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.