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What Did You Want To Be When You Grew Up?  
User currently offlinePs76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2613 times:

Hi!

Apologies for another thread but just thought I'd ask people who are older what they wanted to be when they grew up when they were young. Did your dreams come true? I had two dreams when I was a teenager. One was to be an engineer living in San Francisco or San Jose with a wife and kids like my cousin. The other was to be a film music composer as I'm really into film music. I worked in film music for a bit and have an engineering degree but I never really achieved either. I'm a bit like my brother in that we have wild dreams but not as wild as my bro. He was obsessed with becoming a fighter pilot like Tom Cruise in Top Gun. He's now a cleaner in a gym but I'm still proud of him.

Many thanks,

Pierre

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User currently offlinetz757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2868 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2606 times:

A Pilot of some sorts


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User currently offlinedarthluke12694 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2600 times:

My dream was to be an airline pilot, but I decided not to do it because of the salary, working conditions, etc. So now I'm currently in college studying to be a meteorologist, and hopefully that "dream" comes true.

User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2583 times:

I did want to be a school principal.


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User currently offlineeinsteinboricua From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2010, 3104 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2580 times:

I wanted to be a pilot, but unfortunately it's too expensive, so I'm pursuing my second passion which is meteorology, although it's a minor and my major is computer engineering. I expect to continue graduate studies in meteorology however.

Quoting darthluke12694 (Reply 2):
So now I'm currently in college studying to be a meteorologist, and hopefully that "dream" comes true.

Surprise surprise...where are you studying and what level (undergrad? grad?)?



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User currently offlineDeltaMD90 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 7914 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2579 times:

An airline pilot... in pilot training in the Navy now. 10 or so years then I will hopefully be hired by an airline (hopefully Delta!)


Ironically I have never flown a Delta MD-90 :)
User currently offlinedarthluke12694 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2558 times:

Quoting einsteinboricua (Reply 4):
Surprise surprise...where are you studying and what level (undergrad? grad?)?

I'm an undergraduate student and I go to Westen Kentucky University. I also plan on furthering my education in meteorology and get my masters degree once I get my bachelors degree. I don't currently have a minor, but I'm thinking about minoring in leadership studies.

[Edited 2012-06-29 19:49:13]

User currently offlineCadet985 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1555 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2536 times:

I wanted to be a soldier. That dream was killed by an injury when I was 17. Then I wanted to be a pilot. That dream was killed when I found out the costs. So I went to school for journalism. That dream has been dead since I've sent out 2000 resumes with no response. I'm trying to figure out what to do with my life. I'm 26.

Marc


User currently offlineDeltaMD90 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 7914 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2528 times:

Quoting Cadet985 (Reply 7):

I wanted to be a soldier. That dream was killed by an injury when I was 17. Then I wanted to be a pilot. That dream was killed when I found out the costs.

I feel for you... I loved my short time in the Army and am now in aviation... I take it the injury you got prevents you from all branches of the military?  



Ironically I have never flown a Delta MD-90 :)
User currently offlinekiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8565 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2523 times:
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I wanted to be happy..... and although I haven't quite grown up yet (after all, I'm only 48) I am pleased to report that I am indeed happy ... some childhood dreams do come true 


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User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8278 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2513 times:

My original thoughts were to be a doctor - when I was young (elementary school) I was impressed with how they could help others and wanted to do that.

Then the reality of medicine hit me - a mountain of "stuff" to memorize and I don't have that great a memory.

Closest I got was my only (provisional) patent was in the medical field.


User currently offlineCadet985 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1555 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2513 times:

Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 8):
I feel for you... I loved my short time in the Army and am now in aviation... I take it the injury you got prevents you from all branches of the military?

Yeah. I have a bunch of other conditions that I had waivers for, but when lingering leg and lower back pain was diagnosed as 3 herniated discs, no branch of the military would take me.

Marc


User currently offlinezrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3171 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2494 times:

A progressive rabbi! After 4 years undergrad and 5 years in rabbinical school, I was ordained in 1997.


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User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2469 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2481 times:

I didnt know what it was called, but I am doing what I always wanted to do - send cargo all round the world by truck, planes and ships. Its fascinating, but some (most...) days I wonder there was a better way to make a living!


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User currently offlineFlyboyOz From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 1986 posts, RR: 25
Reply 14, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2450 times:

a pilot... but cos of my eyesight problems  


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User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2409 posts, RR: 24
Reply 15, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2444 times:

I wanted to be an airline pilot.. And now I am indeed an airline pilot flying the A32X series based in Ukraine. I am considering a two year contract in South East Asia, but right now I am studying at university as well and I really want to get at least a bachelors degree as well.

User currently offlineMax Q From United States of America, joined May 2001, 4525 posts, RR: 18
Reply 16, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2439 times:

Professional Motocross rider, Rock Star, Commercial Diver, Policeman and a few others.



Then I took my first introductory flight at 16 years old and I knew all I wanted to do was be an Airline Pilot.



Six years later I was one.



I would do the same thing again, no regrets.



The best contribution to safety is a competent Pilot.
User currently offlinevc10 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1411 posts, RR: 15
Reply 17, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2407 times:

I always wanted to be a merchant ships's Deck Officer and as a teenager I actually got an offer of a cadet officer, but my mother refused to sign the consent forms in the end. She was not going to allow her baby boy to be taken overseas by rough old seamen.

My next big interest was aeroplanes and so I stayed on at school so as to get an Apprenticeship in airline engineering and a few years after completing this apprenticeship became a F/E for the rest of my career. I often thank my mother for not signing those forms as I really did enjoy my life as a F/E.

With that said I still look fondly at cargo ships and I am driving "her in doors" mad as I keep suggesting we go on a cargo ship cruise.


User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12562 posts, RR: 25
Reply 18, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2370 times:

As a youngster, I wanted to fly a helicopter. I just loved the idea of being able to hover. I literally had dreams of me hovering over my neighborhood, looking down at everything going on. I had found a book at the local library that explained the rudiments of flying a helicopter, and after reading that, I had this recurring dream where I'd find a helicopter sitting idling in a field, I'd run up to it, and know exactly how to fly away in it.

Like many here, the dream never became a reality due to poor eyesight. I was in high school as Vietnam was ending so there was a huge surplus of helicopter pilots, so there also was next to no opportunities.

The closest I came to that dream was via becoming a glider pilot. If the wind conditions are right, you can point the nose of your glider into the wind and just hover. It's a fabulous experience because it's so quiet.

Luckily for me, I fell in with a bunch of ham radio types, and that built my interest in electronics. I went off to college to become an electrical engineer. I did get my degree in that, but along the way I found my interest in computer science. I never really became that comfortable with electrical engineering, and was told I'd probably need to go to grad school to get where I wanted to go, yet I already felt computer science was quite interesting and quite rewarding, and it still is today, many moons later.



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User currently offlineDeltaMD90 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 7914 posts, RR: 51
Reply 19, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2330 times:

Quoting Cadet985 (Reply 11):
Yeah. I have a bunch of other conditions that I had waivers for, but when lingering leg and lower back pain was diagnosed as 3 herniated discs, no branch of the military would take me.

I feel for you... I have a few good friends that were medically disqualified. Also, my sister is one of the smartest people I know but has a journalism degree and was let go from her job   I'd keep looking when the economy bounces back... there are still some very reputable magazines that may start hiring, or even a news network... good luck



Ironically I have never flown a Delta MD-90 :)
User currently offlinejetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2798 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2321 times:
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When I was young my father had owned a moving company. I remember looking at all his trucks and thinking that being the boss was the coolest job in the world (after all my dad was the boss!). I wanted to do that until I was bout 8 years old and I went to visit my mom's boyfriend (now husband) for the first time. The NW pilots brought me into the cockpit and were making some alarms go off and I just fell in love. So here I am 11 years later in flight school to become a pilot!
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User currently offlineScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 56
Reply 21, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2300 times:

Quoting kiwiandrew (Reply 9):
I wanted to be happy..... and although I haven't quite grown up yet (after all, I'm only 48) I am pleased to report that I am indeed happy ... some childhood dreams do come true

What a wonderful way of looking at life!!

Not surprisingly for someone on here, I also wanted to be an airline pilot. In high school my choice came down to going to Seneca College for pilot training or to the University of Waterloo for math. I was thinking about being a Chartered Accountant until I worked for an insurance agency as a co-op job in high school, and one of the agents suggested that I look at being an actuary. In the end I chose to study actuarial science at Waterloo. I didn't finish my professional exams (although, I am closer to a designation than I realized, and should really take the one last course to finish) and I don't work as an actuary, though I do work in pension consulting - and I love it.

I don't entirely remember why I chose not to be a pilot, except that I know I was concerned about being able to physically do the job. I get motion sickness and disorientation easily.



But that was when I ruled the world
User currently offlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7175 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2280 times:

First when I was really young it was a doctor, too bad I didn't stick with that 

Besides for a professional sports player I think the next one was airline pilot. That lasted for a while and still now I think about how it could happen one day etc.. But really with the working conditions and pay these days i will settle with flying on my own.

Then I was looking at law enforcement, mostly federal special agent type and that is still a possibility. I'm now in law school and hope to use my law degree for something I enjoy. I am surprisingly enjoyinglaw school more than I thought I would and find learning law and now with an internship at a federal agency applying it to be fun and rewarding. What I do with it when I graduate I do not know. But its crazy how many different ideas and plans I had through the years.



"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
User currently offlineWestJet747 From Canada, joined Aug 2011, 1834 posts, RR: 10
Reply 23, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2263 times:

When I was 5, I wanted to be a janitor...yup, a janitor. I can assure you my parents were thrilled with that  

Well I snapped out of that sanitation dream fairly quickly and for many years I wanted to be a parademic. I can't recall exactly why, but it was definitely a dream.

After I got bored of wanting to be a paramedic, it shifted to journalism, which stuck around for a long time. I eventually became the Editor of my highschool's student newspaper. I also shadowed local journalists for my careers classes. But while I was doing all of this I was also participating in business competitions in my spare time (purely out of wanting to please my father, who is a expert in the procurement field). So without surprise, when it came time to apply to university, I applied to both journalism and business programs.

Today I'm about to start my fifth, and final, year of my business degree, with a specialization in management. I'm hoping to eventually become a management consultant. A far cry from a janitor I'd say  



Flying refined.
User currently offlineAF1624 From France, joined Jul 2006, 659 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2254 times:

I've always wanted to be a pilot. I still do in some ways. But I was (and still am) shit at Maths and that was the end of it for me. In France, you can't (or rarely can) be a pilot without going to either of two schools: the ENAC or the Cadet Air France. Both require deliriously high levels in Maths.

I then chose a much more realistic way and went to study economics. Then management. Then project management. Now I'm a project manager in a big european defence company. So quite close to my dream, that is, flight. I want to stay in the business as long as I can. Anything that flies is good for me, be it airplanes, missiles, rockets, satelites, whatever.

But still to this day, I sometimes get tears in my eyes (even though that sounds silly/childish/stereotypical) when taking off. It bothers me very much and very deeply that I couldn't make it, and that I was so young and so oblivious about the fact that decisions you make at 15, 16, have an impact on your whole life. But oh well, I'm happy now.



Cheers
25 AirPacific747 : You could get a JAA certificate at a British or American JAA school then? It would be possible for you if you just have the money. You must have a sh
26 DeltaMD90 : Ever consider going to another country? Not too sure about the details of it all, but I know of some pilots that will go to Asia a few years to fly a
27 AirPacific747 : University or even high school is actually not required here, but it's your own money at stake in case you find out you don't have the abilities anyw
28 Post contains images texan : I dreamed of a couple of things: 1) 2B/SS in the major leagues; 2) be involved in aviation without being a commercial pilot. Didn't become a major le
29 northstardc4m : Lets see in order: Train Engineer Pilot Architect Pilot Civil Engineer Pilot Airline Dispatcher ... And somehow I ended up in IT?
30 futureualpilot : For as long as I can remember, all I wanted to do was be an airline pilot. Now that I am one, it's not as great as I hoped for but it beats working fo
31 Post contains images PHX787 : I wanted to be a lot of stuff as I grew older. As a kid I wanted to be a construction designer/architect/heavy machinery operator. Going into 8th grad
32 extspotter : I wanted to either be an Air Traffic Controller or a Vet or Doctor. By the time I got to doing my A-levels I realised I hated Maths, which you have to
33 flymia : Thats great, That is certainly something which I want to try to find myself getting into. You don't need to take math courses to go to medical school
34 Post contains images aloges : I don't really remember, to be honest. So I suppose that it changed rather frequently. Anyway, I did once dream of becoming a pilot. Now I do somethin
35 QXatFAT : As a kid I wanted to be either a professional soccer player or a famous chef. I did get to play college soccer so at least I made it to a point where
36 Post contains links and images Superfly : I wanted to be a pilot for American Airlines flying their 747-100 or a British Airways Concorde pilot. Thanks to some bean-counters, that is no longer
37 Post contains links and images GBLKD : Batman! Seriously, I wanted to drive these And now I do. Picture taken a few weeks back waiting to load 22 tonnes of compost to deliver to a garden ce
38 Post contains images Kaphias : I absolutely wanted to be a car designer from when I was a little kid al the way up through 6th grade or so. But with a growing love of airplanes and
39 rampart : Prior to middle school (13 years old), I wanted to be... 1) Bush pilot. 2) Architect. 3) Own my own airline. A small one (offshoot of #1 above). 4) An
40 Thom@s : An author or writer. Now I work in an airport tower. If I write stuff there which I've made up myself, I'd probably be risking my job... Thom@s
41 PITingres : Growing up I was pretty sure I wanted to do something related to electronics; I got my Popular Electronics subscription for my 8th birthday. Then, on
42 DocLightning : 1) Pilot 2) Inventor, which turned into... 3) Engineer 4) Cosmologist 5) Lawyer 6) Doctor (which is what I am)
43 Post contains images Superfly : Can you tell the servers at A.net to accept all of my photos? Just kidding! In a way, you turned out to be all 6.
44 Post contains images PHX787 : I would never trust Doc to be a lawyer
45 Ken777 : I think it would depend on the speciality. Docs do need to understand medical statistics as that is part of understanding meds as they are released.
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