Thinking back to our college days, we have been taught various subjects, given a bit of guidance about what career 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.
Furthermore, with current UK government policy suggesting that all young people need to have a mentor or coach, it is hard to see how this could work in practical terms.
This situation continues to be of concern because the education sector continues to cut Melbourne Beach Squirrel Removal budgets and careers services.
During my teaching career I’ve never seen or experienced how schools, colleges and universities and, for that matter, offices tap into the root passions which we are all born with.
Imagine if the schooling system tapped into our core passions and promoted educational areas around those passions instead of trying to pigeonhole everyone?
Having worked with thousands of young people, my purpose in life is to inspire and encourage parents, guardians and people who meet young people to coach them towards a life and career filled with purpose and have fun doing it. That is I’ve written this report.
I love what I do because of the results I get working with both adults and young people. This is especially important for what we describe as the lost generation of children.
With young people I love to see them discover what they need to do in life as this helps them focus on their choice of studies. What’s your story going to be?
I’d like to help you to discover your child’s purpose in life and possibly your own – are you ready? Bear in mind that these exercises are best done with young people age 14+ because this is the time when the family unit starts to think about further education at college and university. Additionally, this exercise is equally valuable for your older kids age 18+, with or without assistance.
Without a purpose in life, it’s easy to get sidetracked or lost. It’s therefore easy to wander and drift and accomplish little in life. I’ve known hundreds of students like this who have attended university and college with no idea of why they are there or what they would like to achieve in life.
To start 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 is to ask the young people in your family this query.
Ask them “What do you want?” The first thing that will happen is that the young person will either a) start talking or writing things down or 2) say “I don’t know and shrug their shoulders”.
So another question if they get stuck is to ask them what they do not want e.g. to poor, homeless and jobless and only three examples.
Then ask “So in case you don’t want to be poor, homeless and jobless what would you like instead”?
At this point either you or they can be writing a list. The list will usually contain ‘things’ like automobiles and holidays as well as more spiritual things like to be content and happy. It doesn’t matter what the answers are at this time.
Once there’s a list ask your young person to hunt on the web for pictures of what they need and print them out. The images can then be put on the wall to remind them every day what they’re aiming for. Some people just like a list and that is fine as well.
Here is the first of several questions you can ask them. To work through the entire course you might want to buy a book I’ve written for parents and career advisers.