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The Big 5 Step #5: Have a responsibility or job outside of school.

A job? What? That’s right, step 5 in Big 5 is to obtain a job or have a responsibility outside of school. You mean I need to do all the above and have a job. Well, let’s take a closer look. If you do all of the previous Big 5 steps with fidelity, which mean all the way like I describe, then for this one you can choose to do a responsibility outside of school and document, document, document. The way you document is by keeping logs of the work you do. For instance, if you babysit your siblings after school three days a week, keep track of that on a log. Then, have your parents or guardian initial weekly next to the logs you completed. This shows consistency and responsibility.

If you have a job, it’s a little easier to document because your employer can simply sign a letter verifying your average dates and hours of employment. He or she can verify that you worked an average of 8-10 hours per week (try to stick to weekends and not weekdays so you can study and practice) for x amount of months or years. Working for the same employer for 1-4 years shows your commitment and dedication. If you tend to move around from job to job or get fired, that does not look well on your resume. Speaking of resume, you want to limit the amount of jobs you have so you do not look inconsistent and all over the place. If you can spend some time searching for a job you really want rather than taking the first thing that is available, then there is a higher likelihood you will stay with the job.

Working provides you an opportunity to experience what having a job means and what kinds of decisions you have to make when you have obligations to work. Another option for you rather than working a job is to start a business or another venture. I work with students who start YouTube channels, create music, start clothing lines, and many other things. You do not have to work a formal job but can opt for something more creative that highlights your unique talents. Be creative but be responsible. If you had your choice, would you work a job or start a business today? Where would you work or what business would you start? Tell me below. Happy working!

Coach Aimy

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