When I grow up I’m going to be a…..

Arran Williams, May 12, 2016

Who remembers being asked as a child, ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’

It is most likely that this is not the profession that you are currently in or are pursuing. As children we usually associated our futures on the fun and games surrounding us at the time, so naturally we sometimes based this on unrealistic expectations. I personally wanted to be 007, but now that I think about it, marketing was probably a safer choice.

However, as much as dreaming of growing up to become a dinosaur might seem cool at the time, it’s not very likely to pay the bills. (the imagination of kids is a beautiful thing!)

Now, that is not us saying that dreams have to be crushed as we get older, as the things that we loved can still be very influential in the jobs that we end up choosing. We have put together a list of childhood favourite things that we all probably wanted to be at one point and have found what we think are most likely to be a more realistic equivalent career choice.

Wizard/witch at Hogwarts

Harry-Potter-Hagrid-Youre-A-Wizard-HarryWith the popularity of Harry Potter, it’s not uncommon for most children wanting to follow in the footsteps of the three young wizards. Their magic spells and fascinating classes made us all want to be a part of it.

It’s not quite Hogwarts, but a career in teaching can still be a magical thing. Teaching subjects such as science can capture the absolute wonderment of children and the general shaping of young people’s futures is an extremely rewarding experience.

Realistic equivalents: Education/Teacher Jobs


Equipped with a toy easy bake oven or simply just our imaginations (Play dough spaghetti was definitely my speciality) as children many of us saw ourselves as a mini Ainsley Harriot/Delia Smith.

Whilst we might not become a major household name with our recipes, there are many great opportunities within catering on offer. In these roles you can really make a positive difference by either providing nourishing meals in schools or to sheltered residents.

Realistic equivalent:

Lego town creator


From flying cars to whole new words, Lego has had children building crazy creations for generations. One of the things that kids love to do with Lego is to build new towns and cool new places. Well, the skills we learnt with those tiny building blocks could definitely help to shape our futures.

A career in planning can see you help to improve on the living standards of existing and future residents in different areas. The positions in this field allow you to create dynamic and vibrant places through a number of exciting projects that can involve anything from housing development to road safety.

Realist equivalent: Planning Vacancies

Thomas the Tank Engine

Thomas the Tank Engine had us all wanting to be a part of his crew growing up. That, combined with the wooden train track toys we would play with, there was no wonder that a profession in this field seemed so appealing!

Our love of Thomas and his friends can still live on through a career in transport. This is a thriving sector with a large amount of job titles ranging from vehicle technicians to highways engineers.

Many of these positions offer excellent career progression whilst working in a fast moving environment.

Realistic equivalent:
Transport jobs

Super Hero

superFinally, who didn’t want be a super hero growing up?
Superman, The Hulk, Wonder Woman, SuperTed, we all had our favourites. My personal favourite was Spiderman.

Whilst you might not have the ability to fly or hang from a web, there are amazing opportunities within local government that can certainly make you a hero in your own right.

Hard work and dedication can help you to rise through the ranks and allow you to make the world a better place, and we think that makes you close to a hero!

Realistic equivalent: Opportunities in local government

These are just a handful of some of the opportunities based around our childhoods, we understand that everyone is different and had/has different dreams.

That being said we feel like we have something for everyone over at Jobsgopublic.com.

So don’t wait around, go and find your dream job today!