It’s a question everyone has been asked, but one expert is warning against asking children what they want to be when they grow up.
Speaking at an education conference in Sydney last week, Foundation for Young Australians chief executive Jan Owen described the query at the “worst” question you could ask a child and says to “never, ever” ask it again, news.com.au reports.
Explaining why, Owen said there is no such thing as one having one career anymore and young people shouldn’t have the pressure of knowing their future placed on them – considering many of the jobs people will have in future don’t exist yet.
“Our research is really clear about this, that the dream job, that one job for life, is actually kind of done, it’s over,” Owen said.
“If you’re not going to have one career and one dream job and one profession, what we need to consider is, how should we think about how work is being organised in Australia?”
Another problem is that many students aren’t aware that some of the careers they are striving for might not exist in the future.
A new report from the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) found “60 per cent of Australian students (71 percent of those in VET) are currently studying or training for occupations where the vast majority of jobs will be radically altered by automation.
Instead, Owen offers an alternative question to ask young people.
“Maybe the real question to ask a young person, and even ourselves when we wake up in the morning, is: What is the world that you want to create?”