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Episode #5: How to find your strength, academic major, and career with Devin Jones

Today, I’m speaking with Devin King Jones, a career coach at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California and a graduate of Stanford University. At Point Loma, Devin helps college students decide what they want to study in college and pursue as their careers. Devin also has her own coaching business, where she helps businesswomen in their 20s and 30s find clarity and purpose.

In this episode, Devin and I explore crucial topics high school students and college students consider when deciding their futures: the importance of exploring outside of their comfort zone, reaching out to professionals in a field you’re interested in, nurturing interests to discover gratifying careers, and passions.

TUNE IN BELOW:

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT IN THIS EPISODE:

  • The StrengthsFinder test, and how cultivating your strengths can help you gain clarity
  • How students can hone their strengths & find majors that fit them
  • The importance of shadowing and reaching out
  • Why summer camps can be so helpful
  • How Devin helps her students to nurture their interests and turn them into passions
  • Devin’s choice to attend Stanford, and how she got in

NOTABLE QUOTE:

``Going a little bit out of your comfort zone and trying to meet with these adults might seem a little intimidating. But a lot of the time, they’re so friendly and they want to help-- they were a teenager at one point too and they didn’t know what they wanted to do.``
``What would you do if nobody paid you for it?``
``Realize you can always change course later on if you need to. You’re 17, 16, 15, you don’t have to decide what you’re going to do for the rest of your life today. There’s a lot of life to be lived.``
``Your parents can’t go to work for you for the next 45 years.``
``Have fun because life isn’t so much pressure as you feel like it is today. Whatever path you take, there’s going to be twists and turns...and detours. Let yourself have fun while on the journey.``

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