It's a question that is asked early and often what do you or what does your son want to be when you/he grow/s up?  We never had and answer, and it is sure to change over time, but he said today he wants to be a zoologist.  Before that he wanted to be a Dad (which I give my husband huge props for that one) but didn't know what else he wanted to do. 
For those of you with kids that may have some similar interests I found a fun site ( -since the link thing didn't work this time) where kids can practice making some of the choices field scientists really have to make.  I may play if I get a chance. 

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Thanx my youngest is really into animals and would like to be a zookeeper. We'll definitely check it out.
Thanks for the link, My daughter will love it and it looks like it will be a nice resource for homeschooling!

When my daughter was 4 she said she wanted to work at NASA when she grew up. But then when she was 5 she decided she wanted to work at a restaurant instead and became obsessed with pretending that she did. What was cute was that she would tell people that she quit her job at NASA so she could work at a restaurant. Now she's 6 and currently wants to be a paleontologist because as she put it "I like dinosaurs and I like digging."
Looks like something my son would like too. At 7 I don't think he knows what he wants to be when he grows up. From 4-6 or so, he wanted to be a race car driver but I haven't heard much about that lately.
My parents talked me out of pursuing acting when I was 17 even though I had a scholarship to a fine theater program. Since then I have dropped out of university twice and am now on my third attempt to get a degree in something I don't really love. I will always regret never having given acting a serious try, especially since I was broke throughout my early 20's anyway.
Good job on being a supportive parent, even if you disagree with your kid's choices!
Yes, more than anything you need to really have the drive and an iron clad sense of self and ego. Then the ability to keep track of money and finance. The desire for stuff aside, to be successful they will eventually need to know their own worth and how to negotiate well. Hearing that from a parent also gives them the confidence that their parents are supporting them. I loved Theatre enough to major in it, but did not have the drive to stay put. Turns out, I like the theory, history and conceptual side much better. Then in my late 20's I discovered mortgage lending and auditing (I did not participate in fraud in any way that I have knowledge). Now I'm spending the summer with my son and trying to get on with the state for auditing in the fall with a dream of eventually working for the FDIC. Turns out, I'm more boring than I realized.
My degree still helps me because a bachelors degree is still pretty generalized and much of what you get out of a performance degree is how to learn what you need, how to rehearse well, and how to use your voice and body with confidence, whether or not you feel it; not to mention time management skills. All good lessons in pretty much any career.
We watch Discovery kids channel, there's a show that has kids working in a zoo. After seeing a commercial that showed the kids complaining about cleaning up rhino poo my littlest heathen said "I'd clean up rhino poop, I want to work at the zoo." I said "Well if you want to work at the zoo I'm sure there will be plenty of rhino poo to clean up." I then got a "Yes" for a response. I thought that was pretty cool. Instead of being grossed out at the notion my little one is willing to think about the nasty aspects of a job and still wants to do it. I know they shift gears often but I really think this one is going to do something involving animals.




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