When I grow up…

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A recent post on Human’s of New York‘s page made me smile about this topic.


I remember wanting to be everything from a teacher, to a ranger (I thought the name ‘Ranger Kate’ sounded awesome), to an interior designer, to a ballet dancer! However, the teaching theme was really the only consistent one through the years.

Whenever I assess a new student I ask them what they would like to be when they grow up (or if they are highschool students, when they leave school). There are of course the standard ‘famous’ answers of, a professional sports person, a pop star, a dancer, a singer. I was told earlier this week by a student “a business owner so I can make lots of money!”. I hear the ones who would like to follow in their parents footsteps and become ‘a carpenter like Dad’ or ‘a Doctor like Mum’. Sometimes I ask them what their Mum and/or Dad do (this is all about making conversation and breaking the ice before we start doing the actual assessment). Some children know exactly what their parents’ job title is, others are a little more vague, ‘he goes to work in his office’, ‘she does things for other people’ ‘he fixes computers and stuff’. What I have noticed in the last year is the change of descriptions of Stay at Home Mums from ‘she just stays at home’, to ‘she looks after our family and makes sure we have everything we need.’ I love this a lot.

Some answers make me laugh, “a big boy”, “a mermaid”, “a gym worker and do push-ups and squats”.

Here are some of the answers I’ve had in the last month or so:

  • An inventor and a scientist (girl 10yrs)
  • An artist (girl 7yrs)
  • A zoo keeper, vet or singer (girl 10yrs)
  • A footy player (boy 10yrs)
  • A builder (boy 7yrs)
  • A farmer (boy 10yrs)
  • Something to do with being a shopping person (girl 8yrs)
  • A mermaid (girl 6yrs)
  • A scientist (boy 8yrs)
  • An aviation engineer (boy 7yrs)
  • A policeman (boy 8yrs)
  • An engineer who designs things (boy 10yrs)
  • A professional basketball player in the US (boy 15yrs)

I asked my Indi (4yrs) yesterday what she would like to be when she grows up and she said, “A Mummy.”

So what did YOU want to be when you grew up? – And what are you now?

Have you asked your child recently what they would like to be?

Send us in yours and their responses, I would love to hear the dreams of our future generation!

9 thoughts on “When I grow up…

  1. My ‘when I grow up dreams’ changed a lot throughout the years. I don’t recall what I wanted to be in the very young years but dance and dreams of becoming a ballerina is the first that I remember. I loved sports as a child and in my mind it was only a matter of time before I became a professional basketball legend , Olympic swimmer or world champion snowboarder… I had various injuries so decided if you can’t do why not coach or teach. I am now in administration/ IT for an airline.

    Our oldest wants to be a professional AFL player with a back up of marine biology (13 years – boy)

    Our middle child wants to be married to a nice boy with children that behave (11 years – girl)


    • I lilke your thinking Master 13yrs; always good to have a back up plan! I would like to know Miss 11’s formula for having “children that behave” – that made me laugh a lot 😉
      World champion snow boarder sounds great 🙂


  2. When I was little I wanted to be a pilot and I thought it would fun to fly planes all over the world to different places.
    It wasn’t until I got older that my idea changed a lot.
    I then wanted to work with children because I enjoyed them so much and thought it would be me….
    I also haven’t gone down that Path but having two girls of my own I get to be with children all the time.


  3. I wanted to be many things when I was younger, but a dancer was always my dream career. I did go on to teach dance for a few years, but ended up an event manager.
    My son 4 would like to be a life guard at the beach or a gymnastics teacher


  4. I decided in grade 5 that I wanted to be a preschool teacher. Teaching was all I ever wanted to do. I absolutely adore the actual ‘teaching’ but man oh man, all the other stuff that came with it was hard. Since having my own kids I have gone back to being a relief teacher, I LOVE it. I call it the grandparent of teaching. I get all of the fun and none of the responsibility. I just hand them back at the end of the day!!!!


  5. I always wanted to be a teacher! Started studying it but then changed to the events and marketing field. Enjoyed it but now I’m a Mum and love my job! Mr 4.5 years wants to work in property like his Dad (apparently!)


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