Careers advice in schools has been a lot on my mind lately due to the current debate about its provision that is taking place in England.
The big issue is: SHOULD WE ADVISE AND GUIDE OUR CHILDREN ON MAKING THE RIGHT CAREER CHOICES?
As a parent this is a difficult subject because we tend to think we are careers experts, which our children may not always appreciate. Imagine what it was like for young Santa Claus.
SCENE: The North Pole, Santa’s House
Santa’s dad: well son, it’s about time we spoke about your plans to get some work experience under your belt.
Santa: why dad?
Santa’s dad: because one day you’re going to take over from me and run the whole show
Santa: gosh Dad I’m still a bit young for that.
Santa’s dad: you’re never too young to learn about the real world. Work is life and life is work.
Santa: but dad I want to become a computer programmer. My ICT teacher thinks I would be good at it.
Santa’s dad: don’t be ridiculous, what on earth has that got to do with handling a sleigh and deer?
Santa: well, perhaps one day dad we won’t need to fly around and drop down people’s chimneys.
Santa’s dad: not over my dead body.
Santa: can I at least speak to my school careers officer?
Santa’s dad: fine, as long as you listen to me first and him second (and your ICT teacher last).
Santa: he’s a she actually.
Santa’s dad: even more reason then. Your mother knows who’s in charge in this household.
Santa’s mum: my dearest, you sit around 364 days of the year and then for one single night get off your backside and do a bit of sleigh riding and delivering of presents. How tough is that? Santa junior, don’t even think of listening to your dad.
Santa: mum, the way you’ve put it I think I’ll drop the programming and stick to the family profession.