We want the very best for our teenagers’ future. We want them to be happy, fulfilled and following their passions in college and beyond.
Helping your teenager find her strengths passion is a truly worthy pursuit.
Here are just a few reasons why:
- It feels great to be immersed in something you love, to learn more about something that makes your heart happy.
- It’s a critical piece in helping to form an identity.
- Colleges seek students who commit to activities that they’re excited about and grow with.
- And a bonus: Being engaged in something she’s passionate about can help occupy your teen in something meaningful and keep her out of trouble.
Some students have a natural passion that’s unmistakable. But it’s not so easy for some kids, and it can seem daunting to them to really “get” what truly drives them.
Use the following resources to help your teen uncover strengths and passions, and help to guide them on their paths forward into college and beyond.
1| What’s Your Passion? Worksheet
Help to uncover what inspires your teen by asking open-ended questions like, “What problems do you feel passionate about trying to solve? If you had an unlimited amount of money, what would you do with your time?”
For a list of 30 thought-provoking and brain-churning questions, download the What’s Your Passion? worksheet. (They’re great for conversation starters, too!)
2| 16 Personalities
Personality is an element of what guides our actions. Taking a test to determine personality types can help teens to understand strengths and weaknesses, help to uncover passions, decide what to study in school and possibly even inform the type of career path that a teen ultimately decides to take.
One of the best, free online personality tests I’ve found is 16Personalities. It’s fun and easy to take, and testers are provided an extensive review of who they are and why they do the things they do.
This one’s great for both you and your teen to take, and then compare notes later on!
3| My Next Move
This is a free interactive tool developed by the U.S. Dept. of Labor to help anyone learn more about career options that may be a good fit for them.
MyNextMove.org can give your teen personalized career suggestions based on interests by completing an online quiz. It’s also helpful to see tasks, skills, education levels required and salary information for the hundreds of careers that are listed.
There’s a “Job Outlook” feature, as well, that shows what future demand will look like for the careers that show up for your teen.
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