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HomeAspirations Workshop

Attend a Free Career Aspirations Workshop
- 5 Hours -
Dates/Location Selected by TAC
Download Career Aspirations Workshop Handbook

Create Your CAREER Aspirations List
Career Aspirations Are Dreams At Work 
25 high school freshmen are placed into 5 peer groups of 5 to think through what they "really" want to become in career life.

Plenary Session - 60 Minutes
Welcome
Career Definitions
Aspirational Videos
Discussion of Pre-Workshop Learning Exercise
Participant Introductions
Facilitator Introductions
Formation of Groups
Group Leader Selections
Group Name Selections
Workshop Handbook Review
 

Work Session 1: Career Dreams
60 Minutes
Led By Career Dreams Facilitator
Document and Share Your Career Dreams
Your career dreams are reoccurring thoughts of something you desire to become, to own, or to accomplish in your career life. These thoughts are coming from your Creator who is asking you to do the following. Think about what you really want out of your 40 to 50-year career life.  
 
You have 15 minutes to produce 10 or more dream statements. Each statement must identify some specific things you really want accomplish during your career life. Your group leader will collect your dream statements, and invite you to share your career dreams with your group. Your statements will then be delivered to the facilitator assigned to your group. 

NOTE
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. 

Scoring Guidelines 
Facilitators use dream statement guidelines to score each statement. Each 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 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 to close the session.
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Work Session 2: Developing Career Aspirations
60 Minutes
Led By Vision Development Facilitator
Develop Your Career Dreams Into Career Aspirations
A career aspiration is a dream at work. So, to convert your career dreams into career aspirations, you must take a series of steps that demonstrate your ability to perform the work required, based on a clear vision of each dream realized. 
 
A career vision is a clear mental picture of a career dream actualized in your life. You must use your gift of imagination to create each of these pictures in your mind. PWP provides perspectives providing different points of view that enable you to enhance and clarify your vision.    
Think of living a prosperous life from 7 perspectives: 1) Relationship Fulfillment (Family, Friends, Associates, 2) Income Fulfillment Streams, Sources, Levels and Types), 3) Skill Fulfillment (Soft and Technical), 4) Knowledge Fulfillment (Of Self, Of Employers, Of Jobs, Of Business, Of Industries), 5) Belief Fulfillment (Positive Thoughts On Purpose, Positive Attitude Regarding Circumstances, Confidence, Opportunities, Risk and Challenges), 6) Health, 7) Spiritual Fulfillment (Talents, Charity, Values, Character, Interests)
To demonstrate that you have such a vision, you have 15 minutes to create a vision statement for each career dream statement. Use your natural gift of imagination to create each vision. Your group leader will collect your vision statements, and invite you to share your visions with your group. Your statement will then be delivered to the facilitator assigned to your group.  

NOTE
PWP has structured 7 perspectives of a prosperous life to facilitate the creation of career vision statements.

Scoring Guidelines
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: Develop a Burning Desire
60 Minutes
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 are likely to arise that may prevent you from actualizing your vision. You will receive 5 points for each item on your list. 

why yoYour assignment is to convert each negative belief on your list to a positive "can-do" belief. 
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: Create SMART Goals
60 Minutes
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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Summer Career Aspirations Competition 

9th Graders, 10th Graders, 11th Graders, 12th Graders


  

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)