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Readers Respond: What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

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What do you want to be when you grow up? Read about the type of jobs available and add what you want to be when you grow up (even if you are grown up already) to the list contributed by About.com site visitors. Share a Job

Music

Music has been apart of my life through my struggles. I love music. I wanna be a producer.
—Guest Kendra

Dream Job

"There are so many things I wanted to be when I grow up," -- that was the thought of the "me" when I was little. Until now, there was nothing. I have no clue what I wanted to be when I grow up. Nothing just pops up in my mind. I have no hobbies, and I am not good at anything. I'm clumsy. I'm not interested in anything. There's just no excitement or something interesting around me. I like to have work and be an honors student, but doing the same thing is tiring. I don't have time to think about love, but work at school. I wanted a dream job just for me.
—Guest Karen

Too Many Choices!

I just graduated high school and I'm going into college, but I'm not sure what I want to be. Well, more like what to choose. I want to be a teacher, an astrophysicist, a pediatric oncologist, and so much more. I'm so confused and overwhelmed. I just want to make enough money to fill my one passion: travel the world.
—Guest Ayleen

I'm Confused

When I was little I wanted to be what all the other little girls wanted to be -- a dancer or a princess. But now my mom and my teachers say I can really think up a story. But I also want to help people. I either want to be a lawyer or a police officer, I think. I'm still one of those people though that always hope to be the president!!
—Guest Alex

Do What You Love

When I was little I wanted to be a Vet. Take care of animals and such. Once I got to 5th grade I changed my mind. I didn't really know what I wanted to be. Something to due with begin a teacher. Then the next year I changed it to be a writer. That stayed pretty strong for a while. I loved to write I still do and I hope maybe some day I can publish something but I also want to study bones... Then other times I want to be an actor. So why pick now? Thats my only question. Why pick now when we still have our entire life to live? We will never know where we are going to end up. We could do something fantastic or something horrible. Only time will tell and right now most of us are still children, only babies. So why pick what you're going to do now when you might change your mind later on? I always say pick something that will be fun and that you want to do, not something that you feel is mandatory.
—Guest Meg

Singer

I'm 18 years and I live in Whitby, ON. I am passionate for singing. I have been singing all my life. I enjoy singing to other people because I like to entertain them. I would sometimes sing to myself at home. Even when i was little, I always thought of myself being a famous singer. Being in a concert and singing to a huge crowd. I also want to be able to make my own music when I get older. I want to do all of this but I have a fear that my voice won't be good enough for that. I did take vocal lessons before but I had to quit over the summer because I had to go to Alberta to see my Dad. Now, I am not sure if I will make it.
—Guest Itai

Not Enough Time for Everything

I want to be a lot of things when I grow up like a dancer and an art teacher and a lot more but I won't have time for all of them. What should I do?
—Guest Mia

I Have No Idea

Most of my friends have their whole life planned out. I'm a different case. I'm going to graduate soon and I'm still clueless as to what I should be! I know I want some type of job that helps people, the problem is that there are so many! Honestly, money is a huge problem too. Well good luck to everyone! Hope you follow your dreams and do something you love.
—Guest Jenn

Two Options

This decision is killing me. I'm going to be a junior in the fall and that's the time to start thinking about colleges, but I can't because I don't know what I should do. I have, however, narrowed it down to two, well, very different things: a teacher or some type of engineer. I'm smart, I have gotten A's my whole life, and I want to do something that satisfies me. I know that teaching would satisfy me, but I'm worried whether or not I'd like engineering, even though my strong areas are in math and science. What should I do?
—Guest Guest Eli

I Don't Even have a Dream Job.

Everyone I know seems to be stressed about the choosing-your-future-career dilemma because they have an idea of what they want to be, but they aren't sure if it's what they want or if it is realistic. I only wish I had this problem, as mine seems much more difficult. I literally have no interests whatsoever; the only thing I do in my spare time is watch TV (and trust me I don't want anything to do with the TV/Movie industry). My lack of interest in anything is seriously stressing me out because I feel that I will never find a career that I enjoy. The only thing I could even imagine myself enjoying for the rest of my life, is travelling. However, a love for travelling is not going to get me a GOOD paying job. I am 16 years old and every day that I approach graduation I get more and more stressed. I see absolutely no hope for conquering the find-your-dream-job crisis. Sometimes I wonder if it would just be easier to live with my parents forever.
—Guest Cindy

I'm So Lost

My names Shiloh. I'm at the top of my class, I'm a straight "A" student. My favorite subjects are math and science. My parents are pretty harsh about this topic. My dad wanted me to play in the NBA, My Mom wants me to get into programming, but I want to be something else. I don't know what that something else is yet, but I want to save lives. I love animals. I think i want to be a vet for marine life but I'm not sure if I can do that.
—Guest Shiloh

Wishing

I'm 16 and I feel so trapped by the expectations of my family and the people around me, however unintentional some of it may be. I've been told repeatedly and am honestly very aware of the fact that I happen to be good at a lot of things I try my hand at. But all of these supposed talents of mine and paths I could walk are things I don't want to do. Okay, I'm good at Math and Science. Alright, I'm an honors student. I KNOW. It's just that what I want to do is something that's for me. I don't know if I'm acting spoiled or ungrateful for my blessings, but this is how I feel. Even now, I'm worried for my future and I don't know what to do or who I could talk to about this. Is it so wrong to want to do something you love for the rest of your life?
—Guest Ally

I'm Sad and Confused

I'm 13 and my parents are already asking me what I want to do with my life. Everything I'm good at I'm not interested in, and everything that interests me I'm not sure I would be good at. My parents are Indian, and even though they say I can be anything I want, I know they want me to have some computer programmer life or whatever. I expressed my interest in psychology (possibly), and I was immediately told that most of the time the pay wasn't good and I wouldn't have a good quality life. I think being a youtuber or any type of filmmaker would be cool, but it's pretty hard to get into those industries. I'm definitely going to live my life the way I want to live it, not my parents, but how can I do that when I don't even know what I myself want?
—Guest Hi

Youtuber

I'm good at nothing except for listening to good music, maintaining one friend, and fashion. I also really want to travel the world and never want to end up in an office. The best job for me would therfore be a youtuber, its my dream job.
—Guest A

Worried Future (17 yrs old)

I want to work in the beauty industry but I know that I won't be successful/financially stable enough for my future because I am planning on having a family and if i choose a job it may determine my future. The problem is, I have 1 year to choose carefully as I just became a senior. I am completely lost and stressing out about it. The problem is, I was always struggling in school - going way back until elementary school. Falling behind, nobody - not even my teachers or my parents knew why until 6th grade. I was diagnosed with ADHD and I have been battling with it still to this day. I struggle in the most important subjects in school; science, english, history.. Math is fine. But i just barely pass all my classes EACH year. and I work really hard. The problem is my disorder; it's severe but not severe enough that I get any advantages/accommodations. I am also interested in filmmaking, photography, interior design, maybe a makeup artist... The last thing i want to do is give up.
—Guest Someone worried about her future

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