For many of our DC on this forum its options time, which inevitably leads to talk of careers. My DD1 came home last week declaring that she was going to "Harvard Law" having had a careers talk. Once I'd finished choking on my coffee, I managed to ask her how this had come about. It seems that her friends had been talking about "Legally Blond" and she thought that Harvard Law sounded good
Anyway, we then had a brief discussion about her other views on careers and I found myself muttering about considering "family friendly" options as well. Now I want all of my children to feel as if they can take on anything and win and ideally they should be able to advance in any career they choose and still "have it all" (hate that term by the way.) BUT in the real world, if you want to have a family some way down the line, it's very difficult to be chief exec of Goldman Sachs and still see your family at times other than weekends.....Now I know that applies to men as well as women and there are more stay at home dads etc etc but in my experience it is still women who GENERALLY have to make that choice.
So, is it wrong to suggest a career now which may give you easier options 15 years down the line or should we be suggesting the sky is the limit and deal with any compromises if and when the need arises? (By easier options I mean still being able to work in the same field but part time, taking a few years out and being able to go back to same area of work etc)
I wish I knew the answer