What I Want to be When I Grow Up

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Abstract My career choices have changed through the years from mother and housewife through architect, accountant, or teacher, finally I have arrived at a computer career. The following is an idea of the path I have followed. What I want to be When I Grow Up Coming to the point of my current career choice has been a long road. My idea of what a career is or should be has changed with circumstances and age. According to Weintraub (2005), “the average worker spends only four years in a job and will have 12 jobs in as many as five career fields during his or her working life.” (para. 1) My first career was marriage and motherhood followed by a surprising healthcare career. What the future holds waits to be seen. With a bachelor of science degree in information technology the options are wide open. Childhood Career Choices Most children seem to have ideas of what they would like to be when they grow up. The average person walking into any kindergarten class today would find future teachers, lawyers, doctors, nurses, astronauts, firefighters, and ballerinas; the list is endless. I never had the chance to even dream about what I wanted to be when I grew up and was given little chance to develop my own tastes and ideas towards this goal. I spent my childhood trying to be the good example to my younger brother and sister that my father demanded in his letters. All the while I was hoping and praying that my mother and father would get back together. The only thing I knew was being a mom and that is what I thought I wanted to be. Adolescent Career Choices In high school my ideal career seemed to change from day-to-day. I tried working at a fast food restaurant, and ice cream parlor, a day care, but none of these led to any career decisions. I wanted to join the military so I took the ASVAB but I was not confident enough in my ability to make it through basic training so I gave up the idea. I wanted to be an architect so I applied for admission to the CAD program at ITT Technical Institute and was accepted. I was scheduled to start classes on June 12, 1989, but deep down what I truly wanted was to a wife and mother and the idea of getting out of Rantoul, Illinois did not hurt either. My unspoken desire came to the fore when I met my future husband in January of 1989. We were married on June 10, 1989, four days after my high school graduation and two days before I w... ... middle of paper ... ...ke the road less traveled by. Summary In summary, throughout my life many career choices have crossed my mind. I have tried being a stay-at-home mom and a hospital employee. I am working on trying computers. The path I chose in computers is yet to be decided but the opportunities are vast. My current path leaves me many opportunities in healthcare and computers but the possibilities do not stop there. With further education I could still do anything. References Bureau of Labor Statistics (2004-2005). Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved on May 15, 2005, from http://www.bls.gov/search/ooh.asp?qu=computers&ct=OOH. Frost, R. (1920). The road not taken. Mountain Interval. Retrieved on May 22, 2005, from http://www.bartleby.com/119/1.html Orr, T. (2004). I can go anywhere. But where do I start? What's the best clue for finding your direction in life? That would be you. Career World. Retrieved on May 15, 2005 from http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0HUV/is_1_33/ai_n6174056. Weintraub, M. (2005). Commentary: Three ways to survive today’s job-change pace. The Daily Record. Retrieved on May 22, 2005 http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4181/is_200503/ai_n13461914.

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