Childhood Dreams: Where Did They End Up?

Best thing about being a kid?

Nothing is impossible... or so we think!

We caught up with these Sussex residents, to see how their childhood ambitions match-up with their eventual career path.

Stage Door

Louise wanted to be a choreographer or on stage.

“I just thought I rocked at jazz hands.”

Turns out, there’s a bit more to a career in theatre-land.
The writing was on the wall when she was placed in the back row of the chorus in the school play.

Louise spends most of her day typing at a computer.

Red Bike

Detective work beckoned for a young Peter.

Pete's mate had a nice bike.
It was red.
It also got stolen.

“I was young, idealistic and an avid Scooby-doo-watcher. Thinking 'detective' I went about finger-printing. Finger-printing everything. Bought a magnifying glass too. ‘Coz that helps.”

Turns out Pete wasn’t really sure what finger-printing was.
The bike? Never found.
Pete? Realised his mate was a bit of a spanner for leaving his bike unlocked. Never fancied the police.


John told his teacher at school he wanted to grow up to be a tomato.

“Obviously, I was pretty young, but as an adult I’ve seriously got no idea what I was thinking. I’m not quite sure what this would have entailed.”

Sounds painful.
Where’s John now? Working in a nightclub. Not a tomato in sight (on reflection, probably for the best).


A young Henry dreamed of a career in carbs. (Is that even a thing?)

“I just wanted to be a baker. Bread. Cakes. French Fancies. I think I saw this as a bargaining chip for social situations.”

Did ‘cake for friends’ lead to a career as a master-baker?
Adult Henry works as a blogger.

Space Man

Robert had big plans.

“I wanted to be an astronaut. Just fancied being able to look down on things I think? Let’s be honest – that’s a pretty tough industry to crack.”

Robert’s first paid job? Stewarding drivers towards free spaces in a car park.
An outdoor car-park.
In the winter.


Daisy described herself as a plucky and feisty kid from a 'big old family', who grew up in the lush countryside.

“I was always helping Mum out. Wasn’t the best cook though. My room was a tip”

Daisy’s favourite game? Covering her three younger sisters in ketchup.

“I used to dress them up, and pretend I was a nurse on Casualty off the telly. I’d clean up their ketchup-related-wounds, get them back to health.”

Daisy’s sisters were eventually set free from their made-up illnesses.
Daisy’s mother? Spends a hell of a lot less on ketchup.

Grown-up Daisy? Doing pretty much the same thing as her younger self – compassion and care - working as a nurse.

Very few of us are lucky enough to end up doing what we dreamed of as a kid, let alone change people's lives for the better, every single day.

Daisy's amazing. We salute her.

Looking for a nursing job? Know someone who is?
Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath have nursing vacancies in theatres, surgery, medicine, care of the elderly, trauma and orthopaedics. Applications are welcome from return to practice nurses, retirees and those who are newly-qualified. Interviews are being held as part of a recruitment day on 19 May 2017.

Apply Now. Be Amazing.
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