What is YouX?
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. These models help you learn complex things, live in dynamic communities, and enjoy the services and products that you use. Models can also be created to help you make better choices about work and life.
What if kids learned about work by grasping what and why organizations do what they do, and how workers fit in?
What if high school students built work awareness based on value contributed rather than wages received?
What if any teacher — regardless of background — could trigger engagement in career studies based on learning modality preferences?
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Here are the main differences between Career Path Planning and Work Modeling.
At this point, you probably think you are off the hook. “This is great, I don’t have to plan!”
We don’t mean that at all. Planning is not the same as career path planning. Don’t confuse the two. To reach your preferred future, you will make action plans, or lists of items or tasks usually done in sequential order. So plan to take action!
How We Help Our Customers
If you have been learning about work but haven’t been talking about a Customer, then you haven’t really been learning about work. We bet you have been learning about a job — a set of tasks — which you will perform as part of your work.
Jobs have a beginning and an end. Think of a chef, a stylist, an architect, or a doctor. Cooking a meal, cutting a person’s hair, designing a house, and even treating a patient are all jobs with a beginning and an end. A Customer needs a job done, and when the task is complete, the job ends.
But work is about agreeing to provide a benefit to a Customer in exchange for a reward. We call these benefits Value Provided. “Jobs” end, but value lives on.
We will help You, our Customer, do bigger and better work by showing you how to solve for X — your Work Model — for the rest of your life!
Where Are You With Work?
Everything you are preparing to do in life beyond school is the result of what you see in your mind. You have created mental models — visions of yourself in the future. Maybe you see yourself engineering the world’s fastest car, designing art exhibits for the Van Gogh Museumin Amsterdam, or becoming the mayor of your hometown. You may see yourself living in your own home, perhaps with a family of your own — or not! And your imagined future may be possible — if your method of thinking about life beyond school supports your vision.
This guide details the experiences of several students in a YouX class. The scenarios described are based on true events, though the people’s names have been changed. They are students like you, in schools like yours, and with teachers like yours. Yet the YouX class is like nothing you have ever experienced before.
You will learn about students who are in high school or are recent high school graduates, who came together because they wanted to learn a better way to make choices about life beyond school.
Because career planning . . . did . . . not . . . help. Which of the students in this YouX class sounds most like you?
Dasia wants to explore her work options . . .
Dasia is a sophomore in high school and she has been volunteering in two different organizations. She has begun to think seriously about life after high school but realizes that she doesn’t know much about work, except what she has learned from friends and family. She wants to explore all of her options.
Dasia wants to explore her work options . . .
Hannah is taking a year off between high school
and university to better understand
her areas of interest. She wants
to use the year wisely by gaining
some work experience, but she’s
not sure where to start.
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What’s holding you back from making choices about the kind of
work you want to do? Are you holding onto ideas about work
that you have only heard about? Maybe some of your thinking is
based on myths, not facts. Have you explored these myths to find
out if there is any truth to them?
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