When I Grow Up…

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Maureen Shuler

Children have many different ideas of what they want to be when they grow up (Photo courtesy of Maureen Shuler).

Everyone has a time when they need to figure out exactly what they want to be after they get out of high school and college. Although this process may not be easy, everyone has to make a decision at some point. Every person figures out what they want to be in drastically different ways. Some people figure out what they want to be from an early age and almost always hold on to those dreams and work hard to achieve them.

“I really want to be an actor because ever since I was younger, I’ve always loved the arts and plays and things like that. It’s really the only career I feel that would fit me and let me express myself!” said junior Kelley’a Beyers.   

These dreams that come early on can be achieved with hard work and research into what is needed to do the job. Many people and children learn these types of jobs quickly when deciding what they would like to be in the future.

“My dream job is to be a golf salesman and a golf fitter. Those are [the people who] go out to golf courses and shops to try to sell their products. A golf fitter is somebody that takes those golf clubs and fits them into your swing. I just love golf so much that I want to do a job in that field,” said senior Sam Cooter.

Sometimes the job is just what a person thinks they would enjoy based off of how they feel about the world and what is going on around us. These values may play an important part in the decision of a future career. 

“I want to be a journalist because I think it’s important that people know what’s going on in the world from a neutral perspective,” said sophomore Saxon Brown.

But more often than not, the decision comes later in life and after a ton of research is done about the field they want to pursue and live out for the rest of their life. At Brashier, senior project is a huge contributing factor into what a person may decide to do with their lives. This required course provides students with an in depth exploration on career and talent interest. Oftentimes, students have an opportunity to job shadow and/or intern with local businesses giving them an idea of what they might do in the future.

“I want to be a pediatric dentist because I know I’ve always wanted to work in the medical field but I didn’t know what I wanted to do exactly. Through my senior project, which involved a medical professional working with kids, I learned that working with kids would be something that would be a lot more interesting than working with adults because kids always come in with a smile and look up to you. I knew that I didn’t want to have crazy hours working such as someone in the hospital but that I wanted to have a job with relatively normal hours so that I could enjoy other parts of my life as well. One of my parents talked about wanting to become a dentist when they were younger, so that’s where I got the idea. I’ve stuck with it since and plan on going to dental school in the future,” said senior Riya Patel.

Although it is extremely stressful, everyone figures out what they want to be in life when the time is right. Some may know from the time they are a little kid and others may finally know when they are in college and already switched their major multiple times. A career choice is not an easy decision to make, as it is what you will be doing for the rest of your life but it should not be something that you stress over every second of every day.