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Did you ever want to work a job as a kid. Then found out it was looked down upon?

Asked by willbrawn (6609points) October 31st, 2008 from iPhone

When I was younger I wanted to work at mcdonalds. I figured I love it why not work there. Then when I was older I found out that’s not a good career choice.

If I could I would still work there for like a month to check it out LOL.

Anyone ever have a somewhat similar desire?

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wondersteph's avatar

I can’t say that I had one quite like that but I did want to be a vet, then later discovered blood makes me sick to my stomach!

willbrawn's avatar

@wondersteph I went through that phase too. I don’t like seeing animals hurt.

shadling21's avatar

I wanted to be a bus driver. I have a lot of respect for those folks, but it’s not something that requires higher education, so unfortunately it’s the kind of “dream job” that got me funny looks from teachers all the way through elementary school.

willbrawn's avatar

@shadling21 that’s cool. I say do it someday

Judi's avatar

If you move up corporately at McDonald’s you could make bank. You could also own a couple of franchises. I say, do what you love. The money will come around if you are truly passionate about what you’re doing.

tonedef's avatar

I wanted to be a librarian when I was little. Also, a “pet shop worker.” Both of these ideas were ridiculed by my parents at the time.

lapilofu's avatar

@tonedef: Librarians can be so cool. I can’t figure out why your parents would ridicule that even by normal societal standards.

renee's avatar

@shadling21, regular bus driver might not get the respect it deserves, but tour bus driver could be a really cool job. I have a lot of respect for those guys (mostly, in my experience) who can navigate New York streets, maneuver a bus around windy roads in the Scottish highlands, and seem to know the back way into just about anything. Once, in Canterbury, our bus driver backed the bus up a very narrow cobblestone street to give us closer access to the hotel. My friend commented, “This guy just backed this bus halfway up the street and I can’t even parallel park my Honda Accord.” Combine the ability to drive a bus with a good knowledge of local history, and you could have yourself a very successful career. If you’re in a group travel situation, bus drivers and tour guides can either make or break a trip.

As for the original question, I don’t have anything to add, but my brother did want to be a garbage man when he was in grade school. Not a bad choice, if you think about it. It’s a job that can never get outsourced or computerized, the pay is good, and you don’t have to communicate with anyone if you don’t want to!

autumn43's avatar

I always wanted to be a stewardess – because they could go so many places. Still wouldn’t mind, actually. But I rememeber one day someone said “they’re just glorified waitresses!” Sometimes, when people voice their opinion, they don’t realize how the things they say could affect others. It was the tone and the obvious disgust over this wish that kind of crushed me.

My nephew, when he was six or so, said he wanted to be a mailman. My BIL said “Oh come on, Bobby! There are so many more important jobs out there. Besides, you’re going to college.” I told my BIL what I thought about his comment and why he was wrong on so many levels. The look on my nephew’s face broke my heart.

simone54's avatar

No body ever says, I wanna be a junky when I grow up.

scamp's avatar

Ha ha!! When I was very young (around 5 or 6), I wanted to be a ballerina!
(people in real life who know me would find that hilarious because I am so clumsy)

mea05key's avatar

I want to be a soldier or police when i was young. I am pretty energetic and adventurous person but not so now. I have changed a lot i think. Now i rather secure a job that can provide a living for my family and I.

basp's avatar

I remember one afternoon I was driving my boys somewhere and we passed by a jail crew picking trash up on thexside of the road. My young son said, ‘mom, I know what I want to be when I grow up’ As my motherly mind ran down the career list, scientist, doctor, etc., son announced, ‘I wanna wear one of those orange vests and work on the side of the road’.
Fortunately his aspirations shifted and he has never worn an orange vest and worked on the side of the road.

aidje's avatar

I spent a while wanting to be a bellboy.

girlofscience's avatar

When I was like, 3 or 4, I wanted to be a cashier at that store Clover (that no longer exists). I’m not sure why; there was probably just an attractive female cashier there one day that I wanted to be or something.

I also wanted to be a tree surgeon.

paneech1472's avatar

I was ambitious to be a pro football player. I don’t know how many people look down on pro athletes but as a 40 year old American, I have a real problem with the amount of money these people make. Not to mention steroids,scandals, attitudes, or lack of real values has made me look down on my own childhood dream.

Knotmyday's avatar

I always wanted to be the guy who fed the elephants at the zoo. I found out later that he also mucks out the pen. That’s some heavy lifting…

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