The world is changing quickly, are you ready for the future? Do you know what it takes to be successful? If you’re feeling a little stuck then you’ve come to the right place. This Student Road Map will help you get ready to succeed in the world after graduation.
The first step to knowing what you want is knowing who you are. Click here and rate yourself on your skill level in the following areas. This is not a test! It’s not graded or even monitored. This will simply help you identify where you are already strong, and 2-3 skills needing your focus. Try to think of ways to use this to your advantage.
Once you know your Focus Skills, it is important to identify a Readiness Coach to help you improve. A Readiness Coach isn’t a sports coach (Though they could be, if you choose),they are any trusted adult who can give you advice about improving your Focus Skills. Some examples of a Readiness Coach might include:
- A parent,
- A favorite teacher,
- A guidance counselor,
- A pastor or faith leader,
- A boss or experienced coworker, or
- An AmeriCorps Mentor
After you’ve found your Readiness Coach you’ll need to be prepared to ask for advice. It’s often hard to talk about serious subjects, try starting off with some of these simple questions:
- -I’ve been trying to get better at [insert focus skill], do you have any tips?
- --What skills have helped you most in your life? How did you develop them?
- -I want to work on my [Focus skill] skills, can you help me with that?
- --What is one thing I can do to practice and get better?
The most important thing in these conversations is to just communicate that you need help, and what you need help with. A single meeting won’t itself make you future Ready (although it is a great start!), so schedule another meeting with your Coach before you leave the first. This will help to motivate you to take some next steps before your next meeting. Complete a new reflection before each meeting, just to see how much you feel you’ve improved, and to see if you might need to talk about other skills.