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.

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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5 Hobbies That Could Lead to Surprising Careers

student tip Jan 20, 2021

Most people think of hobbies as just for fun. They should be! But they can also inspire you down a certain career path - maybe even one you hadn’t thought of before. 

When it comes to merging hobbies with a career, most people think of them as a way to start your own business and become an entrepreneur. But if that’s not your goal, there are still plenty of ways a hobby can help you make a career decision. 

We’ve looked at some common types of hobbies to create...

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CAREER INTERVIEW - Dog Trainer and Animal Behaviorist with Craig Johnson

creative Jan 15, 2021
 

"I have a lot of compassion for kids today because they experience information overload. There is information and influences coming from everywhere...and kids need to form a sort of frame that states: What do I want?"  - Craig Johnson

Craig is a creative, and sees changing a dog's behavior as painting a blank canvas. Watch to see how Craig uses his skills and talents in dog training to relate it to humans and their growth as well!

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Career Interview with Craig...

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The Biggest Career Mistakes You Can Make

student tip Dec 31, 2020

You’re probably reading this and thinking “I don’t even have a career yet! Why should I care about career mistakes?” 

But so many career mistakes can be avoided by making a thoughtful career decision early. You can help yourself skip so many common career mishaps just by making purposeful decisions early on. 

Need more convincing? Let’s take a look at four major mistakes people make early in your career - and why you want to avoid them. 

Mistake...

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14 Ways to Help Your Student Find Their Interests & Passions

parent tip Dec 23, 2020

Have you ever asked your teen what they’re interested in, only to get noncommittal answers or a shrug of their shoulders? This is pretty common, and it doesn’t mean your student doesn’t have anything they care about. It usually just means they haven’t had enough experiences to know what they like and what they don’t!

So how can you help your student figure out their interests and passions? There are tons of ways to encourage them to try new things. We’ve...

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INTERVIEW - Environmental Research with Anna Webber

 

"If I can get people to think before making a decision about what's happening in the world, that is the impact I want to make. To give them information about what the problem is... so they don't make an assumption."  - Anna Webber

Anna is a thinker, organizer, and a helper. She is also a creative.... yet she breaks the creative stereotype, by using her creativity to solve problems. 

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Career Interview with Anna Webber

  1. What is your current occupation, or your...
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The Risk of Choosing the Wrong Career

student tip Dec 02, 2020

Does choosing a career right now feel a little silly? Maybe you think it’s too early for you to be worried about what life will look like after high school or college, or maybe you’re thinking of your career as just a job, nothing more. 

We get it! We’ve been there too. It can feel strange to be thinking so specifically about what you want your future to look like, especially when you’re still working your way through a geometry textbook. 

So we’re not...

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