PLEASE READ THROUGH THE ENTIRE FIRST POST BEFORE MAKING YOUR SELECTION IN THIS POLL A few years ago, I did a career poll of people in this forum to see if they end up where they think they end up. I think the poll was a bit confusing, because I was trying to tackle too many things at once. I also think that the responders may not have read the poll carefully enough and a few people even contacted me after the fact to indicate that they made the wrong selection. So I'm redoing the poll, and hopefully, we can get a more accurate sampling of this question. Here is the motivation for this poll: I want to see how accurately did you envisioned what you would be when you grow up.. In particular, how accurate was your ambition when you were still in pre-university matches with what you have as a career right now? Please note that this poll is restricted to those who are not in school and/or have completed their education. Here are the choices, and detailed explanation for each of the choices. Please read through ALL of them before you make make your choice in the poll. 1. I am in the exact field and the exact specialization that I aimed for when I was in high school/pre-university. You wanted to be an astronaut working with NASA, and you are now an astronaut working with NASA. You wanted to do research in String theory, and you are now employed to do research in String theory. In other words, you end up EXACTLY the way you envisioned. 2. I am in the exact field, but different specialization. You wanted to be a condensed matter theorist working in superconductivity, but you are now a condensed matter theorist working on magnetic materials. You want to be a civil engineer designing buildings, but you are now a civil engineer involved in urban planning. 3. I am in the same area of study, but different field. You wanted to be a civil engineer, but you are now a mechanical engineer, i.e. you are still an engineer, but different engineering field than you envisioned. You wanted to be a theorist in String theory, but you are now a theorist in nuclear physics, i.e. you are still a physicist and a theorist, but in a different field of physics. You wanted to be a theorist in high energy physics, you are now an experimentalist in atomic/molecular physics. 4. I am in a different area, but related to it. You wanted to be an engineer, but you are now in a management position of an engineering company. You wanted to be a physicist, but you are now an administrator in a physics department or laboratory. 5. I am in a completely different area than I envisioned. You wanted to be a physicist, you are now a Wall Street trader. You wanted to be a biologist, you are now a chef. If you are currently unemployed, please choose this option as well. 6. I did not have an exact area and specialization in mind when I was at that age. Thanks for participating. Please let me know if you have questions on this poll. Zz.