If there’s a particular career or job field you’d like to learn about, researching is certainly one way to expand your general knowledge. But there’s another method to consider that’s equally as valuable as traditional internet research.
Consider asking adults — and others whose insights you value — well-thought out questions, so they can offer points of view and additional perspectives based on their individual experiences that differ from yours. Sometimes, though, the response you receive — especially from parents, guardians or other family members — may not be what you expected.
Here’s the Real Deal …
What these trusted adults — or even your friends — share is most likely not telling you what to do or putting down what you enjoy doing. Remember that when people give feedback, they are likely mirroring their own concerns from past experiences. So, instead, make an effort to listen to what they are saying and hear what their concerns actually are. Think of their comments from the point of encouragement and not discouragement.
What’s more, consider what’s being said as simply another point of research. For example, if you hear, “You’ll never find a job in that field,” use that thought to further explore viable types of careers in that field. Consider it as information to build your case that gives you an opportunity to say, “Hey, thank you for your feedback, and here are some career options,” ones you otherwise may have not thought of, had not they not asked. It’s all exploration. No right or wrong. You might change your mind — a few times even.
So, be open to interactive conversation, and learn to be a good listener — a key life and career skill. And remember … How you handle things in your personal life will absolutely carry over in your professional and career life. So, take the time to begin forging health habits today that will only serve you well at work and in your job!