Wednesday, 26 November 2014

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

"What do you want to do when you finish your degree?" - If you are a third year, I'm sure you will have heard this question as many times as I have. We'd be millionaires if we had a pound for every time we were asked it! Honestly though, my answer to this question is always "I have no idea". I have 14 weeks of lectures, 25'000 words and 2 exams to get through until the end of my degree, I still have no idea what I want to do and that's absolutely fine with me!

 I think there is too much pressure on graduates to be answering this question when they have so much going on already. People are forever asking five year old children what they want to be, and how is it that they have more of an idea than me? Probably because they haven't had to make huge life choices yet, unlike myself, and when you are five, its all a bit of fun! I wanted to be an Air Hostess. Interesting considering how much I hate flying now! When it comes down to it though, when I finish my degree I want to be in a job that I love, and don't hate waking up to in the mornings. I know this is a big ask, but hopefully I'll be able to find something! I think graduates should take it as it comes, obviously accepting that hard work is in order, but personally I'll be satisfied to just find a job that makes me happy!

 Long-term? I'd love to work with a charity. Issue? Although not everything is about money, I would like to be at that point where I am financially stable so I can volunteer for a charity instead of being paid. Obviously then, I'll need to be earning some money before I get to that stage!

 Times are tough for graduates, I don't doubt that at all. I know I'm going to have to work hard to be where I want to be but I just don't see the point in stressing about it now. Third years have enough to be tackling without being asked this question monthly, let alone weekly!

What do you think? Do you think there is pressure to know what you want to do "when you grow up"?



  1. I was having this discussion with some people who are parents the other week. The world of work is so diverse these days, I imagine most people didn't even know their job actually existed until they applied for it! I think there's a lot of pressure on people to start preparing themselves for a particular job- gaining work experience, doing relevant projects, school subjects etc. and actually starting too early could easily blind to you to the millions of other things on offer. I think the important thing is to just maintain an attitude of 'it's ok to change your mind', or even better - to be really open minded about what you want to do. I've said before on similar posts that I actually rather envy people who have their career paths wide open before them- I'm training to be a doctor, and although I know I love it and it's what I want to do, it can be a bit daunting knowing pretty much what my training pathway is going to be like for the next 10 years!
    Jennifer x

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  2. I think there is pressure to know what you want to be but the most interesting people I know haven't just done one thing, they end up doing lots of different things and it makes them so much richer. Personally, I've known from the age of 12 what I wanted to be and it's kept me very focused which has got to be a plus point, whereas some of my friends lacked that direction and really struggled. We all made it through in the end though and found what we were supposed to be. Different paths but all equally good in the end.

  3. Definitely, starting too early could leave you with only one option, but so could starting too late - most people want to see work experience on there now but thats so hard to get when you are studying so much. I think its a good thing you have decided - you are obviously very passionate about it so try to be excited not daunted and please keep blogging about! I loved your post on student doctors being allowed to sit in on medical appointments - it was nice to hear it from your point of view!!!! Hannah x

  4. Definitely - I don't think that there is a right or wrong way knowing what you want to do or not, as long as you are happy with where you end up! I think I will probably end up doing lots of things so I will use that as a positive! Its good knowing what you want to do though because like you say it keeps you focused and probably more motivated than someone who isn't too sure! Hannah X


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