Hi Jas — people don’t know what they don’t know and often get seduced by the money and the glamour.
Denise Taylor

Career advice for kids

Thanks again for your insights, Denise.

The “money question” is an interesting one — it has been found that, once we have our basic needs (food, warmth, shelter, sanitation, etc) met plus a little extra, money doesn’t make us happier beyond a certain point ($75k or £50k are the figures often quoted) — it comes more down to our experiences of meaning, purpose, our social connections, etcetera. There is a lot of research in this space — perhaps that ought to be better conveyed.

I once read that instead of asking kids the scary “What do you want to do when you’re older?” question, we should actually ask them “In what way do you want to help people?”. After all — that’s what we do, in one way or another, in our “work” — or we certainly need to feel that (amongst other things) to feel fulfilment and purpose in what we do; it is my view that, one contributing factor to these glamorous-but-unfulfilling jobs being unfulfilling, is that one cannot see how they are tangibly touching others’ lives —or their organisation is too big and they are too far away to really see/feel/appreciate how they are helping others.