YouX – 2019 Edition
A Simple Method for Making Decisions About Life Beyond School
In The Book
Most workers today learned about life after school in much the way you have been: through career path planning. The one and only aim of career path planning is to prepare you for a single type of work within a single organization, industry, or field. Can you imagine trying to find that “one and only” career path in the modern workplace??
We aren’t going to pretend that figuring out work and life is easy — it’s not! We know your ideas about what you want from work and life can be complex. There are many variables to consider: people, places, events, and more. Often, these variables in work and life seem so unreal or abstract that it makes it difficult to clearly express big ideas, let alone put them into action. That’s where models can help.
Models are everywhere and you use them every day. A model is something that you can use as an example to follow or imitate. They are used to establish behaviors, teach new information, invent things, and build businesses.
What Career Educators and Young People Say
Young people want the security of making wise post-secondary learning decisions, yet they understand that changes in the workplace outpace the ability of universities and other post-secondary learning institutions to adapt. Both career educators and young people say they want a method and tool that is actually used in the workplace and:
- links self and work exploration to life beyond school;
- supports self-adaptation to meet the needs of ever-changing workplace conditions;
- acknowledges that work transcends job titles or tasks, and teaches how work works; and
- is relevant and transferable to all workplaces.
The YouX career curriculum’s goal is to prepare young people for work that does not yet exist—and to teach them to be comfortable with this unknown (hence the “X”). They know they will have to adapt again and again to stay current. And to make good decisions, they will need to learn to build robust work models that touch both the head and the heart of their lives.
Imagine enabling young people to move from “career paths” to Work Models—or from “finding jobs” to using their own skills and interests and being compensated for creating and delivering value. These are the critical shifts in thinking enabled by theYouX curriculum and YouX: A Simple Method for Making Decisions About Life Beyond School.
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