Weigh In - What did you want to be when you grew up?

According to a LinkedIn survey of 8,000 professionals conducted last year, 25 percent in the United  States and 30 percent of the global workforce are currently employed in a profession they dreamed  of working in as a child. Some jobs Americans commonly coveted the most in their youth,  according to the survey, included the empathetic vocations such as teacher, doctor or veterinarian,  and the more glamorous careers of a professional or Olympic sports athlete. But whether the  participants were more enticed by empathy or glamour, the survey found no discernible difference in  the proportion of them who actually ended up following their childhood dreams.

Living In Media posed a similar question to the current and future workforce of Monmouth County.  The various replies, provided by residents who were enjoying leisure time at our county’s various shopping malls and parks, cast a colorful glimpse into the childhood imaginations and ambitions of  some of the very employees we see all the time. At least one resident is proud to live out his childhood dream job every day as a helicopter pilot. Another patriotically ponders what it would be  like to serve in the military, and a few others were in synch with the LinkedIn survey, saying they  once hoped to work in the medical industry.

Regardless of whether or not our responders are living out childhood dreams, they all appear to be  pleased with where they are in life, and none of them expressed regret. In fact, many of them smiled  and embraced their childhood dreams as they reminisced.



I think every kid’s dream is to be able to fly. I used to want to be an aircraft pilot. I never learned how to fly, but I still might some day.

Iahmadiu Patel, Colts Neck

When I a kid I really wanted to be a nurse. I wanted to help sick people get better. But then I  realized I faint at the sight of blood, and took another career path.

Lisa Biese, Brielle
I live my dream job I had as a child every day. I’m a helicopter pilot for a charter company in  Monmouth County.

Tony Luechese, Colts Neck
When I grow up I want to be a famous doctor. I’d love to find a cure for a major illness and help millions of people.

Amanda S., Farmingdale

I used to want to be a rock star when I grew up. I never played any instruments when I was younger, but now I’ve almost mastered the ukulele.

Joe McMerty, Morganville

I grew up on a farm in New York State and all I knew was that I didn’t want to be a farmer forever. I  became an actuary early in my 20s, and I’ve been doing it for 35 years since.

Terry Smith, Spring Lake

I wanted to be the next John Travolta. My parents took me to see Saturday Night Fever when I was a child, and between that and Grease, I idolized him when I was young.

Chuck Cutaia, Asbury Park
When I was a kid I looked up to Diane Sawyer, and I really wanted to get into broadcast journalism.  I thought that telling the news to the country would be an awesome job.

Anastasia Turano, Holmdel

When I was younger I dreamed of being an astronaut. I wanted to be one of the few people to walk on the  moon, and the first to walk on Mars. I used to watch a lot of science specials when I was younger.

Marty Gross, Holmdel

I used to dream about being the starting quarterback for the New York Giants. I’ve been rooting for  them all my life and I thought that would be the coolest job in the world.

Chris McGork, Colts Neck

Believe it or not, I wanted to grow up to be a psychologist. I wanted to really get an understanding for the way that people think, and be able to understand their rationale, even when I was a child.

Jack Obayda, Millstone

I wanted to grow up to be a famous artist. I did every kind of art when younger: drawing, painting, pastel and charcoal. I still do some drawing for fun. Now I’m just waiting to get famous.

Jeff Crespi, Freehold
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A singer! I come from a family of musicians and I was influenced heavily on holidays when we all got  together and sang until supper time. I now am a pharmaceutical representative.

Bill F., Manasqaun

I was always amazed by the post office system and I wanted to be a post man when I grew up. Now  I’ve spent the last 23 years working for the postal service, so I stuck with it.

Scott Herman, Marlboro
I used to want to be in the military when I was young. But when I grew up I learned that there is a lot  more money in the business world, and lost my desire to serve. But I still thank all the armed forces  for what they do.

Vladimir Vasker, Long Branch

I wanted to be a famous singer when I grew up. I would always sing along with the radio all day long, and thought it would be great to hear my own voice on it.

Iraquel Rodriguez, Manalapan

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I wanted to grow up to be the next Mel Gibson. I thought he was a great actor in a lot of movies, but I don’t want to be like him anymore.

Philip Allocco, Allenhurst

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I wanted to grow up to be the first baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies, but I was never tall enough  to play sports in school.

Tyler Corfield, Little Silver

I used to want to grow up to be president. But now that I see all the bickering back and forth  between the parties, I don’t think I have the head for politics.

Michael Reese, Red Bank

When I grow up I want to work in occupational therapy. I don’t think there would be a better feeling than helping children and adults get through some rough areas in their lives.

Marianna C., Belmar

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I was fascinated by dinosaurs when I was a child. I wanted to become an archaeologist and dig up dinosaur bones all around the world.

Ashley Menichini, Tinton Falls

When I was young, I really wanted to be a photographer. I wanted to be able to capture all of life’s most important moments as they happened. I do some photo work on the side now.

Angela Mesia, Marlboro

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13 Oct 2015

By Paul Williams