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“What do you want to be when you grow up?” is a question many adults enjoy asking young people. I likely first heard it around age 8, and my answer then probably involved a uniform — fireman, policeman, pilot. Over time, my answer evolved into being a doctor and eventually a lawyer.

Instead, I’m writing this from an office in Immokalee, in the heart of Florida’s tomato growing region, where I work in agriculture. Who knew?

The truth is that few of us know what we want to be when we’re still teenagers. Many stumble into careers based on what’s available or the influence of a parent or mentor.


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Shelly Jo Jacobs

Author: Shelly Jo Jacobs