Career, Education, Empowerment, Family, Seminars, Youth

Transitioning Into College

Making any transition in life can be difficult. Sometimes we have someone to talk to who has been down that path and that helps, but other times we are walking down a path that no one around us has actually been down. This is true for many students making the choice to attend college. They are considered first-generation because their mother nor father attended college. Attending college as a first-generation college student can present many obstacles for the student and the family. Join Encouragement Block for a workshop to share those obstacles and how to better prepare right now.

Transitioning Into College

 

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Empowerment, Faith, Family

Family Date!!!

Good Morning Encouragement Block Family!!!! We hope that today you and your family are Blessed and highly Favored! Full of Joy that only Give can you! Wanted to share a word of encouragement today about one of the greatest fruits of the spirit which is “Love”.

On Wednesday my wife and I we’re on dates with our children. My son (7yrs old) took my wife on a date and paid for their meals. I took my two daughters (10yrs old & 5months) on a date as well in the same restraunt. This was a great experience! Just being able to sit down my son and tell him how to treat a woman(his mother), or a lady while being on a date. How to be a gentleman to your date. How to prepare yourself for the date(pick your clothes out, tie a tie, make sure your shoes are clean, putting on cologne properly, give complements to your date,ect…) because it is about the “preparation” aspect part that helps us men out a lot when it comes to dating. I even gave some tips to my daughter about dating. What clothes to wear, how a man(her father) should treat her, and how to conduct her self while on a date.

Now the experience, like I said was great and I’ll always remember this day forever. But the one thing was great to witness was the “Love” overall. Our first ministry that we should walk boldly in, out of “Love” should be “Family”. Ministering towards your family daily through Love is awesome and powerful. Yes, at times it can be tiring, time consuming, or even frustrating at times. However, it is amazing when you have a moment to thank God becuase you’re witnessing your children operate through acts of love. Watching them mature and show acts of appreciation. These are some of the things that makes us as parent proud to see. When I saw all of this happening on Wednesday 1Corinthians 13:1-13 came to my mind. Love is great! I hope that in the mist of your busy work week, or hectic schedule that you will able to make time for your family and just Love on them. Enjoy those moments because they are worth holding on to forever. God Bless & Be Blessed…Peace. #BeEncouraged #GodIsAwesome #IAmTheLightOfTheWorld #GodSizeDreamer #FaithWalk

1 Corinthians 13New International Version (NIV)

“ 13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part,10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

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Career, Education, Empowerment

Choose Your Future Wisely

For a high school student getting ready to finish their last year of school, several factors begin to bring pressure for the future. Some of the pressure comes from the decision to go to college (choice of college, field of study, financial responsibility) or to get a job (companies hiring high school graduates, competitive salary, benefits). For students that are first generation, the pressure to attend college fluctuates as some families realize the value of higher education; however, have not traveled that path, so they cannot offer any assistance. On the other hand, some students never consider college as the avenue for a better future because their family has not encouraged them to take that route. Either way, the pressure of the future and what it will entail becomes reality in the last months of high school.

As a freshmen in college, students choose their major based on their friends, their interest, blind choice, and what they have heard about. The key for any student, whether they are in high school or already freshmen in college is to assess several factors; after all, no one wants to waste time preparing for a future that they will end up becoming bored with or failing in. Choosing a college major can be done based on academic interest or career choice. If a student knows that they are interested in, they are able to select a major and then choose careers aligned with that major. On the other hand, if they know what career they want to do, they can pick their major based on the career they want. Below are some methods to help make a more educated decision about the future.

  1. Interest: As a child we have interest and those interests drive our motivation to continue to learn. If we are interested in music, we want to learn to play an instrument, sing, or dance. If we are interested in helping others, we try to get involved in Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, health science, veterinarian, playing doctor or nurse. In time, our interest might change, but we must remember the times that we have been most passionate about something because that will drive our motivation to learn, which aligns with school subjects, majors, and a career. Take a Career Interest Survey and assess your interest to find out what career cluster your fall under.

  2. Personality: Our personality is who we are, our perspective, character traits, strengths, and weaknesses. If we show care and concern for others, attentive to feelings, and offer support and encouragement, those traits all play a role in career choice. Some individuals are analytically driven, natural born leaders, and idea generators. Those traits play an important role in career choice. To take a personality test, you can visit http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp and use the Jung Typology Test to find out your personality type. Once you do, visit http://www.personalitypage.com/html/careers.html to read a summary of your career traits and career profiles based on your personality type.

  3. Values System: From a child we learn what is important in life. We learn to value family, religion, ethics, achievement, money, health, etc. Our environment contributes to our values system, so it is vital that when choosing a major and ultimately a career; we must assess our individual values system. If a person values family time, they will need to look for careers that do not have “on-call” schedules, non-traditional work hours. This will allow them to make soccer games, family gatherings, and continue family traditions. On the other hand, if someone values financial prosperity, their major and career choice must be aligned with high paying salaries. To assess your values system, visit http://www.cvs.k12.mi.us/careers/pdfs/LIFE%20VALUES%20INVENTORY%205_01_08_1%20(2).pdf

Planning the future is not an easy task, and there are people that work 15, 20, 30 years in a job; unhappy, not completely satisfied, seeking more, yet staying where they are because they do not know what else they would be doing. By using the methods listed above, we, as a society, can effectively assess ourselves, become more self-aware and choose careers that we thrive in. We can help motivate the youth in our community to pursue their passion, attend college, graduate, and choose a career that brings ultimate satisfaction to them. Everything will have a purpose and fit. We must be more intentional with our decision making skills.