Career direction should be easily accomplished. But is it?
Too many of my son’s high school friends—nice, athletic young men from good, supportive families—started college right after high school but quickly got into trouble. They dropped out of college and spent the next several years recovering their forward momentum. It must have been terribly damaging to their self-esteem, not to mention needlessly expensive for their families.
My heart ached for those young men, but I knew they were far from alone. One-third of freshmen in the United States leave college before their sophomore year. Almost fifty percent of college students never graduate. Too many parents are left holding the bill for an aborted “must-have” education. Parents spend many thousands of dollars only to find their children back home, licking their wounds in the basement, less directed than when they graduated from high school.
My solution for finding career direction begins with an individual’s strengths.
Please take my word for it: The young person you care about has strengths. Her talents will translate into her competitive advantage in the workforce.
Because of my background as a vocational psychologist, I was able to assist my son in his transition from high school to college. Making choices based on his strengths, he sailed through college in four years, despite having ADHD and a part-time job. He graduated with the major he’d chosen before entering the university. Then he started a job, the best from among three attractive offers.
I will share my knowledge in this blog, as a complimentary form of social capital. You’ll learn how to identify another person’s strengths and use them to guide his or her search for the best-fitting education and employment. Your mentoring can decrease your student’s stress and enhance self-worth and salary. All while benefiting the larger world.