What do you want to be when you're grown up?
I honestly don't think many young people really know what they want to do but how nice would it be to find a career that is thoroughly enjoyable, satisfying and pays well.
I believe it's important to tell all young adults about the cost of living; rent, bills, cost of food and salary potential, what jobs are out there, not just what is in demand now but all jobs, high salary and low, UK and abroad, technical or commercial, employed or self employed . You could then evaluate a career goal that would allow you to be happy in your work, but also comfortable financially.
At the age of 15 I was asked "What do you want to do when you grow up?" To that I said "I don't know... I like animals", the reply was "You should do what you enjoy" So I did; I've had all sorts of animal care jobs from Zoo Keeper, Pest Control Officer to Animal Technician, I've studied Animal Management and I am a Falconer. I love the fresh air, keeping busy, the team effort and of course improving animal welfare. However it wasn't particularly a salary I wanted or could afford to stay on and it took me only so far in my career. For me I'm a very social person and I am very target driven, as well as looking for progression in my role and salary.
It's taken me 10 years in work to find my ideal job. I'm not saying those 10 years were a waste, not at all but I have tried a variety of full time and part time roles and asking myself what I want, what I'm good at and what job fits my personality before embarking on my career in recruitment. Determination is not to be underestimated, it might take a bit longer to find that dream job but then Rome wasn't built in a day.... !
Schools could embrace the teaching of careers better. Explaining what jobs/careers are out there, job descriptions, average salaries they go for, progression and career development in that sector etc. but mostly never limiting students on their abilities there and then as to what they can or can't do.
I'd wish that I had spoken to a professional with industry knowledge who could have given me the information and guided me to a better career choice sooner. Here at Delta we're happy to pass on our knowledge so you can make an informed choice on the things that really matter.