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Inspiring College and Career Readiness in Our Leaders of Tomorrow, Today

There has never been a more important time for young people to consider how they can develop the mindset to be autonomous and independent in the workforce. The Coronavirus will change the standards of the work world moving into the future and the skills required to be proactive and adaptable will never be more important. It’s important to understand the college and career readiness standards. Grit is a critical psychology tool that can help you be proactive and adaptable, career-ready.

Grit is a concept that was born out of the research Angela Duckworth undertook to find out how people achieve success. ‘Grit’ is basically made up of two key ingredients – passion and perseverance. Anyone can develop this because Grit doesn’t rely on a particular talent or gift. You just need the mindset that will push you towards your goal, allowing you to work hard and focus on your future. Grit can help you be an autonomous and independent member of the future global workforce and a contributing member of your college community.

College and Career Readiness Standards and its Importance

All college paths, jobs and careers require perseverance. When you show Grit in the workplace, your employers will gain trust in your abilities. Grit and autonomy will show that even when facing tough obstacles, you have the skillset to overcome adversity. Employees need to self-directed. You will need to know what to do, when to do it and have an idea on how you will get it done. If you’re not sure, you need to quickly seek the support of a team member to assist you. Being college and career-ready doesn’t mean that you know everything. In fact, the quicker you learn that you don’t need to have all the answers, but know where to seek those answers, the quicker you’ll meet the college and career-readiness standards.

“Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

Angela Duckworth

Someone who has autonomy will have skills and behaviours such as effective time management, learning agility, confidence, effective problem solving, good project management skills and ambition. This goes hand-in-hand with Grit. If you are able to combine your passion with high levels of perseverance, you’re likely to push through situations others perhaps cannot. And this is what having Grit is all about and this determination will propel you through uncertainty in your college life and career.

In our course Future Skills of the Workforce (Building the Mindset for Workplace Excellence) – Autonomy & Grit, our guest Asanga says being self-driven is one the most critical traits to find success in the workforce and in general, life. He explains that in some settings someone might not always be pushing you to be your best. In school, we have our teachers pushing us, but often in college and in the workforce, you have to be the driving force. Understanding that there is more freedom in college and the workforce, there is a need for intrinsic motivation and self-driven tendencies to stay successful. Taking leadership of your own development requires a certain level of Grit to keep yourself on par with your course.  

How Gritty Are You?

College and Career Readiness Standards and Its Importance

From her research, Duckworth developed a simple test called the ‘Grit Scale’. This test is designed for people to self-assess and report to find their ‘Grit Score’. As mentioned earlier, Grit can be developed through one’s life and with self-driven tendencies and focused attention, you can increase your Grit value. Through our course, you can find out how gritty you are.

We specialize in empowering students aged 16-18 years with the college and career-readiness skills required to be successful in 2030. Our free micro-courses have been designed to help schools and students during the Coronavirus outbreak in 2020. Click here to try our Future Skills of the Workforce and take our lesson on Autonomy & Grit.

If you have questions or thoughts about how autonomy and grit equip you or you students with the college and career readiness standards for the future, contact us. 

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Enjoys telling stories through digital media and loves to travel trying the local food. While she is out of her athletic prime, Emma still loves to stay in shape and watch live sporting events with her family and friends. If you can’t find her at her laptop working for Leaders of Evolution, she’s probably at the beach.

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