How to answer: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

The question “what do you want to be when you grow up” sends shivers down the spine of all senior high school students, as well as many, many adults! It is an important question and to answer it I think there are four things you need to do. 1) Really, really research your prospective career paths. This is particularly important if the jobs you are considering require courses (tafe, university etc.) which cost a lot of money and consume a lot of time. The type of questions you need to answer include; is there multiple job opportunities where you live (if you are not willing to travel), what do you actually have to do to get a job (for example to be a clinical psychologist in Australia you must complete a three year undergraduate degree, one honours year, two years of a masters degree + two years supervision- that is eight years of hard work and competition that many people are not aware of!), are there particular aspects of the job that will clash with your personality (for example academia research can be extremely critical, and if you are a person does not handle criticism well, that is something you would need to consider) and also what type of lifestyle does the job entail?… which leads me to my second point. 2) It is important to consider the type of lifestyle that you want. What I mean by this is your career has […]

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