As in this simple example:

I want to become a firefighter.

Now, you could replace "become" with "be", but that technically changes the meaning.

I found synonyms on collinsdictionary listed below, but they don't seem to work in my example.

"come to be, develop into, be transformed into, grow into, change into, evolve into, alter to, mature into, metamorphose into, ripen into"

  • You think that's bad, try finding a synonym for "be".
    – Hot Licks
    Aug 16, 2016 at 1:29
  • "but they don't seem to work in my example." Why not?
    – Mr.Wizard
    Aug 16, 2016 at 1:54
  • Just try..."I want to evolve in a firefighter" or "I want to transform into a firefighter" LOL
    – user190075
    Aug 16, 2016 at 1:59
  • If you want to evolve in a firefighter that would suggest you're some sort of internal parasite. Evolving into a firefighter, on the other hand ...
    – Hot Licks
    Aug 16, 2016 at 11:51

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Also specific to example:

"be employed as" "get a job as" "pursue a career as" "get work as" "work as" "be hired as" "enter the [...] field" "enter the [...] profession"


Well specific to the example, perhaps you could take either of these routes.

I aspire to be a firefighter.

I am an aspiring firefighter.

Those do anything for you?

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