"What am I going to do??"
I was crying on my husband’s shoulder as he held me, standing in the kitchen. I was so scared.
I finally admitted to myself that I just couldn’t continue the career I had been pursuing. It was the career I wanted ever since I was a child, but after almost a decade I was miserable. Leaving it, however, was so scary to me. I didn’t know what else I could do. I didn’t know what other value I could bring to the world.
That’s when I began my soul searching journey to learn more about myself apart from what I did for work. I went on a journey to solidify my values and priorities. To find new ways to put those values and priorities together with what I was really good at. Meanwhile, I took a job in admissions at a university. Before too long I was conducting college and career workshops at high schools all across my state.
That was such an amazing experience for me. I visited schools with a one day workshop and to talk about not only college but also how to figure out what to do for work. I remember one young woman who was the class trouble maker. She told me no one had ever talked with her about what she was good at. No one had helped her consider what she could do for work. She didn’t want me to leave that day.
I wished I could do more. And that’s when it clicked. I could take everything I had learned in the years of working in admissions and conducting the workshops and combine it with the personal work I had been doing, the work with life coaches, and my own career coaches.
I could create a process designed for teens to help them do the work I had been doing after my career change. I could give them the knowledge and tools to create a life they’ll love and never have to experience the fear I faced when I changed careers.
Sure, circumstances change and people change with them. But why not make it easier for them? I realized I could teach teens to solidify their priorities, to recognize their transferable skills, and to communicate their value. Most importantly, I could teach them how to create their own framework for decision making so they don’t hang on to something that’s not right for far too long as I did.
That's when I created Life Quest®
Now I work directly with families. It's been almost another decade since I changed careers and I'm so glad that I did!
Here’s what some of my past clients have said about Life Quest®.
Life Quest was one of the smartest decisions I ever made and has a great value. It taught me more options and life lessons than just how to get into college. The occupations I picked are amazing. They are exactly what I want to do. My vision for life after high school is more clear and direct to what I want to do/be and I know now that I will be successful. - AJ 15
Prior to this, I hadn't received any career guidance. Now, I'm feeling positive and inspired about the occupations I collected. I am less stressed in regard to making decisions for my future and I feel that I have a good game plan for pursuing my career and finances. The program gave me clear options and Emma is so lovely. I would recommend this program. - Sarah 21
April, a parent in Virginia - This program is different than other college and career guidance my child received. My daughter is more motivated to take her next steps and is better prepared to make decisions for life after high school. She has a better sense of who she is and what she wants out of life and I'm excited about her next steps. I would recommend Life Quest. It really gave my child concrete tools to flush out a plan for her future.
Sowmya, a parent in Georgia - It is definitely a wonderful program and gives the teen a great in-depth knowledge into who they are. It also helps them to know what they may find satisfying and fulfilling in life. It was very tailored and personalized to suite each child. It's also much more of a wholesome personal exploration for my teen which I valued.
Your teen doesn't have to experience what I did. They don't have to step into their future just figuring things out as they go. You can give them the tools and skills to be prepared for whatever comes.
If you are the kind of parent who wants to give their teen all the resources you can to help them live a thriving and fulfilling life,
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If you hop on a call with me you can tell me about your teen's unique circumstances. If I can help, I'll let you know. If I can't, I'll point you in the right direction.
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Emma B Perez