GCSE and A Levels results days are not far away, 18th August in the UK. How are young people feeling? Will they be happy with their results? What will they do if they are not able to take the path they were expecting?
I remember my A-level results day. I was so nervous and excited all at the same time. Surprisingly, I did not achieve the results I was expecting and had to change my choice of course at University.
I went through the emotions, at first being shocked and disappointed. Then I panicked, ‘What am I going to do?’
Looking back, it was one of the best life lessons for me. At first, I thought my whole life was going to end, but then I realised there is always a solution. I took the time to think things through and I bounced back. I ended up studying a course I totally loved and have had a career path I would not change for the world.
Our young people are the managers of the future. Let’s nurture them to be resilient and find solutions for problems and obstacles that come their way.
Here are 5 Ways to Nurture the Managers of the Future:
1) Celebrate the positives:
It’s important to nurture the idea of celebrating small wins, whatever they may be, to maintain motivation and broaden your aspirations. my series in mental health chats for my hint programme has an exercise to help people remember that everything happens for a reason. you may like to do the exercise here.
2) TAKE THE PRESSURE OFF.
Give people time to accept their feelings, whatever they are. Help them to open up and talk about their feelings, not asking loads of direct questions, putting pressure on them to talk.
3) HELP THEM EXPLORE THEIR STRENGTHS
Adapt your approach to cultivate the unique strengths of the individual, supporting them by being interested in their strengths. listen, enabling the person to make their own decisions and empower themselves.
4) TALK TO THEM ABOUT THEIR FEELINGS
Tackle their worry and anxiety and help them express how they are feeling. Give examples, talking about how other people dealt with emotions. Do not judge their emotions.
5) ENCOURAGE THEM TO STAY POSITIVE AND FIND A SOLUTION
Grant and O’Connor, Psychologists from the University of Sydney looked at the difference in outcome when focusing on the problem compared to the solution. They found that we are 3 times more likely to move forward and get an outcome when focusing on the solution, making us more motivated, confident, and productive.
As soon as I changed my mindset, and focused on the solution, I was much happier and developed a path in my career for success.
It can be challenging to get young people to talk, especially about emotions. Listen or watch my Mental Health Chats interview with Ben Lovatt, a safeguarding trainer in schools on YouTube and Podcast on Getting Silent Teenagers to Open Up –