Career Choices for Teens - Tip 2, Play to your Strengths

(0.50) Playing to your strengths. What do you think this means? What it means is find out what you’re good at. And do what you’re good at. How many of you have had this experience: you come home from school with your report and guess what, you’ve got an A for history, and you’ve got a B for English, but you also got a D for biology and an E for accountancy. What do your parents say? They probably say that you need to work more on your biology and accountancy, right? They may even send you to extra lessons. While it’s important for you to work hard and do well in all of your subjects in school, playing to your strengths is about finding out what subjects you’re good at, the subjects that you’re passionate about, and then the ones that you’ve enjoyed the most. So if biology and accounting are not your thing, and clearly you’re great at English and history, then concentrate on the careers where English and history are important. Don’t go and do the accounting degree even if your father wants you to do it. Go and do the English and history degree. Tiger Woods started playing golf when he was 4 years old and his parents didn’t say to him, when he was 12 “wow Tiger, you’re so good at golf, you’re such a good sportsman, maybe you should also try basketball.” No, he was so good at golf so he focused on the golf and now he is the best golfer in the world. Some of you may already know what you’re good at. And some of you are still discovering what you’re good at and that’s what your teens and twenties is all about. (2.19)