Do you remember the days when you were asked this question and you would answer: a singer, a professional baseball player, an astronaut or a cowboy? Back when I was a little girl, my answer would have been an artist. A little later, around junior high, the answer would have been a singer/songwriter. In high school, I ventured into a very different zone where I decided I wanted to go to the Naval Academy (like my brother) and be an aeronautical engineer. When I did graduate from high school and attended college, my stated major was music business.
So, what am I doing now that I’m sort of grown up? (You’ll never get me to admit being grown up, really, so don’t bother to try.) Nothing that I’d ever imagined, that’s for sure. You see, I’m what is referred to in the language of today as an immigrant. Not to a country, but, to the internet. That means I grew up prior to the internet and have migrated to it. When I was a kid, I would never have answered the question “what do you want to be when you grow up?” with “I want to manage a Web Communications team.”
There was no degree in college that would have prepared me for what I do today. It’s a strange hodgepodge of technology, communications and marketing. And, it’s a perfect fit for me. Although I’m not doing what I thought I would be doing all those years ago, the perfect career choice found me anyway. Had it not been for the Web, I might still be in the medical insurance field (yuck) and pining away about not being a professional singer/songwriter. Instead, I get to explore this great new field, work with really cool people and learn something new everyday. Life doesn’t get much better than that.
So, what did you want to be when you grew up? How close are you? Did you stay open minded and let the right career find you?