When I Grow Up: 3 Takeaways From My Preschooler’s Career Day

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Last Friday was our boy’s Career Day in school. The week prior, I didn’t give much thought to the idea of career day because, personally, I believe that it’s too early to tell what a child will become when he or she grows up. I would know from experience.

I remember back then I think I had told my parents that I wanted to be a flight attendant because I was inspired by the beautiful, smiling women I saw on the plane that time I traveled by plane for the first time. I was around 5 or 6 that time. But obviously, I’ll never pass as a flight attendant for several reasons. Haha!

I also remember I wanted to pursue an art major because I love anything about art. But surprisingly – and I don’t know why – I ended up taking a major in Pharmaceutical Sciences and became a licensed pharmacist. But that didn’t stop there either. I didn’t follow that path. LOL! While I was finishing up college, I just realized I’ll never like Pharmacy (still a mystery to me why I found myself taking that major).

If there was something that stuck with me, it’s the love for writing and drawing. People from elementary and high school would know me for that. I may not be a novelist but I just enjoy writing that my first ever job that paid well was being an SEO article writer. I’ve been that, an online aggregate news writer and an editor in a span of 6 years. Then I started my own blog and also found a job as a VA on the side, doing illustration and graphics. I’ve been working from home since 2011 and I have to say I am very much happy – then and now.

Because I didn’t end up choosing the pharmacy career, I thought about our boy’s career day. All the while, I didn’t pay much attention to the activity and I just let him dress whatever he wanted. He was consistent about wanting to become a policeman but I really didn’t have time to find or make a costume for him. The easiest costume would be a doctor’s (he did mention he wanted to be one, along with scientist and Thor). I didn’t take it seriously. After all, things and changes happen along the way. What he says he wants to be today might not be the same in the years to come.

But then again, I realized my child might end up becoming the person he said he wanted to be. So, here’s what I learned from my preschooler’s career day.

  1. It’s not a final decision

As I’ve said, whatever your child says he wants to might not be the person he’ll become in the next 10 or 20 years from now. Even adults can change career paths and make this realization much later in life.

2. Support your child either way

Whatever your child wants to be, give your full support as much as possible. Eventually, they’ll make their big decisions. What you can do as a parent would be to guide them to make the right choices and encourage them to work hard to achieve their goals. And of course, when things don’t turn out the way they should be, let them know you’ll be there to motivate them to try harder and remind them that in life, it’s not all about doing things perfectly.

3. Becoming a doctor is a favorite

When it comes to career day in school, being a doctor just happens to be a lot of kids’ favorite choice. Ha! I just knew it a lot of kids will show up wearing a doctor’s coat. Kai was the only one in his class who chose to become a doctor.

Has your child shared what he or she wants to be in the future? Share them in the comments below.

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