The poem resonates the High Five Messages of Career Development created by Canadian career specialists to provide young people with some very clear and understandable information on how to manage their own career journey.
Change is constant - embrace it!
"And when things start to happen,
don't worry. Don't stew.
Just go right along.
You'll start happening too."
- Recognise that the world around you is constantly changing. Be open to change and remain alert to new opportunities.
Learning is ongoing
"Oh, the places you'll go!
There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored.
There are games to be won.
And the magical things you
can do with that ball
will make you the winning-est winner of all."
- Strive for continuous personal improvement.
- Stay motivated by learning new skills and developing new talents.
Focus on the journey
"You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose."
- Don't focus on one destination only.
- Recognise that your career journey will be throughout your lifetime.
- Appreciate and value each experience along the way.
Know yourself, believe in yourself and follow your heart
"With banner flip-flapping,
once more you'll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you're that kind of a guy!"
- Pursue your passion to find fulfilment.
- Discover ways to combine your interests with career opportunities.
Access your allies
"You'll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You'll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go."
- Rely on the support of your family, friends, mentors, colleagues and peers. Career success can be a team effort.
So remember you are not alone, it is an adventure, be passionate, enjoy and be open to new experiences, learn from your successes and failures because everything counts. Every day is an important day.
And a final word from Dr Suess:
"So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life's
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be
dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left."
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)
KID, YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!