I found this BBC article interesting about a report from the OECD.
By the age of seven, children are already facing limits on their future aspirations in work, according to a report from the OECD international economics think tank.
It got me thinking about my own aspirations and career plans when I was younger.
If I remember correctly at the age of seven I think I wanted to be a postman!
At secondary school I went through a range of ideas, including being a BBC camera operator, an architect and working in a bank. I even ran our school bank for a couple of years.
Then doing work experience at my local Midland Bank certainly put me off working in a bank!
When I was in my teens I wanted to work in the city in London. As a result I did Economics at A Level. Then I watched ITV’s Capital City and decided not to!
Just doing a Google search on the series I now see it had a young Jason Isaacs in the cast.
I thought Capital City was broadcast in the mid 1980s, but according to the Wikipedia page it was actually broadcast in 1989. Shows how time plays tricks with your memories, as I always thought Capital City was one of the reasons I studied Economics, which wasn’t true, as I chose my A Level choices in 1985, a good four years before I saw the series. Now thinking that the series probably had a negative impact on my career choices.
At University I studied Economics, however my career plans were somewhat skewed by doing charity fundraising. So was not going to attempt to work in London.
I left university without a clear career plan. What about you? What did you want to do when you were seven?