I think young people are amazing!
During my 20 years as a Mentor and now as a Senior Careers Adviser I have had the pleasure to work with young people who are inspiring, resilient, entrepreneurial, and multi-talented but the thing that has always struck me is that many of them can’t recognise these strengths in themselves. And in recent years I have noticed that more and more young people have low self-esteem and really struggle with self-awareness. As a Careers Adviser I see first-hand the impact this can have when young people are making choices and planning for their future. So, I decided to do something about it and create an activity to allow all young people to shine! And so, What’s Your Strength? was born!
Why did I choose a card-based activity?
I have always found cards to be an inclusive and accessible resource which ensures young people are actively involved. They are a really effective way to develop rapport and provide a safe space to open up conversation.
And what about the content for the cards?
Over a year long period I collated the words for the cards by consulting with Heads of Departments in local schools, discussing inclusivity with Dyslexia Scotland, and researching key employability skills, social action skills and Multiple Intelligence theories. I conducted focus groups with Careers Advisers, Coaches, Teachers, Lecturers, Trainers, Social Workers, YOT Workers, and a CEO of a Children’s Charity. And most importantly, I trialled it with students and I was thrilled to find that they found the activity really helpful.
This idea came from the creative mind of one of my daughters. My two girls are a constant source of inspiration to me so when I was coming up with the design concept for What’s Your Strength? it seemed only natural to get them involved. I asked my nine-year-old to think about what came to mind when I said, “What’s your strength?” She scurried off with her felt pens and returned with this…
The different colours represent different strengths and the fireworks are a celebration. Simple yet perfect. What’s Your Strength? is all about celebrating each young person’s strengths and showing them how amazing they are!
What’s my strength?
Probably my enthusiasm. I try to bring a positive attitude and an enthusiastic approach to everything I do, including developing these cards. I hope you enjoy using them as much as I did making them!
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