Talking about your future

By Aidan Kyrke-Smith, Head of Courseware Design at Minded

One of the real challenges facing young people today is what they want to do with their lives, especially professionally. The nature of work is changing and there are so many uncertainties about what jobs will still be around, and what new jobs will emerge in the future.

But the one thing that hasn’t changed much, is young people themselves. Young people today are still nervous and unsure about what to do next once they leave school. Just like the generations before them.

The best thing they can do hasn’t changed either. And that is to talk about it. It’s human nature to be scared to open ourselves up and share our aspirations for our futures. Everybody has the fear that someone will say ‘that’s stupid’, ‘you won’t be able to do that’ or the even more frustrating/annoying ‘there’s no money in that’. 

But if you pick the right person, someone you trust, that won’t happen. Starting the conversation is hard, but there is nothing more liberating or empowering than opening up, validating your dreams and starting to plan how to get them.

The old saying goes ‘a problem shared, is a problem halved’ and while you shouldn’t view your future as a problem to be solved, there is something in the saying that fits. Sometimes it can feel like a weight on young people’s shoulders, sharing that burden with someone you trust can lighten that load and make it feel more manageable and achievable.

Start the conversation, you don’t need to be specific about a job title. Just start with things you like doing, places you feel like you are comfortable and what means something to you personally. You’ll be surprised how much beginning this conversation can make the future seem less daunting.

As head of courseware design at Minded, my passion is trying to develop innovative ways to help young people reflect on themselves so that they have the confidence to have these important conversations. If you want to see how we are doing that, head over to www.minded.co.nz