When I Grow Up I Want To Be…

February 5th 2018  By: Nikki Vivian



When you’ve been in a job for a long time, or for that matter, out of one for a long time, it’s easy to lose sight of what really drives you. It’s hard to see past what you’re doing (or not doing) and that’s why it’s so easy for us to get stuck.

One thing I have found that really works to take you back to basics and rediscover what you really love again, is to think back to when you were a child. What did you love as a child? What did you want to be when you grew up?

Answer these questions and see whether you still feel this way. Often, thinking back to a time when we did what we loved with no pressure to conform or without any worries about what we should be doing, reveals our true passions.

If you’re feeling a bit lost about where you’re going, or you have this amazing opportunity after having a career break to get back out there and do something new, but you’re not sure what that is, please have a quick go at this exercise.



Sit somewhere quiet and take a moment to clear your mind.


Now think back to when you were a child, about 8 years old. You’re really happy, what are you doing?



How does doing this activity make you feel?



Now imagine a few years have past- what is your favourite subject in school? If school isn’t enjoyable for you, what do you prefer to do instead?



What is it you like about that?



Hopefully, taking the time to do this and really thinking deeply about these questions will provide you with some answers that will help you. It’s so easy as adults to dismiss things as impractical or silly, but when we are children we don’t care about the why, we just do what we want and what we love. We can really learn from our childhood selves.

When I was a child, I wanted to be an author. I loved writing stories and I wanted to write a book. As I got older, this got lost because being an author wasn’t exactly a career choice, so I dismissed it. Years on and writing is still one of my biggest loves and even though I’m hardly an author, I’ve had my work published in lots of places and as well as running Kids to Career, I work as a Copywriter.

I’ve written as a side-line for many years but still, it was only last year that I realised I could actually make a living out of the thing I love. I may not be churning out books, but writing plays a huge part in all my work, even with Kids to Career, through writing blogs and courses, so I’ve managed to find a career path that incorporates what I love.

Don’t dismiss something because it isn’t a career in itself. It can give you massive clues about things you could be doing that in part, incorporate your greater passions.


I’d love to hear your answers to the questions above. Feel free to email me or put them in the comments.




  1. Joan February 6, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    When I was 8 I loved writing, and I said I was going to write books when I grew up. I would sit for hours in my room writing in my journal, or writing “books”, and I was so absorbed and happy. All through school, writing was my favorite subject. I loved being creative, and I was always kind of shy, but I could express myself well in writing. It’s so funny how free I felt as a child, to make my life whatever I wanted it to be. And then as soon as I got old enough to make my own decisions, I started holding myself back!

    • NikkiVivian February 15, 2018 at 11:15 am

      Exactly! We can learn so much from children because they do what they love and they don’t think about whether it’s a good future move, they do it because it makes them happy.

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