The purpose of this information brief is to highlight the two main problems that exist today in education systems around the world, namely, (1) a lack of proper career guidance and, (2) a lack of proper emotional support for students. In the past century, there were a lot less careers that students had to choose from. For example, if we go back about 100 years there were maybe 40 to 50 careers that students in secondary schools had to choose from: doctor, lawyer, engineer, teacher, farmer, and careers of that nature. Very often a student would follow in the path of their family business or trade. If for example, the family had a farming business, then the children usually worked on the farm when they left school. In 2013, the US Department of Labor published their career database, and there are now over 1,100 distinct careers from which people can choose! It is therefore not surprising that students today, when they’re nearing the end of their secondary or high schools years, are very confused as to which of these 1,100 careers would best suit their personalities, and which of these careers could they enjoy and be passionate about.
POCSI is an acronym that was coined by the author to mean “Path of Continual Self-Improvement”. People who are on the “POCSI” have an internal locus of control, and so by nature are active participants in the arena of life. They do not blame others for their failings and rarely criticize others for the problems around them. Instead, they always look within to see how they can improve themselves, as well as the circumstances and institutions that they are a part of. They do not have a problem saying sorry for the mistakes they have made, and have the ability to forge strong and meaningful relationships with others. Make no mistake about it, being on the POCSI takes hard work and dedication, and is a life-long journey of effort. But the rewards far outweigh the work!
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Passion is an emotion applied to a very strong feeling about a person or thing. Passion is an intense emotion compelling feeling, enthusiasm, or desire for something. The term is also often applied to a lively or eager interest in or admiration for a proposal, cause, or activity or love. When we think about someone we know who is passionate about their career, their family or life in general, we picture someone who is truly alive and full of vitality. Their inner and outer energy is contagious and we secretly wish we could be more like such people in some, if not all areas of our lives. What do they possess that other people do not have? What have they discovered that has allowed them to be their “authentic selves”? Is this something that can be learned or discovered by anyone? These are all burning questions that need answers if our world is to be inhabited by people who all believe that they were put here for a purpose, and that they are part of a higher plan to make this world a better place. Continue reading “Passion vs. Resignation”