A major part of a child’s nurture often goes in carving an individual out of his/her personality. That is to say, for a parent the primary concern of all growth is the mental maturity of the child. Yet, it isn’t an uncommon observation that even after the blossoming years, a child is deprived of the responsibility of decision making. As expected, the most common platform of such oppressive parenting becomes the life-changing decision of career choice.
Despite the modernisation of education and society, the generation gap between parents and children manifests itself considerably in the decisions regarding career opportunities. Growing up in the immediately available world of social networking and increasingly connected space of the virtual world, youth is shaped by the tools of its contemporary day while it is informed by the promises of the globalised future. It is hence that while the young adults look forward to making a career out of his/her talents – be it opportunistic at national or international platform – parental authority issues dictates which favour development of talents in the “so-assumed” progressive fields like Medical Sciences and Engineering where one can seek the promise of immediate placement and “ease of access”.
Irrespective of the tussle, one cannot help but agree that in the technologically steered world, driver of change and progress is none but the self-same youth which dares to “wander” into unchartered territories of knowledge so as to proclaim new horizons for mankind. By allowing the youth to hone their childhood talents and express their interests amongst an “opinionated” society, parents and teachers not only pave the way for a brighter future of the child, but also promote the very vehicle of progress that they admire. Thus, it is imperative to argue that by disallowing children to make a career of choice we choose to disempower their potential.
The importance of freedom to choose a career becomes all the more relevant when one considers the consequential benefits of the same. Assuming a central role in one’s own life generates self-confidence and responsibility in the child who is otherwise lemmatised to the bounds of his/her house. To add on, it can be clearly observed that children who pursue a career of their choice remain self-driven, motivated and active throughout their growth, positively overcoming all obstacles since they do not carry a psycho-emotional baggage. That is to say, by dictating their own lives the children break free of all mental shackles and explore their opportunities with a persistent faith in themselves.
At such a crucial hour as today, where the “cost of living” is soaring high due to increasing prices of happiness, we must recognise that contentment of every child with his/her future is equally valuable as that of an adult. And before we impose our choices on the students we should ask ourselves – Are we willing to sacrifice our youth at the qualms of a Kota chamber or allow them to carve their own name through any path they might choose?