Book Review of Teenagers Preparing for the Real World
This past summer, I was able to attend the MAEN conference at the Lake of Ozarks. The main speaker was Chad Foster, a CEO that has turned into a motivational speaker for 21st Century teens and the path they take for success. His book, “Teenagers: Preparing for the Real World” was something that became interesting for me as it allowed me to open my eyes to what can make teens today passionate for their success. He gives insight into what can drive teens to strive to be successful outside of the educational path whether it is a full 4 year degree or if they feel that gathering their GED is a better track for them. He talks about how out of every 100 students, 15-18 earn 2 or 4 yr. degrees. This put into aspect for me that students need different skills other than just college readiness as most of them will not even attempt to follow the college dream. They need to follow their dreams as those doors will open and we as educators need to have them prepared to go through those doors.
Some of the main keys for teens in the 21st century are to do the best that they can do in their personal, academic, and professional career. One of the main things that Chad writes about is people skills and the inability of today’s teen to use/ensure that they have the proper tools for their career. He writes, “70% of teens that go into their first real job quit due to not having the ability to communicate at different levels.” Students have to know the struggle of being able to open up so that they become uncomfortable, but this will teach them the suitable needs to succeed in the real world. I work on this everyday with my students by talking with them about their goals and how they strive to obtain them. Use websites like Facebook, Linkedln, Career Builder, etc. To your benefit to make connections so that when an prospect comes for a job, you have given yourself a chance to be ready for it. One of things that Chad talks about in the book is to keep a notebook with who you meet. He says, “I was only 19, but I had spent the past six years crisscrossing the country playing tennis. As I traveled, I met hundreds of people from all walks of life. I had filled my address book with the names, addresses and phone numbers of everyone I met, both young and old. This was one piece of advice that I took from my parents.”
He believed that this procedure will allow for teens to have the prospect of finding a window of opportunity to believe in finding that career that they want and not just something to make a paycheck. The keys to success for our students must be in some aspect these 5 main ideas:
“Never miss a chance to meet a friend of a friend. This is an easy, comfortable contact to make. And who knows? That friend of your friend might have a cousin, who has a sister, who has an uncle, who owns a company that might hire you someday. That, I promise you, is how it works in the real world.”
Post by | Trent Johnson | Tiger Path
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