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Did You Follow in Your Parents' Footsteps?

Did You Follow in Your Parents' Footsteps?

We all know there are a ton of celebrities who have generations of stars in their family trees (the Paltrows, Barrymores, Douglases, etc.). Because they grew up around acting, many were probably encouraged at a young age to participate and already had a foot in the door.

I think there are a couple of reasons people follow the same career paths as their parents. It may be that they grew up around it and feel more comfortable with something so familiar, or it could be that parents encourage their kids to acquire certain skill sets similar to their own. It's probably a combination of things. I didn't follow either of my parents' footsteps; what about you?


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holly_shortt holly_shortt 9 years
I didn't go into the same industry, but education and success are important to my parents, and to me.
Tari007 Tari007 9 years
Sort of... Both of my parents are complete nerds with 3 careers under their belts. How many triple majors do you know? Seriously! I have 2 careers, and doubt I'll go back to school for a third. Both of my parents are Directors at their companies while I'm just a crazy scientist who loves fashion and make-up a little too much. :giggle:
rc rc 9 years
well sorta... I followed my dad's example. He never went to college, but saved and invested what little he had and now enjoys a comfortable life. My mom went to college, but pissed most of the money she earned away. I quit school early, realizing an expensive degree wasn't going to gaurantee financial success. Now I enjoy a comfortable life as a freelance animator, and save and invest what I earn.
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 9 years
I wanted to be a maid back when I was little...How odd huh? I am now an environmental engineer going to law school.
anna_muffin anna_muffin 9 years
My parents studied CS and I'm studying CS (even though my mom tried to discourage me), so in a way yes. But all of us took different directions. My mom is a high school teacher, my dad was software developer and I'm headed towards biology-related research.
melizzle melizzle 9 years
Nope, not yet. Though the majority of my family members are entrepreneurs, and I imagine I'll head that way myself soon.
Marseeah Marseeah 9 years
Both my parents are lawyers - and the one thing that I told people I would not be when I grew up was a lawyer! But.... I ended up marrying a lawyer. And my father ended up in politics, and I'm very involved in politics. So I've slightly followed their path, but in my own unique way.
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
My father is an electrician. My mother used to clean condos and do nails. My mother tried to pressure me into going into the medical field, but my chosen path is nonprofit work. (Although at the moment, I'm working in real estate insurance. Blah.)
paramita paramita 9 years
My dad is a university professor and I actually was planning to follow his footsteps. It was not until I got an interview for a lecturer position that I realized the job is really not for me! So now I'm following my own path. A future famous author and entrepreneur :)
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
Nope, not at all, and I'm happier for it.
laurlee laurlee 9 years
I didn't follow in their footsteps, but I did follow the path they had decided I should lead long ago to go to law school...but not until after I went off to do my own thing, made a bunch of mistakes, had fantastic successes, and found my way back to school on my own volition. And I definitly left their set path when I went to school over 4,000 miles from where they had always planned on me going!
subhuman-error subhuman-error 9 years
No, not like my parents. I'm going to be an entrepreneur and blaze my own trail! No corporate drone life for me!
emalove emalove 9 years
My father first went to school for teaching, but then went back and is now a psychologist. I went to school to be a counselor/psychologist, but am now a teacher! So yes, I followed my father's footsteps in the education/human services fields. My mother works for Human Resources in a medical facility and my sister is a a little connection there too.
hjane66 hjane66 9 years
I'm constantly looking to find myself in the right career. I have drifted a bit from one profession to another and luckily my parents are very supportive and never make me feel that I have failed. I think the whole family embraces that fact that I'm so different from the rest of them and am able and willing to take new chances in life.
onabanana onabanana 9 years
The decisions I made are a result of the sacrifices my parents made for me. I don't work in the same industry they work/worked in but they had fewer choices than I do. I'd like to think that I'm some sort of maverick but really, I owe them a lot. If they had the freedom and luxuries that I have, I think they might have gone down the same path.
geenbean geenbean 9 years
Yup, I am an intensive care nurse, and my mom is a nurse anesthetist. My brothers are both undergrad pre-med, so looks like it runs in our family. My dad is all business, poor guy must feel left out!
missbec missbec 9 years
As far as a career path, I definitely have done completely different things than what my parents have done. However, I'm similar to my mom in the fact that she hasn't just stuck to one career. Neither of us can see doing just one thing for the rest of our lives. I'm still trying to figure out which direction I'm going right now, but I think it's cool how one path can produce so many other possible paths. We live in such a great time as far as opportunities go. I love that the possibiles are endless!
piraterie piraterie 9 years
Nope. My mum didn't finish college and hasn't worked for most of my life (which hasn't worked out so great since my parents divorced a couple years ago and she now needs to support herself). As for my father, he tried his best to steer me toward following in his footsteps - I was always getting sent to science day camps in the summer - and I'm pretty sure he's always been disappointed that I was terrible at math and science and went to school for theatre instead of, say, physics.
tiff58 tiff58 9 years
My parents did not finish college, and work(ed) in lower-end service jobs. Not something they really wanted for me! I have already finished my undergrad, work in an office environment, and don't know what is next for me, but I definitely marked no.
remedios remedios 9 years
I checked no, because my parents' jobs didn't define who they were. But now that I think about it, I guess I'm following everyone else. My mom sold cable, and I worked in the cable industry for several years before going back to school. One of my degrees is in computer and information science, while my dad was an electrical engineer and my oldest brother is a computer scientist. And I'm now in school to be a lawyer, and another brother is a lawyer. I'm starting to think all I'm doing is following other people. Hmm.... (but seriously, I should have done law first, since I absolutely love it)
javsmav javsmav 9 years
My dad's a pastor turned math teacher and my mom is a college drop-out (she found a husband, why continue school?) who has held a string of low-paying secretarial jobs. Neither one of those options ever sounded appealing. I went to law school. However, I seriously wish my parents were lawyers and I had connections in the field. I'm the first lawyer in my family and despite doing well in law school, I found it ridiculously hard to find a job.
julieulie julieulie 9 years
My mother is a psychologist and my father is an engineer. I have always been in awe of what an amazing person my father is, so I wanted to be an engineer for years, but he talked me out of it because he didn't think it was a great choice for me. Instead, I'm getting my Ph.D. in oncology/medicinal chemistry... I often wish I had gone the engineering route, but I would have probably done material or chemical engineering, not civil like my father.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
not me. My dad is a drummer and my mom works for the Post office. I do advertising. But my boyfriend is. He's a 4th generation jeweler. While he doesn't want to take over his parents business, he is doing what his dad does at a nice store here in town. It's an awesome business
alethia037 alethia037 9 years
Yes! My parents own restaurants (which I grew up in). I started out doing my own thing after college, but realized that the restaurant life is the life for me. So, now I am working for my parents and learning all that I can so that I can buy the family business when they are ready to retire.
krEnElk krEnElk 9 years
i come from a family of entrepreneurs and accountants, and i (am now in law school) and have decided to pursue a career in publishing. we'll see how it works out, i know that i get my drive to succeed from my family, so hopefully that will help me out in a different field!
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