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Would you want your kid to grow up and choose the exact same profession that you chose to do?

The responses to this question should be interesting...

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    Sep 8 2012: I am guessing that I am like most parents in hoping my kids pursue creative and stimulating careers that align with their interests. Whether those careers overlap the choices I made is entirely irrelevant.

    I do hope they choose life activities that involve service and that they value the importance of using their gifts in service.
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    Sep 8 2012: I just want them to grow as good human they will have free hand to decide
  • Sep 8 2012: My son did, but I wish he had not.

    My career was in computer information systems. Today the technology is changing so fast that by the time you graduate some of the courses you took are obsolete. Get into computer technology only if you want to spend a lot of YOUR LEISURE TIME trying to keep up with the latest advances. This might sound great when you are young and enthusiastic. When the wife wants you to share in her leisure interests, and the kids need lots of time, it means cutting into your sleep time and eating lunch while reading a technical journal. Not much time left for TED.
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    Sep 8 2012: If they enjoy the work, there can be nothing better. If not, no thx.
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    Sep 8 2012: For a second lets look at this from the side. I want to give my kids the education that provides them with the option to do what they want. If it is doing what I did so be it. All I can do is to provide them with options through education.

    All the best. Bob.
  • Sep 8 2012: First of all...he did.

    A lot would depend on his/her observations about your expressions of job satisfaction at home, their happiness with your life style, their respect for you and what you do, and their concerns about competing with your legacy or in your shadow.
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    Sep 7 2012: I remember one "Take Your Child to Work" day, where I brought my son with me throughout my daily work routine. At the end of the day, I asked him if this was the kind of work he would ever want to do, when he grew up. He replied, "Oh no! All you do is go to meetings, talk on the phone, and answer e-mails all day. That is so boring!"

    Now he works for a major investment bank, and guess what he does all day? You got it!

    Is that what I wanted for him? I don't know that I cared one way or another. What I want for him and for all my children is for them to make a difference, and there are as many ways to do that as there are people.

    I'm happy to say that all my children (young 20s) are headed in that direction, and that's all I could ever ask.
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    Sep 7 2012: I would not. For one, their interests might not be the same as mine. If this becomes true, then why propel the idea that they should undertake my profession. If one is intrigued by philosophy, let them contemplate on the meaning of being, if instead one is passionate about professional soccer, I would love to see my child go to the world cup if his/her talent takes him/her there. As long as they realize that that is what they want to input all their resources into and make a contribution to the human condition, I support whatever profession they seek to attain. (That being said, I would like them to go to a university instead of working at a mediocre job, not to say those jobs are not important to the economy and the nation as a whole but education should be prioritized once the final ramifications are thought of.)