À l’échelle humaine: What Did You Want to be When You Grew Up?

2016-2017 Issue 1

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When we’re young we all have a vision of what we’ll do when we grow up. Some of us had big dreams, with aspiriations of being astronauts, ballerinas or hockey players.. But how many of us actually go on to achieve our dream careers?

The answer appears to be about one in five, according to a study conducted by Trade Schools, Colleges and Universities, an online career training resource. It found that 22 per cent of the 2,000 people surveyed were performing the jobs they aspired to as kids, with 90 per cent of that cohort reporting high levels of job satisfaction.

But the important caveat to this is that those who achieved the career they always wanted aspired to down-to-earth industries; namely education, information technology, health care, professional services and government. Jobs in those industries scored the highest levels of satisfaction, according to the study.

For the rest of us, the fact that we have not acheived our dream job does not mean that we’ve stopped dreaming. We all want a job that provides satisfaction, allows us to express ourselves, and lets us grow – both personally and professionally.

The corporate manager may be spending their downtime launching their own business. Meanwhile, their employee is using their social media skills to amass a loyal following online, while another’s recent travels inspired them to learn a second language.

That’s where continuing education can help; while it presents an opportunity to advance in your current career, it’s also a chance to develop your personal areas of interest.

So for aspiring entrepreneurs, a part-time program in entrepreneurship can help them build a business plan. The person who enjoys being active on social media could acquire the skills to become a full-fledged community manager, and those who are learning a second language will find that it can open new doors both personally and professionally.

Many learners may simply wish to reconnect with the pleasure of discovering new things and tap into the facets of themselves that have been lying dormant. At the same time they may just happen upon something to make them as satisfied as those who are working in their dream careers.

So let’s salute those dreams we had when we were small – and make sure not to forget the ones we still have now.

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