Thinking back to our school days, we have been taught various subjects, given a bit of guidance about what profession we should follow and that is about it. There were not, and still aren’t, any superb training programmes in school unless you are an athlete.
Moreover, with current Mims Squirrel Removal UK government policy indicating that all young people should have a coach or mentor, it’s difficult to understand how this will work in practical terms.
This situation has been of concern since the education sector continues to cut budgets and careers services.
During my teaching career I’ve never seen or experienced how schools, colleges and universities and, for that matter, workplaces tap in the main passions that we’re all born with.
Imagine if the education system tapped into our core passions and promoted educational subjects around those passions rather than trying to pigeonhole everyone?
Having worked with thousands of young people, my goal in life is to inspire and support parents, guardians and those who meet young people to coach them towards a life and career full of purpose and have fun doing it. That’s the reason I’ve written this report.
This is particularly important for what we describe as the lost generation of children.
With young people I really like to see them find what they want 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 potentially your own – are you ready? Remember that these exercises are best performed with young people age 14+ as this is the time when the family unit begins to think about further education at college and university. Additionally, this exercise is equally valuable for your older children age 18+, with or without assistance.
It’s therefore easy to wander and drift and accomplish little in life. I’ve known hundreds of students like this who have attended college and university without any concept of why they are there or what they would like to achieve in life.
To start with try to talk with young people in an informal environment – do not sit them down and start grilling them since they will just walk off – usually!
As a career coach I use The Jack Canfield Success Basics and one of the main places to start is 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 if you don’t wish to be poor, homeless and jobless what would you like instead”?
At this stage either you or they can be composing 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 search on the Internet for images of what they want and print them out. The images can then be placed on the wall to remind them daily what they’re aiming for. Some people just enjoy a list and that’s fine also.
Here is the first of several questions you can ask them. To work through the full course you might want to get a book I have written for parents and career advisers.