Date
24 July 2017
More than 30 percent of parents said they have no specific expectations and would be happy to let their children choose their careers, according to a survey. Photo: Xinhua
More than 30 percent of parents said they have no specific expectations and would be happy to let their children choose their careers, according to a survey. Photo: Xinhua

40% of children eye big bucks when they grow up, survey finds

Nearly 40 percent of children in a survey said they would want a career that will help them make big money, while about 30 percent said they would choose jobs according to their personal interest, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The study, which was commissioned by Olympian City, surveyed 423 parents with children aged four to eight to understand their career expectations, according to news website hk01.com reports.

The survey found that more than 30 percent of the parents have no specific expectations and would be happy to let their children choose their own career, while 12 percent said they hope their children would become medical professionals. Ten percent hoped their children would become information technology, financial or property specialists.

More than 80 percent of the parents have signed up their children for special-interest classes outside normal schooling, with half of them attending three to six courses.

Christopher Yu, director the Hong Kong Institute of Family Education, said while it is understandable that parents would want their children to soak up on knowledge, it could be counterproductive if overdone.

Yu said to have a concept of money or making more money at such a young age could be a reflection of parents instilling such mindsets in their children on a regular basis. Those parents could have also complained about lack of money in front of their children.

More than 20 percent of the children surveyed said they would want to become celebrities, while 13 percent said they would want to start up their own business. More than 10 percent said they want to enter the computer, technology or disciplinary forces.

Yu said parents should introduce the concept of money and wealth management to their children. With the popularization of electronic payments, children could overlook their actual spending as a lot of payments nowadays are made with the swipe of a card.

Yu said parents should take their children to activities for different occupations in order to let them better understand what it is like to work.

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