Everyone had a favorite board game growing up. You know, the one that was a little more worn out and seldom, if ever saw the bottom of the toy chest. However, did you know that your choice of game might have predicted your career path? It's true, different games appeal to certain personality types and reveal hidden skills and talents. Pay attention to your child's favorites and you just may be able to help direct him or her into the job of their dreams. Here are a list of popular games and their associated possible career paths.
Monopoly – Prospective bankers and Wall Street types are big fans of this game, but so are those who have futures awaiting them as residential real estate lawyers. With contracts being created and broken and mortgages being arranged, many future lawyers get their start with a hat or a shoe.
Clue – The expected answer is that this game would appeal to future police officers or private investigators; however, the logic you need to find the killer may also appeal to broader range of scientists and mathematicians.
Operation – Your biggest fans of this game will probably be headed to a career in health care. Certainly, the idea of removing organs would appeal to future doctors and nurses. Don't rule out other careers though. Operation is also a funny game, which just may tickle the funny bone of future stand-up comedians.
Risk – A child who enjoys this game of international strategy may have aspirations of joining the military or working the political arena. However, the sophisticated tactics and back and forth negotiating employed in the board game may also appeal to future courtroom lawyers.
Jenga – Budding engineers love this game. Those kids with great spatial reasoning and an eye for building solid foundations could be directed in the career paths of engineering, science and architecture.
Of course, you can never discount the artists and the musicians. Children who eschew board games for crayons and paints just may be our future Renoirs or Picassos. Those who play dress-up could easily end up in the theater or on the silver screen, and those precious kids who are banging on your pots and pans may just have the music career that supports you in your retirement. Simply by paying attention to the play habits of children, you may be able to gently push them into a meaningful and rewarding career.