Career Education For Primary Schools
In recent days, some schools, organisations and even individuals have developed an interest in Early Career Education. Some Parents, schools, teachers etc… on the other hand give this move a thumbs down👎 in the opinion that children their age and level should be open to a wide range of careers and opportunities and shouldn’t have to bother what they would be in the future.
Well, I stand with them for the obvious damages that could cause.
Career education mean different things to different people, to some it means directing a child towards a particular career, to some it could mean career advice and more… to some it could mean all of these and in my opinion, these are unnecessary for kids whose aspirations should be very tentative and wide ranged.
Career education shouldn’t be about career advice but should focus on career related learning “Broadening horizons and raising aspirations, giving children a wide range of experiences of the world including the world of work. It is about opening doors, showing children the vast range of possibilities open to them and helping to keep their options open for as long as possible. And there is a range of attributes, skills, and behaviors that can be encouraged in this early stage of a child’s life that will leave them in the best possible position as they begin their transitions to secondary education and to future life.” Nick Chambers
Children should be introduced to the world of work as it increases motivation to work hard bringing more relevance to their learning, challenges stereotyping (gender, race etc) about jobs and school subjects and broadens aspirations.