Career Direction Starts with Strengths

Career direction is not always easily accomplished.

Too many of my son’s high school friends—nice, athletic young men—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. My heart ached for those young men and for their good, supportive families.

Young people need to know their strengths to find career direction.


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.

Individual strengths are my solution for finding career direction.

The young person you care about has strengths. Her talents will translate into her competitive advantage in the workforce.

That’s the way it worked for my son. 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 selected his current job from among three attractive offers.

To be sure, my son had something to do with his smooth transition from high school to college. But because of my background as a vocational psychologist, I knew how to help. Many parents and educators have intentions every bit as caring as mine—but they don’t know what they don’t know.

Consider this blog as a complimentary form of social capital. My posts will explain how to identify another person’s strengths. I’ll show you how to use those strengths to guide his or her search for the best-fitting education and employment. My goal is to mentor the mentors, so you can more confidently nurture your student’s talent.

We won’t let your child become another “mute inglorious Milton” like the one buried in that famed poetic churchyard. Via mentoring, you can decrease your student’s stress. You can enhance her self-worth and salary. You can even claim a little credit when she contributes to the world’s greater good!

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