhatLauraLoves 3 years ago Reply

    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 3 years ago Reply

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

  • La French Connection 3 years ago Reply

    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 🙂
    Mika.

    admin 3 years ago Reply

    Well done on following your dream 🙂 x

  • Rachael 3 years ago Reply

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

    admin 3 years ago Reply

    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

  • Jen 3 years ago Reply

    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 😀

    admin 3 years ago Reply

    Wow you have done a variety, that is so sad that they were more vocused on money rather than the animal 🙁 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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