Students Aware of Hopes and Careers
As a student and in the early part of my working life, I always thought that you were not meant to enjoy work and the main aim was to earn a decent salary whilst minimising the misery. I got this completely wrong. Whilst I know there will always be parts of a job that you dislike, at the same time, it can also throw up surprisingly interesting things that you never expected. This is an important message that a lot of kids need to hear, especially when they are starting to think about life after full-time education.
Most of us can expect to work for at least 45 years or more and that time, if spent in an average or mediocre career, will feel a lot longer. The trick is to spot those things that appeal. That takes some practice but at the same time be open-minded to opportunities as they present themselves.
For me, one of those things was working in an international business and the variety that role offered. In addition, there was the opportunity to travel overseas. Every time I travel, I try to at least experience the place I am visiting. The beneficial side effect for your employer is that these experiences actually make you better at your job; you sub-consciously learn things that make you more effective in your job.
But international travel may not be to everyone’s taste; we are all individuals and different things will appeal to different people. Some people never want to leave the town, city or country that they live and that is okay. The point is, it doesn’t actually matter what the ‘thing’ is as long as it is the thing the individual in question finds interesting. It might be that somebody wants to do something humanitarian with their life, but they don’t yet know in what capacity. This humanitarian role could be somebody helping with the actual aftermath of natural disasters, as they occur, or it could be an accountant working at the head office of the same organisation; two very different ways to help the same cause. So to get students to take some time to think about what they could sensibly hope to experience as part of their own future careers really be important, as well as really appeal to them. It is true that life is short, but poorly informed decisions can certainly make parts of it feel extremely long! Help students to be aware, not only of their careers, but also how to develop, maintain, and flourish in their hopes.
About the author: Iain Home is a UK father, student of education trends, and an international marketing strategist for Promethean. Iain is also a regular columnist at Connect Learning Today.