So, this is the question my son came home with for his homework challenge this week and it really got me thinking. I remember myself as a child swinging between wanting to be a bus driver then a vet then onto wanting to be a top journalist. It’s funny how it can change so much, based on what you enjoy doing at the different stages of your life. I still have my own piece of writing from school stating that I wanted to be a bus driver because, and I quote, “you get to travel a lot whilst talking to people and smiling”. I also remember doing work experience at a local vets for my Duke of Edinburgh Award, which involved the rather gruesome task of taking a Yorkshire Terrier’s temperature – for those wishing to go into a veterinarian career, please let me be the first to warn you that the thermometer does not go under it’s tongue or armpit! I am still reeling from the shock of having to insert it into that dogs bottom, although perhaps not as much as the dog itself!
I have got lots of little mementos charting my own career history, including past wage slips, various training certificates and even articles that I have written which have been published. They are scattered around the house in various memory boxes and scrapbooks, probably growing mildew on them as we speak, and quite frankly using up precious space that I simply cannot afford to be using. But here’s where Fluxlist comes in. I can take photos of all these things and save them in my own personal scrapbook online. I am much more likely to look at them, because they’re easy to access and they are stored forever in a safe environment.
So anyway, back to this homework question: What do you want to be when you grow up? I sat down with my son and asked him this question, expecting the answer to be something along the lines of football player or policeman. How wrong was I! He sat back, folded his arms and said with a very serious look on his face, “Mummy, I have thought about this long and hard and I really want to change the tires on forklift trucks”. Well I was not expecting that, I can tell you.
In an article published in the Daily Mail, 1 in 5 children between the ages of five and ten said that they just “want to be rich” when they grow up. Other popular answers included: police officer, zoo keeper, fire fighter, bus driver and vet. Hmm so I truly did fit into the stereotypical dream career choices when I was younger. It actually made me quite proud to think that my son had thought so hard about his choice and had come up with something as specific and unique as a forklift truck tire fitter.
Have a think back to what you wanted to be when you were younger. Did you fulfil your dream? Why not create a Fluxlist as a memento to look back on and show your children when they start to consider their own career options.