When I Grow Up I Want to Be a Jet Pilot – A Dream Career!

When you’re growing up, it’s easy to dream about what amazing career you’ll have, whether it’s being an astronaut, a jet pilot, a professional sportsperson, or any other profession – however, only a small percentage of people actually end up doing their dream job. Most people end up finding a practical career, but still manage to keep their hobbies going. In this way, it’s important to combine ideals for work with a clear plan about how your education and experience can put you on the right path.

In terms of chasing that ideal job, it is possible to get what you want, but only through a rare combination of working very hard and being lucky enough to have natural ability, and to be in the right place at the right time. Obviously, a lot of people do end up doing their ideal job, or come to realise that a job is ideal for them, but this is the exception, rather than the rule; this also doesn’t mean that your career can’t suddenly change later in the life, but it does mean that you have to keep your options open.

It’s important, then, to focus on what you’re good at by around the age of 16, when you need to decide if you want to take on further qualifications, or go into a job. If you don’t have a clear idea about what you want to do, you may want to keep on at school and college, complete A Levels, and then go on to University. By 16, you should know what subjects you’re best at, and should have a rough idea of what you’d like to do in university, as well as what sort of job you’d prefer. Unless you decide to start training for a particular vocation, what that job ends up being might be quite vague until you’ve finished University.

What is crucial, though, is that you find ways of combining academic work with employable skills and CV building; take work experience in the field that you want to work in after the age of 16 to give you more of a sense of how it works, and look for internship. Many people don’t know exactly what they want to do, but can benefit from trying out different jobs. Sometimes you find that working in one area that you thought you wanted to have a career in doesn’t work out, or that your ambitions and interests change.

In this way, it’s always going to be difficult to get the balance right between continuing to want to build on your interests, and getting into a regular working schedule. For many people, a job becomes something that they rely on to do other things, and to pursue their hobbies. While it’s easy to fall into this routine, sometimes your career can be as much as an accident as anything else; this doesn’t mean, though, that you can’t enjoy it and make the most of it.

Moreover, whatever you decide to do, it’s important not to neglect getting your GCSEs and A Levels, or an NVQ and a BTEC under your belt, or completing an undergraduate degree; whatever happens, you’ll have those skills and qualifications for the rest of your life; chasing unrealistic goals and not getting qualifications can make it difficult to go back later in life, whereas having them means that you won’t be limited in your job choices when you are trying to figure out what you want. And who knows, maybe you will end up as a jet pilot in the end.

About the Author

Donna B. is a long-term advocate of education, having spent more than most in the classroom or lecture hall. Whilst early exam revision courses and a methodical approach to learning are worthwhile, this has to be done in balance with everything else.

About the author

Hammad Siddiqui Decoding the Mystery of Career Development- Life coach & Career Advisor-Traveler-Trainer- Authored "Bootstrapping Your Career" and three eBooks -26 Yrs Exp in International Development - A passionate Trainer, Blogger and social media strategist - Qualified from US Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Organization Management. Loves reading, traveling, mentoring.