Job reports often project future in-demand jobs, but those demands may go unanswered if these careers do not align with the interests of young people – the individuals who will fill the jobs of tomorrow. Exploring, a co-ed career-development program created by the Boy Scouts of America, today released the findings of its Career Interest Survey that sheds light on what today’s young people actually want to be when they grow up. The survey highlights the need for programs that help bridge young people’s career interests with in-demand careers through hands-on experiences.
The survey, which was fielded in 2016 to more than 150,000 students from 8th to 12th grade, gauged interest in more than 200 career options and resulted in a top 10 list that ranged from in-demand medical positions like nurses and physicians to more aspirational positions like professional athletes, singers, and actors. The survey also revealed that childhood ambitions evolve with maturity. Middle school respondents were twice as likely as their twelfth grade counterparts to select careers in athletics and the arts, while interest in health and business careers increased as respondents entered high school. In fact, the most popular careers were in STEM-related fields with 45 percent of respondents expressing the most interest in careers such as physician, mechanical engineer, computer programmer or marine biologist, with the health care field drawing the most interest.
“As a society, we must take the question of ‘what do you want to be when you grow up’ and flip it on its head. It’s a difficult question for many young people to answer and one they shouldn’t have to answer on their own. We must show youth the vast opportunities that exist and explain how their current interests can lead to a rewarding career in the future,” said Michael Surbaugh, Chief Scout Executive, Boy Scouts of America. “Exploring creates a foundation tomorrow’s leaders by allowing youth to explore their interests, discover new talents and begin to chart a path for the future.”
The Exploring program offers young people, ages 10 through 20, the opportunity to spend time in the workplace and learn directly from professionals. These youth gain valuable real-world experiences to help them determine how their interests could translate into career options. Although the Career Interest Survey primarily helps match students with the workplace experiences that best match his or her interests, survey results also point to important emerging trends about America’s future workforce.
Health Care is Hot
Four of the 10 most popular career options cited by survey respondents were in the health care field, an area that is expected to grow in the coming years as the U.S. population grows older. Other science and engineering fields drew interest from 18 percent of respondents, with mechanical engineer rounding out the top 10 fields garnering the most student interest. The top 10 most popular careers include:
1. Registered nurse
2. Professional athlete
5. Athletic trainer/sports medicine
8. Veterinarian/Veterinary technician
10. Mechanical engineer
Skilled Trades May Continue to Face Labor Shortages
Only 3 percent of survey respondents expressed interest in one of the skilled trades, and nearly half of those – 46 percent – are interested in automotive work, a field that may experience decreasing demand as vehicle technology advances.
Gender Gaps Persist in Numerous Fields
Female respondents expressed less interest in engineering, business and trades than men, while male students expressed less interest in healthcare, social services, and arts and humanities.
- Eighteen percent of male students chose an engineering career, compared to 3 percent of females.
- Twelve percent of male respondents expressed interest in a health career compared to 40 percent of female respondents.
- Male respondents were twice as likely to choose a business career as women (14 percent vs. 7 percent).
- Young women who took the survey were 86 percent less likely than young men to say they want a career in computing – such as programming, support, analytics, and software development.
“In addition to informing career choices, the workplace experiences provided through Exploring can help debunk some of the stereotypes and social patterns that persist today,” Surbaugh said. “If we can help students see that people from all walks of life can succeed in a wide range of fields, we can open their eyes to career opportunities that they may not have previously considered.”
Those who can’t do, teach. Schools dumbdown children! It’s a ridiculous terror to jail children in schools for sixteen years in order to brainwash them and keep teachers busy! No wonder children revolt violently. Dropping out is a smart strategy of cutting losses short.
Kids only need literacy, something they can learn from parents. Nevertheless, government does not allow children to grow properly and work, imprisoning them in schools for at least twelve years, in order to brainwash them with socialist propaganda. This brings poverty and resentment to many children. Many smart kids manage to drop out of school, getting all the education they need through internet.
Dropping out of school is a smart strategy of cutting losses short! Public schools are filled with eager, fresh-faced youngsters, and prisons contain many rough-looking adults with uninviting personalities. They are both kleptocrat-run facilities where individuals are held for a specific number of years without their consent, at the mercy of their custodians.
Abraham Lincoln is viewed as a model of self-education. He never went to school. He read all the interesting books he could find. After reading some law books, he passed the law exam, becoming a lawyer. He was never enslaved in classrooms of four walls with boring teachers. He was a free man. Why not your children? Everybody should follow Lincoln’s paradigm. Stay away from schools!
Han Han, a high-school dropout born in 1982, is a Chinese professional rally driver, best-selling author, singer, creator of Party magazine, and China’s most popular blogger. He has published ten novels to date, and he is also involved in music production. The Han Han story proves that schooling must be abolished.
For years, kleptocrats have been doing their best to further blur the distinction by giving public-school officials the same powers as the warden of San Quentin. There are many abridgments of freedom and invasions of privacy inflicted on children. Children are looking for a Moses to liberate them from the jails of classes, and lead them to the promised land of real life.
The socialistic feature of public schooling that dooms it to fail is that at every level, the system relies on compulsion instead of voluntary consent. The curriculum is politicized to reflect the socialistic cancer of kleptocrats in power. Standards are continually dumbed down to the least common denominator. The brightest children are not permitted to achieve their potential, the special-needs of individual children are neglected, and the mid-level learners become little more than socialistic cogs in a kleptocratic machine.
The teachers themselves are constrained by a kleptocratic apparatus that watches their every move. Kleptocrats have long used compulsory schooling, backed by egalitarian ideology, as a means of citizen brainwashing and enslavement. In contrast, a market-based system of schools would adhere to a purely voluntary ethic, financed with private funds, and administered entirely by private enterprise.
Generations of dumbing-down and educational indoctrination have brainwashed hoi polloi. Perhaps citizens will wake up quickly to their peril, perhaps not. They must be taught the value of freedom. Many do not even know what it is, and many don’t put a value on it. Where the Founders had the advantage of the spread of Graecoroman ideas, and a population receptive to them, we have the disadvantage of the decline of those ideas, and a population largely indifferent to or ignorant of them. This is quite an obstacle.
Homeschooling is the education of children at home. Homeschooling is a legal option in many places for parents to provide their children with a learning environment as an alternative to publicly-provided schools.
Parents cite numerous reasons as motivations to home school, including better academic test results, poor public school environment, improved character, and objections to what is taught locally in public school. It is also an alternative for families living in isolated rural locations or living temporarily abroad. Homeschooling is legal in many countries, especially Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Unschooling is a curriculum-free philosophy of homeschooling. Unschoolers believe that the use of standard curricula and conventional grading methods, as well as other features of traditional schooling, are counterproductive to the goal of maximizing the education of each child. Instead, unschoolers typically allow children to learn through their natural life experiences, including game play, household responsibilities, and social interaction. Exploring activities is often led by the children themselves, facilitated by the adults. Child directed play is a key tenet of the unschooling philosophy.
We should abolish schooling, to end the ugly and inhuman business of people-shaping and to allow and help people to shape themselves. Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners. The teacher gives explanations, not learning. If a child is left to himself, he will think more and better. Be wary of saying or doing anything to a child that you would not do to another adult, whose good opinion and affection you valued.
Unschooling is based upon and built around the growth of the child and the success that is an inherent part of a self-actualizing life. The notion of teaching people to become better thinkers is such a basic concept that most people would assume the goal has always been a vital part of educators’ tool kits. But the concept is fairly new on the education landscape, and it has yet to accurately address some tricky cognitive terrain.
LIB THE KIDS
By Basil Venitis
Children locked in all these classes
Dumbing down our kids
Boring teachers with glasses
Unschool now and lib the kids.
Kids are looking for a Moses
To liberate them from all these freaks
To lead them to the promised land of chosen
Unschool now and lib the kids.
Eager fresh-faced youngsters
Bored to hell and tired lids
Are in classes like gangsters
Unschool now and lib the kids.
Abolish schooling right now
Abolish all these stupid grids
Fire all these teachers anyhow
Unschool now and lib the kids.