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So much time is spent in our schools preparing students for the academic challenges that theyll face in college. Comparatively little time is being spent preparing these same students for the ultimate challenge they will face in the workforce. The challenge of which I speak, can be summarized with two key questions that every student must eventually ask themselves:1) What am I gong to major in?2) What career path am I going to take?According to an article posted on Penn State Universitys website [1], more than 80% of entering college freshmen do not know what they want to major in. Many who think they know eventually change their major several times before graduating. The problem continues after college as many of these same students launch out into the workforce without a clue as to what they want to do. They end up taking menial jobs to make ends meet, or dash right back into graduate school under the cover of if I can just get a little more education. . . Whats worse is when many of the students, who do find employment of their perceived choice right out of college, find themselves 2-5 years down the road absolutely miserable in the career path theyve chosen.I happen to know that there is a very simple and viable solution to bridging this gap. I know this because I was that student, that employee, that person, and I pushed through to find that solution. Im now living the journey that every person must take to find their own unique place in this world. Have I arrived? Not by any means. Again, it is a journey. However, I am doing more than most people ever do. Im pursuing and attaining a predetermined ideal that Ive set for my life. Most people stop before they ever discover what life truly has in store for them. Sadly, and all too often, people settle for what is secure and predictable instead of standing on its foundation to reach for new heights.The solution that I have found, and that I believe must be taught to every student, can be summarized with these key points: 1)Discover who you really are (how youre naturally wired). 2)Learn to recognize your talents and strengths as tools and guideposts on your journey. 3)Allow yourself to truly entertain and embrace even your wildest dreams. 4)Define and write out in vivid detail, your ideal life. 5)Make a commitment to the pursuit of your ideal life. 6)Make a solid plan of action. 7)Take action and persevere. 8)Embrace the concept: There is no failure, only results.I sincerely believe that more people can begin to really enjoy their work and find satisfaction and fulfillment from it. It all starts by, as I once heard an inspirational speaker say, Finding your place, then getting in it.[1] Major Decisions article. www.psu.edu

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