As we shared last week, life after high school can be difficult to figure out, particularly if continuing education isn’t the obvious next step for your son or daughter. We asked Life Coach Judi Warner to share some initial questions she asks clients to help them determine their vocational interests. As you’re thinking about life beyond high school for your son or daughter, consider sitting down and discussing these questions with them.
1. Understanding yourself:
- What are your areas of strength? (Example: Are you good at building things or are you better on computers?)
- What is challenging for you? (Example: Is being on time difficult? Or making decisions?)
- What do you really enjoy doing?
- What activities or environments to you tend to stay away from?
- What do you value? (Example: Friendships, Faith, Responsibility, etc.)
2. Accepting and liking who you are:
- On a scale of 1-5, how satisfied are you? 1 (dislike) — 5 (like)
- If you could change 3 things about your life, what would they be?
- What has been your biggest accomplishment in life and your biggest disappointment?
3. Goal setting:
- What is your dream job or ideal future?
- What motivates you?
- Where is your life out of balance?
4. Facing reality:
- What are you afraid of?
- What’s working well for you?
- What’s in the way of finding the job you desire?
5. Moving forward:
- Who can you think of that might be able to help you move forward?
- On a scale of 1-5, how motivated are you to set goals for yourself? (1 – not motivated 5 – very motivated)
Is Life Coaching for you?
If you found these questions helpful, perhaps you may want to meet with a Life Coach to figure out your next steps. What does Life Coaching look like? Typically, it takes about a month of weekly meetings between you and your Life Coach to establish a good relationship. During that time, you’ll address questions like the above and determine action steps to reach a desired outcome. Your coach will encourage you and may help you stay accountable to the goals you set. You determine the length of the relationship, however, the average relationship is three months.
If you want to explore these questions and learn about how a Life Coach could help you, contact Judi Warner at judiwarner [AT] gmail [DOT COM].