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Parents vow to explain to their children how they can help change the world!

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TODAY’S PARENTS WEREN’T TOLD THEY COULD HELP CHANGE THE WORLD THROUGH THEIR CAREERS AND VOW NOT TO MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE WITH THEIR CHILDREN

• JUST A FIFTH OF PARENTS WERE TOLD THEIR CHOSEN PROFESSIONS COULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO THE WORLD

• HOWEVER, THE MAJORITY OF PARENTS HAVE EXPLAINED HOW THEIR CHILD’S JOB COULD MAKE A POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION

• TOMORROW’S ENGINEERS WEEK STARTS TODAY TO CELEBRATE ENGINEERS ON A MISSION MAKING A POSITIVE IMPACT

 

The 80s may have brought us the era of the yuppie, characterised by their ambition of chasing money at all costs – but it seems today’s parents want something different for their children.
 
New research released on Engineers Week shows that just a fifth (21%) of parents were told that they could have a job that makes a difference to the world when they were young. As a result, many are now making sure their own children know they can find a career that makes a positive impact on society

 

Almost two-thirds (64%) of parents want their children to have a job that means they can be part of something they can be proud of and two-fifths (38%) want their child to make a positive difference to society with their careers. 

More than six in ten parents of Generation Z children (64%) have had discussions about how their jobs could make a difference to the world. And while parents of 11-18 year olds feel that teaching (50%) or being a doctor (48%) are the careers most likely to enable their child to do good in the future, 43% believe becoming an engineer would make a difference. 

 

Similar numbers felt nurses (40%), police (37%), vets (37%) or social workers (36%) would also be positive career choices and beyond doing something worthwhile for society, other parental priorities for their child’s future work include being happy (89%), a reliable income (74%), good salary (48%) and excitement (41%).

 

We are joined in the studio by Fayon Dixon – broadcaster, STEM champion, and careers educator

 

Fayon is an inspirational speaker, presenter, and fundraiser for charities including InterAct, which supports stroke survivors, and the YouTube phenomenon Hate Cancer Love To Dance. She’s a regular commentator on radio and is the host ‘The Kids Are Alright’ for under 12’s.

Fayon is also the energetic host of EngineeringUK’s speed networking event Meet The Future You, helping students learn how networking skills can make the difference to a great career in engineering.

Let's Talk: Parents vow to explain to their children how they can help change the world

New research shows that just a fifth (21%) of parents were told that they could have a job that makes a difference to the world when they were young. As a result, many are now making sure their own children know they can find a career that makes a positive impact on society.