What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?08:30
For kids the whole world is open to them and they can literally chose to be anything they want to be when they grow up. I love asking Ethan this question and hearing all of his creative answers. It often depends what day of the week it is or what books we've been reading, but he chooses all sorts of fun things to be! He wants to be an astronaut and a fire fighter, he wants to be an artist and a rubbish collector. As we get older this changes, and sometimes even after making a decision about our careers we end up changing our minds over time.
The Open University have done a poll and found that almost half of us (44%) experience a 'life crisis' at some point. So they are encouraging people to find their Plan P - their passion plan and realise their unfulfilled ambitions. And it's not just a mid-life crisis, through their poll they've found that a lot of these people are a lot younger than you would expect. Almost a third of the people going through this were between 18 and 30. People said that they had a lack of career fulfilment and unfulfilled dreams as the cause.
It's not hard to believe, as we're expected to choose what career path we want to follow at such a young age, and so many things change in our lives over time. I know that I always wanted to be a teacher and I do still love it, but becoming a mother has changed things in my life dramatically and I haven't gone back to teaching yet. I am sure that a lot of mums are looking for careers that can fit in to their family life better than what they did previously, and what better opportunity to take a new path that better suits your interests than the inspiration of having started a family.
The Open University today is urging people to explore their interests by learning something new or pursuing further study in order to address the issues associated with their 'life crises', start realising their ambitions and to discover their 'Plan P.'
The Open University invited us to Kidzania to try out some different careers for ourselves and find our Plan P. It was so much fun to play in all the different areas and to learn different skills. I may not be cut out to be a drummer (I definitely have no rhythm!) but the flight simulator and learning to be a pilot was amazing and I may have found a new passion myself!
Ivy absolutely loved running around Kidzania, there is so much to explore and they have thought of every possible job for kids to try out! I love that the kids still have all these incredible options open to them, as well as the possibility of changing paths somewhere down the line, because people do change as they grow up, and there's nothing wrong with following your passion, even if it does take a little time to realise it.
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* This is a sponsored post, written in collaboration with The Open University.*