If you are in Year 12, you need to decide where you want to belong when you leave school.
Most of us don’t remember our dreams. Your dreams, or even your vague ideas will come in a whisper, not in a shout. Here are some tips on how to listen to your heart.
Take the best stuff from your life now into your new life when you leave school.
Career ideas don’t come fully formed. This simple trick will help you to see some possibilities.
Make a list of the things you do in a day. This list provides you with the raw material that you need to decide where you want to belong.
- Get up
- Have breakfast
- Bus to school.
Expand your list by adding what you do on a weekend or on holidays or things you liked when you were younger.
- Play basketball
- Go to the beach
- Customer service at Brumby’s
When you have finished your list, highlight the things you like doing most. Check out those things and use them to guide your decisions about where you want to belong next.
Ideas are most at risk when they are vague and new.
Ideas need pampering or they will fade away.
Talk to your career advisor to get ideas about how you can do more of what you like doing most.
You can also check out how to do more of what you like through a free appointment with a careers counsellor at a Jobs and Skills Centre.
It is tricky to be clear about what is important to you
For Donald Trump money and power are important.
For the Wiggles it is entertaining little kids.
You can figure out what is important to you through this game:
- Write a list of 8 people who you like. They don’t even have to be real people. Your dog could be on the list.
- Once you have finished your list write three things that you like about each person.
If you included your dog you might have:
MIssy – Friendly, fun, understanding.
You will have 24 different things that you like.
Group together similar things. The things that appear most are those things that are most important to you.
Let those things guide your decisions about where you want to go next.
If making money and having power is important to you, you won’t want to go to care for orphans in Cambodia.
If entertaining little kids is important to you, you might check out early childhood education. That is where the original Wiggles started.
From little things big things grow.
Start by listening to what you like now. From those ideas you can grow your future.
Check to see if those thing sounds true to your values.
Stand on the shoulders of giants. Ask older people for information. Ask what they did. We all want you to succeed.