Supporting the child’s career aspirations #DoyourHomework
Close to his 4th birthday, one evening, Dhruv and I were watching a movie on DVD. The movie started with a car racing sequence of about 5 minutes. After the scene got over, he asked me to rewind and play it again. And again. And again. I must have done it for atleast 5 times when he announced, for the first time ever, with his eyes glued to the TV screen, “Mummy I will become a Car Racer when I grow up.”.
A car racer! This is the point where his imagination developed wings of what shall be his future career aspirations.
From here on, just like the kids of my peers, he wants to become ‘a lot of Men’ in his words which simply means he keeps drilling into my head names of different professions he wants to take up when he will grow up. He wants to be a fireman while we pass by the Jayanagar Fire station once a week, a road repairer when our car rocks like a boat braving the potholes in the roads, a construction person when he notices an unfinished flyover, a policeman who puts bad men into the jail, the amazon delivery person who brings fabulous books to our doorstep, the pizza delivery boy for the love of pizzas. These are just the ones I can remember at this moment.
He has started blogging too for he wants to write stories. Another aspiration, I guess. Blogging for him means opening the wordfile (MS Word) in the laptop and merely typing ABCD…..xyz randomly.
I came across a video recently about an experiment conducted in Mumbai where the parents were invited along with their children. In this experiment, the parents were asked to draw a career or a profession which they wanted their children to pursue in life. Simultaneously, the children were to come up with drawings of their own career aspirations. The results were surprising because there was a vast difference between the aspirations of parents and their children. While parents exhibited inclination towards conventional professions like teaching, medicine, scientists and pilot, their children’s art work revealed their wishes to become an artist, Ferrari racer, painter and dancer.This video drives me to become appreciative of the fact that the children, these days, are more aware of the numerous career options available and parents are recognizing the need to plan and do their homework early on irrespective of the career option their children choose later on.
Watch this #Doyourhomework video here.
This reminds me of an incidence from 3 years ago. A friend was planning to look for a school in Bangalore for her 6 year old daughter since she was returning to India from overseas. She was highly worked up about her daughter securing an admission in a school highly noted for its academics. She created a hypothetical situation for me asking me if I were to be in her position what parameters will I have to access a school? Dhruv was 2 years old, still very young at that time and I had no clues. I had no answers to her questions. She got irritated with my ignorance and lack of planning thinking it appropriate to counsel me to aspire for IIT for Dhruv.
Looking at this from another perspective, I realise why should I limit to IIT as the final destination when there is a MIT available. One thing is for sure whether it has to be about IIT ot MIT, whether it has to be about studying in India or abroad, I have to commence planning the finances and start making investments keeping in mind the forever escalating costs of education. I downloaded the Homework App on my phone which provides the relevant information for the future education costs with respect to various fields of study in India and abroad and how much investment I am required to make at present to be able to cover those costs.
I am confident. I have done my homework. Have you?
To Dhruv, I can assure – ‘You can be anything you desire to be since I am ready, emotionally and financially, with the investments to support your dream.’
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