Childhood Dream Jobs

I sometimes wonder what my boys will do when they are
older, we all have our childhood dreams but how many of us actually get to live
them. I wanted to be a vet and even
tried it as my work experience with school but it never transpired to anything
because I wasn’t keen on all my science subjects! I love how when you’re younger though you don’t let
practicalities get in the way of your daydreaming. You just feel like you could achieve anything, anything at all,
children can be so optimistic.

Eldest
has mentioned before about becoming a doctor or being a builder, youngest was
keen to be a farmer when he was little and then moved on to hopes for inventing
something (he is always tinkering with things trying to turn them into
something else!). I think my two waiver
between jobs though as the latest one for eldest now he’s rejoined football
training is to be a sportsman.

Voucherbox
had some interesting research on the subject of childhood dream jobs – they
found that only 1 in 10 actually get to live their dream job as an adult. I guess some of the jobs children want are
unattainable – my eldest actually wanted to be a cartoon boy at one point! You can read more about that particular gem here,
but he thought the cartoons were actually real boys just with their faces
painted…

The Voucherbox survey found that 18% wanted to save lives,
16% dreamed of becoming a professional sportsperson, with 13% longing to be
educators and 11% aspiring to be a star of stage and screen. It sounds like I was with lots of other girls
with my dreams of being a vet – 34% of those surveyed wanting to save lives had
the same aspirations as me.

They also found that 1 in
4 felt sad they never got to live out there dream; I hope that won’t be the
case for my boys. I never got to be a
vet but I am happy enough with my lot in life, blogging gives me complete
flexibility to work around the needs of my two children in a way most jobs
wouldn’t allow. Although interestingly enough
even for those that lived their dream job as a reality not everyone was happy –
over a quarter found it didn’t meet their expectations, so if you are sad you
didn’t get the career you hoped for do bare that in mind. The grass might seem greener but it isn’t
always!

I like how we now have
experiences like Kidzania
in the UK and children can role-play different jobs, I think
experiences like that might well help shape the future direction of their
careers and give them a better understanding of what the job will entail if
they go down that line of employment.

Do
your children have set ideas about what they would like to do in the future?

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