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Monday, June 17, 2013

What I Want To Be


I’ve always loved to ask kids what they want to be when they grow up. I love their funny answers like “a gorilla” or “Superman.” Maybe I keep asking the question because I never decided what I wanted to be when I grew up!

When I was very little I said I wanted to be a doctor and an artist because my childhood pediatrician was a doctor (obviously) and also painted. However, I soon realized that I had no fine art talent and also had no interest in the things I would have had to learn to become a doctor.


In our sixth grade yearbook, under our photos was written what we wanted to become. Mine said “author.” And if you ask me today, I would not say I want to author a book, but I still want to be a writer. Writing short articles and expressing myself is my favorite thing – hence this blog! However, it took quite some time to get here. I have held a variety of jobs in my life and I thought I would share them all today!

1. Babysitter. Just like most every young girl (or guy) out there, my first job was babysitting.

2. Pouring paint at a ceramics party place. I made $5 per party in cash.

3. Camp counselor. My first summer working I made $300. It worked out to something like less than a dollar an hour. I was a counselor for 2 summers and then I was a counselor for the travel camp.

4. Office help and tutoring at my Hebrew School.

5. Borders Bookstore. I worked there for a few summers and breaks.

It didn’t really look like this. [source]

6. Internship in the Communication Department at the Jewish Federation.

7. Afterschool program at the Y.

8. College bookstore – I worked in the medical book section.

9. Office help at the Honors Program at my school.

10. Various temp jobs. The one that stands out was where I had to call doctors offices all day long trying to get the doctors to sign up for continuing education classes.

11. Department of Students with Disabilities – I took notes in classes for kids who couldn’t write, etc.

12. Receptionist at an insurance agency.


13. Internship at Jewish Community Center.

14. Assistant Director of Camp.

15. Internship at Jewish Family Service.

16. Social Worker / Clinician with Therapeutic Foster Care.

17. Maternity leave replacement School Counselor at school for kids with disabilities.

18. School Counselor at school for kids with behavior issues.


19. School Social Worker at school for kids with disabilities.

20. Stay at home mom.

Ha! I added that #20 because it was making me frustrated that I’d held only 19 jobs in my lifetime! OK, that’s a lot. How many different jobs have you had? And what do you want to be when you grow up?


Jennifer said...

I wanted to be a teacher, a rockette and mom when I was a kid.
Good thing I achieved one of those things finally!
My list of jobs would be:
McDonald's - was there a month.
Pergament(like Home Depot)--customer service desk..oh joy.
deli cashier
receptionist for locksmith
B.Dalton book store...loved it.
receptionist at real estate appraisal but boss' were crazy.
admin asst for electric co.'s boring as heck here! I hate it.

Janine Huldie said...

I wanted to be a teacher (got to do that), an actress, a fashion designer, an artist (not sure what I was thinking) and a writer (doing that now). Loved hearing all you wanted to do and have done. And I too would have been frustrated if I could have only come up with #19 and your #20 definitely qualifies and then some!! :)

Leslie @ Violet Imperfection said...

I've had a lot of jobs myself but I might save them for a post because i love yours. I'm a total blog copycat.

My first job was at a store that only scold socks. Ha!

Lindsay said...

I always said I wanted to be an author when I was little! It's what I said in my kindergarten yearbook, and also my senior year (from highschool) yearbook! I had a book published when I was a junior in high school and though it is my greatest honor, even to this day when it's out of print and a little embarrassing, I thought I was livin' the dream! Even though I went to college for creative writing, I somewhere along the lines stopped wanting to be an author. Much like you mentioned, I just wanted to write -- not so much author books. Hence my blog, too. I never thought it would fill that void or desire to write, but it strangely has!

Funny you worked at Borders! I worked at Barnes & Noble throughout college. It was a tiny mall store in a very conservative "nowhere" town outside of Orlando where I had to explain to people on the regular what "Hanukkah" was and promise I wasn't making it up and had to drive home to celebrate it with my family. It wasn't as fun as I always thought working in a bookstore was! ;)

Kera @ Nugget On A Budget said...

Wow, that IS a lot of jobs! It's funny that you mentioned you never quite knew what you wanted to be when you grew up. I didn't, either. My mind changed all the time. Some "jobs" I recall wanting to do {and most of them I now would never want to do!} a missionary, a journalist, an architect, a historian, an Egyptologist {lol I know, really?}, an interior designer. What did I become? An accountant! And now a SAHM.

I think now, if I could be anything, I'd choose a vet tech or a writer. But I like my current job of mommy :)

Raising Reagan said...

Wow ... you are a Jill of all trades! And that is great that you have had all that experience so you can teach your kiddos about it!
And I love that you added #20 ... hardest job ever so it should be on the list anyway! xoxo

(¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

Rachel said...

You remind me, when we were little, one of my sisters said she wanted to be a garage when she grew up, another one said she wanted to be a baby when she grew up. :P
You certainly have had a LOT of jobs in your lifetime. I should try to collect all of mine and see how many I've had. Not nearly as many, I know.

Tamar SB said...

Wow! You've done so many amazing things!!! I'd love to hear more about your time as a counselor!

Holly Higgins said...

I've held 10 jobs if you don't count college work study or my graduate assistantship, ranging from retail, retail management, call center customer service, Girl Scout camp counselor, museum guest service, bank teller and finally architectural historian.