Finding your dream job

SINCE we were kids, growing up and exploring the massive world around us seeking entertainment, we’ve come up with some of the most outrageous dreams for where we would be when we grew up.

Some of us wanted to be police officers, firemen/firewoman, astronauts etc. But though these dreams could have been fulfilled, growing up is what stopped some of us.

Back in the days of Primary, when it came to the question of “What do you kids wanna be when you grow up”, you knew what the answer for some people would be. There’s the different factions/groups of kids in every class. For me, you had the emergency services kids, the fashion and design group, the lot who were keen on doing trades, the odd lot who were into business for their future career, the kid who wanted to be an astronaut but now looks like he’s ready to walk into Work and Income as soon as he finishes school, and the obvious gamers of the class who wanted to join the army, navy, or air force.

But me, I was the kid who when asked, would say either “I don’t know”, or “I’ll get back to you on that” (and of course, not get back to them). But I knew that I had a dream of some sort, it was just a matter of finding it.

Coming to the “unforgettable” days of Intermediate (for some, only a couple years, others a few years since they were there), many students changed their minds about careers and some even made up their minds on their future job.

Now you had the group of musicians, hardcore sports kids, the tech savvy kids, even more tradesmen, fewer business kids, and the arts and crafts lot.

Coming to this point, I found an interest in technology (being that we were raised in a technological era). I thought of things like coding, animation, where “the only limit is your imagination”, yeah right.

Growing up we realise that those dream jobs we had back in Primary, had more meaning and prerequisites to them. Being in the army was more than just firing weapons or rolling around in vehicles, it meant saying goodbye to friends and family as you leave their lives for who knows how long, for some it’s only for a couple years, others a lifetime.

Being a cop is harder than it looks, having to constantly put your life on the line for the safety of others, not knowing if you’ll come home one day because something horrendous will happen leaving you either traumatised, or lifeless.

So really, there’s more to every job than what is being advertised to the majority of today’s youth. But this isn’t discouraging people to quit while they’re already ahead, it’s stating this for the younger generation that it’s better to research your job and link it towards your skill set and what not.

Being in high school, not knowing what you’re gonna do when you leave is sorta like improvising a robbery, it’s pretty stupid. But luckily for students in their freshman years (Yr 9-10), they get until they start NCEA L1 to finalise their career choice.

The best thing about high school is the variety of students’ future jobs, in most of my classes, everyone has different choices. For example some of the lower academic students are encouraging themselves to join the Gateway programme (which for those wondering, is a programme that puts students into the different workplaces around Gisborne of their choice).

Questioning myself on what I really wanted to do with my life, I found a hidden talent/skill of my own, photography and cinematography. So I knew what I wanted to do with my life — leave the city to pursue a career in the film and television industry, probably leave the country to stay with international friends and find work in those countries.

Thankfully with the help of a couple teachers and such, class selection has been easier, plus there’s the usual school event that needs filming, so who else to hit up than the kids with the necessary skills and sheer determination that would benefit if they choose to continue on this path.

Our dreams, future jobs are what motivates us to put in the hard yards, to go the extra mile and fulfill our own life.

For some the journey to that point will take longer than you would expect, but what’s to stop you from being who you wanna be. Just because you may be the quietest or shyest kid, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the biggest impact.

Academics may be where you lack, but that doesn’t stop you being who you wanna be. Another thing, there’s nothing wrong with dropping out of high school. Many famous people like Steve Jobs, creator of Apple inc, dropped out of high school and became one of the most successful billionaires in the world.

School is not for everyone, and that’s understandable for many, but society has a bit of a fuss about dropouts.

We all have dreams in our lives, no matter how old we are, or how impossible they sound. It’s all possible if you put enough effort and determination into striving for your goals.

Write your own story on how you overcame yourself and became one of the most successful people in your generation.

Talk to that girl or boy that you’ve been thinking about a lot.

Pave your name in the ground as your own hero.

Make everyone remember you for all the good stuff.

Because when you’re older and look back on your life, you’d be glad you chose to do all the good things.

SINCE we were kids, growing up and exploring the massive world around us seeking entertainment, we’ve come up with some of the most outrageous dreams for where we would be when we grew up.

Some of us wanted to be police officers, firemen/firewoman, astronauts etc. But though these dreams could have been fulfilled, growing up is what stopped some of us.

Back in the days of Primary, when it came to the question of “What do you kids wanna be when you grow up”, you knew what the answer for some people would be. There’s the different factions/groups of kids in every class. For me, you had the emergency services kids, the fashion and design group, the lot who were keen on doing trades, the odd lot who were into business for their future career, the kid who wanted to be an astronaut but now looks like he’s ready to walk into Work and Income as soon as he finishes school, and the obvious gamers of the class who wanted to join the army, navy, or air force.

But me, I was the kid who when asked, would say either “I don’t know”, or “I’ll get back to you on that” (and of course, not get back to them). But I knew that I had a dream of some sort, it was just a matter of finding it.

Coming to the “unforgettable” days of Intermediate (for some, only a couple years, others a few years since they were there), many students changed their minds about careers and some even made up their minds on their future job.

Now you had the group of musicians, hardcore sports kids, the tech savvy kids, even more tradesmen, fewer business kids, and the arts and crafts lot.

Coming to this point, I found an interest in technology (being that we were raised in a technological era). I thought of things like coding, animation, where “the only limit is your imagination”, yeah right.

Growing up we realise that those dream jobs we had back in Primary, had more meaning and prerequisites to them. Being in the army was more than just firing weapons or rolling around in vehicles, it meant saying goodbye to friends and family as you leave their lives for who knows how long, for some it’s only for a couple years, others a lifetime.

Being a cop is harder than it looks, having to constantly put your life on the line for the safety of others, not knowing if you’ll come home one day because something horrendous will happen leaving you either traumatised, or lifeless.

So really, there’s more to every job than what is being advertised to the majority of today’s youth. But this isn’t discouraging people to quit while they’re already ahead, it’s stating this for the younger generation that it’s better to research your job and link it towards your skill set and what not.

Being in high school, not knowing what you’re gonna do when you leave is sorta like improvising a robbery, it’s pretty stupid. But luckily for students in their freshman years (Yr 9-10), they get until they start NCEA L1 to finalise their career choice.

The best thing about high school is the variety of students’ future jobs, in most of my classes, everyone has different choices. For example some of the lower academic students are encouraging themselves to join the Gateway programme (which for those wondering, is a programme that puts students into the different workplaces around Gisborne of their choice).

Questioning myself on what I really wanted to do with my life, I found a hidden talent/skill of my own, photography and cinematography. So I knew what I wanted to do with my life — leave the city to pursue a career in the film and television industry, probably leave the country to stay with international friends and find work in those countries.

Thankfully with the help of a couple teachers and such, class selection has been easier, plus there’s the usual school event that needs filming, so who else to hit up than the kids with the necessary skills and sheer determination that would benefit if they choose to continue on this path.

Our dreams, future jobs are what motivates us to put in the hard yards, to go the extra mile and fulfill our own life.

For some the journey to that point will take longer than you would expect, but what’s to stop you from being who you wanna be. Just because you may be the quietest or shyest kid, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the biggest impact.

Academics may be where you lack, but that doesn’t stop you being who you wanna be. Another thing, there’s nothing wrong with dropping out of high school. Many famous people like Steve Jobs, creator of Apple inc, dropped out of high school and became one of the most successful billionaires in the world.

School is not for everyone, and that’s understandable for many, but society has a bit of a fuss about dropouts.

We all have dreams in our lives, no matter how old we are, or how impossible they sound. It’s all possible if you put enough effort and determination into striving for your goals.

Write your own story on how you overcame yourself and became one of the most successful people in your generation.

Talk to that girl or boy that you’ve been thinking about a lot.

Pave your name in the ground as your own hero.

Make everyone remember you for all the good stuff.

Because when you’re older and look back on your life, you’d be glad you chose to do all the good things.

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