What did you want to be when you grew up?

What did you want to be when you grew up and how did that change as you progressed through your school career, or for life for that matter? We don’t always consider how the advice or pathways we take influences our career choices, but the conversation is heating up.

For some, the pathways are quite linear, for others such as myself, I found myself ‘falling’ into my profession based on experience or interest. There are a number of statistics suggesting that our process for guiding students young or old into rewarding careers needs review. 

Young people are faced with a number of new pathway options that simply didn’t exist five years ago. Each day the innovations driven by new technologies are transforming our world, creating new and exciting opportunities to expand humanities’ horizons. Connecting these new pathways to students is of key importance to us at My Careers, and the sector is starting to hear the message. 

With our fourth industrial revolution knocking at the door, Australia’s workforce needs to transform. This doesn’t just mean transforming the education pathways of young students, but also the pathways for knowledge workers whose industries may be disrupted by the change. It’s such an important issue for us to focus on solving, not just as businesses but as citizens of a country we love and want to see prosper. 

Check out this discussion paper I read last week exploring the topic around pathways for Senior Secondary Students and why it’s an important issue to us all.