By Guest Contributor Sally Bibb
World Youth Skills Day 2020 will take place in a challenging context. The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown measures have led to the worldwide closure of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions, threatening the continuity of skills development.
It is estimated that nearly 70% of the world’s learners are affected by school closures across education levels currently. Respondents to a survey of TVET institutions, jointly collected by UNESCO, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Bank, reported that distance training has become the most common way of imparting skills, with considerable difficulties regarding, among others, curricula adaptation, trainee and trainer preparedness, connectivity, or assessment and certification processes.
Prior to the current crisis, young people aged 15-24 were three times more likely than adults to be unemployed and often faced a prolonged school-to-work transition period. In post-COVID-19 societies, as young people are called upon to contribute to the recovery effort, they will need to be equipped with the skills to successfully manage evolving challenges and the resilience to adapt to future disruptions. [Full information found here].
We talk to Sally Bibb, author of The Strengths Workbook and The Strengths Book on where to start if you want to change your life after lockdown and kickstart your passion, whether you are part of this age group or not.
Where do you start if you want to change your life after lockdown?
Difficult times can prompt us to want to make changes in our lives. Maybe the pandemic has led you to rethink what’s important in your life. But where to start? Scrolling down job sites, checking out other places to live or coming up with random options to change your life won’t necessarily lead you to the answer. To find a new direction ask yourself these questions first:
What’s important to me?
Which people, activities and things make me feel at my best?
What am I doing when I’m making my best contribution to the world?
Your answers will help you make decisions on what you do and don’t want to do and what makes for the most fulfilling life.
In the next four one-minute blog posts I’ll ask you more questions that will help you create the life and work you want.
If you’re keen to make changes to your job, career or generally feel more fulfilled and confident you can find more help in The Strengths Workbook. It’s is an eight -week programme with short weekly and daily exercises.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sally Bibb is an award-winning business author, keynote speaker and founding director of Engaging Minds, a strengths consultancy. She leads strengths-based organisational change work in Europe, USA and Asia, and has a track record of achieving transformational results for her clients. She is also author of The Strengths Book and The Strengths Workbook.
Learn more about The Strengths Workbook
It’s human nature to focus more on our weaknesses because we are programmed to be alert to risks in our environment. We end up focusing on what isn’t working, often overshadowing all the positives. But what if you focused on and played to your strengths instead? When you understand your strengths, you know what will make you fulfilled, happy and successful. It means you can become the best version of yourself as well as being confident about who you are.
Most people don’t know their strengths and struggle to know what’s right for them. The Strengths Workbook changes that with an eight-week programme that you can start anytime. If you want to become more energised and effective in life, work and relationships, this workbook is for you.
Learn more about The Strengths Book
It’s human nature to focus more on our weaknesses because we are programmed to be alert to risks in our environment. We end up focusing on what isn’t working, often overshadowing all the positives. But what if you focused on and played to your strengths instead? This practical and succinct book aims to revolutionise your life by helping you to identify what exactly makes you happy so that you will make the right choices; decide whether a job, activity or course is right for you; and understand why things seem to flow with some activities and some people, and not others. Knowing these things about yourself, and spending more time on what really energises and fulfils you – your strengths – will ultimately lead to a happier and more successful life.
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