Childhood Career Dreams

Remember when you were a kid?

The world was a canvas waiting to be painted with your imagination.

Every day was an adventure and even the simplest things held a magical allure.

You could play freely and the pursuit of joy was an unwavering quest.

Back then, the weight of responsibility had not yet made its presence known.

Society had not placed its pressures onto you yet.

I do miss those times of whimsical dreams and endless creativity.

So today, I invite you to travel back in time to meet 7-year-old Amber.

My Childhood Career Dreams

This is one of my earliest memories thinking about careers and the future.

I was seven years old and in Grade 2.

My teacher got us to think about our dream careers.

There were 3 careers I wished for as a seven year old.

  • Doctor – a practical choice since I knew my own Family Doctor helped me during my visits.
  • Writer – for my love of reading and writing my own books.
  • Figure Skater – because I thought it was so cool to watch Olympic figure skaters do spins and turns.

I had my friend next to me, looking over at my list.

He exclaims: “You can’t be a doctor! Your writing is too neat.” 🤣

It’s kind of interesting how we start developing these narratives at such a young age.

My teacher comes to the rescue, looking at my list.

“Amber, you can be a doctor that writes!”

I wish (at the time) I knew how progressive this teacher was – to not limit me to one thing – and really encourage me to think about how I could achieve all my dreams.

Alas, I went through the school system and societal conditioning did its thing.

Figure skater dropped from my list because I didn’t really like skating enough to go to lessons anymore.

Doctor dropped from my list in Grade 10, when I realized I would have to learn chemistry and deal with blood, and it just wasn’t for me.

Writer dropped from my list because I didn’t know how to make it into a viable career.

Instead, more ‘realistic’ career options were offered to me, like accounting or computer science.

Honestly, I wasn’t that great at either so that’s why I ended up in Human Resources.

Not to discredit my HR career (because I think I kind of was good at it) but as we all know, that wasn’t really for me either.

But when I look back at the careers I chose when I was seven years old, I can now see the meaning behind them now.

Why did I want to do each of these jobs?

  • Doctor – I wanted to help and heal people.
  • Writer – I wanted to tell stories and express myself.
  • Figure Skater – I wanted to create beautiful art.

And that takes me to today.

🌻 I get to help and heal people by supporting them with creating the lives they want to live.

🌻 I get to tell my stories and express myself through writing this email newsletter.

🌻 I get to create beautiful art through my tools, resources and content.

The lesson I want to impart on you today is to look back and reflect on those childhood dreams of yours.

As a child, you are your truest essence (before society molded you).

And that can tell you a lot about your true self.

Your Quote of the Week

“Living a satisfying life requires more than simply meeting the demands of those in control. Yet in our offices and our classrooms we have way too much compliance and way too little engagement. The former might get you through the day, but the latter will get you through the night.”

~ Daniel H. Pink, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Your Reflection Question

What was your dream career(s) as a kid? What’s the underlying meaning of why you wanted to do this job?

Think about it 💭, journal ✏️, share it with a friend 🧑‍🤝‍🧑.

If you would like, you are welcome to share your reflection with me and I am also happy to hold space for your thoughts.

(And honestly, I really want to hear about this one if you’re willing to share!)

Thank you for taking the time to read this weekly email and prioritize your career happiness.

If you’re looking to make changes in your career and would like my support and guidance, you can book a complimentary Career Chat with me. 

See you next week!

Take care,

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