Kids less selfish in carer paths than imagined

A recent survey reveals that more children between the ages of eight and thirteen see themselves on a career path to service, rather than a career path to fame.  When 1700 children were asked what they would like to be when they got older, a majority of them picked police officer, doctor, fireman, veterinarian, teacher or soldier.

This doesn’t mean that boys do not still want to become footballers (7 per cent) or girls do not want to become actresses (3 per cent), but many previous studies did not have such a high attraction for service careers as this one.

It could indicate that children’s attitudes are changing.  Some suggest that this is the case because of the recent hard times and economic struggle that children see befalling their parents and other adults.

When children see people they love struggling, they naturally want to help.  These career choices reflect jobs that children recognize as being helpful to others.

So, even though the struggling they see might be more economic than illness, injury, disease, or crime, these are the kinds of careers they relate to being helpful.

Naturally then, these are the kinds of careers that children witnessing struggle to some degree in their own lives will choose.

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