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6 Steps for Success for High School Graduates

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I recently attended my goddaughter's graduation from a school in Connecticut. Speakers, teachers and guests alike focused on one essential theme for children: entering the world of adults. Whether you go to college or not, you should find your passion and follow it, wherever it leads. I sat there thinking, “This is all well and good – if you can afford to find your passion and live it.” However, what is of primary concern in today’s world and job market is to become self-sufficient and able to support yourself. In other words, you need to find a job.

Build the Stepping Stones of Your Future

I was reminded that nothing is carved in granite. You can begin one career while searching for another. Life experiences build upon each other. Many students abandon their major once they graduate, but nothing is lost or wasted. Sometimes mistakes take you to your greatest successes. Each life experience prepares us, enriches us and expands us, for better or for worse. If you are alert and paying attention, you will be ready when the next opportunity presents itself. This is how you lay the stepping stones toward your future.

For example, I prepared to be a teacher, knowing that in the end, I wanted to be involved in both education and psychology. I took psychology courses, along with my education courses, so that after I became a teacher, I continued in school studying psychology. Interestingly enough, the best training I ever had for life, came from those education courses, and the experience of teaching. The most important thing is to listen to your inner voice and find your true vocation by aligning yourself with your authentic self. This will allow your actions to reflect your thoughts and feelings. This will lead you to your destiny.

Remember, not everyone is interested in college. However, recent studies indicate that college graduates get a broad and general education that prepares them for life, and as a result, they do better on almost every level.

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