As I child I didn’t know what I wanted to do. At junior school I used to say nurse because lots of the other girls did (poor excuse!) As I went towards doing GCSEs and A levels, I picked the subjects I liked but still didn’t know. Only when I was at university did I know I wanted to do research. Sorry that I didn’t have a dream job as a child! But it shows you don’t need to worry too much if you don’t know what you want to do.
PS I’m interested in what the others say and if they had a dream job as a child!
at one point I wanted to be an ornithologist, but then I realized that watching birds outside requires lots of waiting around (and sometimes getting soaked in the rain) – so I gave that up quite quickly…
As a young child, I wanted to be an author because I enjoyed writing but I decided I couldn’t write a whole book- it’s just too long!
When I was about 12, I wanted to be a doctor- specifically a pathologist- which is a bit of a weird dream for a child to have. I even applied for medicine along with Genetics. I then ended up doing Genetics and thought about going for medicine when I finished, but I decided I liked what I was doing and so I decided to go on to do a PhD instead- and I think that was definitely the right decision. I think I’m much better as a scientist than I would have been as a doctor.