Thinking back to our school days, we have been taught various subjects, provided a little bit of advice about what career we ought to follow and that is about it. There weren’t, and still are not, any superb training programmes in school unless you are an athlete.
Moreover, with recent UK government policy suggesting that all young people need to have a coach or mentor, it is difficult to understand how this would work in practical terms.
This situation continues to be of concern because the education sector continues to cut budgets and careers services.
During my teaching career I have never seen or experienced Indialantic Squirrel Removal how schools, colleges and universities and, for that matter, offices tap into the root passions that we are all born with.
Imagine if the schooling 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 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’s the reason I’ve written this report.
I love what I do because of the results I get working with both adults and young folks. I see people’s eyes light up when they realize what’s possible and they see a future for themselves. This is especially important for what we describe as the lost generation of kids.
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 studies.
So, let’s get down to it.
I’d like 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 done with young people age 14+ as this is the time when the family unit starts 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.
Without a purpose in life, it’s easy to get sidetracked or lost. It is therefore easy to wander and drift and accomplish little in life. I have known hundreds of students like this who have attended university and college without any idea of why they are there or what they want to achieve in life.
To begin with try to chat with young people in an informal environment – don’t sit them down and begin grilling them because they’ll just walk off – usually!
As a career coach I use The Jack Canfield Success Principles and among the main places to begin would be to ask the young people in your family this question.
Ask them “What do you need?” 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 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 could be writing a list. The list will often contain ‘things’ like cars and vacations in addition to more spiritual things like to be happy and content. It does not matter what the answers are at this time.
Once there is a list ask your young person to search on the web for images of what they want 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 exactly like a list and that’s fine also.
Here is the first of many questions you can ask them. To work through the entire course you might want to get a book I’ve written for parents and career advisers.