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What will I be when I grow up?

By September 30, 2017July 25th, 2018No Comments




DJ1: Morning Sharon.

SHARON WITT: Top of the morning to you. How are you guys?

DJ2: The balance of the day to you.

SHARON WITT: Thank you.

DJ2: We love this.

DJ1: This stuff feels weird to say, but any way, the balance of the day to you.

SHARON WITT: Top of the morning to you.

DJ2: Which one of you is my English accent?

DJ1: You’ve got an interesting study that came out.


DJ1: Is it yesterday?

SHARON WITT: It came out on Saturday actually. It’s from the UK and they surveyed over 11,000 seven year olds to find out what their top career aspirations. So, my question to you first is, what, do you remember when you were seven, seven or eight, what you wanted to do for a job, what you thought would be awesome.

DJ1: When I was seven, and this is when my cousin and I got together and with our tape deck and we recorded radio shows. He is also a radio announcer in New Zealand, you know, it’s weird.


DJ2: I have a few different things. I mean, I wanted to be a performer.


DJ2: And a singer. I also wanted to be a policeman so I could have a horse, and a dog and a gun.


DJ2: And, then I also went through a stage, which is my beautiful stage of development where I decided to be a missionary.


DJ1: That’s cool.

DJ2: There you go.

SHARON WITT: I wanted to be an actress.

DJ1: Did you?

SHARON WITT: So, I ended up.

DJ1: What do you wanna act?

SHARON WITT: I want to be an actress on neighbors.

DJ1: Neighbors?

SHARON WITT: Yeah, I want to be an actress on neighbors and my career as teacher said you might need a fall back, so, I was like, fall back, I don’t need a fallback.

DJ1: Did you still like sipping milkshakes as practice.

SHARON WITT: Well, I actually did that. I worked as an extra on neighbors for a few years. But the funny thing is, yeah, I ended up Pete said, why didn’t you try, you know, teaching and you could be a drama teacher.

DJ1: Yeah, yeah.

SHARON WITT: So, that’s where I am. Now, the thing is, I would, what do you think were the top 4 for boys.

DJ2: AFL footy player

DJ1: Rockstar.

SHARON WITT: Oh, you’re close, you’re close. The top 4 occupations, where they to do with physical power, money and popularity they said, but the top ones for boys were sports player, so some sort of sports player, up to, that was 32% of kids, policemen, firemen, scientist. So, they were the top. For girls, what would you think for girls would be the top?

DJ2: Ballerina.


DJ1: Beautician.


DJ2: Rockstar.


DJ2: Teacher.

SHARON WITT: A teacher.

DJ2: Ah, a teacher.

SHARON WITT: 23% of girls wanted to be a teacher, find closely by vet, doctor and hair dresser. But the girls were most interested in wanting to do jobs that were to do with looking after animals or people. But, finally enough, not many people put down a nurse, which you would think would be a natural thing.

DJ2: Yeah.

SHARON WITT: So, yeah. So, very interesting. Now, I wanted to sort of discuss very quickly. There’s a lot of year 12 students out there, hello to you all this morning. Top of the morning to you. This is your big week because you’re finishing your school career as in high school, so many year 12’s out there all saying goodbye to their school. And I bet the biggest question they gonna have on Thursday or Wednesday when they finishes “what you gonna do for a job.” So some of them might be actually not quite sure what  they wanna be when they grow up.

DJ1: I had no idea when I left school what I wanted to do really, like you know.

SHARON WITT: Me neither.

DJ2: I went into journalism and then left that and had a break then.


DJ2: And then went into music. But I didn’t know it was as soon as I left school.

DJ1: I started music life because I think parent’s career can rub off you. And my mom was a hair dresser and I thought maybe I’ve got that in my genes. I don’t. Six months later, fired.

SHARON WITT: So, I think if you’re a year 12 student and you’re listening now, it is okay not to know. And you might start a university course or you might start a particular type course or whatever it is or a job and it might not work out then it is okay to change. You know, I really didn’t  know what I wanted to do ‘till I was about 30. And that’s okay and I’m doing my dream job now.

DJ2: Beautiful.

SHARON WITT: But, it takes a while and so, you may have a really clear course of what you wanna do and that’s great, but if you don’t, it is okay to take your time and try some different things.

DJ1: Let’s all do that. Let’s analyze that as well.

DJ2: Nice advice there.

DJ1: Good start. Sharon thank you so much.