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What kind of job might you do?

James Cracknell talking to school children about his rowing career

There's not much help in schools for kids wanting to choose their careers, a new report says.

It reckons some children hardly get any advice about what jobs they could do when they're older, and some don't know what kind of jobs are out there.

But what kind of job would you like to have when you're older?

Would you like to go down a traditional route like the police force or medicine? Perhaps you have no idea what jobs there are?

And do you ever talk about it at school? If so, do you discuss it with your friends or your teachers?

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Your comments

"My dream is to be a very famous fashion designer. I love designing clothes for my birthday using a sewing machine."

Sophie-Adele, 11, Hampshire, England

"When I am older I want to be an actress in Eastenders. I am in two plays at the moment, Beauty and the Beast and The Demon Headmaster. I am so in love with acting."

Fanella, 13, Liverpool, England

"I want to be a cartoonist and an animator. My friends say I'm a good artist and I'm very interested in animating."

Ellie, 12, France

"I would like to be a teacher."

Hannah, 9, London, England

"I want to be a comedian because I'm funny!"

Robert, 12, Sussex, England

"I want to be an actress, but I think it's more about who you know not what you know, so I might be a nurse."

Leah, 13, Gwent, Wales

"I want to be a zoologist when I am older."

Ciara, 7, County Wexford, Ireland

"I would like to be a vet and help with animals."

Louise, 10, Blackpool, England

"I want to be a tour guide, because I could show people around Edinburgh Castle and it'd be fun!"

Amy, 8, Edinburgh, Scotland

"I want to be a professional athlete."

Michael, 11, Washington DC, USA

"I would love to be a Barrister in court as I am interested in law and love English."

Ellie, 10, West Midlands, England

"I want to be an author or a journalist, maybe an actress. Fingers crossed!"

Holly, 11, London, England

"When I am older I would like to do media studies because it looks really fun."

Emily, 11, Essex, England

"When I am older I would like to be a photographer."

Emily, 12, Aberdeen, Scotland

"I'd like to be a singer or actress but that isn't very realistic. Something that is a bit more realistic is to go into journalism or be a TV presenter like Fearne Cotton."

Millie, 11, Coventry, England

"I would like to be either a police dog handler or something to do with animals."

Danjey, 10, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

"My dream job is to be a ballerina or a tennis player."

Zehra, 11, Izmir, Turkey

"When I am older I want to be a famous horse rider or a mounted police officer. I think it is important to share our dreams so that we understand each other."

Toni, 9, England

"I want to be a teacher or a pop star."

Romilly, 10, Merseyside, England

"I want to be a fashion designer because I'm good at drawing."

Lian, 10, London, England

"I'd really love to become an actress or a celeb singer but I'm just waiting for the right time to go for it."

Natalie, 11, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

"I want to be Prime Minister and an international lawyer for the UN! At school we have careers advice and everyone in Year 9 upwards has interviews with members of staff about it."

Natasha, 13, UK

"To be honest, I am not totally sure what I'm going to do. I'm in Year 9 and my advice to anyone who doesn't know what they want to do is to keep your options open."

Sophia, 14, Reading, England

"I want to be a first response paramedic when I'm older, that or be in the Royal Marines."

Will, 11, Herefordshire, England

"I would want to be a vet because I love animals. They're fun and amusing."

Emily, 11, Herefordshire, England

"I'm not really sure but I know too many people want to be pop stars which is easier said than done."

Madison, 13, London, England

"I have always wanted to be a science journalist because it would be interesting and fun."

Amy, 12, Medway, England

"I want to be an actress, model or singer."

Daisy, 13, England

"I'm going to be a vet because it's what I've always wanted to be and not because the pays good."

Connor, 14, London, England

"I want to be a physiotherapist or paramedic when I'm older and when I retire I will know I have been successful and done something brilliant with my life."

Chloe, 11, Essex, England

"When I am older I want to be a teacher, I have since I was six. I might also be a shop assistant or a waitress."

Madeline, 10, Devon, England

"I want to be an actress, singer or doctor when I grow up. You'd probably get lots of money if you were a doctor and it would be fun being a singer or an actress."

Bethany, 11, Nottingham, England

"I would love to be an author as I love writing and I'm a keen reader. It would be a great job, and something that I would enjoy doing. We don't really talk much about careers at school, but I'm guessing we'll discuss it when we're a little older."

Tayyiba, 12, London, England

"When I'm older, I would like to be a writer and one day become a editor, that would be such an amazing job!"

Ella, 11, Gloucestershire, England

"I would love to be an actress or an amateur detective."

Olivia, 11, Bradford, England

"I would like to be a paediatrician when I qualify as I would like to help children with illnesses feel better."

Shivani, 14, Leicester, England

"When I grow up I will be an astronaut or a miner on the moon because I like digging holes and space!"

Jani, 9, Gloucestershire, England

"I have always wanted to be a doctor. I have even started studying and have a book full of information about the body."

Eli, 8, Edinburgh, Scotland

"My friends and I are always discussing our future jobs. I want to be a footballer and my best friend wants to be a policeman."

Charlie, 11, England

"I would love to be an artist as I am great at art!"

Jack, 12, Hertfordshire, England

"I would like to be a vet because I love animals, but I would hate to put them down."

Sarah, 10, Buckingham, England

"I want to be a robot engineer for NASA."

Millie, 12, West Sussex, England

"When I'm older me and my best friend both want to be lawyers."

Katie, 12, West Midlands, England

"I want to be a RAF pilot."

Stewart, 12, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

"I might be a famous singer, dancer or a physiotherapist! I might even ride horses."

Amy, 9, Suffolk, England

"I want to be in the RAF."

Bethany, 10, Yorkshire, England

"I want to be either an artist or a musician."

Georgia, 10, Derby, England

"I want to be a beautician."

Charlotte, 14, Wigan, England

"I would like to be a doctor because I love helping people, and you get lots of money!"

Nura, 11, London, England

"I would love to be an engineer or a businessman."

Ahmedk, 11, London, England

"I received very limited advice with my career options and at this point in my life I would like to venture down the science track, but there is still the small voice in the back of my head telling me I'll be a celebrity!"

Zoe, 14, Mid Glamorgan, Wales

"I would like to do something involving maths."

Irfaan, 11, Leicester, England

"When I'm older I want to be an animal carer, a teacher, or work in a restaurant!"

Shannon, 10, Essex, England

"I want to be an actress, pop star or dancer when I am older. Maybe I could even be all three?!"

Catherine, 11, Gütersloh, Germany

"I would like to be a vet because you get to look after animals that are injured."

Molly, 10, Exeter, England

"I would like to be a fitness coach as I really love PE and I enjoy sports!"

Jamie, 13, Bournemouth, England

"I would like to be nurse because I love biology!"

Anna, 12, Reading, England

"I would like to be a car designer because I know all the shades and models."

Oliver, 8, Northumberland, England

"When I grow up I want to be an author and a restaurant critic, because you get a free meal and you get paid!"

Summer, 10, Norwich, England

"I would love to be a nursery or primary school teacher because I love children!"

Charlotte, 14, Aberdeen, Scotland

"I have wanted to be a vet ever since I was seven years old. I love animals and really want to work with them one day."

Jenny, 11, Merseyside, England

"When I am older I would like to be a 100 metre sprinter in the Olympics. In my spare time I mainly do running."

Malik, 13, Kenya

"I have always dreamt of being a teacher. My school reports have said I'm excellent with children and I love helping them."

Rebecca, 13, Kent, England

"I'm going to be a doctor, or own the NHS, or be an MP."

Lauren, 8, Surrey, England

"I would like to be a PE teacher at a school because I love sport, especially running!"

Frankie, 11, Scotland

"I want to be a fire fighter and rescue people from burning buildings."

Horace, 8, London, England

"I would like to be an actor and perform in good films."

Charles, 10, Manchester, England

"I've always been very indecisive about what I want to be when I am older. I feel a bit like the odd one out because all my friends know. I don't think I've ever been given advice by my school on what jobs I could do, the most they've done is ask me what I want to be."

Eleanor, 13, Hertfordshire, England

"I would either like to be a singer, an RSPCA inspector or an author."

Amelia, 9, Birmingham, England

"I think that most girls nowadays want to be fashion designers or actresses when they grow up. I would like to be a fashion designer, an actress, a photographer or an interior designer."

Elena, 11, Wallonia, Belgium

"I would love to be a nursery or primary school teacher because I love children!"

Charlotte, 14, Aberdeen, Scotland

"When I'm older I want to be an actress because I've been interested in acting all my life."

Hannah, 12, West Midlands, England

"I want to be a snowboarder like on the Olympics!"

Sam, 7, Lincolnshire, England

"I want to be an accountant because I'm good with numbers!"

Jessica, 9, Cumbria, England

"To be honest, I change my mind everyday! I would love to be a lawyer, a policewoman, police dog handler or maybe even a pilot! Imagine being able to fly a plane!"

Chloe, 14, Halifax, England

"When I am older I would like to be a librarian because it is fun finding where to put away the books and scanning them. I am also a student librarian in my school so it will look good on my CV!"

Sophie, 13, Liverpool, England

"I'm going to be a policewoman."

Cloiie, 12, Middlesbrough, England

"I want to be a mechanic and my school will help me to achieve that dream."

Shane, 14, Birmingham, England

"When I am older I would like to become a lawyer or a solicitor, as I am interested in government and politics."

Alfie, 13, Essex, England

"I want to be a sporting injuries physiotherapist when I am older."

Charlotte, 13, Gloucestershire, England

"I would like to have a job in hairdressing when I am older. I can try and get the qualifications for it while I am still in school."

Melissa, 12, Swansea, Wales

"I'd like to be a bank manager when I'm older, because it pays well!!"

Daniel, 9, Orkney, Scotland

"I would quite like to be an actress, an RSPCA person or a designer that uses the computer to design."

Amy, 9, Tokyo, Japan

"I wanted to be a professional ballet dancer when I was younger, and I still do, but I also want to be a vet."

Emma, 10, Glasgow, Scotland

"I would love to be a vet because I have a dog, cat and two rabbits at home, so I will have a lot of experience!"

Francesca, 11, Cardiff, Wales

"I would love to be a nurse because I want to help people."

Liz, 14, London, England

"I've known what I've wanted to do since I was five. I want to be a Doctor, but not that long ago I decided I want to be a Paediatric Doctor."

Kez, 12, Belfast, N. Ireland

"I'm not completely sure, but I think an author or a teacher!"

Sadia, 11, Coventry, England

"I didn't really know what I wanted to do up until about the start of Year 8. I wanted a job that would be different each day, so now I really want to be a policewoman!"

Emma, 14, Lincolnshire, England

"I want to be a comedian because I created my own act and made everyone BOOM with laughter."

Reece, 10, Leicester, England

"I want to be a singer or a sweet-taster, either would be really fun."

Lucy, 11, County Antrim, N. Ireland

"I would love to be a vet. I love caring for animals and already have seven cats, three dogs, one horse and six fish."

Jane, 12, England

"Now I'm in the last year of Key Stage Three I've chosen my options for the next two years. My ambition is to do something with animals. Not a vet, as I don't think I have the skills to become one, but just something to do with animals. I think rescuing them is a good idea."

Anna, 14, Cheshire, England

"Well, when I'm older I would like to be a singer or actress. Being realistic however, that will never happen so I would like to be a banker, a teacher or a social worker."

Aoibh, 10, Londonderry, N. Ireland

"I want to become a teacher. Our school helps because they often hold days to talk about what you want to be when you're older and why?"

Emily, 10, Cheshire, England

"I would like to be a writer or a nurse. I don't really know for sure but we have loads of time to decide."

Charlotte, 11, Lincolnshire, England

"I have always wanted to go down the route of medicine and be a doctor. I have been inspired by my mum, who is a paramedic, and being a doctor is an excellent job."

Hannah-Louise, 11, Surrey, England

"I would like to work with children in a nursery."

Claire, 10, South Yorkshire, England

"I'm not completely sure, but I think an author or a teacher!"

Sadia, 10, Coventry, England

"I've always wanted to be an author! I love reading and writing stories. I think it would be very exciting and interesting."

Maeve, 11, County Kildare, Ireland

"When I grow up I want to be a model because it sounds like fun and I think I would enjoy it."

Sorcha, 7, County Kildare, Ireland

"When I grow up I want to be a journalist. My dad's a journalist and it sounds like great fun."

Caoimhe, 9, County Kildare, Ireland

"I want to be a film director because you'd get to go to loads of fab locations."

Isabelle, 10, Derby, England

"I want to compete in the Olympics at every sport apart from swimming, my sister can do that."

Molly, 9, Sheffield, England

"When I'm older I would either like to travel the world or be a journalist. I enjoy sailing but journalism is the main career I would like to do."

AJ, 11, England

"I'm not really sure. I think I'd like to do something with singing."

Grace, 10, UK

"I would like to be a doctor or a nurse when I am older. I like to care for my twin brothers, I hate to see them cry or hurt."

Alice, 8, Surrey, England

"If someone asked me this when I was younger I would've said a farmer's wife or a sports star. These days I think a teacher would be good, but in a few years it could be anything!"

Rebecca, 12, Somerset, England

"My uncle says that if I stay in school I could be a nurse or a doctor."

Rachel, 10, Inverness-Shire, Scotland

"I'd like to be a fashion designer or artist. I think I'll definitely get the job because I go to fashion and art classes."

Alona, 11, London, England

"I want to be an artist because I like painting and drawing pictures. My mummy is one too!"

Polly, 7, Manchester, England

"I've just chosen my GCSE opinions and I got a lot of advice! I think it depends on the school you go to. If you're in primary then there's not a lot of advice, but I got a lot of support in secondary."

Ellie, 13, Dorset, England

"When you ask a small child a question like this, they usually answer with: policeman because you get to drive round fast cars, or a nurse/doctor because you get to care for people, or a fire fighter, because obviously you get to fight fire. When you ask that child in a few years' time it might be working in a shop or something else. In reality, every person's career changes."

Zi, 12, Morecambe, England

"I'm not sure what I want to do but I have to make sure I'm good at it first. It's like when people say they want to be singers but can they REALLY sing? Remember not everyone can be famous."

Suzanne, 14, Hertfordshire, England

"I am 9 years old and whenever someone asks me what I want to be I say one answer, but when they ask me again after about a month the answer changes. So at the moment I am not quite sure!"

Imaan, 9, London, England

"I don't know what job I am going to do in the future but what I do know is that there are going to be new jobs available in the close future that maybe I would like to do."

Dolly, 11, Rochester, England

"I would like to be a policeman so I could help the community. And drive fast cars around."

Daniel, 10, Essex, England

"I want to be a performer - singer, actor, dancer. If I get to be one, I'm going to have a lot of special charity concerts. I already do a theatre school, which teaches you more about learning the arts. I'm also involved in a lot of dance, at school. I don't think our school help us decide, but I found out I loved performing by acting in assembly, at school."

Sapphire, 12, Ipswich, England

"I am in yr 9 and we are getting close to be picking our options. It's scary because I don't know what I want to be when I'm older. But I'm going to pick the subjects that I like and enjoy."

Danielle, 13, Wrexham, Wales

"I would like to be a poet. It's a strange job but I am very good and literacy especially poems."

Amber, 10, Rugby, England

"I've wanted to be a teacher for a while - the chance to directly affect a young person's life in a positive and enlightening way seems to be the most amazing job perk ever! Our school is great with careers advice. We had a whole day dedicated to our aspirations and how we were going to achieve them."

Nicole, 13, London, England

"I love art but I don't know what artistic jobs are out there."

Akifah, 12, London, England

"We've been given loads of info in year 9, but little advice at all. At the moment I'd love to do something in fashion, especially designing, but it would be amazing to do something musical."

Eve, 14, Stroud, England

"I would really like to be a judge or a police woman because a police woman can keep your community from harm. A judge would be good because you choose what is going to happen."

Sarah, 8, Whitehaven, England

"I would like to do psychology because I want to help people feel better and live happier lives."

Jodie, 14, Oswaldtwistle, England

"When I'm older I would like to be an actress. I have already done some shows on stage in a youth theatre group, so that would look good on my CV. Maybe someday I'll be working alongside Emma Watson or someone like that! I've wanted to be an actress since I was 6!"

Toni, 13, Sheffield, England

"I have known exactly what I want to do since I was 6 and that's to be a journalist. I want to be reading the news standing in the midst of Afganistan with shots being fired behind me. This may seem like just an ambition but I will be a journailst I know I will!"

Sophie, 12, Bristol, England

"I want to keep my options open, so I have lots of ides of things I'd like to do. These include: becoming an architect, a fashion designer, metaphysics studier, astrophysics studier, a gallery owner (the gallery would contain my own artwork) or maybe become a teacher or hotel owner."

Jemima, 12, Skegness, England

"I want to be an architect. I am good at art, maths, technology and design so it's the job for me. We do lots of research and I completely disagree that there is not being enough done at my school. It may be different at other schools."

Joshua, 11, London, England

"I want to be a paramedic because I go to St John's ambulance."

Tom, 9, Gosport, England

"Well I have put a lot of thought into what i want to be when I'm older. At first I wanted to be a fashion designer, then a vet, then a teacher, but now i want to be a celebrity singer. I know it sounds like it's never going to happen because there are loads of people who want to become celebrity singers but I am doing everything it takes to become a singer."

Bethany, 12, Bradford, England

"I would like to be chief designer or engineer at a super car factory : )"

Jake, 11, Ashby, England

"I want to go and live in Canada to help save the Red wolf and stop people hunting them. Also the Grey wolf. Even though they are not endangered, I really like them. You shouldn't be scared of wolves, because they are just like dogs. I also want to be a writer writing about wolves."

Robyn, 10, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

"I don't even know what jobs are out there!"

Leonard, 7, Surrey, England

"I would like to be a lot of things, an author, a GOOD MP, a lawyer, a teacher, and loads more. I am not sure what I want to be the most though!!"

Ada, 11, London, England

"I would like to be a journalist when I grow up."

Meyrem, 13, London, England

"I would like to be a accountant or a pilot. I would like something to do with maths."

Irfaan, 11, England

"I'd like to be a dance teacher with my sister and open up a dance school somewhere teaching drama, street jazz, hip hop, ballet, tap and singing!"

Ruby, 11, UK

"I really would like to be an architect, because I love art and maths, and I'm always admiring cool, modern buildings in London!"

Taylor-Rose, 12, Sutton, England

"I'm in year 9 at school and we have been doing lots of research recently since we have been choosing our options. Before doing this I wanted to be a vet, but now I want to be an animal physiotherapist because I don't think I can get the grades to get in to university."

Charlotte, 13, Newbury, England

"I don't want to get an official job. I want to be a self-employed writer!"

Joanne, 10, Manchester, England

"I have wanted to be a teacher for ages!"

Charlotte, 11, London, England

"I want to be a paramedic and our school gives us some advice which really helps."

Jessica, 12, Liverpool, England

"I'd like to be a hairdresser, it looks like a good job to do."

Natalie, 11, Nottingham, England

"I want to be a music teacher but also have my own business as a web designer and photographer."

Paul, 15, Dumfries, Scotland

"When I'm older i want to be a doctor for children!"

Chelsey, 11, Edinburgh, Scotland

"Well when I leave school I want to go to university and study law, one day hoping to be a good lawyer. In my school we are picking our subjects for third year and we are also finding out what ones which could help for our career choice. We have a class where we talk about what different careers there are to pick from and which ones we would want to pick. In my opinion I would say my school does a great amount to help you think of all the different jobs there are and the lifestyle you can have have when you're older and working."

Megan, 14, Glasgow, Scotland

"I want to be a therapist but I don't know what options I need to become one."

Anton, 14, London, England

"I would like to be an interior designer because I love art and my dad says I have a good imagination - like recently I have decorated my bedroom."

Alana, 13, Dunfermline, Scotland

"In my school, they do give advice on what you want to do. For me, I want to become an aerospace engineer."

Shohidul, 14, Croydon, England

"When I am older I would like to be a vet because when I watch RSPCA on the TV, I feel sorry for all the animals so I would like to help them. It would make me feel much better to know that I helped a suffering animal survive."

Veronica, 12, Sutton, England

"I want to study the arts in college because all of the courses would include music, dance, writing, drama etc. and it would be good to channel emotions in lots of different ways."

Sophia, 11, England

"When I grow up I want to be a maths teacher because I am really good at maths and I think I can do it."

Emma, 10, England

"When I grow up I want to be a hotel owner, although it would be a lot of money to set up."

Sophie, 13, Tewkesbury, England

"I think that I want to go down the route of medicine. Our school have talked about careers quite a bit, so I know what is out there."

Poppy, 11, Sidmouth, England

"I either want to be a nurse, fashion designer or a vet. But I can't make up my mind. Me and my friends talk about it a lot though."

Caitlin, 9, Buckhurst Hill, England