Did you know that there are 7 ways to continue your education after high school?? Most people think there are two options: college or nothing. The 7 options I cover with my clients are all ways to continue education, so this does include university but it does not include going straight away into work. Working is a choice, of course, but I want to focus on the fact that there are 6 other ways of educating yourself after high school. Before we jump in, there are a few things I want you to know.
1. Let’s start with the most well known:
I often tell my clients to imagine themselves 10 years from now. Then I ask them, "what does your life look like?" Typically, I get canned responses, which, of course, we dissect to get to real answers. A common canned response is “to be successful.” … what does that mean?
Actually think about that for a moment; what does it mean to you to be successful? Why is that your definition? Do you think your teen has the same definition?
When it comes to helping young people reach success I’ve heard all kinds of advice including:
“Go to college and get a job.” This suggests that if you go to college you are essentially guaranteed a well-paying job that will provide financial freedom.
I’ve also heard “Follow your dreams and pursue your passions.” This suggests that those seeking only financial success are living unfulfilled lives; only in making a job of your passions will you be happy.
While these two pieces of advice may seem like opposites, they do have something in common. They both suggest that what you do for a living is the main measure of success. Whether what you do brings you money or passion, it tends to be our professions that define us.
Here's the thing...
“How can kids prepare for jobs that don’t exist yet?”
I was stumped.
After working in admissions at a university and then conducting college and career workshops in high schools all across my state, I thought I could answer anything.
But when a teacher asked me that one, I admit I was taken aback. How had I not considered this? Especially when you think about how rapidly jobs are changing. For example, if 15 years ago someone told you that students would grow up to become Social Media Marketing Managers would you have known what they were talking about?
So, I went home and immediately began researching the answer to that question. Not only did it become a chapter in my book, but it was also the seed that sparked my entire book.
What I concluded is this: we need to cultivate skills and character traits that allow for adaptability.
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