In 2011, a former law student at San Diego’s Thomas Jefferson School of Law sued the school for $50 million, after she couldn’t find a job while building up $150K in student loans. She claims the school falsified employment statistics without disputing the quality of her education.
This raises a fascinating question: Who is responsible for picking the right career path, right set of employment expectations and developing the right communication skills?
Your Parents : Probably not…parents want not only what is best for you…but they also want you to do what minimizes their own worst case fears. (you know, on your being destitute, homeless, loveless, and all alone).
- I have children and I can fully imagine this. But, honestly, parents can’t pick their kids’ interests, career pursuits or dreams.
Your Friends: In the words of Macaulay Culkin in the movie Home Alone, “I don’t think so”. They want what is best for you…but their desires/values and issues are going to be different from yours. Like your parents, they care and they know you very well. But…they are not career experts.
Career Experts : They can help for sure. They are available online in blogs, in books, at schools, or people specializing in this area of consulting for fees. But, unlike your parents or friends, they don’t know you. So at the end of the day…it comes down to ……
This conclusion is both scary and extremely liberating. It confirms that you are blessed with the freedom of choice. This is very exciting. There are many processes/tools to support your decision process. We will explore these over time…together.
Question 1: What was the basis for your past career path decisions? The answer to this can help confirm the source of your current set of skillsets and resolve if they are skills you wish to maintain long term for a career.
Question 2: If you could pretend that no matter what career pursuit you picked, your parents, friends and people you highly respect would bless it, support it and be totally thrilled with decision, what 3 potential paths would you consider?
Action: In the next 48 hours, investigate what skills are needed for this path and the ways you could learn this new career. Can you learn these skills at night and apply the new skills you want to build in your current job? You will be surprised how this could be a WIN/WIN for you and your employer or customers.
Quote of the Day: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” Steve Jobs