What do you want to be when you grow up?
That was the question put to prinmary schools children and reported recently in the Independent newspaper.
No1? – Teacher! Of course, children shoudl want to be like their teachers at that age.
No2? – Vet. Understandable – who doesnt want to look after puppies and ponies and bunnies and things
No3 & No 4? – Doctor and Footballer joint. No surprise still. You see a lot of doctors and play a lot of footbal aged 6
No 5? Police Officer – not sure where that comes from, but the uniform helps
No 6? Nurse – Ah, yes, as expected
This is where is gets surprising … ANSWER: ‘IT SPECIALIST’. Yes, you read that right: ‘IT Specialist’. More children chose this career than chose: soldier, fireman, scientist, chef, designer, photographer, author, lawyer, racing driver, pilot, shop owner – oh, and princess!! [My own ambition at that age to be a pirate was not on the list].
I dont care how small or biased the sample was, I am going to use this statistic for all its worth! I’m delighted IT was even on the list.
The IT profession is not (just) a career for geeks, but for clever, innovative and creative people who want diversity, challenge and to do things which make a difference to peoples’ lives.