Sunday, January 18, 2009

Figuring Out a Future

I've devised a way to help teenagers decide their dream job when they grow up. 

The idea is original.  I've never heard anyone else express this approach. This thought process might be useful to high school students, college students, and parents who give guidance to children about ways to decide and prepare for a profession.

Here is the idea, feel free to use it:

After watching an enjoyable movie, concentrate on viewing the credits at the end. As the film scrolls through the acknowledgments, read all the job titles of those who participated.  The titles will range from, producers, directors, screenwriters, musicians, camera crews, costume designer, and many more. Then visualize what you see yourself doing had you been a part of the movie's creation.  When you think about it, there will likely be thoughts about your current skill set or personal interests. You'll probably think about how performance in school indicates suitability for a certain job. Don't let that thought limit your dream, however.

Now think about the dream role you'd love to have had in the movie. The role may not match your current skills at all.  For example, you might love history or science in school, but the music score in the movie really resonated with you. Imagine yourself writing the music or playing an instrument in the score which accompanied the visuals of the movie.

On the other hand, you might enjoy literature or reading.  Imagine yourself writing the story of the movie or developing the screenplay.

Consider all jobs associated with the movie and imagine the role each played to produce the final result. Do this every time you watch a movie where credits are shown. Don't leave the theater early or walk away from the TV until you've looked at the credits.

As you wonder about the professions, research the expertise needed to perform those jobs. Construct a plan to acquire those skills and get close to people who will offer encouragement for whatever job you pursue. Make lofty goals for yourself and go after your final plan with passion.

The film-credit review approach is better than looking at a job list of the best and worst jobs as shown in the graphic below from a recent article in the Wall Street Journal. 

When a good movie is watched followed by viewing the job titles, one can see a wonderful outcome when the skills and efforts of many are combined.  Prepare to become a professional in any job you decide to undertake.

Have a good week! 

(PS: Sarah, thank you for your comment.)



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