Girls around the world share their dream careers

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Girls told us their dream careers. We asked an illustrator to imagine them in action.

An industrial designer. An activist. An architect. An Egyptologist.

Assembly readers from Colombia, Indonesia, Argentina and Canada told us what they want to be when they’re older and these were their answers.

In celebration of International Women’s Day, we asked illustrator Tyla Mason, a recent university graduate from South Africa, to imagine the girls in their future professions — and the result is pretty special.

“When I grow up I want to be an actress and an industrial designer. Ever since I was little I’ve been intrigued by the arts. I like music, painting, drawing, dance, but what attracts me the most are theatre and construction, inventing things.”

— Paola, 17, Colombia

“I want to be an activist and politician because I want to make this society better. I want to change people's point of views about education for women, because everyone has the right to get an education.”

— Aulia, 20, Indonesia

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“I want to be an architect. I like drawing, designing, and seeing how houses and buildings are built and planned and thinking about how spaces can be changed.”

— Martina, 15, Argentina

“I want to be an Egyptologist when I’m older. I want to be able to see into the past and learn how to better the future.”

— Emma, 13, Canada

P.S. Are you still searching for your dream field? Look no further than Assembly’s career quiz! Answer a few short questions and we’ll tell you what future profession you should consider.


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Tess Thomas is editor of Assembly, a digital publication and newsletter from Malala Fund. She loves books, cats and french fries.