As children, we all dream of what we want to be when we grow up. Often, many young children will say that they want to be actors or singers, pop stars or models. Some will say that they want to become teachers, firefighters, police officers. Others want to be astronauts or scientists or explorers.
When I was younger, I wanted to be a fashion designer. I went to London Fashion Weekend, the Clothes Show Live in Birmingham and worked very hard at school to get good grades. Initially, I applied to study fashion design at university. When I got there, I hated the course. For some reason, which is still unknown to me, I no longer wanted to become part of the fashion industry.
I now study French. I'm twenty - which many children would say is "grown up" - yet I still don't know what I want to do when I finish university. This year, I have been working as a language assistant. Over the past seven months, I've taught English to hundreds of students. I've shared my culture with them; it's been a truly rewarding experience. The best part, as cliché as it may seem, has been seeing these students progress. At the start of the year, some students wouldn't dare to say a word; now, it's as though they're different people. As wonderful as this experience has been, I'm still not convinced that I want to go into teaching.
This summer, I have an internship with a publishing company. I'm really looking forward to trying out something new - and hopefully figuring out if it's something I would like to do more of in the future.
I think that our choices can be heavily influenced by our parents. Some parents only want their children to study subjects like engineering, maths, science or medicine. This can make young people feel pressured into studying certain subjects, which can be stressful.
At the end of the day, there's no rush to decide what you want to do with the rest of your life. Many people change careers several times during their lifetime, so there's always time to pursue a different career path!
How important is it to know what you want to be?