The standard question is ‘What do you want to do when you grow up?’ Sometimes kids answer quickly but are we asking the right question?
I can remember when I was seven, at school and sitting at the back of the classroom. Each child had to take their turn, stand up, and tell everyone what they wanted to be when they grew up. When it was my turn, I stood up and said I want to be an artist. I had never thought about this question before, I just knew my creativity gave me joy.
I went to art school and did a graphic design. My first job was with a world-leading Ad agency, and it was an exciting game. However, the graphic design industry had changed since I was a child, and I became a nerdy creative.
Lucky you, if you’re reading this and are a millennial. Growing up with a digital device in your hand or glued to a screen. You are fast to choose what interests you and can decipher information in seconds. You are likely to change jobs every two years. Work in several industries or be a freelancer or an entrepreneur.
As part of the computer generation, you will be more resilient to the enormous changes coming in the future.
We can expect 50% of jobs to disappear with artificial intelligence. 30% of people are now self-employed in the US, and it’s predicted to grow.
Even if children choose now what they want to be when they grow up, that job may not be there in the future. It’s a scary thought.
We may have more choice and opportunity than ever before. However, we’re also more confused, overwhelmed and stressed than ever before. The mid-life crisis has morphed into an identity crisis and starts at an early age. Thank you social media!
Here’s an interesting question to ask yourself ~
Who do I want to be?
What kind of life do I want to live?
I don’t know about you, but I find these exciting questions. I will set off and do some research. What is out there in the world that answers these questions. I feel this has a lot to do with being guided by our values.
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