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Day: August 9, 2018

How To Decide On A Career

How To Decide On A Career

You should spend a good deal of your time understanding your strengths. Once you have figured out your talents and strengths you should try to find out what you want to do in life, which could utilize your strengths. It’s useless to choose a career that doesn’t use your strengths.

Thankfully, we all are equipped with some kind of natural talent. Some of us are good in communications, some are creative-minded, some are technical-minded, and some are good in mathematics. After figuring out your strengths you can decide about a career, which will take you to your dream destination.

If you are creative-minded then you may choose a career, which will suit your creative bent of mind. You may become a fashion designer, architect, web designer or graphic designer. If you are good in writing then you may choose to become a copy writer working for an advertising agency or can write a novel, hoping to become a best-selling writer with fame and money. Scientifically-minded people are advised to become an engineer or a doctor or a research scholar. People with communications skills are successful in sales and marketing related careers.

Many times parents decide about careers of their children without caring about interests and passions of their kids. Sometimes they are motivated by vague reasons. For example, I have seen many parents forcing their children to follow a profession, an uncle of the family had successfully pursued decades ago. They don’t realize that one person’s success in a profession doesn’t mean that everyone will be successful in that profession.

A person should choose his/her profession based on his/her interest. We should not be guided by how our relatives or friends are doing in that field.

Some people have natural talent to do a work easily compared to others. If you can sing well, play a game well or convince people easily then you have a natural talent that can be used to grow in your career. If you observe closely most people are gifted with one natural talent or the other. However, most people fail to recognize their talents. If you have a talent for anything, don’t waste it.

If you are able to do something better than others then you should realize it’s your strength. If you can talk publicly better than others, write better than others, sing better than others, or if you can play a musical instrument better than others then that’s your strength. Don’t waste it.

Many times you may not be able to recognize your strengths but other people may spot your talent. If people say that you have a certain talent or strength then you should take note of that. Finding natural talent or strength is not easy. So, if some other person finds your strength then you should value that.…

9-Question Interest Inventory: A Great Way to Learn About Your Students

9-Question Interest Inventory: A Great Way to Learn About Your Students

The first homework assignment of every school year for every student in each of my middle school math classes included a 9-question “interest inventory.” This particular interest inventory is a self-assessment tool that invites students to reflect on their past experiences.

My students agreed that answering the 9 interest inventory questions was a nice change from the typical “What’s your favorite this/that” survey, and I certainly had fun reading my students’ responses! Straight away – at the very start of the school year – it is a very good way to get a bigger picture (even just a slightly bigger picture) of each student.

For teachers, the interest inventory can provide good initial information about student strengths and weaknesses. In fact, I think this questionnaire invited some students to talk with me in person about their strengths and interests, giving me even more information about learning styles.

Here is the 9-question inventory. I always asked students to answer all parts of each question, and to neatly write their answers in complete sentences.

1. What is your favorite activity or subject in school? Why? What is your least favorite? Why?

2. What subjects are difficult for you? What makes them the hardest?

3. If you could learn about anything you wanted to, what would you choose to learn about? Please be specific. (For example: meteorology, science fiction writing, architecture, cooking, carpentry, movie-making, etc.)

4. If people were to come to you for information about something you know a lot about, what would the topic be?

5. If you could plan a field trip, where would you go? Why?

6. Fill in the blank and rate EACH choice 1 = best, 2 = ok, 3 = worst

I learn ____ alone.

I learn ____ with one other person.

I learn ____ in a small group.

I learn ____ in a large group.

7. What helps you learn? (For example: hands on experience, reading quietly, taking notes, reading out loud, etc)

8. What projects – either past school assignments or outside of school – are you most proud of? Why?

9. Think of a great teacher you’ve had. Describe what made this teacher so terrific.

One student knew a lot about horses, and throughout the year gave me unsolicited tidbits of information (such as defining riding styles and saddles), and every once in a while updated me on her training and competitions. Getting to know her a little bit more outside the math classroom helped to engage her inside the math classroom.

Another student was proud of training her hamster, named El Noche, to win the local Petco Hamster Derby! I had to ask her about it because I had never heard of Petco Hamster Derbies. She happily described how she executed her training regimen in one of the hallways in her home.

The student who answered “I want to learn how to draw faces” is now a student at LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts. Without asking her …