November 15, 2022

Does your teen have a vision for their future?

Can you imagine your teen crafting a vision for their future that they are proud of? Can you imagine your teen taking their next steps with drive and purpose? 

I remember my very first vision board. In April of that year, my son was admitted to the hospital at only 7 months old, and I was having my own health problems that would just have to wait. Thankfully we were at the hospital for only 3 days. By the time we got home I was exhausted. I had just spent three sleepless nights in a hospital so worried about my son.

As I stood there taking it all in my eyes landed on my vision board. Nothing on my vision board was in motion. How could it be with everything happening in my life?  I decided to forget about the vision board. I’m not sure why I didn’t take it down. I think maybe it’s because I was so done with it I didn’t even bother to move it. 

Cut to October...

My son and I were both doing much better. I hadn’t looked at or thought about my vision board since April when something caught my eye. I stood there with my mouth hanging open as I looked at it for the first time in 6 months. Eighty percent of the items on my vision board had come to fruition already, and it wasn’t even the end of the year! I had forgotten what I even put on the board and yet most of it had happened or was already in motion. 

This is not the only story I have like this. I am pleasantly surprised every year by my vision boards. 

Because of my experience with them, I love getting to the vision board module with my clients. After taking time to solidify their priorities, name their values, and to thoroughly explore career options, they get to sit down and create a vision for their life after high school. There are so many ways to create a vision board. It is such a treat to see how each client approaches the exercise. Occasionally, I have a client who is trepidatious about it. But by the time they have completed it they are proud and excited. 

 AJ, who did Life Quest at age 15 said:

“Life Quest was one of the smartest decisions I ever made and has a great value. It taught me more options and life lessons than just how to get into college. The occupations I picked are amazing. They are exactly what I want to do. My vision for life after high school is more clear and direct to what I want to do/be and I know now that I will be successful.”

Can you imagine your teen crafting a vision for their future that they are proud of? Can you imagine your teen taking their next steps with drive and purpose? 

If you have a teen who is graduating from high school soon or who needs to declare a major soon, Click Here to find out how your teen can

✓ Design a future they love
✓ Get matched with occupations that are uniquely suited to them
✓ Find and take their next steps

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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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