When I was little I went through a lot of, ‘when I grow up I want to be…’ moments. Almost each year I had a different future career; I guess even as a kid I was hella indecisive. I’m obviously going to share the jobs I wanted when I was younger, but nothing will ever beat my younger brother, at the age of 4, announcing that he’d be a princess when he was big. To be fair, he’d make a lovely prin; although a crown would look better on me. And Sarah means Princess, so…!


In no particular order, these are the ‘careers’ (and I use that term very loosely as some of these are not jobs) I wanted at some point during my younger years.

  • Binman – I was very young and wanted to drive around collecting rubbish – I have a strange feeling this was linked to my Mum who has always been a clean freak. I was also very specific that I wanted to be a binMAN, I’m not too sure why, but I grew out of this fairly quickly.
  • Vet – Well, I loved animals and wanted to work with them every single day, what could be better? I remember my dreams being shattered when I mentioned it in primary school and a horrible child told me I’d have to ‘kill sick animals’, so that was that job no more.
  • Pirate – My little self wasn’t aware that pirate wasn’t a job, but I knew I wanted to be on a boat all the time and it seemed like the best option. I also quite liked the idea of having a parrot sitting on my shoulder.
  • Teacher – I went through a phase of wanting to be a high school teacher, then a primary teacher, and when I left school I studied childcare. The teacher thing never really left, and if my health wasn’t so unpredictable I think it’s what I’d be doing. I went to university and got my Masters, hoping to do a PhD, and then to lecture – but chronic pain is a bitch.
  • Lawyer – I’m pretty sure I just wanted to say ‘objection.’
  • Forensic scientist – CSI is to blame for this, I was obsessed and thought it’d be really interesting.
  • Working in a prison – I didn’t care what my role was, I just really wanted to work in a prison. At one point, I wanted to teach prisoners – I guess my fascination with crime was emerging.
  • Writer – Throughout my life, I’ve always gone back to wanting to be a writer. I want to write a book. I want to produce an anthology of poetry. I want to be a journalist. Writing is what I think I do best and if I could make a career of it, it’d be amazing. Book in progress FYI.
  • Actor – This is another career I’ve wanted at random stages of my life, and I hope to still make it a reality. I love to act, and we need more disabled people on telly, so who knows!?
What did you want to be as a child?

8 Comments

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    It's funny how similar this is to my own list! Writer/author has been there forever though and it still is now – one day… one day… x

  2. Reply

    It's funny how similar this is to my own list! Writer/author has been there forever though and it still is now – one day… one day… x

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    Great post 🙂 Reading it got me thinking about all the random jobs I wanted to do when I was a kid 😀 I also wanted to be a vet and like you, when I discovered that it would mean putting animals to sleep, I changed my mind 🙁 It would be amazing to be a forensic scientist! I was always interested in criminology and watching Criminal Minds made me really want to work on murder cases as a criminal psychologist 🙂

    When I was little, I wanted to be too many things so it would take me ages to list them all 😀 Some of my childhood dream jobs included being a cat or dog (I literally wanted to be an animal!), a child psychologist, an author, a model, an illustrator for children's books and an archaeologist.

    PS- I think it's fabulous that your brother wanted to be a princess when he grew up!

    Sarah | Raiin Monkey

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    Great post 🙂 Reading it got me thinking about all the random jobs I wanted to do when I was a kid 😀 I also wanted to be a vet and like you, when I discovered that it would mean putting animals to sleep, I changed my mind 🙁 It would be amazing to be a forensic scientist! I was always interested in criminology and watching Criminal Minds made me really want to work on murder cases as a criminal psychologist 🙂

    When I was little, I wanted to be too many things so it would take me ages to list them all 😀 Some of my childhood dream jobs included being a cat or dog (I literally wanted to be an animal!), a child psychologist, an author, a model, an illustrator for children's books and an archaeologist.

    PS- I think it's fabulous that your brother wanted to be a princess when he grew up!

    Sarah | Raiin Monkey

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