Professions and Ambitions

We all have great aspirations for each new generation. In the olden days, some of those aspirations may have been about getting the best qualifications and then securing employment. Nowadays the world is different and our ambitions are different.

When I was young, a very common question was, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” The answer was always supposed to be a profession and the child would say, “a fireman” or perhaps, “a teacher.” The thinking then was that you entered a desired profession and that is what you would be for life.

If a similar question was asked of parents and students these days the answers would be very different. This is partly because professions have changed, but I think it is also because society has changed and we value things differently. If parents are asked about what they want their child to become in the future, they probably won't answer with a job title but might say something like:

“I want them to be successful”
“I want them to be happy”
“I want them to have a fulfilling life”
“I want them to contribute to society”

Sentences like those above are certainly more common these days. We do hope for good qualifications and jobs but we also think a lot more about the kind of person they will become when they grow up. We really care about all the positive human attributes too.

I am pleased to say that we see BIS Abu Dhabi students on this path every day. We see them being successful and happy, leading fulfilling lives and contributing to society. With the support offered by the school and by parents, our students are already developing into the adults we aspire for them to be in a few years’ time.

I was struck by this particularly in the last few days. We recently launched a Cat Food Drive to collect dry cat food to help support local charities that look after stray cats. On day 1 of this initiative, the BISAD students brought in 177 kilos of cat food. I think that says an awful lot about the fantastic young people who come to this school, and also about the adults they will become too.

Patrick Horne, Principal