What Was Your Dream Job When You Were a Child?

Strategy and Development | Insight | Published 19. Jul. 16

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We all wanted to be a something or a someone when we were young. No matter what we've become as adults, it's sometimes nice to revisit those wonder years to reflect or just have a good laugh. That's just what we asked some top leaders to do, share with us their dream job as a child.


Ove Fagerlund, Chief Information Officer, Neo Industrial Oyj

“I remember drawing spaceships when I was three or four years old. As a child, I wanted to be a space cowboy or an astronaut. It’s still is my dream.”

Helvi Salminen, Information Security Manager, Gemalto Oy

“I admired Maria Callas a lot as a child and have thought of also becoming a great opera singer someday. But then, I wasn’t courageous enough to pursue that dream. So, I instead turned my attention to mathematics and the information sciences. Then I became a security specialist.”

Tulu Karagöz, Group Financial Performance Director, Coca-Cola İçecek

“Even though my inclination was in mathematics, I never wanted to be an engineer. Finance, on the other hand, was something that’s always been on my list, and is where my career is built upon. I’ve been working in Finance for decades now and I don’t have plans of leaving it. The reason is I don’t see finance as just finance, but a very valuable part of business. I look at it as tool to understand the business better.”

Helinä Tapaninen, IT Manager, McDonald’s Oy

“I wanted to be a veterinarian because I’m fond of animals, but then I realized that it’s probably not my calling, because I’m here now as an IT professional.”

Esa Pylkkänen, Head of Identity and Access Management, Nokia Networks

“I was a boring child. My dream was to become a mathematician, but I instead became an engineer. It makes me think of what my life would have been like had I pursued mathematics.”

Çiçek Uşaklıgil Özgüneş, Investor Relations and Treasury Director, Anadolu Efes

“My teenage dream was to be a basketball coach because it’s just logical for someone like me, a former premiere and junior league player, to be a coach after. You see, in basketball, you’re required to use your brain and your body. You’re expected to manage situations quickly and respond to actual changes immediately. I still wish to be a basketball coach until now.”

The interviews were conducted at 600Minutes Information and Cyber Security in Finland on May 19th, 2016 and 600Minutes CFO, Turkey, on May 4th, 2016. For more on our upcoming events, visit the Event Calendar»

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