“We each have within us the ability to absolutely know the correct or right course of action to take. “
Jacqueline Mary Phillips
I would like to expand more on the above quote. Around this time of the year I often hear final year students saying they are confused about what to do next after graduating (which can be more accurately articulated as what they SHOULD do next). I tell them that is a great place to be as they can investigate what they really want to do. They may want to find a job in the field they studied or they may wish to take a ‘gap’ year and travel and explore the world now they have ‘completed’ their formal education. Some of them want to study further in their subjects so that they can expand their skills and knowledge.
A good proportion of them, however, want to be told what they ‘should’ be doing next after graduating. It’s as if their life is not their own, rather they are living an automatic conveyer belt type of life from school to college to university to work. “That's life isn’t it?” I hear you say. Or is it? Have you ever wanted to do something but never did it? Have you never not wanted to do something spontaneous?
Since studying the SEJ I question my own life and my own experiences or rather my own ‘expectations’ of life. The key to why it worked for me is due to me asking if these beliefs/expectations are true or relevant to me, specifically, at a particular moment. So why does this relate to students being confused? I don't have answers but as I said before, my role as an educator is to put these questions back to them, giving them space or rather the permission to ask these questions. They WILL find their own empowering answers and they will share that truth with us. The realisation that they are both the question and answer is a true gift which we can give them in any one moment. So if a student comes to you looking confused, be interested and share the blog so they can find their own path. That is a truly loving act an educator can do.
If you would like to know more here is a wonderfully empowering blog written by Jacqueline.
Dr M Howard-Kishi