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What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

You don’t need to know right now—in fact, you shouldn’t know.

What do you want to be when you grow up? You’ve probably been asked that a million times in your life. Some adult sees you on the computer or drawing a car and suddenly they think you need to be a programmer or car designer. But you don’t need to know right now! Here are some answers you can give when someone asks you a question you don’t need an answer for yet and some ways to start thinking about what you might want to do. There are a lot of options!

The answers

You’re still a kid. You don’t know about every opportunity out there. Knowing what you want to do isn’t necessary. If you do know, awesome. If not, here are a few things you can say to answer the awkward questions.

  • I don’t know, I am still learning what there is to do.chair
  • I am focused on being a kid and enjoying school.
  • I don’t know.

Whatever you say is a perfectly valid answer. You don’t need to define yourself by a job. Especially if it’s a job you don’t have and are years away from even possibly having.

If you do know what you want to do for work when you’re older, awesome. Keep reading to learn how you can find out about careers you might be interested in.

What to ask instead

What kind of person do you want to become? Who you are isn’t defined by what you do to make money. Who you are in or out of a job is much more important than what you do for work. Being great at your job is important. Being a good person all around is more important. Not all the people in your life are going to be from wor; in fact, the most important ones are not. Be the person those people need.

What makes you happy? Hopefully, you will find joy and fulfillment in whatever jobs you have. But jobs are temporary. Even if you work in the same one for your entire career, you’ll eventually retire.

You’re still young

That’s the whole point here. You’re young. There is plenty of time to figure out what you want to do. And then when you do figure it out, you have plenty of time to change your mind.

The average person changes jobs every four or five years and changes their whole career five or six times during their life. So if you’re worried about not knowing what you want to do for work, or someone is worried for you, relax, show them the data. You’re going to change your mind and that is perfectly okay.


For now, focus on learning iIn school and out of school. If you’re curious about something, don’t be afraid to ask. If you want to learn to blow glass, find a place and learn. Learn how to build a budget, learn the steps it takes to apply for a loan. Learn everything you can about whatever you want to learn about.

The more you know now, the better you’ll be able to focus and find out what you really want to do for a career, or at least your first career.


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