As Business Guru Peter Drucker said, “Most people think they know what they are good at. They are usually wrong…And yet, a person can perform only from strength.”
Many times we do not realize what our true strengths are until later in life. That’s one of the challenges with choosing a career path as a teen. At that age, people just do not have the life experiences to really know what they are good at and truly enjoy.
“People who use their strengths during work every day are six times more likely to be engaged at work and three times more likely to say they have an excellent quality of life”. (Rath, T. StrengthsFinder, 2007)
“You are most likely to enjoy a job when the majority of what you do uses your main strengths and your favorite skills.”
Christen, C. (2015). What Color Is Your Parachute? For Teens (3rd ed.). New York, New York: Ten Speed Press
It is essential to find a career that utilizes your strengths because you will enjoy it more and get far greater satisfaction from your work. Many of us struggle to accurately pinpoint our strengths, though, especially because we tend to take some of them for granted, assuming everybody is good at those things because they come easily to us. It’s hard to truly evaluate ourselves. Teens need help identifying what their strengths are before making a career choice because finding a good match will have a huge impact on their long-term career satisfaction.