Okay, full transparency of course we have asked our kids this question! However, a few years ago, I met a student (I work in higher education) who was distraught about changing their major. They didn't want to tell their parents and they felt like a failure. So I asked, "How long have you wanted to be an engineer," and they said all my life. It was at that moment that I realized we are asking kids to choose a career at the age of five when they have no clue what the world has to offer. So full stop on "What do you want to be?" and start asking Who do you want to serve/help? What brings you joy? If we let you pick what you could do all day, what would you choose?
A few months ago, we asked the kids who do you want to serve/help when you grow up? Avery wants to help kids learn, so naturally, she picked a teacher and Jackson wants to help animals so he has decided to be a vet. Who knows if this will stick, but we will continue to expose both of them to careers and talk about service.
Look at her! This is a stock imagine but this Queen is serving!
This week we talked about pharmacists! Our guest speaker is Dr. Ryan Marabel. He shared with the kids, a little bit about pharmacy, touched on the hot topic of vaccines, and shared a little Black history. We hope you enjoy the show!
Let's look at the data. According to PharmacyTimes--
"The percentage of non-white licensed pharmacists increased by 46%, from 14.9% in 2014 to 21.8% in 2019. Specifically, the percentage of black pharmacists more than doubled, from 2.3% to 4.9%."
It is exciting to see the number double, but it was already very low so we still have a long way to go. Let's continue to show the next generation that they belong in a white coat if they want to wear one.
If you have time, check out this article about how black pharmacists are helping to close the cultural gap in health care! DOPE!