• Question: what was your dream job as a child

    Asked by kira1998 to Jo, Loren, Sam, Toby on 25 Jun 2014.
    • Photo: Jo Nettleship

      Jo Nettleship answered on 25 Jun 2014:

      Hi kira1998,
      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!

    • Photo: Tobias Warnecke

      Tobias Warnecke answered on 25 Jun 2014:


      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…

    • Photo: Loren Macdonald

      Loren Macdonald answered on 25 Jun 2014:

      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.

    • Photo: Sam Lear

      Sam Lear answered on 25 Jun 2014:

      I think for me it was either a musician or a chemist, so as you can imagine I’m pretty happy to be doing science!