Career Inspiration

Check out our weekly blogs where we offer advice and discuss our philosophy, approach, and why we believe it should be the new standard for career seekers. We also interview students and career professionals allowing you to learn from their experiences.

Your Sharp Memory Could Lead to One of These Careers

student tip Apr 14, 2021

Are you the kid who loves trivia and can rattle off random facts like nobody's business? Can you recite movie lines?  Listing all 206 bones correctly in the human body during biology wasn't a big deal to you?

Sounds like you’re a little superhuman in the memory department!

If you’ve got an exceptional memory, there are plenty of careers that count on your kind of talent for information recall. This doesn’t mean you’ll be a good fit for every job. Learning anything...

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A Tale of Two Career Possibilities

How many times have you been asked, “So what do you want to do when you’re older?”?

Probably a lot! And we bet for most teens it’s a tough—and frankly frustrating—question to answer.

As a high school student, you’ve been exposed to all the “traditional” professions…the doctors and dentists who treat you, the teachers at your schools, the professional athletes and actors you see on your screens, and the people who sell things to you...

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Sibling Rivalry: Tips to Help Your Teen Find their Own Path

parent tip Mar 31, 2021

Max was dribbling a ball and swinging a bat at age three. He excelled in every athletic endeavor, winning accolades on courts, ball fields, and golf courses year after year. He was the “athletic” one.

Max’s younger brother Carter didn’t like getting sweaty and competing—he preferred building Lego cities, tinkering with his computer, and watching science experiments on YouTube. Plus, he didn’t see the point of competing against Max in sports anyway…he...

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All in the Family: Should My Teen Take Over the Biz Someday?

parent tip Mar 24, 2021

Did you know family-owned businesses employ 60 percent of the American workforce and create nearly 80 percent of all new jobs?

A family with its own business sounds kind of like instant job security.

But if you work for one of the 5.5 million family-owned businesses in the U.S., you know it’s not that simple. Whether your kids will take over that business someday is a decision with big questions to address and lots of moving parts.

Is working for the family operation a smart move for...

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Is My Hobby Career Worthy? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

You’re an esports gamer pulling in three-figure donations every day on Twitch. Maybe you’re wowing TikTok viewers with your makeup tutorials. Perhaps you’re baking luscious layer cakes or making really cool 3D art to share on your Instagram page.

We’ve talked about how hobbies can help inspire you to pursue a certain career path, even one you hadn’t thought of before.

But can your hobby be your career? Can you turn a favorite pastime, activity, or sport into a...

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Money Matters: 7 Essential Questions to Ask Yourself

How important is the amount of your paycheck when it comes to choosing a career?

If you’re proactive in carving out a career path that combines your passion with your natural talents, we believe you’re more likely to land in the right job, and that will make you a happy, thriving employee. And productive, motivated employees are well compensated by their employers. Funny how that works, huh?

But we also know the story is more complex for most. Money matters too.

Many people will...

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The Will + Skill Connection

student tip Mar 05, 2021

We all know people who ended up in careers because they were “good at” something, not because they love their jobs. Maybe your friend’s dad is a CPA because he was a math whiz in school. Or your aunt is a savvy negotiator, so she became a real estate agent. Maybe your next-door neighbor ended up as a pharmacist because she aced all her chemistry classes.

If you’ve ever heard the phrase “she works to live, not lives to work” then you know what we’re...

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INTERVIEW - On the Path to Becoming a Pastor with Kristin Dybdal

 

"The fact that I had kids, something happened to me where I changed and felt free. I felt free to do what I wanted to do. I want my kids to be able to do what they want to do, and if I want that for them, then I can want that for myself."  - Kristin Dybdal

Kristin is finally pursuing her passions after letting external pressures guide her career path for many years. Watch to see how Kristin finds the strength and confidence to pursue her heart and start the journey of becoming...

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Help Your Teen Make Who They Areā€¦Part of What They Do

parent tip Feb 25, 2021

Think back to how many times you’ve met someone new at a backyard barbecue or school event and were asked within the first five minutes, “What do you do?”

Happens all the time, right? So often our jobs feel meant to impress others, instead of being meaningful and rewarding to us. We’ve been conditioned over generations to believe that our jobs identify us—and often in all the wrong ways. Not because our careers reflect our passions and talents, but because they...

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Do I Need a College Degree?

self-reflection Feb 19, 2021

“Where do you want to go to college?”

If you’re hearing this question a lot these days, you’re not alone. It’s common to assume students will graduate high school and move right on to a four-year college or university. But the rising cost of higher education and demand for “hard-skill” jobs is prompting today’s students to ask a different type of question:

“Do I need to go to college?”

To any high school students wondering whether...

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