As twisted as it may seem, when I was young I imagined myself to die at the age of 20, so that was my future. No career in mind, no goals in mind, just a silent death at the age of 20.
Of course I think differently now, I want to live, to enjoy life, to experience new possibilities, create new memories~ So I've only just recently discovered I want to be a hair stylists... But alas I will fail my parents if I don't get a job with my degree that they paid for... Which is to be an accountant x.x
I have never ever EVER been able to make up my mind about what I wanted to be when I grew up. XD Every week I changed my mind, because so many different jobs looked interesting. Psychologist, Magician, Lawyer, Cop, Teacher, Actress, Ballet, Artists, Veterinarian, Zoologist. If it was a job, I wanted to do it.
The only thing that has ever remained consistent was being a published Author.
small child -- princess or at least, a pretty girl with pretty dresses and elegant manners (too many classical movies, dad~)
slightly older child -- singer/pop-star/actress (sang in most of the school musical performances and took good roles in plays unless i ended up being the narrator~ "descriptive voice" xD )
before pre-teens -- politician (too much news and documentary watching, dad~)
pre-teens -- president or secretary of state (i was serious. followed campaigns, took notes during presidential debates. the whole elementary school thought i could do it. LOL, best dream I ever had/actually worked for (for a time) haha. )
early teens -- lawyer (too much passion about changing people's lives, dad~)
mid-teens - journalism and/or creative writer (trying to follow what i loved and was good at~)
current -- computer engineer / hacker / games-app designer (as a career) ;; journalism/creative writing/broadcast media (as a side career/specialization)
I changed a lot over the years. I think most of my earlier dreams were influences of my father's passions and wanting to be like him (which isn't a bad thing, since he is an amazing example), but towards my teenage years, I broke away from that and saw everything else there was. I never looked into medicine or science research (my father's actual fields, but he's so good at everything you could never tell he was a scientist!).
Like Dananachan, I wanted to be everything and try everything! I feel like her post reflects my own thinking (currently, too!)
Of course, I listed the primary ones that I was considering as potential "careers". In childhood, you don't consider it a career, but as what you see yourself doing, right?
Like, "What do you want to be when you grow up..." you think of yourself as a grown up and what you might be doing. Things like I want to figure skate, I want to dance, I want to help people, are ambitions, not dreams.
So yeah, there you have it! ;D
All of those things that I once dreamed of doing are still there, but engineering is my current goal.
I still want to sing, and take part in politics, and help people. I just won't be a "lawyer" or a "popstar", I don't think, haha!
When I was younger, up until I was about 5, I told everyone I was going to be a Princess and live in a massive palace and wear beautiful couture gowns every day of the week. I blame the fact that I lived off the movie Anastasia for this. Thankfully, I grew out of that as soon as I hit five, and soon, my ideas changed.
I can't really remember what I wanted to do between the ages of 5-10 but I remember saying I wanted to be a Vet, which looking back on it is rather weird. Yes I do like animals, but I couldn't deal with treating them. And even though I do like animals, there's certain animals I can't cope with, I hate unclean animals, so I guess it's a good thing I didn't stay with that idea.
At the age of 11 I was introduced to a wonderful thing known as 'Phantom of the Opera'. Which I still enjoy to this day. At 11, I was serious that I wanted to get into performing and that I wanted to someday go to the West End and play 'Christine Daae'. I can see why I wanted to do that back then, but now, I wouldn't even consider it.
When I hit my teens [13ish] I was sure I wanted to go into fashion. My Aunts had me hooked on fashion from when I was a little girl. I had it in my head that I was eventually going to take over as Editor in harper's bazaar editor in Chief of Vogue or Harper's Bazaar, blame the Aunts I tell you!
But half way through being 13 I decided I wanted to do Law, a decision I've stuck with too this day. It actually came about by accident, I joked that I would need a high paying job to afford a luxury lifestyle, and someone suggested going into Law. Funny enough, I didn't think about it again until a few months later we were asked to fill out a questionnaire that would give us job suggestions, guess what I got. Law and Enterprising! I now inspire to work in Criminal Law, mainly in Europe though this may change in the future, though I also hope to play a key part in my father's company as soon as I finish all my studies or as soon as he's confident enough to let me show him up at the office!