A school teaching kids about the world of employment have organised a World of Work Day where the pupils can dress up as professionals. However, they have banned the pupils from dressing up as Sports Stars, Pop Stars and ‘famous’ YouTubers.
The head teacher responded with “Our school sets no limit on the children’s aspirations and we follow the philosophy of the ‘Be The Best You Can Be Programme’, launched in our school by ex-Olympic athlete David Hemery, which helps the children work out the path they could take to get to their dream future. It also encourages them to consider other options for their future alongside their ideal job.”
As a person with limited ability due to numerous medical conditions, I am a self-employed YouTube Creator, receiving a monthly income from the platform. You don’t have to be a ‘famous’ YouTuber to be successful on the platform. All that is required is uploading regular, good quality content. Being a YouTuber was my Plan B. I wanted to be a Macmillan Nurse, however when nursing ceased to be an option due to health, I had to re-think my dream job. I tried a couple of more ‘normal’ self-employed jobs before being starting my YouTube Channel for young children. Thankfully this was successful, allowing me to work around my pain and fatigue whilst still being able to look after my children.
Yes, having a plan B is important, however all children should be encouraged to follow what they feel is their dream job. Any negativity put on their ambition is likely to have a negative effect on its outcome.
I feel the school should back up their philosophy of the ‘Be The Best You Can Be Programme’ 100% by allowing the kids to dress up in whatever they choose. Does it matter how many pupils dress up as Sports Stars, Pop Stars or ‘famous’ YouTubers. It appears to me there is some hypocrisy in this as they are saying one thing but doing another.
You will find a great diversity of talent on the YouTube platform. Many of the creators already have a skill/talent/profession behind them which they are sharing through their videos.
YouTube is a long-term career choice with many levels of success. Maybe the school should have YouTubers attend the school to provide some education for the pupils and teaching staff.
I have often heard people say ‘YouTube isn’t a real job’, which is far from the truth…
Job Definition: (Collins) 1. countable noun ‘A job is the work someone does to earn money,’
…however the Collins dictionary definition appears to disagree with that statement.
I would encourage anyone to become a YouTube creator, even with their latest change in monetization policy. More so if you have limited abilities due to any kind of health issues, or with caring for children.