Education staff in primary teacher jobs may soon find themselves giving children a lesson in the realities of life in the working world.
A new programme designed by Hays recruitment agency that has already been adopted by more than 100 schools in England is encouraging children aged eight and over to think realistically about the skills employers look for.
Programme director Martyn Best told the Guardian: "This is getting children to think about what careers are open to them and what they want to do in life.
"At a young age, they might want to be Superman; it's about bringing that into reality."
Schools Secretary Ed Balls has lent his support to the programme, claiming children should be encouraged to think about future career plans long before the traditional age of 14.
However, the move has criticised by the Campaign for Real Education (CRE), which has accused it of lowering young pupils' job expectations.
Established in 1987, the CRE is an independent organisation which presses for higher standards and more parental choice in state education.