“So what do you want to become when you grow up”


If you are in your teens, you must have heard this question a hundred times. Parents and grandparents, uncles and aunties, cousins, relatives and friends, all wanting to know what you want to be a few years from now.

I’m not too sure whether people ask this question to amuse themselves or out of a genuine interest, though I’m inclined to believe the former. And it’s unbelievable the pressure I felt, as would most young people heading towards a career choice, each time this question was popped at me.

Not only was I confused about the career choice I should make, but also had to worry about whether it was the seemingly “right choice”. Everybody around was trying to be a doctor, engineer, lawyer, teacher, as if there were no other career choices available and I, like quite a few of you, did not want to be any of them!

Strange, that there are billions employed in millions of little and well known professions, and yet when it comes to making a career choice just about a dozen professions come to mind.

Interestingly, few people end up in professions that have been their childhood dream. Most of us, discover our calling completely by chance! and to think I spent all those months agonizing about which direction I should be heading.

So if you are driving yourself up the wall, trying to find out what is the best career for you, don’t worry, even a vague idea will do, cause it kind of comes along. Don’t let those around pressurize you into making a career choice. Most people I have seen, invariably come around to their hearts choice sooner or later, thought I’d say, its better sooner than later.

There is nothing called a good or bad career choice if your heart is in it, it has to be right, and that brings us to the most important aspect of answering the million dollar question, “what do you want to become when you grow up”

Whether you’d like to believe this or not, the answer to this question lies in your heart, in your interests, in your passions, in your exposure and your childhood formation.

If you want to answer this question being honest to yourself, sit down with a pen and paper, put down what it is that you love doing. If you are used to listening to yourself these are questions you should be able to answer, if not it’s about time you started listening to yourself.

No interest and passion is too far fetched to turn into a career. If you are passionate about movies, you don’t always have to become an actor, or director, you can become a film critique. If you love food, you don’t always have to become a cook, you can be a dietician. If you love planes you don’t always have to fly them, cause you can design them, and the list can go on. The idea is to first listen to yourself, then go beyond the obvious few choices. Research, read and learn about the career you would like to pursue and yes, don’t let those around, pressurize you into living their dreams. This is absolutely your choice 🙂


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