Today I sat with 25 young adults who have chosen to take a gap year between high school and post-secondary. They joined the Discover Year program which helps the students with a structured gap year ensuring immersive learning through travel and work.
Their most pressing questions was, “How am I supposed to find my passion?”
The youth are bright, empathetic and interested in doing what is best for their life. They have been consistently told – with good intent – that they must follow their passion. However, unable to identify their passion, the youth feel stuck and cannot make a decision.
As children, we grow up asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
Another of the favourites is the dreaded “What is your passion?” These common questions are usually asked when we’re feeling indecisive about what to do with our careers.
What if instead, we started asking a different question.
What problem would you like to help solve?
Changing the question shifts us into thinking as problem solvers. We begin to see careers as tools on our journey to helping solve problems – and not as identities.
Job markets are quickly changing, and training students for specific jobs in an