Is the glass half empty or half full? Is the Mona Lisa smiling? Are roller coasters thrilling or are they terrifying? Your answers to these questions may be very different from someone else, and quite possibly may even be different from how you would have answered them as a child.
Perspective is an almost magical concept because many of us can look at or experience the exact same thing, but somehow see or feel things that are quite the opposite! This is largely because perspective is a personalized concept that is grounded by both where one physically stands as well as where they’ve stood before.
Research suggests that our past experiences, how we interpret them, and the feelings they create stick with us and can influence our future perspective, feelings, and actions, for better or for worse. For example, someone who grew up near train tracks may find the sound of busy rails relaxing to fall asleep to, while someone else may be kept up by the perceived racket.
Keeping mindful of this, if we practice self-awareness while navigating various situations, we are better able to reflect on why we may feel a certain way about one thing or another and understand when someone else may not share that same feeling. This process is the first step to truly unpacking perspective taking, which plays a vital role in empathetic thinking and communication.
The 4 Parts to Successful Perspective Taking
1. Set aside your thoughts, feelings, motivations & intentions, momentarily
2. Consider others’ thoughts, feelings, motivations & intentions
3. Determine whether or not your behavior should change based on that information
4. Make any necessary changes
Students who improve their perspective taking are better able to:
Hello UCHS Students,
Each week I will be sending an email that lists one or two careers for you to review. This website is a great resource to do some research and identify answers to questions like:
What they do on the job?
What is the work environment?
How to become one? Education requirements?
Pay and Salary information
Job outlook over the next 20 years? Will the career be there when you are ready for it?
This website is created with statistical data from across the United States by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. It is the most reliable resource for identifying your interest and possible career choices to ensure your future.
Other questions that you have to ask are:
How comfortable do you want to live?
Do you want a family?
Do you want to own your own house?
Do you want to own a car or more than one?
Do you want to be able to take vacations and travel?
You don't have to decide or answer any of these questions now. You do however need to start planning for your future and take the right steps at the right time. Delaying these kinds of decisions can make it harder to achieve your goal.
Please know that I am rooting for each and every one of you and your continued success whatever that looks like and however you have defined it.
Here are the links for two careers. They are both in the legal field. One requires a college degree and one does not. When reviewing these, focus on the differences and identify your preferences.
Paralegal and Legal Assistants
I encourage you to have fun with this website. Help yourself grow your interests and chart your own path to accomplish your goals. Please feel free to contact me directly by coming to the counseling office, emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to reach out to Dr. Sikes Brown too.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia and a professional school counselor. My passion is helping students identify success opportunities in the areas of academic development, personal social development, and career development