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Competencies without a Classroom - Episode 13 - Recap

S1 E13: Jay Gosselin - Mentor U - Discover Year
Griffin Jaeger
December 4, 2020

If you’re nearing the end of your high school days and are finding yourself feeling anxious or stressed about life after high school, you’re not alone.

But the truth is, you don't need to have an answer.

90% of 17-year-olds change ideas or pathways by the time they're 25.

The world is changing and so are the jobs and industries that surround us. There is no need to feel pressure to rush into a particular field of work. It’s okay to not know what you want.

This week’s guest urges us to ease the pressure.

Meet Jay Gosselin, Founder of Mentor U and Discover Year.

Mentor U is a career and leadership development company with a focus on building transferable skills in students and professionals. They have an open-access, free digital learning platform, which offers tools catered towards self-awareness, communication, and job search.

Through working for a university and liaising at college fairs, Jay was baffled by how stressed students were about post-high school life. This led him to create Discover Year, a purposeful gap year program focused on key competencies, life planning, decision-making, cultural awareness, and so much more.

In this episode, we chat about topics including:

  • Understanding that you don't have to have all of the answers
  • The value of taking the time to try new things, experience different areas and meet new people
  • Using failure as an opportunity to open new doors
  • Identifying what compels you to keep going
  • How to gain self-awareness
  • Taking action

This week, we challenge you to try something new, then reflect on and share your experience.

Share your learning with us on Twitter using the hashtag #CompetenciesPodcast

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