Lifestyle First: Understanding the Maker lifestyle

The world is fast-changing, so let’s shift away from a traditional mindset of life + work.

Find Your Grind brings a lifestyle-first approach to social and emotional learning and career readiness

Students need more than a list of outdated job titles that match a personality type. Instead, they need a framework that changes the way they see themselves in the changing landscape of work.

Find Your grind

Our curriculum, rooted in Social Emotional Learning and reflective practice, helps learners develop greater awareness, gain exposure to careers and industries, and begin the process of designing their ideal lifestyle.

The Find Your Grind curriculum focuses on shifting the traditional mindset.

We’ve been taught to think of the job we want, acquire those strengths, then somehow fit in our lifestyle around that job.

Instead of answering the question, “what do you want to do when you grow up?” Let’s start answering the question “who do you want to be?”

This mindset shift all starts with Flipping the Funnel and getting to know yourself—what lifestyle you want to live, what strengths you have, and what job matches both.

The Maker Lifestyle

Learn how Makers leverage their strengths to make the world a better place.

Makers have the unique ability to turn dreams into reality and turn concepts into a finished product. People bring ideas to Makers because they can execute a vision and a dream. Makers often collaborate, but find joy in owning a project from start to finish. They are practical thinkers who like to find the most simple, sensible answer without overcomplicating.

Makers are efficient and take pride in their craft by taking the time to get things right the first time. Makers often specialize and become masters at one trade. Because of their technical and problem-solving skills, they are versatile, fast learners.

Students view high-quality, well-produced learning videos that inspire them to think differently when it comes to how they approach their future

Maker Mentors & Careers in Find Your Grind

Find Your Grind’s network of mentors share real-life stories and personal experiences to humanize career exploration for students. We also have a diverse and growing library of careers for students to explore and find ones that fit with their skills and lifestyles.

Mentors and careers in the Maker lifestyle include:
Casey McPerry – Photographer
Amy Keller – Co-Founder & CEO in Climate & Sustainability
Nick Collins – Urban Farming Consultant

Lifestyle Insights

Every learner who experiences Find Your Grind takes our proprietary Lifestyle Assessment multiple times throughout the curriculum. We’ve collected thousands of responses from learners, and Makers represent 2.78% of learners that use Find Your Grind.

Makers are a proportion of all Find Your Grind lifestyle assessment responses

All learners using Find Your Grind receive a personalized learning experience unique to them, and Makers will experience careers and mentors that are more highly associated with this lifestyle, resulting in greater learning engagement, and improved learning outcomes across the four capabilities that the Find Your Grind Future Ready Framework delivers on – Self Awareness, Social Awareness, Career Awareness, and Action Awareness.

To read about the learning science and research that supports our curriculum and learning outcomes, please check out our research section here.


To learn more about how Find Your Grind lifestyles improve career readiness and career exploration, contact us.