What Shall I Be?: The Exciting Game of Career Girls Kevin Mathews

While looking for board games in a closet at my grandpa’s house, I found this awesome game from my mom’s childhood, What Shall I Be?: The Exciting Game of Career Girls.

Exciting is right. Even though it was manufactured in 1966, there were already SIX amazing careers available to women:

  • Ballet Dancer
  • Teacher
  • Model
  • Airline Hostess
  • Actress
  • Nurse

With such diverse choices, how did a girl playing the game decide which career to pursue? Well, it all depends on her god-given traits, naturally.

If you doubt this game’s influence on young women, please note that my mom did in fact become a teacher. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that she wanted to be an airline hostess instead, but lacked the appropriate grace.

Thank goodness that in the past 50 years, American society has advanced to the point where women have a wider variety of career options. Nowadays, girls have the option of not getting hired to be doctors, scientists, and accountants. I say “not getting hired” because with the unemployment crisis being what it is, who can actually find a job these days?

Which is why, despite being dated, maybe we shouldn’t entirely dismiss What Shall I Be? as offensive. After all, it could still hold valuable career advice today. You may have filled out hundreds of job applications, but have any of those been for ballerina positions? The world needs more ballerinas. And even if you’ve never considered modeling before, it’s always an option. Just lose some weight, stand up straight and fix your make-up, sweetie!

Okay, I take it back, this game is super offensive.

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  1. A friend of mine has an “I Love Myself” party every year (they’re amazing. we should all be doing this) and a few years ago he handed out printouts of these hearts in the gift bags. I received “Too Emotional: Good for actress” and something I can’t remember, I just know that I am not that. But can we talk about Dream Phone next?

    • Yes! Dream phone!! Best game! My sister and played not long ago (Keep in mind I’m 28 and she’s 24). “I know who it is, but I’m not telling. Ha ha!”

      • Look ladies, Dream Phone was no Mall Madness :) Now there was a game that taught us all about our futures (shopping, credit card debt, “sales at the shoe store”). Good times . . .

  2. This is so dated it’s hilarious. On the box, girl second from right could be “Call Girl” or “Millionaire Banker’s Mistress”. Think I know now where Missouri Rep. Todd Akin gets his dated info on women’s issues.

  3. Betty Draper is the epitome of this game, she was a model before she married Don. The sequal, After Career Girls, should entail finding a husband, picking out just what flavor of Virginia Slims is for you, balancing your scotch glass on your pregnant belly, and being mean to your “colored” housekeeper.

  4. I love how the model career on the front of the box looks like the lady is pregnant. Unless being a house wife was a career also.

  5. COINCIDENCE – up at my old family cabin we have tons of old games and randomly, in the scrabble box (yes, scrabble in the flesh ya’ll, in 3D, can you believe it?!), there was an advertisement for this very game and it’s exciting counterpart for boys! of course they got to be doctors, scientists, business owners and the like.

  6. Interesting (and maybe good?) that motherhood is not mentioned? It seems that “back then”, pre-1960′s, the choice was have children OR a career, so being a mother would be a separate path from the others. Or perhaps the game meant to imply that you’d be a model or dancer for 5-10 years, then retire to raise your family. In any event, Cool find!

  7. I love how College is considered a career and being a slow thinker is not “bad” for the College choice. :p

  8. the funny thing about this post is the fact it is written by a guy:)

  9. Dear god, Im not skilled for anything!

  10. Why am I shocked that secretary didn’t make the cut for this game….

  11. I love this, i know i shouldn’t but i really want to know what my career would have been had i played this game!

    Txx

  12. Holy cheese.