23 Jul What did you want to be when you grew up?
We are in the business of cultivating and watering aspirations. And lately, we’ve been wondering how well we watered our own childhood aspirations. We asked some of our team, “What did you want to be when you grew up?”
Did it affect the career they chose in life; the skills they sought to develop; the workplace they call their second home?
Let’s find out.
Sarah, Administration Assistant: Mother
Now she’s a lifeblood of the business. She supports consultants, organises schedules, ensures there’s stationary, enough coffee and that everything is running exactly as it should. She’s also a proud dog mum to little Maya.
Kylie, Talent Specialist: Vet
Kylie embodies the well-known Mr. Rogers quote: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” When she’s not helping injured animals or moving snails off the path, Kylie puts her helping efforts into steering candidates to jobs they’ve dreamed of.
Steve, IT Recruitment Consultant: Dolphin Trainer
He’s all about wrangling big jobs, so he’s got the training part down. Although, with his knack for finding candidates for hard-to-fill roles, we’d say he’s the one who jumps through hoops.
Drew, Office Manager: Vet
She’s got great management and problem-solving skills and she’s compassionate, being a big advocate of mental health in workplace and implementing our EAP program. All the makings for a great vet, just not the stomach for it.
Eloise, Construction Senior Recruitment Consultant: Archaeologist and Palaeontologist
I guess you could say Elly’s always had an interest in nature and society; the levelling and building up of it all. It’s no surprise her speciality mirrors this, and she has a knack for finding the perfect candidates for big-scale infrastructure projects. Alongside her two standout jobs, she also considered being an Arborist, Horticulturalist, Conservationist or Gardener.
So, did they live up to the dreams of their youth?
Well, we can see there’s no linear path from aspiration to reality; none of their big dreams during littlehood materialised in quite the way they imagined. But their early childhood passions certainly peek through, and it’s not a reach to see why each person originally dreamt of that ‘perfect’ job.
“I think it is important to follow your interest, whether it be the activities you are being paid for, or the activities that are paying you with a feeling of rejuvenation, renewed energy and focus” says Eloise.
So, I think we can say with certainty, passions materialise in all different forms. If you’re leaving work with a pep in your step, that’s a good sign.
What was your dream job?