• Question: What were your career goals as a child?

    Asked by jeevan to Ceri, Arttu, James_M, Monica, Philip on 23 Jun 2011. This question was also asked by ahmed, swlingi123, p336, sajidaazeez, ishy05.
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      Philip Dolan answered on 20 Jun 2011:

      I had no clear career goals. I didn’t even know what I wanted to do after I finished my undergraduate degree. More often than not I think people don’t know exactly what they want to get out of a career, even very late on in their lives. So don’t worry too much if you don’t know either. If you do that’s great too though.

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      James M Monk answered on 20 Jun 2011:

      Yes, I’m not sure it’s healthy for children to have career goals! Children should have better things to think about than worrying about a career.

      To be honest, I still don’t have an exact life-plan – it’s more of a journey than a destination, I think.

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      Arttu Rajantie answered on 23 Jun 2011:

      As I child I knew I wanted to be a scientist, but I did not really know what kinds of career scientists could have, so therefore I did not really have any clear goals. As the others have said, it is probably best not to try to plan too much, but rather do what you are interested in.