Coaches can help us find right path

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 9, 2014

An old Confucius quote says to choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.

Having found a career that I absolutely love, I’d like to think that Confucius’ wisdom is correct.

Thinking back to choosing this career, it was one that I just happened to stumble upon my senior year of high school.

I knew that there was no way I would last in the medical field because the sight of blood or anything else that could be considered gross makes me nearly faint.

That was 10 years ago and there were no opportunities to shadow the local newspaper editor or graphic designer, but there’s no doubt it would have been beneficial.

In Covington County, our children have been blessed with career coaches – Polly DuBose and Amber McKathan — to help make their career choices a little less stressful and to open their eyes to many possibilities.

It’s a program that could bear many fruits of success in years to come, as students’ eyes are opened to many possibilities they might not otherwise know.

Talking to Polly DuBose and having the opportunity to watch her in action, it’s clear to see that she loves her job and she cares for the students that cross her path.

She and McKathan work diligently to make sure that students gain as much knowledge as possible about potential career fields.

They’re learning skills that will help them throughout their careers, and basic skills such as making a resume and working on applications.

It’s nice to see that students have the opportunity to discover their passions when it comes to a career, especially in time when more and more people are leaving their jobs for something better.

A story in Forbes cites a Gallup survey that shows that 71 percent of workers are “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” from their work, and that many are discouraged, disillusioned and uninspired.

The Gallup poll also showed that people who are emotionally disconnected from their workplaces are less likely to be productive and are more likely to leave.

That makes sense to me. Thinking back across my career, and I’m sure this is true for most people, I tend to do my best work when it’s something that I enjoy or that I’ve put my heart and soul into.

Additionally, national statistics show that some 50 percent of those entering college are undecided about their majors, and 50-75 percent change their majors at least once, and the majority will change at least three times.

Changing majors can significantly increase time and money spent on college.

As parents, we often strive to give our children better than we have, so it would stand to reason that we would want our children to find a career that they enjoy even more than we do.

Coupling home encouragement with our career coaches and educators, our children should be well prepared to make good, solid career choices.