Teens: How to Discover Your Purpose

Have you ever desired to faithfully follow God’s plan for your life but were still confused at what path you should take? Or frustrated when He told you to wait?

If you answered ‘yes’ to one or both questions, you’re not alone. All of us, at some point, feel confused and do not perfectly understand the direction that God wants us to follow.

Teen Career Development Program

In High School, I Had No Idea Which Career to Pursue

I personally am an expert at being confused. At times, I become consumed in discovering the journey that I forget about the One who set me on the journey in the first place and can see it in its totality.

As a teen, I was so confused as to which career direction to take, which major and minor to study, and which college to choose based on my interests. In hindsight, it seemed like a guessing game.

My Journey to Discover Purpose

Fast forward several years to the spring of 2009. After much prayer and waiting patiently on God to give me clear direction, He answered me. God blessed me with a precious, new desire – to support and assist high school students in their career journey.

Shortly after that revelation, I enrolled in graduate school for my Master’s in school counseling. During this time, I wasn’t 100% sure of my next steps – but I trusted in Him.

Knowing a lot about surrender, from previous years of confusion, I once again surrendered all of my confusion to God. I took time to be still and wait on Him after I obtained my Master’s degree.

Discovering My Potential

After months of patience, God opened a door that I could have never opened or planned for myself, even if I had been given the privilege to do so. God blessed me with a position at Crossroads Career Network where I create teen career development materials.

It amazes me how well He knows me. God gave me these initial desires to do both school and career counseling years ago. Then He provided me a place where I would be able to live out His plan on a daily basis. What a gift!

So if there’s ever a time where you feel God guiding you in a certain direction that doesn’t seem to make sense, trust Him. His ways are so much better than your own – by far!

Career Planning for High School Students – Simplified

Now it’s your turn to start planning ahead – and we now have the tools to help you discover your purpose. With our new teen career development materials, you can prepare yourself for life after high school.

These materials cover a basic 6-step process that helps you learn how to:

  • Identify what makes you unique
  • Gain insight into your career interests
  • Find experiences that matter
  • Prepare for an interview
  • Explore pre-college prep resources

What is Your Next Step?

Using these materials and resources, you will be equipped with useful tools, which will make your lifelong career process more exciting rather than intimidating.

Most importantly, I encourage you to keep your eyes on God; because, it is He who unconditionally loves and created you in order to do good works. As it says in Ephesians 2:10:

“You are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God prepared beforehand that
you should walk in it.”

To learn more about our teen career development program called Explore! Prepare for Life after High School, visit www.crossroadscareer.org/teens.

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