May 2, 2022

3 Strategies To Help Your Teen Figure Out What They Want To Do

Is your soon-to-be graduate still unsure what they want to do? Maybe they aren’t sure if they want to go to college or they aren’t sure what to major in when they get to college?

Below are 3 strategies that will get them started in the process of figuring out what they want

1. WHAT DON'T THEY WANT

Rather than asking them what they want, ask them what they don’t want. It’s a much easier question to answer.   What jobs don’t they want to do? Where do they not want to live? Who do they not want to become? It’s easier to answer and it will start to shed light on what they do want. 

2. WHO ARE THEY

Give them the time and resources to get to know themselves. What innate qualities and traits do they possess? Which of those qualities can they bring to jobs, relationships, projects, etc. Naming these things not only allows a person to feel a bit more secure in themselves, but it’s also a great place to start when putting a resume together. Click here to grab a free 30-day journaling challenge for self-discovery.

3. WHAT DO THEY CARE ABOUT

What is most important to them? A great way to start this one is with the question: If you could spend your time any way you want, how would you spend it? Knowing what you really care about can be an anchor in life so that as things change and shift you can always check back in to make sure your circumstances are in alignment with you. 
When they solidify these things, the options that don’t fit and the options that do fit become clearer. 

This is the beginning of crafting one’s own definition of success rather than getting swept up in what everyone else is doing.

To learn more about the process I use to help my clients craft their own unique definition of success in addition to finding occupations that are uniquely suited to them, click here.


If you feel that your teen would benefit from a structured program guided by a mentor, or if you would like to learn more about how I implement this strategy with my clients Feel free to contact me directly.

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WRITTEN BY EMMA B. PEREZ

CAREER COACH FOR TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS
Founder of Be On Purpose, LLC, Emma is a mentor who specializes in helping teens and young adults craft who they want to be and how they will impact the world.

As the author of "What's the Point of School: Ed Transformation, A Matter of Life and Death" Emma is pushing the education transformation movement forward. Her work seeks to redesign our school system from its industrial structure to one that serves our students by giving them the tools they need to thrive in all areas of their lives, internal and external. 
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