Aprocryphal evidence suggests that the old agony of career choice is becoming an anachronism.

Many have painful memories of being propelled into the workplace in their early 20s on dubiously attractive terms with the prospect of a life sentence in that particular line of work.

At an age when experience of life is confined to parents, friends, relations, school and university how many can make good decisions about the direction of their working lives?

Some can, but many can’t – they were funnelled early and uncomprehendingly via their choice of school and university courses into a waiting career path. Marriage, mortgages, children, kept them on the path.

But now, it seems, the Web’s limitless window on the world means that children are exposed far earlier and far more widely to what’s on offer.

A five year-old with a tablet may start feeling he has an affinity for whales. The budding marine biologist is spawned. By the time he’s 20, he may have developed a couple of dozen more career enthusiasms.

This should make for happier people. The earlier people take charge of their lives  and set  their own directions, the better off they are.



  1. Have a look at this and then say engineering isn’t far more fulfilling than banking or the other non-jobs DM mentioned in a different post.

    Just a pity she’s American. Where are the equivalent Brits (of either gender !)

  2. It’s so difficult to know isn’t it Keith? A few years in the City can set you up for life, either with a load of dosh or with knowing how to make loads of dosh. Or it can suck people dry. I expect the trick is knowing when to get out.

  3. My son did Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Economics for A levels. I told him not to waste time with engineering, to read Economics. He got a job in the city for a leading consultancy a year ago for a starting salary about what a typical middle aged EE gets. Mind you he does work all hours of the day it seems!

  4. Brilliant, DontAgree

  5. My boy is determined, and is soaking up all related knowledge he can get his hands on, for a stellar career as a …. fighter pilot …. he is aware of the whole drone thing, but apparently hasn’t connected the dots yet … I am not about to pop his bubble either as it is an excellent motivator for home work :-)

  6. In the 60s Yes, journalism was a sought after job, Mike, now graduates want to be bankers or celebs.

  7. I thought they’d all decided they ‘wannabee’ journalists and hence write blogs :-)

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