lighthouse Career exploration
Did You Know?
“Right now you are one choice away from a new beginning - one that leads you toward becoming the fullest human being you can be.”
- Oprah Winfrey
8 Turning Points in Life
In their book Don’t Waste Your Talent, Bob McDonald, Ph.D. and Don E. Hucheson present the 8 Turning Points of Adult Life as being:
High school to college (17-18 years old)
College to work world (22 to 25 years old)
Age 30 assessment (28 to 33 years old)
The midlife transition (38 to 45 years old)
Age 50 assessment (50 to 55 years old)
Pre-retirement transition (60 to 65 years old)
Age 70 assessment (70 to 75 years old)
Senior transition (80 to 85 years old)
Three types of Students/Young Adult Clients
The Undecided: This individual is doing well overall, but just does not know with certainty what major and career path they would like to pursue. Not wanting to waste tuition money and emotional energy on trial and error, they realize they do not have all the information necessary to make the best decision about what they are going to enjoy doing long-term. For this group we are able to provide objective data showing how they are wired and gifted, so they are equipped to make effective decisions now and in the future and move forward with confidence.
The Discouraged: This person has started down a path, but has not had great success. This group is dealing with a fair amount of discouragement and frustration—both their own and their parents’. They may not be doing well in class or have not had success finding a job that’s fulfilling. They may just realize they do not like their current area of study or their work which had, at one time, been appealing. For this group assessing how they are wired and gifted reveals their most effective learning channels to lead to greater academic success and helps open new doors which lead to positive direction and renewed self-confidence.
The Disengaged: This group may seem the least motivated with their studies or future. They may prioritize hanging out with friends or playing video games ahead of focusing on their studies or looking for a job. For this group new motivation often grows out of discovering a clearer direction for their future with increased confidence that they truly can be happy and successful in the future.
Career Statistics for Students and Young Adults
70% students change their majors after enrollment at an average of 3 times before graduation (Princetonian 2014).
36% of full-time students complete their bachelor's degree in 4-years (NY Times, 2014).
50% of students pursue a career unrelated to their major (Forbes, 2013).
35k is the average debt of college graduates (Wall Street Journal, 2015).
"Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, there lies your vocation."