Effective study and career guidance involves so much more than just looking at hard skills and subject knowledge. Students who understand their behavioural strengths will have the confidence and focus to work towards bright futures. So how do you provide impartial advice for your students so that they make informed choices towards the right goals for them?
It's important that each individual student chooses the right path for them – but how can they identify what is most suited to their potential? From decisions regarding subject choices to progression into further education, training or employment, it's no surprise some students can become overwhelmed. So what can you do to support them in making informed decisions?
Helping your students to identify and understand their strengths assists them in focusing their decisions around subjects or courses.
What are they good at? Which subjects would best suit these strengths? Providing your students with insight into their behaviour gives them the tools to begin answering questions such as these.
Learning about themselves also helps students choose the right learning environment for them. How do they like to learn? Would they be best suited to a study centre that lends itself to lots of self-directed study, or would they work better with more contact hours? Students will be better equipped to answer these critical questions with a deeper understanding of how to get the best out of themselves.
Often, traditional career guidance provides support on CV writing, interview skills etc., but often fails to take into account the behavioural preferences of the individual, which can play a huge part in whether or not they are well suited to a particular career.
As with study choices, decisions around what career path to go down can be made easier with behavioural insight.
Students who understand where their strengths lie will be better equipped to identify the right career for them and begin to take steps towards it. Knowing what they are good at and having a deep understanding of themselves, self-aware students will have the confidence and motivation to move towards their goals.
Identifying which career path to pursue is only the beginning – so how do you give your students the tools they need to grow into confident and mature adults who will excel in the workplace? Helping students to understand how they behave and why they behave that way will enable them to modify their behaviour and communication to suit any situation.