An example of how mentors developed a strength. My son’s talent with IT was discovered in junior high and mentored throughout school and work, helping him to find identity, community, life direction, and employment.
In fifth grade, I was excluded from band due to low musical aptitude. I share the history of the hurt and reflections on what those limits meant to me (and what similar weaknesses could mean for career planners).
A footrace is used as a metaphor to illustrate strong versus weak performance. In the fast/high and slow/low ranges, differences in skills are visible to others and will affect career success. Strong, competitive work performance will create job security.
Anecdotes about two widely different shoe salesmen illustrate why it’s important to consider greatest strengths (and weaknesses) when choosing a career. Besides, some employers ask job applicants to submit to pre-employment testing before they hire.
A eulogy for Dick Bolles, the author of What Color is Your Parachute? He played the role of talent mentor for me, when I was writing The Career Guide for Creative and Unconventional People. He opened doors, providing a good example for all mentors.
The bad news? Ambitious US students don’t know how to to get their dream job. Their ambitions are not aligned with their educations. The good news? This online career planning resource offers user-friendly information leading to career success.
Students, parents, educators, and employers lack a common language for career planning. This tense but true anecdote shows why a glossary of career terms is needed to move toward greater career success, for both college-bound and work-bound students.
Timing is crucial for those making career choices. It’s easier to help a young person choose a good beginning direction than to change later in life. As an eminent vocational psychologist put it, “Careers tend to snowball over the life course.”
Five mentoring tips for supporting your child, grandchild, student, or employee in conversation. These tips will foster the personal and career growth of your protege. How to pay attention to the right things, show confidence and respect, and keep anxiety down.
Three mentors from the movies—Yoda in Star Wars, Leigh Ann Touhy in The Blind Side, and Lionel in The King’s Speech—reveal what mentoring means. Three metaphors elaborate on the meaning of mentoring. Connections are made to career planning.