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What I Want To Be

Monday, June 17, 2013

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?