Career options

Posted on: Wed, 01/18/2006 - 1:47pm
xlared's picture
Joined: 10/26/2005 - 09:00

My multiple allergy son is only 5 so we won't have 2 worry about this 4 a while but I was wondering how allergies have affected your career choices & what careers might b out of the question? At the moment my son has his heart set on being a police man although I am sure this will change many times be4 he has 2 make a choice.

Posted on: Wed, 01/18/2006 - 3:34pm
jayD's picture
Joined: 09/20/2000 - 09:00

I was thinking about this the other day, as my son is much like I was as a child....I was a real animal lover! He told me the other day he would like to be a veterinarian someday ( as well as a soccer coach and a karate instructor on the side!) , which was my childhood dream until I found out how bloody it can get at career day...soooo, I became a pet groomer instead. My allergists harped at me for 20 years to get out of that eczema was horrible from it between the allergy to cats and all the shampoos and flea treatments , etc. it was especially brutal on my hands and arms. When I stopped grooming to raise my kids, my skin improved immediately. SOOOO, they were right, but I loved my work and wasn't going to let it get the best of me! My son has the advantage of taking allergy shots and if he really wants to be around animals, I will not discourage him. we don't have any pets in the house, just an outdoor rabbit, but any chance he gets , he plays with other peoples animals. if he wants to be a peanut farmer, well THEN we have a problem! Jen
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Posted on: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 1:08am
Kathy L.'s picture
Joined: 07/30/1999 - 09:00

My 10 yo dd just told me she'd love to be a chef. Great, like I don't have enough to worry about.

Posted on: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 2:23am
Rae's picture
Joined: 03/28/2000 - 09:00

My 12 yo has stuck to her story since before she was 5 yo - An Allergy Doctor.
She just told me the other day how she wants to help kids like her, because she knows what it is like.
Now, I think it would be wonderful if this came true - well, we'll see.
My other PA dd, as she is academically capable of whatever she wants, doesn't have a clue (9 yo). She's extremely interested in the new planet discovery, maybe an astronaut. I was recently called encouraging me to expand on her art talent, maybe an artist. How do you expand on art talent, anyway????????? I still don't know where this child came from. Maybe we brought the wrong baby home??????

Posted on: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 2:46am
gvmom's picture
Joined: 08/24/2005 - 09:00

[b]How do you expand on art talent, anyway????????? [/b]
Is this a serious question - or were you being rhetorical? Cause this I might have some suggestions -- can't really speak to career options right now, just trying to get through today. Have to say though, to the chef idea -- that actually could be good if they opened their own restaurant and it was nut free!

Posted on: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 4:02am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

My daughter (age 8) wants to be an artist when she grows up. She takes art classes, loves ceramics, and has been learning how to quilt. We talk about artists all the time...she really likes Jackson Pollack! We talk about all the different things artists do in the world, how they see the's pretty cool!
mom to Ari(5) - severe nut allergies, asthma, you name it - and Maya (8), mild excema

Posted on: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 5:10am
barb1123's picture
Joined: 04/08/2000 - 09:00

My DS 7 has wanted to be a physicist since the age of 6 (Really). He has all sorts of theories about space, time, the Universe. Yes, he's gifted. He's my Hawkings weak in body, strong in mind.
Thankfully if he sticks to physics or astro physics he'll have no problems with his allergies.
Rae, I see you also have a gifted child?

Posted on: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 9:33am
xlared's picture
Joined: 10/26/2005 - 09:00

I raised this question out of curosity & also to see what career options are realistic or not I have found with my son that his ideas of careers so far are all based on jobs that help people in danger or their health is not good etc. He is empathetic & caring when comes to people who are less fotunate than him as well as being caring I was wondering if this had to do with what he has been through as well as his nature. Do any of you find these charateristic in your children?

Posted on: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 12:17pm
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You've just described my oldest to a tee. As a child, his only known allergy was penicillin. He has since developed an allergy to latex and mold. Now he's an adult, trained as a fireman, and training to be a paramedic. I always thought he was so empathetic and caring because of all the difficulties he had due to his learning disability. I spoke to a psychologist that he was seeing about it - and she said that it may have contributed, but mostly it was just who he was. I think it's the same for your child. His allergies may have contributed, but mostly, I think it's just who he is.
Other than actually working in the food industry, I don't think there are a lot of jobs out of reach due to allergies. In medicine the caregivers have clothing, masks, gloves, etc., to protect themselves. In the event of giving mouth-to-mouth, these days there are one-way masks to wear.
Another job I personally wouldn't be willing do to, due to my allergies, is cleaning somone elses home. I think if I really wanted to I could, again by wearing gloves - but I'm just not willing. Then again - I barely like cleaning my own home. [img][/img]

Posted on: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 12:27pm
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Joined: 03/14/2003 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by gvmom:
[b] [b]How do you expand on art talent, anyway????????? [/b]
Is this a serious question - or were you being rhetorical? Cause this I might have some suggestions -- ![/b]
I would appreciate those suggestions! My son is very artistic and I have wondered what we could do to nurture this. A neighbor of ours is an art teacher and she saw some of his drawings and was really impressed. She suggested I look for books called "uncoloring books" but I can't find them. I'd appreciate your advice. BTW, he is almost 8.

Posted on: Sat, 01/21/2006 - 10:21am
sidni's picture
Joined: 08/28/2004 - 09:00

I'm heading off to school for painting and drawing, so despite that I haven't raised any kids, i have some first hand advice.
If you do a little research, you'll almost definitely find some classes around he can take if you want him to refine his skills-- from kids drawing and painting to sculpture to cartooning to claymation to film. Schools usually have art club and stuff after school-- especially once he gets to middle and high school-- and he'll probably get the choice of lots of art electives.
there are also art-related or centered summer camps, workshops, and intensives, depending what your budget is and how interested he is., how comfortable you are, etc.
then of course, there is the really easy stuff-- keep an ample supply of all the stuff he likes to use on hand, and support him 100% of the way. there are tons of books on tehcniques-- you can get them at specialty stores as well as at regular book stores and at places like michaels craft stores. there are plenty that are kid centered, like how to draw super heroes, anime, aliens, animals, etc, and they're in simple terms... I used them when I was about that age, and to this day, i can draw rad superheroes, haha
there are so many art-related careers out there (and maybe 3 job openings nationally would involve art and peanuts haha) and so many awesome things one can do with it.
i don't know if that is the type of information you wanted, but i hope it helped...!
On to other careers...
Even a career as a chef or in the food industry can be safe-- there are definitely restaurants out there that are nut safe as we all know. Or, someone interested in that could always open their OWN restaurant and combine cooking, creativity, and business...woo!
as for other careers, i think almost anything-- besides working in candy/nut factories, some movie theaters or certain types of restaurants/cafeterias, and maybe food science and stuff-- is possible. why not? every kid will find a career where they can work around the "peanut" possibility... like at the vet. if they get a job as a vet tech or as a vet, it can't be too hard to make a switch to peanut-safe biscuits to give out, and do a thorough clean up to avoid contaimination, right?
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