DRIVING QUESTION: How do I build a strong foundation to support my career choice?
The alignment of lifestyle, strengths and purposeful career exploration is only possible by establishing a direction in life and by avoiding focusing on a specific destination. In order to “find their grind”, students will articulate their strengths (skills and talents), and begin laying a foundation of accountability to themselves and their future.
When young people think about their future, what do they lean on to be confident in their decisions? What are they basing their decisions on? Are they setting themselves up for success or failure? To add to the importance of confident decision-making, think about the differences in the “success” threshold for students who are blessed with opportunity vs. students who are not. With limited opportunities, the margin for error becomes razor-thin.
Students today cannot afford to be ignorant of their skills and talents. By knowing themselves, they can be more intentional and confident in their decisions about their future. In order to be set up for success, students need to develop an awareness that will guide them in the right direction, rather than landing in a failed destination.
When asked directly most students are unable to identify their passion or interests. These are critical elements that help define who students are, and as a result, must play a role in making decisions about their future.
When thinking about their future, a student needs to understand the difference between experiences that contribute to short term goals and those that contribute to long term goals. There is value to be gained from every experience, no matter how insignificant or uncomfortable they may seem. These are the “stepping stones” to their dream lifestyle.
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