When my daughter graduated from pre-school two years ago they had a special celebration during which all of the kids were asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
Lots of kids wanted to be vets, astronauts and superheros, princesses, builders, typical four-year-old stuff. Some wanted to work with their parents which was cute.
Then came my daughter’s turn.
“Caterina, what would you like to be when you grow up?”
“Everything,”she shouted out. Hmmm, I can see her future school report cards:
Bright, but lacks focus…
Three-quarters of respondents to a Learning and Work Institute poll say they still haven't given up on achieving their childhood dreams. Most say they are being held back by self-doubt and a perceived lack of qualifications.
Sometimes you get side-tracked by what is a really good career, it's just not what you wanted to end up doing.
There are steps you can take to achieve your childhood dream, to overcome the self-doubt:
- Speak to those working in the industry you want to be in;
- Enroll in a course to gain qualifications;
- Start doing it as a hobby until you can afford to try it out full time;
- Look for jobs in the same industry and work your way up.
Age doesn't have to be a barrier.
Melissa McCarthy didn't achieve movie success until she was 41 in the movie Bridesmaids.