Are you ready to start facing the real world after high school? Chances are you’re not. According to a recently published job satisfaction survey* more than half of all employees are dissatisfied with their jobs. In fact, job satisfaction is down as much as 61% from eight years ago. Do you want that to be you?
Be prepared… or be spanked! For those who are unprepared, the real world can be a cold slap in the face. Ouch!
Job-hopping, as a result, has almost become a sport. Unfortunately, this has become the career default method. Avoiding such pitfalls can assist you in making your transition into the real world a rewarding experience once you have mastered certain success trategies.
Sadly, the preparation for real world success strategies offered by most high schools is woefully inadequate. Clearly, a basic knowledge of language, math, science, and history is necessary. However, other crucial life skills must be embraced for young adults to achieve success in the “real world.”
Follow these 7 GAMEPLAN action items for teen success:
- Learn the rules of the Game. The purpose of high school is to put you in position for adult responsibilities. Although the current system is designed to clone students, colleges and employers are still searching for creative game players. Achieve better grades, proactive SAT preparation, higher test scores, pertinent work experience, and leadership abilities to expand your opportunities and open doors.
- It’s Academic: Go to college. The purpose of college is to learn pertinent skills in your chosen field of study. You will typically excel at studying a subject you’re excited about. Take advantage and become familiar with universal business concepts.
- Seek out Mentors in your field who have already become successful. Save yourself some frustration: Get the recipe for success instead of inventing your life from scratch. Sometimes it is whom you know and not just what you know.
- Become Entrepreneurial. People who own businesses or become leaders gain access to greater abundance. Conversely, employees often end up building other people’s dreams.
- Find your unique Passion. Take the time to ask yourself what excites you most about life. How can you use this to serve people in enhancing their lives? Most people don’t ask these questions. Remember this: If you do what you love, the wealth shows up.
- Life Balance. Avoid burning yourself out in the real world as many people do. Learn how to balance your health, emotions, spirituality, career, and relationships.
- Alternative Nuances. Learn the intangible life skills such as rapport building skills, time management, personal development, relationship secrets, finances, sales and marketing, public speaking, psychology and influence, interviewing strategies… Make yourself vastly more competitive by listening to CDs, reading books, talking to experienced people, and attending seminars.
You have a unique gift to share with the world. Avoid the trap that most people fall into. Don’t allow yourself to be needlessly spanked by the real world. Finding your passion and developing it is the greatest reward you could give to yourself and others.
Steve Kirshenbaum, M.S. is an Educational Consultant and CEO SAT Preparation Group. SAT Preparation Group specializes in SAT coaching, college planning, and success strategies for teens. They can be reached at 877-672-8773 or www.SATPrepGroup.com.
*The Conference Board, 2004
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