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What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

Updated: Jan 12

Grace Pountney, Editor-in-Chief at Grace Writes

Written & Edited by: Grace Pountney (Editor-in-Chief)

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From the minute we skip through the playground gates, as tiny human beings, we are asked 'What do you want to be when you grow up?'.

When I was in school I wanted to be a teacher, then a vet, then a doctor, then a any 'traditional' or typically 'positively-viewed' profession (I use quotation marks here intensely because why should others judge any career and what determines whether a career is good or bad?), I wanted to pursue it at some point.

I decided I didn't want to go into law after the first year of A Levels (it's safe to say that despite my love for writing and OCD for spelling and grammar, I ultimately had a love for science, not legal documents).

I changed my mind again in the first year of Sixth Form

I decided to apply to study a life sciences degree at university, in exchange for physical geography (topics and elements of which I still love to do this day, especially tectonics; you can't admit volcanoes aren't cool).

At the start of my life sciences degree, I thought my only job options when I graduated were scientist or teacher, or something non-science based.

Grace Pountney successfully completed her placement year at IPG Health

Yet, here I am today in my final few months of my BSc Microbiology (with Industrial Placement) degree, following a year in industry doing life sciences consultancy (a career I had never heard of before I started applying for placements) with an incredibly increased awareness of the career choices out there!

I'm lucky to be in my dream role as a Medical Content Writer at an amazing company called Little Journey. In the future, I'd love to go on TV and explore science and health more, in a documentary, for example.

It's okay to have no idea what you want to do.

It's okay if you don't know what you want to do with your career (and with your life for that matter).

I'll bet most people, even 30 years into work, are still not 100% sure!

We're lucky in this day-and-age that moving laterally between roles or changing careers or industries is something more of the norm. We no longer have to spend our whole working lives in the career we chose as soon as we came out of school or university.

"As time moves, people change, and so can their careers."

It's okay to want to switch jobs or have a complete career change, just as we switch GCSEs or A-Level subjects in school, or modules or courses at university.

"You should never feel you can't take a new path"

Just because you don't know what specific job or career you want, that doesn't mean there aren't things you can be doing to improve yourself and your employability skills.

Look out for the next issue to find out more about employability skills!


Instead of asking yourself 'What do you I want to do?', ask yourself,

'WHO do I want to be?'


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What's the best way to work out what you want do?

Get out there and try things! Volunteer, take up a part-time role at university, do a summer internship or placement year, or create your own personal project.

By trying different things you'll work out what you enjoy and have an interest in, as well as what you don't like! Work experience isn't just about adding something to your CV to impress your next potential employer with. It's about using it to help you determine your future goals and what you want to do when you grow up!


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