Take action and reflect
Ask your student what knowledge and/or skills they want to pursue next and help brainstorm some options (e.g. career information interviews, job shadows, part-time or summer work, volunteering, student groups, extra-curricular activities).
Ask what supports they might need in setting up some activities, including work, learning, and leisure. Leverage your own network of contacts to find potential opportunities.
Be a non-judgmental sounding board for reflection and suggest other ways and people they might reflect/debrief with.
Let your student know you recognize what they are learning and how they are changing.
Tell your story in different ways
Encourage and support continual reflection.
Offer your perspective on situations, and encourage your student to gather perspectives from others.
Watch for negative self-talk, or stories that hinder the career development of your student (e.g. “I’ll never be good at math.”) and help your student create an alternate narrative (e.g. “I need to work a bit harder at math than I’d like, but when I do work hard, I see results.”).
Define what success means to you
Recognize that your student’s definition of success may be different than your own. Think about the social and cultural forces at play (e.g. generational differences or the current state of work) and be open-minded.
Help your student craft their preferred future by starting where they are at. For example, they might only know they want to work outdoors and nothing else.
Encourage your student to keep their definition of success current.
Be a non-judgmental sounding board and encourage continual reflection.