When I Grow Up I Want to Be…

Middle School—those years between ages 11 and 14—is when young people are beginning to be faced with greater responsibilities, more freedoms, and a developing sense of independence.

I don’t remember thinking about what I wanted to be when I grew up until high school, but my own 13-year-old son mentions it often. He sometimes worries about not yet having a clear direction. His career ideas tend to be tied to some perceived perk that is completely separate from a stable income: jobs that would allow him to sleep late or incorporate his skills as a video gamer.

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