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Finding Inspiration Activity

Learn how to help your child identify their inspirations and use them to design future career happiness.

Understanding who we are is a lot about understanding our inspirations. In this activity you will work with your child to complete the worksheet and identify their own inspirations. Don’t just limit this activity to work, be more open as our personal interests are increasingly linked to our professional activities.

The six sections are broken into:

  1. Who inspires you? Many children will go for celebrities and famous faces, try and get your child to think closer to home (teachers, friends or family). Get them to think about the small things they respect in people they know and break it into the work they do or the interests they pursue.
  2. Most inspiring place? In this section a lot of young people will think about holiday destinations, again get them to think more granular. Get them to think about restaurants they like to visit or shops they like going to, what is it about these places that make them different and inspiring?
  3. An inspiring company? Work with your child over time to identify companies they like, this could be from a local charity to a global multinational. See if you can identify the mission/vision of each company you identify and if it’s in line with your childs own values.
  4. An inspiring product? You’ll find lots of different products around your home, in the classroom or used in the hobbies your child has. Get them to think about the role these products have on their life and why they have bought them and like them. How does it make their life better or easier?
  5. What else inspires you? By completing the template your child should start understanding inspiration can come in much smaller ways and in every aspect of their life. The importance is to start looking at these things in a deeper way to identify their likes and dislikes and what they value in their life. This can also start them looking at career options and routes in many different ways. See if you can work with your child in identifying other things that inspire them.

When you’ve completed this activity it’s time to move onto the next.

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