Toys aimed at teaching kids various skills are nothing new. But in Sweden, toys have to be realistic. With the availability of finding jobs nearly impossible in this country, it would be unwise to make your tot think he could make something of himself. Doctor? Lawyer? Fireman? HA! Not in Norrland at least...
Here is a sampling of toys that will help your kid learn the skills needed to get the top available jobs in North Sweden, all menial labor! Get them prepared now, as the competition for jobs such as these are TOUGH - every little bit helps!
JOB # 1: GAS STATION ATTENDANT
HELPFUL TOY: TONKA LITTLE GAS PUMP
Be sure junior knows the ins and outs of a career pumping gas early with the help of this little gem.
JOB #2: HOT DOG STREET VENDOR
HELPFUL TOY: BISTRO GRILLE BY STEP2
One of the more coveted jobs available in Sweden, your little tyke will be ready to attend hot dog university ahead of the pack with a lifetime of practice flipping and serving hot dogs thanks to Step2.
JOB #3: COFFEE SHOP EMPLOYEE
HELPFUL TOY: EDUCATIONAL INSIGHTS COFFEE MAKER
In the dog-eat-dog world of gaining employment in coffee shops, knowing how to make a cup of coffee is a must! Be sure your kid is prepared to enter this exciting industry!
JOB #4: FAST FOOD EMPLOYEE
HELPFUL TOY: McDONALDS REGISTER PLAYSET
As anyone knows in the North, getting a job in fast food is hard to do. Now your child can rise to the top of burger flipping fame and beat out the other 200 applicants vying for the title "fry master"! With working register and snazzy visor that lets the rest of the kids on the playground that you have a FUTURE!
JOB #5: PIZZA BAKER
HELPFUL TOY: JUST LIKE HOME PIZZA DECORATOR SET
A must for immigrant kids, this set will have your child ready for one of the only occupations available to them. Don't delay making sure your child will have a job- almost as good as the Swedes!
JOB #6: GROCERY STORY CASHIER
HELPFUL TOY: TALKING CASH REGISTER
One of the most difficult careers to obtain (and trust us, after being denied several times we know!) it is also one of the best. Your child will be scanning and ringing up the job offers in no time with the help of this little delight!
JOB #7: JANITOR
HELPFUL TOY: JUST LIKE HOME CLEANING TROLLY
Much like the pizza decorating set, this is a MUST for immigrant children. Be certain your kids can nab that coveted job that immigrants all over Sweden wish they could get. Complete with degrading push cart!
JOB #8: AIRPORT SECURITY ATTENDANT
HELPFUL TOY: SCAN-IT SECURITY CENTER PLAYSET
Though out of reach for immigrant children, if your child has a last name like "Nilsson" or "Svensson" they can be on the fast track to success with this nifty security set!
JOB #9: DISHWASHER
HELPFUL TOY: COLOR BRIGHT KITCHEN DISHWASHER
Though the sad fact is becoming a dishwasher in North Sweden is nearly impossible since you have to have so much experience, employers will take a shine to your child because they'll have been practicing the ins and outs of a career in dishwashing since childhood! Give them the advantage today!
Everyone knows how hard it is to get a career in dishwashing, jobs are abundant but only go to the select few with prior experience. Don't let your child grow up to see ads like these at Arbetsförmedlingen and hang their heads in shame - getting your foot in the door is hard to do - be sure your child is ready!