It’s been Career’s Day at Tara’s school today. A day when all the children dressed up as the career that they want to be when they grow up. Much excited and quite frankly, dashing around the house looking for the white coat that has been used on so many occasions. This time Tara, just like Violet before her, wanted to be a vet.
I want to tell my girls that I really hope they achieve what they want to be. Not because being a vet is a better vocation than any other or because it makes them a better person than any other. But because I want them to believe in themselves, be able to choose a career that they want to, one that makes them happy …and one that gets us out of buying any more pets.
And if you change your mind and want to become something else, like a blogger for example, that is perfectly fine too. A gin taster would be even better! As long as you work hard at whatever you hope to be. And as long as it is something you choose to be rather than going into a job because someone else says you should.
There’ll be no judgement from me or your Dad. We both have jobs that people turn their noses up at on occasion but that’s ok, we don’t do our jobs for anyone else. We also encourage you all to respect other people’s career choices – Maybe not everybody ends up in a low paid job because they couldn’t do anything else but because they chose to. Many of us consider ourselves very lucky to be able to do the school runs and attend assemblies.
I love dressing up day. The hope and frivolity about what the children aspire to. There were footballers galore (I really hope all those little footballers are playing in the premiership one day), an author, 2 bloggers & a party planner. The world is changing & hopefully all the 7 year olds of today have a much wider world to choose their future career from.
What do your children want to be when they grow up? Are you in the same career that you started out in? I wanted to work in HR but soon found that I wasn’t that keen on a lot of people!