By Career Potential, Special for US Daily Review.
On Thursday, April 26, 2012, millions of workplaces, employees, parents and children will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the “Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work(R) Day” program (http://www.daughtersandsonstowork.org). This national, public education program connects what children learn at school with the actual working world.
Ford R. Myers, career coach, speaker and author of “Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring” (John Wiley & Sons, http://www.getthejobbook.com), encourages boys and girls to think about their “Passions and Gifts” as they visit their parents’ workplaces. An exercise Myers usually administers with his adult clientele of job changers and those who feel unfulfilled in their current career, this activity will help kids understand the first important aspect of pursuing a career path.
“Whether you are age eight or 68, this career development exercise will help children build a solid foundation of self-knowledge and clarity. The questions will help kids identify some of the issues and values that are fundamental to lasting career success and satisfaction,” says Myers.
The “Passions and Gifts” exercise includes the following 10 open-ended questions:
1. I am passionate about: _____________.
2. I am excited about: __________________.
3. What I really like is: __________________.
4. My greatest contribution is: _________________.
5. I am particularly good at: __________________.
6. I am known for: _____________________.
7. I have an exceptional ability to: ______________.
8. Friends often ask for my help with: ___________.
9. What motivates me most is: ________________.
10. I would feel disappointed, frustrated or sad if I couldn’t do: _____________.
“As boys and girls participate in ‘Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day,’ they should consider how these answers correspond with their future career goals. Parents who complete the exercise should ask, ‘What is the one thing I can do now to enhance or change my current career situation, so I will be more in tune with my true passions and gifts,'” adds Myers.
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