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to have jobs that I don't want my DSs to do?

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noonki Thu 17-Jul-08 20:44:51

My friends and I have an ongoing list of jobs we would prefer our kids not to do....for example being in the army (might get hurt, nothing against armed forces, full respect to those that do) data entry cleric (might die of boredom) etc...

Now, I will completely support them should they choose to do any of these and would never tell them what is on the prefer not to do list but just hope they don't...

do you have any secret professions that you don't want your kids to do?

or on a positive note ones that you would?

southeastastra Thu 17-Jul-08 20:45:57

i wouldn't like either of them to work on the seas

StellaDallas Thu 17-Jul-08 21:17:09

Lap dancer, sex worker, long distance lorry driver

PhDlifeNeedsaNewLife Thu 17-Jul-08 21:19:21

Dh and I have so many degrees between us it's just silly - and it hasn't done us a speck of good in terms of earning power. Right now we'd prefer if ds didn't go to university. We want him to become a tradesman and buy us a house grin

Fennel Thu 17-Jul-08 21:20:57

I've got a huge list of jobs I'd rather they didn't do, but would probably offend half of mumsnet if I listed them.

I do want them to do jobs they enjoy and find challenging and that are socially useful, or at least not socially problematic. really I want them to be artists or road protestors or public sector workers. Or doctors (I suppose) or human rights lawyers or academics or teachers or farmers or novellists. all the idealistic or humanitarian jobs.

nothing just for the money.

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Booboobedoo Thu 17-Jul-08 21:25:08

I want DS to be a carpenter who writes fantastic novels in his spare time and is a hobby stand-up who is always being scouted by agents but isn't interested in fame.

Booboobedoo Thu 17-Jul-08 21:26:13

If he doesn't achieve this I will be extremely disappointed in him, but will only express this passive-aggressively.

AbbeyA Thu 17-Jul-08 21:26:50

I agree with Fennel-ones that they find enjoyable and challenging and I would really like them to be socially useful. I don't want them to choose a job for the money. I won't list the ones that I wouldn't want them to do because I would be bound to offend people on here! However I shall try not to influence them.

Takver Thu 17-Jul-08 21:27:36

I want dd to become a plumber

Takver Thu 17-Jul-08 21:28:51

Or alternatively a fixer of small agricultural machinery would be useful grin

fledtoscotland Thu 17-Jul-08 21:29:09

i totally agree with PhDlifeNeedsaNewLife - DH and I have 4 degrees between us and numerous postgrad qualifications however I am the only one using one of my degrees. I will be hoping DSs learn a profession and become self employed. Have you ever seen a poor plumber????

OrmIrian Thu 17-Jul-08 21:30:03

I just want my children to be happy smile


And to earn loads of money so they can buy me a seriously big and rather vulgar house and keep me in gin.

That's all.

lisad123 Thu 17-Jul-08 21:30:52

I wouldnt want me DDs to join the army, be sex workers or lap dcer ect. Anything else I dont mind. What ever makes them happy. I would like to think DD1 will make use of her brightness (DD2 is only 9 months, so not sure about her brain power yet), but her choice.

ChukkyPig Thu 17-Jul-08 21:31:55

Successful politician.

Dodgy Premiership footballer/wag.

Stand-up comedian in the vein of Roy "Chubby" Brown.

Someone who does agressive sales/loans to vulnerable people.

GrinningGorilla Thu 17-Jul-08 21:33:09

I would be upset if any of my kids wanted to be a nurse.

I would love them all to be self employed and autonomous. I could see DS1 being an architect/designer because he loves drawing, I'd love DS2 to be an olympic swimmer because he loves the water and has huge flipper feet and I would love DD to be an opera singer because she has a lovely voice and enjoys singing.

pedilia Thu 17-Jul-08 21:33:51

stella out of interest, why not a long distance lorry driver?

Madlentileater Thu 17-Jul-08 21:34:32

what Fennel said

pointydog Thu 17-Jul-08 21:35:27

lol @ booboo

and confusion at fennel, wanting a child to be a public sector worker. Never heard that as an ambition before

ChukkyPig Thu 17-Jul-08 21:35:54

Gorilla, interested to know why not nurse? The ones I know earn £30-35K. And love it. So not bad IMO.

Also (OP) data entry can lead to much better things smile

noonki Thu 17-Jul-08 21:35:58

I want my DS1 to be a professional jigsaw puzzle doer because no word of a lie he is a genius at them - also I hear it is really well paid

AbbeyA Thu 17-Jul-08 21:37:24

Why not a nurse? I think they do a wonderful job and are woefully underpaid.

staranise Thu 17-Jul-08 21:37:24

nothing dangerous or that involves long-distance, long-term travel in case it takes them away from me grin. Sex worker (in the broadest sense, from prostitute to page 3 girl) etc would upset me most I think.

Banking has never appealed becasue I deal with them alot in my work and they've never struck me as the most well-balanced, well-adjusted people (I mean City-types, not branch managers etc). But they do earn a lot grin

As for jobs I find boring - different people have a different idea of what they think is boring, I'm sure most people would find my work deadly dull.

Bubble99 Thu 17-Jul-08 21:37:40

I'd hope my child could eventually be an employer rather than an employee.

After years of working for someone else I am now an employer and, despite the worry at times, it beats working for someone else.

noonki Thu 17-Jul-08 21:38:06

I was a data entry cleric and nearly went insane I had to change some 14 digit numbers to 18 digit numbers for 4 weeks running at one point.

so I only pressed the number keys on the computer, it nearly killed me especially as I would dream about doing it most nights!

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