When I Grow Up: I’ll be Working on the Railroad
What do you want to be when you grow up? This is a question we are asked throughout our childhood. When we are children, our dreams are to be heroes like firefighters, astronauts, or knights. When we are a little older, our interests change and will continue throughout our lives until we are forced to face the question head on. By the time we graduate from high school, we are supposed to know what we are going to do with the rest of our lives. When we start college, plans change again because classes for a different major seem to be a better fit than what we have chosen. We decide to take different paths, maybe working part-time for some time while we make up our mind what we’re going to be. We decide that no matter how old we are, we are not grown up until we get to become what we want to be. I have wanted to be so many things in my life: a teacher, a singer, a lawyer, a doctor, a psychologist, a restaurant owner, and a chef. Now, I have decided that I want to be a manager. I want to be in a position to help others, to train them, and to be responsible for them. I want to be in management, but where? I have grown fascinated with one type of industry, the railroad. I have learned so much over the past two years from my husband, who has gone from being a conductor to now being an engineer. I am intrigued by the rules and the way the system works. I have decided that when I grow up, I want to work for the railroad. My career will be fun, exciting, maybe dangerous at times, and a learning experience every day, but most of all, it will be an adventure I am ready to take. With excellent pay, benefits, a great work environment, and learning opportunities, becoming a transportation manager for the railroad will meet my financial and physical goals, making it a great career choice for me.
When deciding where to work, I need to take location into consideration. I want to choose a...