Friday, September 9, 2016

Encouraging Kids in Career Exploration

By Susan Pines, Shy Job Seeker Blog

Encourage Kids in Career Exploration [Shy Job Seeker Blog]
This Bureau of Labor Statistics website helps
 kids explore career interests and options.

When I was a kid, I wanted to be an astronaut or a writer. I enjoyed writing. I spent hours in my bedroom with a legal pad and pen, writing in longhand everything from poems to school reports. When I was in 8th grade, I received encouragement from my teacher to keep writing. I put my astronaut musings aside when I realized they weren’t compatible with my motion sickness. In high school, I worked on the school newspaper. I continued to get guidance and positive comments on my writing.

When I went to college, my choice of a major was easy because my career choice was already clear. My first job after college and every job after it had writing at its core. My career path was built on the encouragement I received from one person when I was 13 to keep writing.

If you have children and teens in your life, consider how you may be able to inspire their career interests, exploration, and development. You don’t have to be a teacher or career coach—just someone who listens and cares.

One way to get kids interested in the giant world of career choices is to refer them to a U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics website with career videos, interactive career games, and career exploration tools. Also please see my Shy Job Seeker post, Letter to Shy Young Person in Search of a Calling.

Whenever I have the opportunity, I encourage kids, teens, and young adults in their career interests and career exploration. I ask questions, listen, suggest career ideas, find resources for them to review, and most of all praise their desire to find a fitting career path for now, knowing it may well change later. Perhaps I can pay it forward and be the person who guides them to a satisfying career path.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

5 Reasons Why You Need a Job Search Support System

Job searching can be a lonely process, even for shy and introverted people who may prefer their own company. Going it alone--without the emotional support of family, friends, and others close to you--can result in a downward spin of discouragement. Don’t fear of asking people for help and encouragement as you job hunt. Most individuals will provide emotional support happily and eagerly.

5 Reasons Why You Need a Job Search Support System [Shy Job Seeker Blog]
Get a listening ear during your
job search.
So during your job search, I suggest you reach out to people you like and trust. Here are five reasons to have a support system during your employment search:
  1. Helps you deal with rejection. The job search process is full of rejection. Your support system can remind you not to take it personally.
  2. Gives insight into yourself. Your support system can help you see your strengths and weak spots honestly.
  3. Provides a listening ear. People who love you are willing to lend a listening ear when you need to talk about your goals, your progress, and your frustrations.
  4. Offers encouragement. A support system will encourage and inspire you to keep going in your job hunt.
  5. Helps you soldier on. When you feeling like giving up, those who are close to you will offer a hug, affirm your worth, and bolster your efforts to find a job.
So please don’t be tempted to go it alone in your job search. Lean on your support system. You’ll also have people to celebrate with when you get hired.