Book Review: Who Do I Want To Become?

A book for anyone, of any age, who has been stumped by the question of what they’re going to be when they grow up.

 

Who Do I Want To Become?

There are plenty of books out there that address the question, “What do I want to be when I grow up?” From Richard Scarry’s What Do People Do all Day? to Richard Nelson Bolles’s What Color is Your Parachute?, we are often encouraged to define ourselves through our career goals. But should we consider a different question? Author, social entrepreneur, and educator Dr. Rumeet Billan believes so.

In her new picture book, Who Do I Want to Become?, Rumeet invites readers of all ages to think deeply about what type of person they would like to become, rather than what job they would like to have. Through the story of a young boy struggling with a homework assignment, Rumeet gently guides readers to think about self-determination and what is truly meaningful in life.

In this highly relatable story, a class project is due, and Dylan is struggling with the question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Ultimately, he realizes that it’s who you are that matters the most.

 

In the Classroom

Rumeet’s book will become an instant favourite in classrooms as it can help guide students’ learning and goals. By encouraging students to think about who they want to be instead of what they want to be, we can better prepare students for the future. According to a report by the Institute for the Future, 80% of the jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t even been invented yet. Therefore, it is essential to encourage students to think about which characteristics they would like to embody in their lives rather than which job they would like to have.

 

Who Do I Want To Become? is a refreshing new take on a question asked time and time again. One that invites us to discover something wonderful about ourselves that has nothing to do with what you want to be and everything to do with who you are and who you want to be.

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Ami Shah is a Co-Founder & CEO of Peekapak, an edtech startup that teaches social-emotional learning skills like self-regulation, empathy and team work in the class and home. Peekapak is backed by; Silicon Valley based accelerator, Imagine K12, the Edtech vertical of Y Combinator and; the Unreasonable Institute.

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