Teens lose interest in business careers

Teens are interested in careers in medicine, science or engineering, according to  Junior Achievement poll.  Business, once the top choice, has slipped to fifth after entertainer, professional athlete and teacher.

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  1. The distinction between a career in engineering and a career in business isn’ all that rigid, given that most engineers work for businesses. It’s a fairly common career path for an engineer to move into management and eventually into general (cross-disciplinary) management..there are quite a few CEOs with engineering degrees…often, but not always, the path is engineering degree, followed by a few years work in engineering, followed by return to school for an MBA. There are also quite a few people with engineering degrees who are partners in venture capital firms.

  2. I hate playing the cynic, especially early in the morning, but do these students realize they need to be good at math? Do their teachers and school systems?

  3. Any career aspiration survey that has professional entertainer and athlete on it is not particularly grounded in reality…

    FWIW, when I was a little girl, my dream was to be Miss America.

  4. deirdremundy says:

    I used to want to be a marine bioligist and work at Woods Hole (When I was about 9). Then I found out that most marine biologists have to know how to swim.

  5. Every year, when I recruit for our academies (in business), I have students who tell me they are going to be professional athletes. Yet, these kids have never played on any of the school’s teams. Reality is not in their vocabulary. Our inner city kids who go through our programs (in business) find jobs usually before they graduate because they have skills the other kids don’t have.

  6. Uh, sure, but how many teens actually know what they want to do? Did you end up doing what you’d wanted to when you were fourteen?

  7. The economy is going to hell. Even teenagers know to steer clear of business jobs!

  8. Devilbunny says:

    rightwingprof, that sentiment is almost always right – but funnily enough, although I’m not doing what I thought I would be when I was 18, 22, or even 25, I’m doing exactly what I thought I’d do at 14.