Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Show and Tell Tuesday

Linking up with Andrea for Show and Tell Tuesday.

Today's topic is what I wanted to be when I grew up.

For as long as I can remember I wanted to be a lawyer.  I do remember part of that thought process was that I didn't want to be a doctor because I don't like blood so I decided to be a lawyer instead.  I wondered why I didn't really think beyond doctor or lawyer, but then I looked back at the school scrapbook I had growing up. This was a fill in the blank type book with a page for each grade and a pocket for keepsakes.  Part of each page was a list of standard professions (you know, astronaut, policeman, secretary, etc., lawyer not included) that you could check off as your career aspirations of that year.  Looking at this list, it was no wonder I didn't really have a good idea of all of the jobs out there when I was limited to about twenty.  There were options for writing in your own ideas.  I was a faithful daughter and listed my mom's profession (dietician) each year until grade six.

I thought I would share the different ideas I had growing up.  Some of the years I really got carried away creative.  (The * means a write in profession)

Preschool - TV Star, Dietician*, Doctor, Ballerina*

Grade Primary - Teacher, Dietician*, Doctor

Grade One - Teacher, Dietician*, Doctor

Grade Two - Artist, Airline Hostess, TV Star, Model, Teacher, Ball Player, Doctor

Grade Three - Artist, Airline Hostess, Nurse, TV Star, Model, Teacher, Writer, Ballerina*, Ball Player
Doctor, Dietician*

Grade Four - Secretary, Artist, Airline Hostess, Nurse, TV Star, Scientist, Poet*, Model, Teacher, Writer, Ballerina*, Policeman, Doctor, Dietician*

Grade Five - Secretary, Artist, Inventor (write in), Hairdresser*, Airline Hostess, TV Star, Social Worker*, Fashion Designer*, Model, Teacher, Writer, Ballerina*, Poet*, Doctor, Dietician*, Storekeeper*

Grade Six - Teacher, Doctor

Grade Seven (this year to grade 12 instead of checking a box you wrote in your ambitions) - Accountant, Air Traffic Controller

Grade Eight - Lawyer

Grade Nine - Lawyer

Grade Ten - Lawyer

Grade Eleven - To get good grades

Grade Twelve - Graduate and get accepted at Dalhousie

So after I graduated from high school I headed to Dalhousie University in Halifax to get an undergraduate degree in English.  Then I went to the University of New Brunswick for my law degree.  I remember back in Grade Eight I sort of planned out that I would go to Queen's for my law degree and then work in Toronto as lawyer and live outside in the suburbs.  When I got accepted and decided to attend UNB, that changed a bit.  I thought I would stay on the East Coast.  It is funny how things work out because here I am in Toronto.

Dave and I when I was called to the bar (I never get to wear this outfit anymore by the way, since I never go to court)

I really do like my job and I couldn't imagine doing anything else.  I enjoy being challenged on a daily basis and doing different projects.  I've been lucky to find a great firm with some really good people to work with.

Looking forward to reading more stories through the link up.  There are so many jobs out there and I'm always interested in how people end up where they are.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting, Sarah. Nice you have that book to remind you of the choices you made each year. I remember your Call to The Bar like it was yesterday. So proud we all were of you and your hard work. How wonderful that you enjoy the profession you chose! So happy for you, too!