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What were you going to be when you grew up?

What were you going to be when you grew up?

This week, my nephew is starting his second year at the University of Victoria. (I’m super proud of him!)

I remember the first day of school in my second year. I thought “…if I can just get through this B.A. in Political Science, I’m going to go to law school and be the lawyer that everyone in my family encouraged me to be.”

Things didn’t turn out as planned. (They seldom do).

Still, one of the things I loved about someday being a lawyer was the idea of helping someone. I could lend guidance to someone who was frustrated by a process they might not fully understand. I could help them to negotiate that system and act as their confidant and their agent for change.

Luckily for me, I found the same rewarding opportunity in the employment sector. In the second year of my undergraduate degree, I don’t know whether I knew anyone who was an executive resume writer. In fact, I’m sure I didn’t. Still, when the opportunity arose for me to join the world of career professionals, I brought those same ideals to the employment sector as I thought I might one day bring to the legal sector. Today, I help people navigate the job search and recruitment process. I act as their confidant, and their agent for change.

As we head back to school or back to work after a wonderful summer, take some time to reflect back on what you were going to be when you grew up. Chances are good there’s a lot of who you thought you were going to be, in who you are today.

Related Categories: Career Clarity, Job Search

About The Author
Maureen McCann is an award-winning career coach, master resume writer, and master certified interview, employment, and career strategist whose clients include C-level executives, managers, and professionals in all industries including the Canadian banking, oil and gas, healthcare, IT, and government sectors.

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