follow in somebody's footsteps

follow in (one's) footsteps

To pursue something that someone else (often a family member) has already done. My father was an engineer, and I plan to follow in his footsteps and study engineering in college. I am following in my sister's footsteps and joining her old sorority.
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follow in somebody’s ˈfootsteps

to do the same job, have the same style of life, etc. as somebody else, especially somebody in your family: He followed in his dad’s footsteps and became a lawyer.
See also: follow, footstep