Aspirations Workshop Youth
Youth Career Aspirations Workshop
- 5 Hours -
Five 1-Hour Sessions
Dates/Times Selected by TAC
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A positive mindset intervention for 1st semester at-risk 9th graders.
A 1st-step to removing mental barriers that block achievement.
Students create resource documents, engage in aspirational peer group discussions,
present ideas to begin the development of a valuable dream big support environment.
Create Your CAREER Aspirations List
Career Aspirations Are Dreams At Work
Five Peer Groups of 5 High School Freshmen
Think Through Who They "Really" Want To Become
In Career Life
Opening Plenary Session - 60 Minutes
Part A: Workshop Introducton
Part B: Student Resources/Opportunities
|1. Welcome - Host (School Principal)
|2. Career Definitions - Workshop Director
|3. Aspirational Videos - Workshop Director
|4. Discussion - Pre-Workshop Exercise
|5. Facilitator Introductions - Workshop Director
|6. Participant Introductions - Facilitator 1
|7. Formation of Groups - Facilitator 2
|8. Group Leader Selections - Facilitator 3
|9. Group Name Selections - Group Leaders
Youth Apprenticeship Opportunities
Employer Advisory Network
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Workshop Handbook Review
Youth Pearls Up High School
Work Session 1: Career Dreams
Led By Career Dreams Facilitator 1
Document and Share Your Career Dreams
|Part A: Your Value In the World
You are unique in the world. This workshop focuses on you as an individual. You may or may not have a career dream or a set of career dreams. But you are a unique individual, and you have a unique set of beliefs, abilities and interests. You have a unique personality. There has never been, and there will never be anyone exactly like you. You should be proud of who you are, and what makes you unique. Group Discussion - 10 minutes. Five Points Available.
|Part B: Your State of Becoming
You are in a dynamic process of change. You are not the person you were a year ago. You are not the person you will be next year, or the year after that, or 5 years from now, or 20 years from now. There is nothing you can do about that. It is the natural process of physical and mental growth and development. You should recognize the ways in which you have changed from last year, and identify the ways you would like to change, not physically, but mentally to improve in high school. See yourself in the stage of career exploration. Group Discussion - 10 minutes. Five Points Available.
|Part C: The Future You
Who do you want to become in career life? You are in the 9th grade. Imagine yourself 10 years from now at 24 or 25 years old in career life. Try answering some of these questions.
1. What are the key relationships that will enrich your career life?
2. What are career skills, and how will they provide you with exciting job or business opportunities?
3. What is career knowledge, and how will what you know about careers help you make better career decisions?
4. What high school courses do you need to take and complete? Why?
5. What college degrees will prepare you to compete in the jobs marketplace for the jobs you want?
6. How can mentors and advisers help you to select the right career pathway?
7. What sources, types, and streams of income would you like to enjoy?
8. What values and beliefs do you need to sustain you in your career?
9. What kind of attitudes will help you form a form and maintain a positive outlook about your career, given the difficult circumstances in your life?
10. How healthy would you like to be, given the habits and decisions you make about what you eat and physical exercise?
11. At 25 years old, how close will you be to reaching your potential or becoming the best that you can be?
Your group leader will collect your answers and deliver them to the facilitator assigned to your group. Time allowed - 10 minutes Five Points Available For Each Answer.
|Part D: Your Career Dreams
A career dream is a reoccurring thought (or set of thoughts) of the person you want to become in career life, based on your knowledge and your abilities, talents interests, and your personality. A dream is the imaginary seed that must exist before you can produce it in the real world. It is the "thought" that precedes the "thing" you want. These thoughts are limited by your direct personal experiences, your exposure (although limited) to various jobs, occupations and industries, and your personal observations and your level of awareness of different types of employment opportunities. Each dream has an emotional component. This emotional component is what moves you into action. You have the ability to identify the feelings associated with your career dream or dreams. Group Discussion - 10 minutes. Five Points Available.
|Part E: Career Dream Statements
Prepare 10 or more career dream statements. Each statement should identify something specific you really want to accomplish during your 40-to-50-year career life. Your group leader will collect your dream statements and will deliver them to the facilitator assigned to your group. Time allowed - 10 minutes. Five Points Available For Each Statement.
PWP has structured 10 dream types to help you think beyond the limits of your experience about your career dreams. These dream types are included in your handbook.
Facilitators use 5 dream statement guidelines to score each statement. Each statement that fails to comply with all 5 guidelines receives a score of 5. Each statement that fully complies with these guidelines receives a score of 10. Also, facilitators use 5-point discussion guidelines to score participation in each discussion. Each Future You question you answer may score up to 5 points.
Dream Score Review
Your scores are presented by your facilitator in a private 1-on-1
dream score review. Group scores (i.e., the total of the individual scores of each person in each group) are reported to all participants immediately after the close the session.
Work Session 2: Developing Career Aspirations
Led By Vision Development Facilitator 2
Develop Your Career Dreams Into Career Aspirations
|Part A: Developing a Career Aspiration
Each career aspiration is a dream at work. You must develop your dreams into aspirations. Otherwise, a career dream will remain a career dream. You must engage in a "deliberate effort" to convert your dreams into aspirations. This requires you to take a series of steps that demonstrate your ability to cultivate and nurture your dreams. This dream nurturing process is essential to the creation of career aspirations. Group Discussion - 10 Minutes.
|Part B: Understanding Career
A career is a step-by-step occupational journey of faith. As with any journey, you must have a destination. As your career is an occupational journey, no one job or occupation is, or can be, your destination. Your first job and your first occupation are simply the first of several stops you will make on your journey to become the best you can be. Group Discussion - 10 minutes.
|Part C: Performing the Work
The work required to convert a career dream into a career aspiration is based the above concept of career as a journey. The steps you take constitute the work you must perform. Make a list of the steps you have the ability to take while in high school, starting now as a 9th grader. Time Allowed - 15 Minutes. Five Points Available For Each Step.
|Part D: Defining Your Career Destination
Your career destination is a location called "career fulfillment." Career fulfillment is not a place you can see. In other words, it is not a specific job, or position, or amount of money, or level of responsibility. A career destination is a feeling, an emotional state of being. You will recognize it when you feel it with your emotions, and identify it in your spirit. It is the end of the line, the last stop on your journey. It is the feeling that "this is the best I can do." It is the person you want to become in career life. Group Discussion - 10 minutes.
|Part E: Developing Your Career Vision
A career vision is a mental picture of a career dream actualized in your life. Using your gift of imagination, visualize each career dream realized in your life from the following perspectives:
Income Perspective: The amount of money you receive from the work you perform
Job Perspective: Your occupation, your employer, your job environment
Relationships Perspective: The people you know and respect
Skills Perspective: The things you do well (You know you're good at this!)
Knowledge Perspective: The insights you gain from experience
Beliefs Perspective: Circumstances, conditions, resources, family relationships
Health Perspective: Your physical, mental, emotional condition
Spirit Perspective: The inner voice that speaks to you and guides your decision-making every day
Group Discussion - 10 minutes.
Facilitators use scoring vision statement guidelines to score each statement. Any statement that fails to comply with all guidelines receives a score of 5. Each statement that fully complies receives a score of 10.
Your score is presented by that facilitator in a private 1-on-1
Vision Score Review
Work Session 3: Developing a Burning Desire
Led By "Can-Do" Beliefs Facilitator
|You must convert at least 1 vision into a burning desire to manifest that vision into your life. This begins by believing that you have the ability to "actualize" your vision. You must develop a strategy, a series of steps that you plan to take over the next 3 years to graduate from high school as a college student.
|Begin by making a Negative Beliefs List. Your list of negative beliefs list should include the reasons, the facts, the barriers, the circumstances, the uncertainties, the situations that exist or are likely to arise that may prevent you from actualizing your vision. You will receive 5 points for each item on your list.
|The members of your group will share and discuss these items, with the objective of identifying actions you have the power to take that could turn these negatives into positives. After the Discussion of Beliefs, you will make a Positive Actions List. You will receive 10 points for each item on your list.
Group members may assist each other in creating the steps. You will take this strategy document with you for later discussion with your friends and relatives.
Work Session 4: Creating SMART Goals
Led By SMART Goals Facilitator
You will engage in a goal setting process to create a List of SMART goals. of specific, measurable, actionable, relevant and time-based goals. These are goals you want to achieve by the day you graduate from high school. For each goal that qualifies as a SMART goal, you will receive 10 points. For each goal that does not qualify as a SMART goal, you will receive 5 points. The extent to which each goal is SMART is tested by others in your group, and given a 1 - 5 rating by each group member. Goals are revise until each goal receives a 5 rating by each member of your group.
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Ten Dream Types
Use these dream types to think about what you really want out of your career.
1. Most Desired Occupation (self-directed-search)
2. Favorite Industry (onetonline)
3. Desired Annual Work Income Levels
4. Level of Wealth (Passive Income & Assets Owned Clear of Debt)
5. Level of Leadership (# of People You Influence/Type of Leadership Position)
6. Rewarding Relationships (Types of People In Your Work, Social and Professional Networks)
7. Social Impact (Types of Charitable/Volunteer Work & Giving)
8. Health (Physical, Mental, Emotional, Spiritual Fitness and Conditioning)
9. Educational Achievements (Degrees, Certificates, Certifications)
10. Key Skills (Specific Skills By Skills Group)