When I grow up I want to be a….

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I’ve always been in awe of people who know exactly what they would like to do from a very young age.

The child who liked to draw and build model aircraft then became a pilot, the child who liked  to help out with the cooking and became a chef or the child who liked to play doctors and nurses and went on to become either a doctor or a nurse.

The common denominator here is that they showed an early interest in a particular field and stuck with it!! A high proportion of us drift from job to job without actually finding what we would really like to do. More often than not, we look back at our lives wishing we had taken a different path.

Being of ‘’a certain age’’, I now firmly believe that you’re never too young to start thinking about a career.  Of course a young person’s career choice is never set in stone…  I remember an ex colleague’s son telling him he would like to be a either a butcher or a pilot. I don’t know if he settled on either.

Unfortunately, recent surveys have shown that most children want to be ‘famous’.  We could blame the burgeoning celebrity culture we are all exposed to but with proper guidance we can steer our children towards reality.

Career guidance at school leaves a lot to be desired so, as parents, we should try to discover any latent interests in our children and begin to nurture them.

We’ve compiled a selection of insights in to a range of careers which should begin to whet your child’s appetite:

What’s it Like to be a …?  Forensic Scientist

Crime Scene Investigation – type shows on television have made forensic  science a very popular field for children to dream about entering.

The first thing you would learn from this book is that there is more to forensic science than crime-scene investigations.whats it like to be a forensic scientist -EducatorsDen

In fact, forensic scientists work in a wide range of fields:

Forensic Toxicology – this is the study of the effects of drugs and poisons on individuals.

Forensic anthropology – involves the identification of skeletal human remains.

Forensic Odontology – this involves the study of teeth.

Forensic Geology – the study of trace evidence such as petroleum, minerals and soil.

Forensic Psychology – this is the study of a person’s mind to discover reasons behind their criminal behaviour.

Forensic Biology –  this involves the analysis of DNA fluids to identify an individual.

Forensic  Entomology – this involves examining insects on and around human remains to assist with time and location of death.

This book gives you a fascinating insight into the world of forensic science.  Amongst other things, you will discover the skills required and explore the day to-day existence a forensic scientist .


What’s it Like to be a …?  Builder

Of course not all careers are academically based.

Children who prefer more practical careers should know that there are ample pathways  open to them.

What’s it like to be a …Builder Career Guides - EducatorsDenThis book  provides excellent background  information to show any budding builder what life is really like in the world of construction. For example they have a choice of specialisms ranging from  plumbers, electricians, brick layers and scaffolders  to roofers, joiners and plasters.

Your child would consider whether they would like to:

– turn drawing plans into real buildings

– supervise people working on building sites

– work with architects or engineers.

This book will give them a good flavour of life as a builder.



What’s it Like to be a …?  Chef

With television shows such as Master Chef gracing our screens, being a Chef has become an extremely popular career choice.

What’s it like to be a Chef -EducatorsDen Career Guides-EducatoreDenThe beauty about being a budding chef is that you can start honing your skills at a very young age from home. You don’t have to wait until you ‘qualify’.

Readers are encouraged to ask themselves if they’d like to:

– Create exciting dishes

– Become expert taste testers

– Work in fast paced kitchens as part of a team of chefs

– Prepare fantastic feasts of food

If the answer is yes , this books gives you a full insight into the culinary world


Other titles available in this series are:

  • What’s it like to be a …? Game Developer
  • What’s it like to be a …? T.V Producer
  • What’s it like to be a …? Choreographer
  • What’s it like to be a …? Fashion Designer
  • What’s it like to be a …? Animator
  • What’s it like to be a …? Motor Mechanic
  • What’s it like to be a …? Sports Trainer

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