Finding your path as a high school student

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Finding your path as a high school student  —

Last week a listener asked if I were invited to give a university’s commencement address, what would I tell the graduates? This week another listener asked – what would you tell a junior or senior in high school who has yet to decide on a major? My suggestions include: allow yourself the freedom of exploration – follow your curiosity.  Find ways to make money – even if you don’t think you want to be an entrepreneur.  Shadow professionals who are doing work you think you might enjoy. 

Other questions we explore this week:

  1. Is it now better to show I’m NOT working and focusing on improving myself?
  2. Recently, I earned my MBA in Management, and now find myself between a rock and a hard place. I have been finding that I am over-educated but lacking in work experience.
  3. How do I leave a job gracefully when I’ve only been here 7 months?
  4. Should I continue to stay at this miserable job while working my business on the side, look for a new job with potentially less favorable hours in the interim or go for my business full time?

“I’m not where I want to be but I’m on the right path.”  Mark Ross — Tweet This 

Show Notes:

Episode – 05-19-17
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In this episode, Dan opens this week’s theme of finding your own path. There are countless reasons why people don’t get the jobs they apply for—this can include being overeducated or having gaps in a resumé. Dan also address students in universities who are just beginning their career journey. Apart from becoming unemployed, how do we encourage our young adults to pick a path that is right for them in the future? This week, Dan addresses these topics and gives us tips on how we can prepare ourselves for the job (and life) we’ve always wanted.Sponsored By:
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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:44 – Preview of Today’s Show on “Finding your path as a high school student”. Last week a listener asked if I were invited to give a university’s commencement address, what would I tell the graduates? This week another listener asked, “What would you tell a junior or senior in high school who has yet to decide on a major?”. My suggestions include allowing yourself the freedom of exploration – follow your curiosity. Find ways to make money – even if you don’t think you want to be an entrepreneur. Shadow professionals who are doing work you think you might enjoy.”
    • Is it now better to show I’m NOT working, and focusing on improving myself?
    • Recently, I earned my MBA in Management, and now find myself between a rock and hard place. I have been finding that I am over-educated but lacking in work experience.
    • How do I leave job gracefully when I’ve only been here 7 months?
    • Should I continue to stay at this miserable job while working my business on the side, look for a new job with potentially less favorable hours in the interim or go for my business full time?
    • “I’m not where I want to be but I’m on the right path.” – Mark Ross
  • 03:18 – Vincent shares his success story in 48 Days Eagles, I have been working with Kyle Shultz on an online course to help parents take better pictures of their kids playing sports
    • 03:58 – When Vincent was a newspaper photographer, his salary was in the low $30K range annually
    • 04:16 – The course launched last friday and on the first day it brought in $33K
    • 04:47 – Vincent gave the 48 Days community the Free 9-Part Course that taught parents how to take better pictures – check it out at shultzphotoschool.com/sports
  • 05:59 – Anthony says, I’ve been listening to your podcast for 3 years. Last year, I launched my first ebook in customer service. My manager suggested I write a full book. I wrote another ebook, How To Listen To Your Customers Effectively?
  • 07:01 – Dan had an amazing group last week in Tennessee at Innovate
    • 07:16 – Dan shares about Valley Way Media
    • 07:31 – John and Ben from Valley Way Media took the 48 days theme song and made a video overlay for it
  • 08:24 – There will be a new 48 Days podcast dedicated for just success stories
  • 08:49 – Send your stories on AskDan or askdan@48Days.com
  • 09:07 – FreshBooks is offering a 30 day, unrestricted free trial to my listeners. To claim it, just go to https://www.freshbooks.com/48days
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  • 11:53 – A question from Greg, What would you tell a junior or senior in high school who is yet to decide in a major?
    • 12:30 – When Dan was in highschool, he wasn’t serious about figuring out his career, he’s just having fun going to school
    • 12:53 – “I don’t think we need to force them”
    • 13:00 – Dan encourages juniors and seniors to follow their curiosity
    • 13:17 – Find ways to make money BUT they need to see how money is made
    • 14:04 – Shadow professionals, read books, and get involved
  • 15:06 – Kevin says, Is it now better to show I’m NOT working, and focusing on improving myself?
    • 16:04 – Dan wants you to be a specialist at some point
    • 16:27 – When you look into the next position, you need to narrow down the areas of competence that you have
    • 16:44 – Choose 2 or 3 things that you’re competent at
    • 17:08 – Fill in the gaps
    • 18:17 – You don’t have to go through month-by-month
  • 18:34 – Scott says, I went to 4 interviews and I’d like to get feedback. Would it be right for me to call the manager and ask for feedback?
    • 19:00 – 4 interviews means they were serious about you
    • 19:12 – You can ask the manager for feedback
    • 19:21 – The manager, unfortunately, is not likely to let you know the truth
  • 20:10 – Erin asks, Recently, I earned my MBA in Management, and now find myself between a rock and hard place. I have been finding that I am over-educated but lacking in work experience
    • 20:52 – This is the elusive thing Dan hears repetitively
    • 21:10 – What you need to do is to recognize that this is a smoke screen
    • 21:30 – Get pass the screen and find the real reason why they can’t hire you
    • 23:16 – Being told you’re too experienced is simply a politically correct way of telling you they don’t want you on their team
    • 23:53 – Work on your interview skills
    • 24:30 – Don’t deal with overeducation
  • 24:58 – Send your questions on AskDan or askdan@48Days.com
  • 25:13Should I continue to stay at this miserable job while working my business on the side, look for a new job with potentially less favorable hours in the interim or go for my business full time?
    • 26:27 – Start with how you want your life to look like 3 years from now
    • 27:08 – Can you get 50% of your job income in the next 6 months?
    • 27:28 – Stay in your current job
    • 27:37 – If you take another job, there’s another learning curve
    • 28:07 – Use your current job as a transitioning tool
  • 29:30 – Bob says, How do I leave a job gracefully when I’ve only been here 7 months?
    • 30:50 – Dan plays You Can Take This Job and Shove It
    • 31:38 – If you’re in a management position, the company has taken a lot of time investing in you
    • 31:57 – You can leave BUT you may leave a bad impression
    • 32:13 – Slow down and look at the big picture
    • 32:34 – There’s a lot of movement in the IT world
    • 33:17 – Why don’t you talk to your management?
    • 33:58 – Your new boss might need leadership training
    • 34:10 – Dan shares about one of the 48 Days coaches who called the new Mayor in their city
    • 34:45 – Make a proposal
    • 35:36 – Use the approach – How can I make this better?
  • 35:53 – Linda says, I’ve been working as a Spanish teacher for 10 years. This year will be the last year I’ll be teaching. We own a few AirBnb’s and we want to spend our time raising our kids with the freedom that we can leave as much as we want. The principal referred me to a company and I got hired as a Spanish tutor. How can I position my tutoring without losing my freedom?
    • 37:31 – When you are tutoring and coaching, do you have to be there in person?
    • 37:54 – Train your clients with the new use of technology
    • 39:00 – Once you let them know, you’re free to travel as you wish
    • 40:14 – Having a background in counselling, Dan still believes it’s best to do it face-to-face
  • 41:21 – Coaching with Excellence – May 25-26, August 31-Sept 1, 2017
    • 41:38 – Guests will share their success stories
  • 44:49 – The new 48 Days Eagles site – This is the best place for moving your career forward
  • 45:13 – Dan closes today’s podcast

3 Key Points:

  1. Don’t expect for managers to give you the real reason why you didn’t get the job.
  2. Start with how you want your life to look like in the future and work backwards.
  3. Use the resources you have to leverage your life and your career.

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