Why What We Teach Our Kids at Career Day is Important

Back in grade school, career day was the one day out of the year that police men, fire fighters, nurses and doctors would come to school and tell us the importance of studying hard, going to college and continuing on to do traditional work.  In hindsight, there was no one around who did what I’m doing now so there’s no telling how inspired I would’ve been.  Today’s generation is surrounded by nothing but opportunity and inspiration.  They have the world at their fingertips.  We have children entrepreneurs who took an idea and ran with it, all the way to success.

With that said, when I was invited to speak at IS 68’s Career Day, it was extremely important for me to reach all kids, but I felt more inclined to encourage the dreamers with nontraditional career goals.  While I was growing up, my mother told me to become a teacher.  When I told her I was interested in fashion, she said, “there’s no money in fashion.  Become a teacher or something that offers stability.”  Being raised in a traditional, West Indian home, that kind of thinking was not strange.  Parents were more concerned with financial security than they were with doing what made you happy.

During career day I concentrated on encouraging the kids to follow their passion.  If you’re passionate about being a doctor, be the best doctor possible.  If you’re passionate about starting a clothing line, then dedicate yourself to your craft.  It’s all up to you.  Traditional or not, you can be WHATEVER you choose to be.

The career day presenters were made of people from all walks of life.  Attorneys, transit workers, clothing designers, you name it, they were there.  Among them all was me; Marsha B. a journalist/blogger from Brooklyn, NY.  Am I exactly where I want to be?  Absolutely not!  But I am vigorously working on getting there.

Think, Believe and Live BIG.

1 Comment
  • Cindy Lee Alves
    Posted at 16:31h, 17 May Reply

    #lovelovelove – our young people need to see a variety of paths – especially the dreamers and entrepreneurs <3

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