December 17, 2014
So, there, I was, a guest speaker at my son’s Career Investigation class, looking out at the young faces staring back at me expecting information and instruction about how to figure out what they wanted to be when they grew up.
When I led the class last week, at the end of the hour, one of the students raised his hand and asked, “Are you going to tell me what career I should go into?” I answered, “No, however, I can give you some tools to decide for yourself.”
Our youth have so much to give to society, yet sometimes their input in their life is not valued.
Confidence needs to be instilled to help youth believe that there is a good chance that they do know how they want to be in life. I wanted to provide tools for the students to use so that they could view their possibilities through the lens of passions, strengths and the market in which they want to be in life.
Blake Boles writes an excellent post explaining, the Passion – Skills – Market concept to assist in finding a niche in life.
Oprah is another inspirational person that has helped many in finding meaning in life. She describes that discovering the path to your purpose in life is the goal and then urges people to go out on their “stage” to serve others. Oprah is very articulate about what her purpose is in life and how she is to serve others using her platform or stage.
How did I propose to the youth in the class to weave the knowledge of strengths, skills and passions into creating a path for a career?
I asked them to dream! Dream about what they are happy doing, dream about what they are looking for in life, dream the things that they dare not dream.
Consider all possibilities! Don’t limit yourself at this stage of the game.
Daydreams are important because they can be the keys to your passions. Listing passions is one place to start discovering your life path.
Our passions can lead to finding skills and strengths.
I led the students in an activity by selecting a passion they had listed and then asking the question “Why”?
I have a passion for Math?
Because I like solving problems
Because I feel good when I get the answers right
It may seem odd, I like to win and getting the right answers feels like winning
What did you hear the person say? What are the skills and strength that are visible when asked “why”? I see problem solving, winning and attention to detail as the skills and strengths this student possesses.
Try this process with the children in your lives.
Asking “Why?” several times leads to discovering deeper talents and skills your child holds.
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