Recently I went to a school for their career/ motivation talk. I had never been to one of those and while in High School such forums were not available. I actually don’t remember having a professional(s) coming to our school to advice us on what career path to take or what job would beat suit each of our personalities.
So a couple of friends and I took the road to Thika to go to talk to students. It was such an eye opener for me and my pals. I will get to the reason as we continue.
It was quite a chilly day as we woke up pretty early to go to the school. This weather has other agendas. For one waking up at 5am on a Saturday isn’t the norm. Saturdays are supposed to be for oversleeping and cuddling. Anyway it is all for good cause. Right?
So I met my friends and we shikad the way and went. On arrival, the cold that continued to beat on us was like it was sent to combat us. It started raining, it was foggy and boy didn’t I just want to lock myself in the car and snooze.
Anyway as we arrived so did other invited guests and we went ahead to go and sit in tents that were prepared for us. The students also took their places and settled down. There were several speeches from the Principal and the speaker of the day. We also introduced ourselves and the careers each of us had embarked in.
What caught my eye was the fact that there were so many career oriented people, honestly it made me question my being there.
This is what I mean…
The ones invited were serious professionals. E.g: lawyers, civic engineers, pilots, architects, heck I’m sure even secretarial engineers were in the house. This is the thing. Careers like artistry, media, fashion are not considered serious. Why is that?
I think our parents and guardians should move away from the norm. I am somehow upset that we still want the children to be like ‘us’, their parents. Why can’t we encourage them to do what they love, what their heart wants?
I know we worry that somehow bills won’t be paid and that this generation is somewhat carefree. But at the end of the day things always work out(for the good).
It is high time the old generation(no offence to them) let’s the new generation explore, have ideas. Come to think of it most candidates when on camera say they want to pursue all these “good” jobs but off camera, their minds are thinking about other things. Would it be right to push your child to do what you want them to and let them kill their dreams while despising you or you’ll encourage them to be themselves and do what their heart wants?
Most times most of them have no idea what they will pursue after school. If they do it is because they are been pressured into what they do not desire.
Let’s take time, talk to our children, let’s see what they have in mind. Don’t push them away. Let them explore. Let them be free to tell you what they have. From there then once understood , we can agree to disagree.