Supporting the boys in their career plans

My children have had lots of different ideas about what they
would like to be when they grow up. I
love how they have no constraints on their dreams when they are young, they are
full of hope and optimism they really could be anything they want. Life hasn’t dampened their spirits.

Eldest varies from doctor, to singer to engineer and
youngest was quite keen to be a farmer at one point! Although how adorable does he look as a mini builder.

Whichever route they decide to go down they will have my
full support, they have to make their own career choices and I can just give
them a helping hand along the way – I better start saving though as studying
can be quite expensive as they progress to university and beyond…

According to this infographic by DeluxeMaid 80% of people are unhappy in
their job!

So it’s probably important
to try and find something that really interests you. My husband likes the challenge of his job, I wouldn’t say it’s
his dream job as he probably would have suited something to do with IT (computer game
development!) but I like to think he is satisfied enough with his lot. He has been promoted so is obviously a
valued member of the team.

But the 80% statistic is a huge amount of dissatisfaction in
the workplace. I wanted to be a vet
when I was younger but that never quite panned out, you need to be very
determined and although I liked biology I did not want to focus completely on
the sciences. Now I am a blogger, which
fits in well with family life, it’s flexible and can be quite rewarding, not on
the scale of saving animals lives perhaps but still I am happy enough in my
work! I get to be my own boss and
manage my own schedule, yes I occasionally have the odd run in with an
unpleasant PR but on the whole my experiences have been very positive.

The infographic suggests letting your children explore their
own options because if you dictate what they should do too much it will lead to
depression in the future. I try and
just let them experience new things to see if it sparks an interest (a visit to Kidzania is good to try your hand at lots of different job roles).

My two surgeons #kidzanialondon @kidzanialondon #holiday #activity x A photo posted by Karen (@missingsleep) on May 1, 2016 at 9:21am PDT

I could probably do
more but its hard school days are long and when they come home they like to
relax and unwind.

Whatever happens give your children lots of praise and
encouragement they might not follow the path you hoped but its their life to
lead. Just be ready with money for
further education and help them get decent work experience
opportunities. I did my work experience
in the veterinary surgeons and it was very enlightening, my husband did his
work experience in the local video hire shop – he just wanted the easy option
at the time as they let you clock off early and he was allowed a couple of free
rentals a night! But I am sure even
there he still learnt some valuable things.

I am quite excited about what the future will hold for
my two boys. They mean the world to me
so their happiness is more important than a big salary or a company car, I will
be proud they have found something they enjoy.

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