How do you AIM toward jobs that don’t exist? You don’t need a crystal ball, but you do need to know your Abilities, Interests, and Motivators. Here’s how to AIM toward a job as a Spanish teacher, but later use those talents for a different career.
What gives a job applicant competitive advantage? In a word, skills. A very specific skill set is required for those jobs that pay the best. For example, air traffic controllers make $123,000 a year. They know a lot, but they do not need a college degree.
Most people don’t know what they’re good at. That’s one reason mentoring talent is win-win-win. If the protege is a dentist, she wins when she improves her ability and her income. The community wins with excellent dental care. And someone else wins too.
Talent, the ability to learn a task quickly and well, is the best way to meet endless learning challenges. Michelangelo exemplified such talent: He possessed aptitude, acquired knowledge and skill, plus the motivation to solve problems for his employers.
Before job seekers can successfully decide on a career and find an employer, they must know both their field and their function. Too often, students can only name a major interest area, when they also need to pinpoint their primary ability.
Dr Winner offers three behavioral markers to identify talent in children: precocity, rage to master, and march to their own drummer. Famous gifted individuals—Gauss, Michelangelo, and the Bronte sisters—illustrate what each marker means.
In our specialization-of-labor economy, individuals need to do what they do best in order to earn a living wage. Your child’s talent is her own unique version of a big, strong athletic body, unstoppable on the basketball court.
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.