The photo above is of a journal I had in elementary school, in which I said my favorite subject was citizenship (social studies) and that I wanted to be teacher. I also wanted to be, at some point in my K-12 years: a ballerina, ice skater, author, independent coffeeshop owner, psychologist, lawyer, filmmaker, and journalist. Teaching was the career I kept returning to. As a result…I am currently finishing up my bachelor’s degree in education : )
I think a person’s career/career goals say a lot about what they enjoy and what they care about, which is probably why teachers often ask students what they want to do when they grow up. If you haven’t guessed it yet, I have another set of elementary kids’ opinions for you today! The following answers were responses to the question what do you think you would like to do for a living when you grow up?
- “When I grow up I want to be a psychologist and report the weather so I can warn people when bad weather is coming.”
- “When I grow up I want to be a police officer because they can speed and they have cars with hidden sirens for the undercover police officers.”
- ”I think I would like to be a professional athlete when I grow up because I would be able to raise money to donate to charity.”
- “What I will do for a living is I will make the world a better place.”
- “When I grow up I will be a lawyer because I like to help people and you get a lot of money.”
- “When I grow up I want to be a teacher because I want kids to be extra smart.”
- “I think what I will be doing for a living is I will be a teacher because I love to teach. (That is why I always grade myself. I am getting ready to be a teacher.)”
- “When I grow up I want to become a history teacher because I love history.”
- “When I grow up I would like to be a nurse. I would like to be a nurse because I like to help people when they get sick or hurt.”
- ”When I grow up I want to be in the NFL because it is fun and I can learn more about football.”
- “What I would like to do for a living when I grow up is to become a policeman because I can be helpful, solve problems, and help people figure things out.”
Aren’t the students’ responses inspiring? They just fuel my desire to be teacher and help students reach their goals.
What did you want to do as a career when you were in elementary school? How does it compare to your career goals now?