Recently, I worked with a college sophomore to help her find a focus. I hate when adults ask kids what they want to do in their life. The majority have no idea- thus, the common core that allows you to explore. With that said, I got a call from a mom who said she did not want to pay for four years of college only to have her daughter come out with a lot of random information but no real goals or skills.
As a life coach, I had no plan to tell her what major to choose no, my approach was to help her figure out what she could be.
With four simple steps, I put her on the path to success:
1. Make a list of your strengths; are you organized, astute in math, a good communicator?
2. Uncover your fears- look at worst-case scenarios.
3. Use our friend “google” and ask, “What jobs are good for people who are good ___________?”
4. What do you see yourself doing in 5 years? Don’t worry about the rest of your life.
I sent her on her way to do the research and come back with ideas. Unfortunately, our time together did not yield a career plan yet, but she decided on a major, and she is well on her way to figuring it out.