Friday, February 27, 2009

Career Day

How old were you when you decided what you wanted to be when you grew up?

There’s been a lot of talk of future careers in my household lately as my kids try to figure out what they want to do when they grow up (which is happening a lot faster than I like). As it is right now, one is almost ready to fly the coop, high school and college loom for the other two.

One thing my husband and I can’t stress enough to them is that there’s no need to decide Right Now.

Because, honestly, we know all too well how plans can change. What might interest you as a teen might not be your true calling.

When I was 18, I was convinced I wanted to be a medical examiner. After marriage and motherhood, my career plans morphed into writing. Even now I toy with the idea of getting a nursing degree. But knowing what I do now, if I were 18 again, I’d be an English major with hopes of becoming an editor (and probably still would have ended up writing!). My husband, a chemical researcher, would have chosen journalism or law.

So for now, we keep telling the kids to take lots of different classes that won’t pigeonhole them into one field, and to keep an open mind. And to also know that it’s okay to change your mind—at any age.

How about you? Is your job what you always wanted to do? What you went to school for? If you could be 18 all over again, would you choose the same path?

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