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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.  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.  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?




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  1. 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!

  2. 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

  3. 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

    1. 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

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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)

  8. 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.

    1. 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

  9. 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

    1. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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 🙂

    1. 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

  14. 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 😀

    1. 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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