26 People Discuss The Difference Between Their Dream Now Vs. When They Were Kids


One of my favorite things to ask my friends is what their dream job is. I’m not saying super-famous pop star or pro athlete or whatever it is Scott Disick does, but rather a job that they could plausibly have with their skill set that would make them feel happy and fulfilled. While most of my friends like their current jobs, it’s their dream jobs that say the most about them.

So I asked them … if you could have your dream job, something relatively achievable for you, what would it be? How does it differ from your childhood dream job?

1. “A touring concert pianist. When I was little, I wanted to be a writer and a ‘fancy lady,’ and I think I achieved that. Now I’d like to be a really awesome concert pianist. I have 13 years of training, so it’s sort of plausible.” –me

2. “[I want to be] the person who names nail polishes.” –Rachel

3. “I decided in college that I wanted to check Facebook for a living and just do social media so I could travel and live wherever the F I wanted, and now I do.” –Emily

4. “As a weird little child, I wanted to be a stockbroker. Now, I want to travel around the world finding the books to make into movies.” –Megan

5. “I would love to open a restaurant, but then be so successful that I don’t have to actually manage it.” -Trista

6. “A traveling backup singer. For the record, I’ve always wanted to be a singer, writer and editor and I kinda made that all happen to some degree.” –Marci

7. “I wanted to be a detective. Now, I want to manage music artists.” –Sarah

8. “I want to be a secretary, while earning a decent salary, but growing up I wanted to be a janitor.” –Jack

9. “I wanted to be one of the historians that are smart enough to get interviewed for PBS documentaries. I still want to be one of the historians smart enough to be interviewed for PBS documentaries.” –Janey

10. “I only ever wanted to be a witch. Still working on it.” -Jane

11. “When I was a student in New York, I interviewed to be a page boy at the Gramercy Park Hotel. It’s still an alternate dream of mine, although I’m sure it’s more fun for a 20-year-old than a 30-year-old.” –Jakey

12. “I want to motivate women to be better. To be everything they could be. I want to lead, encourage, inspire and dole out love on everybody. I don’t think that’s a real job, unfortunately. So I’ll choose full-time creative powerhouse extraordinaire.” –Athena

13. “When I was a kid, I wanted to be a Ghostbuster. Now, marketing director for Nike.” –Pete

14. “I wanted to be a heart surgeon. I took one class of Organic Chem and said no thank you. Now, I want to be a big-shot film producer for a major studio in LA.”

15. “My mom was a vet tech when I was little but hasn’t worked since I was three, so I looked up to my auntie, who was a high-powered, super-stylish accountant downtown. For a good chunk of time I wanted to be an accountant, though I had no real idea what that was. Now I want to be the creative director of a major lifestyle brand.” – Lottie

16. “I always wanted to pump gas as a child. Mom told me I should aim big and try to own a gas station instead. Now, I want to be a teacher at an outdoor-focused school.” –Laleh

17. “I wanted to be a horseback rider. Now I wanna be a cowgirl and lingerie designer.” – Brittani

18. “I wanted to be a mechanic or a brain surgeon. I still want to be a mechanic or a brain surgeon.” -Maria

19. “I wanted to be a princess. My parents were called in for a meeting about my unrealistic goals. Now, a florist or a cat behaviorist when I get too old to model anymore.” –Laura

20. “As a kid, I wanted to be an acrobat and leader of cats. Now, I’m a cat lady/nurse who’d eventually like to shoot people up with Botox and laser off layers of skin.” –Emily

21. “My dream job is jazz singer, explorer – or both. Or a biologist studying creatures. Or a hippie raising goats and making cheese.” –Aunt Sharon

22. “After losing [my husband], I’d like to be a speaker and advise and assist people with setting up their life insurance, wills – being prepared for the unthinkable. When I was younger, I wanted to have my own library and read children’s books to kids.” – Nikki

23. “I wanted to be a dolphin trainer until I found out how terrible that situation is. Now, my dream is writing books/essays and them coming to me instead of the other way around.” -Katie

24. “I want to be a country singer or a backup singer for Garth Brooks or Martina McBride.” –Bridget

25. “When I was a kid, I wanted to design soccer jerseys. Then, I wanted to be an engineer. Now, probably the General Merchandise Manager at Barney’s.” –Sam

26. “As a kid, I wanted to be a marine biologist. Now, a Kardashian.” -Kevin