High school seniors are optimistic, ambitious, and setting high goals for themselves and their careers. That much is obvious when we see the results of a new survey from CareerBuilder that compares the priorities and expectations of the next generation of workers with those of the current workforce.
Would they need to make $200K or more a year in order to call themselves successful? Current workforce: 5% said yes. High schoolers: 13% said yes.
Do they associate success with a sense of accomplishment? Current workforce: 67% said yes. High schoolers: 78% said yes.
Do they associate success with making a positive impact on people’s lives? Current workforce: 47% said yes. High schoolers: Again, 78% said yes.
Do they define success as “making a mark on this world”? Current workforce: 22% said yes. High schoolers: 54% said yes.
The point? Maybe a good point is that real life hits us in the face after high school and we tend to adjust our ambitions and ideals (whether or not we should), but one point we should definitely take away is that these high schoolers are right. This is the time to think about what you want to do with your life. What does success look like? What kind of career does that entail? How much money would it make?
Connected to this: What kind of education do you need to get there?
With all these lofty goals—making $200K+ a year, positively impacting people’s lives, leaving a mark on the world—what do high schoolers need? A career they love. Something in which they can readily invest their talent and passions. If they could discover this, perhaps their hopes and standards wouldn’t diminish with age, but rather grow.
We built Find Your Calling in order to grab young people right where they are—still in high school—and help them find the career and education that will fulfill them and help them succeed in life.
Many jobs can earn a couple hundred grand a year. And of course every job well done leaves a mark. (You may not aspire to flip burgers, but if that’s where you are right now, you’d better believe you are changing the world.)
But when you don’t find a mere job, but you find a calling—then you gain real satisfaction because you’ve impacted people in a way that makes your own heart sing. Your calling doesn’t just bless the world, it blesses you.
If you’re in high school, then in all seriousness: Dream on.