This week, as Americans observed the annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, came news that almost half of doctors would choose a different career if they had it to do over again.
Couple that with reports that job satisfaction in the U.S. isn't great and isn't improving, and we aren't looking at a very optimistic picture for our children's occupational future.
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But there is a bit of light at the end of the tunnel.
The Washington Post questioned the negative results of some recent job satisfaction surveys, pointing to other polls that indicate job satisfaction has remained stable, and moderately high at that. (At the same time, the Post points out that respondents to a 2010 survey, the most recent available, said the most enjoyable part of their job was "the commute.")
And despite the troubled economy, job dissatisfaction might not be just about money, The New York Times reports. It referenced a 2010 study that says once household income reaches $75,000 a year, additional income has no effect on "happiness, enjoyment, sadness or stress."
The Times went on to quote career experts who said although many current college students are basing their career decisions on the economy, people tend to be happiest doing something they like, even if it doesn't pay as well.
Back to Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, which is designed to get kids thinking about careers and the work ethic required to take them where they want to go.
Would you want your child to follow in your career footsteps? And if you had it to do over, what would you do differently? Let us know in the comments below.