2008-11-11_070432_PersonalEssay - They never stop asking me...

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They never stop asking me "What will you be?-- A doctor, a dancer, A diver at sea?" They never stop bugging me: "What will you be?" As if they expect me to Stop being me. “What will you be” by Dennis Lee, published in Alligator Pie , 1974 Radiology is a fabulous career choice. Requiring substantial training, it has the stability of any health care career. The pay is good, the hours are regular, the benefits generous. Even better, I’d be willing to guess that radiologists don’t go home at night worrying about their jobs. “I’m so stressed: I have about 14 X-rays scheduled tomorrow!” No radiologist has ever killed a patient, at least not directly. And yet: no child in the history of the universe has ever declared, “I think I’d like to be a radiologist”. Similarly, children don’t declare interest in excellent careers such as “corporate lobbyist”, “telecommunications wiring installation specialist”, or even “Speaker of the House”. Children’s career choices tend to center on what they see. They go for classic, core, uncomplicated jobs with just a touch of glamour: doctor, nurse, teacher, ballet dancer, firefighter, fairy princess, superhero. All this begs the question, though: why do adults keep asking? What possible good can be served by asking a 4-year-old, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I’m not sure that 4-year-olds even have a good grasp of how old they will be when they are grown up (as I recall, 9 year olds looked pretty
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This note was uploaded on 12/30/2009 for the course QWE 65 taught by Professor Qasd during the Spring '09 term at University of Phoenix.

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2008-11-11_070432_PersonalEssay - They never stop asking me...

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