Thinking back to our college days, we have been taught different subjects, given a little bit of advice about what profession we should follow and that is about it. There were not, and still are not, any superb training programmes in school unless you are an athlete.
Moreover, with current UK government policy indicating that all young people need to have a mentor or coach, it is hard to understand how this will work in practical terms.
This situation has been of concern because the education sector continues to cut budgets and careers services.
During my teaching career I have never experienced or seen schools, colleges and universities and, for that matter, offices tap in the main passions that we’re all born with.
Imagine if the schooling system tapped into our core passions and encouraged educational topics around those passions rather than trying to pigeonhole everyone?
Having worked with thousands of young people, my goal in life is to inspire and encourage parents, guardians and people who meet young people to coach them towards a life and career full of purpose and have fun doing it. That’s I’ve written this report.
With young people I really like to see them find what they need to do in life as this helps them concentrate on their choice of research.
I’d love to help you to discover your child’s purpose in life and possibly your own – are you prepared? Bear in mind that these exercises are best performed with young people age 14+ because this is the time when the family unit begins to consider further education at college and university. Additionally, this exercise is just as valuable for your older kids age 18+, with or without assistance.
It is so easy to wander and ramble and accomplish little in life. I have known hundreds of students like this who have attended university and college with no concept of why they’re there or what they would like to achieve in life.
To begin with try to talk with young people in a casual environment – do not sit them down and begin grilling them since they will just walk away – usually!
As a career coach I use The Jack Canfield Success Basics and among the main places to begin would be to ask the young people in your family this query.
Ask them “What do you need?”
So another question if they get stuck is to ask them what they do not need e.g. to poor, homeless and jobless and only 3 examples.
Then ask “So in case you don’t wish to be poor, homeless and jobless what would you prefer instead”?
At this stage either you or they could be composing a list. The list will often include ‘things’ like automobiles and vacations in addition to more spiritual things like to be content and happy. It does not matter what the answers are at this time.
Once there’s a list ask your young person to hunt on the web for images of what they need and print them out. The images can then be placed on the wall to remind them daily what they’re aiming for. Some people exactly enjoy a list and that is fine also.
Here is the first of several questions you can ask them. To work through the full course you may want to get a book I have written for parents and career advisers.