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The Horrible Awful Thing That is Wrong with Schools
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by: Lisa Earle McLeod
Do you remember career counseling when you were in school? Someone probably presented a bunch of career options and then tried to help you decide the best fit based on how you had performed thus far in academia with little or no discussion about your personality traits.
This is a huge, horrible problem.
I recently sat down with four high-achieving high school students to discuss college and career choices. They were petrified.
Pressure does not even begin to describe the sheer terror these four young people felt at the prospect of choosing a field of study. Was it going to be math, or science, or perhaps they should pursue creative arts or education? It wasn’t just a college choice, for them, it felt like they were scripting their entire lives.
I asked, "What do you think is the best fit for your personality?"
Their response was one of curiosity. One asked, “What does your personality have to do with it?”
They had been educated and assessed in all the academic subjects, yet they had never once been given the tools to examine their own personalities. Their entire education had been about mastering subjects determined by someone else. At no point did anyone put forth the idea that within their own personality was the foundation for a happy and successful life.
Over the course of the next hour, I gave them all a simple Myers-Briggs Personality test, easily found online and in several books. Within 60 minutes, we assessed that one was a born extroverted leader, one was an introverted creative, another was an empathetic helper/teacher, and the other was an intuitive strategist.
As I read the potential jobs that fit their personality types, they were enthralled. When I told the strategist that there were professions that required you to look into the future and create a plan to get there, she was elated, “They pay you for that?” she marveled, “I thought that was just being bossy.”
If we hadn’t done this simple test, this intelligent future leader might never have realized that the ability to think five steps ahead is a skill, not an annoyance,.
It infuriates me that schools don’t provide the time and tools to help kids understand their own personality. There are three reasons why most schools neglect this critical area:
Lisa Earle McLeod is a sales leadership consultant. Companies like Apple, Kimberly-Clark and Pfizer hire her to help them create passionate, purpose-driven sales forces. She the author of several books including Selling with Noble Purpose: How to Drive Revenue and Do Work That Makes You Proud, a Wiley publication, released Nov. 15, 2012. She has appeared on The Today Show, and has been featured in Forbes, Fortune and The Wall Street Journal. She provides executive coaching sessions, strategy workshops, and keynote speeches.
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Published here on: 1-Feb-15