The path that leads to adventurous careers
Exposure to varied experiences, courtesy family vacations and other such activities, is helping youngsters come face-to-face with different new career avenues that go beyond the purview of convention. Café takes a closer look at the part parents play in encouraging their children to follow the sameThe trend of travelling to new locales is gradually catching on and families are making planned trips across the country and globe. Interestingly, these experiences are exposing youngsters to a world of new careers and their parents are playing an active part in helping them make informed decisions with regard to their future.
Jeremy Noronha from Assolna has been travelling on his own for the last one year. He has already marked out the places he will be travelling to in the next 2-3 years. “I have already been to the USA, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Nepal and currently, I am in Vietnam. I also went backpacking around India twice,” says Jeremy, a Science student. “I’ve never liked the idea of a traditional job and the internet has created so many opportunities. Travelling is vast, but I believe in doing what I love. Right now, my travel blog earns enough from affiliate marketing to cover all my expenses,” says Jeremy.
Savia and Plastino D’Costa from Benaulim make it a point to take their daughters, Nikita and Kimberly, to visit different countries to broaden their perspective of the world. In India, they have visited Kashmir and Ooty, while also venturing overseas to France, Germany, Italy and Thailand. While Nikita is in Class 12 (Science stream), Kimberly is in Class 9 at Manovikas English Medium School. “Our daughters can opt for any career of their choice, be it conventional or non-conventional; we won’t stop them. Our main focus is to teach them to handle life. In fact, we delayed our trips until they were big enough to be able to carry their own luggage. My husband and I have the practice of observing the way of life in every place we visit; now our children do the same. For example, in Europe, we saw German work ethics, and in France, we noticed their culture and how their farms are organised. In Italy, we were amazed by their architecture, especially the Vatican. The children appreciate the cleanliness and organised behaviour in certain countries. Each country we visit broadens their horizon,” says Savia.
Nikita, who’s a student of Mathematics and Biology, adds, “There is something new and unique in every place you visit and we pick up these traits in our lives.”
Rajesh Khanna and his 16-year-old son Manav are enthusiastic about adventure, be it kayaking in Goa or hiking and mountain biking in Manali. Currently, studying in Sunshine School, Old Goa, Manav wants to pursue a diploma in Adventure Sports in New Zealand, followed by a degree course in Travel and Adventure in Australia. “I had already made up my mind about pursuing a career in adventure, something that involves management, tourism and handling an adventure business. I have already read about what the courses have to offer in New Zealand and Australia,” says Manav, who loves watching shows like ‘Man Vs Wild’. “As a family, we've been climbing hills, walking and cycling around trails and hill sides and going kayaking as often as we can. His most recent trail has been a tough ascent and descent from Mount Liamuiga, a volcano on the island of St Kitts in the Caribbean Islands,” says Rajesh. He is very encouraging towards Manav’s career choice and feels that the outdoors keep you healthy compared to a desk job. “It is a very active lifestyle and there are very few distractions in terms of vices as you have to be health conscious to continue with this career,” adds Rajesh.
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