Use the TruSpark Core Motivation Assessment & Curriculum to help start your teen on the path towards a fulfilling career by learning what sparks their fire!
Did you know that 85% of people are NOT satisfied in their jobs? That means that only a mere 15% of folks actually get joy, purpose and meaning out of their work. I’ve been part of that 85% and let me tell you, it’s rough going into a job every single day that you absolutely dread… Can you relate? …I don’t want that for my kids and I’m sure you don’t want that for yours either!
So, naturally, I am BEYOND thrilled to have discovered a resource that will help me guide my children down the path of finding an occupation that they will actually enjoy! I’ve found a way to help my kids become part of that all so desirable 15% who wake up each day with purpose and excitement, rather than drudgery, dejection and frustration.
One of the things I appreciate about the freedom of homeschooling is that I get to tailor curriculum for each one of my children so that it helps them learn best.
But, as a parent, it is also my job to help prepare my kids for the future – not just the here and now. My responsibility goes beyond finding ways to help them understand mathematical concepts or teaching them about noteworthy events in history or transforming them into scholarly writers.
“What’s the point of providing my kids with an excellent education if they are going to hate their careers as adults?
Why not learn and integrate what sparks their fire now so that it can help guide me as a homeschool parent in the present, while laying the foundation for a fulfilling career path for them in the future?
So, how do we do this? What’s the key to helping our children grow up to be part of the 15%? Knowing their core motivations!
What are Core Motivations?
Initially, I wondered – what exactly are core motivations? Maybe you’re wondering the same.
Frankly, it’s quite simple. Core motivations are what make you come alive. They are a blueprint of why you do what you do. Core motivations cause you to get so focused on something that you lose track of time. They are the spark that light your fire!
But, how do you determine what your core motivations actually are?
That can be the tricky part, but TruSpark makes is super simple! This gem not only helps reveal one’s core motivations, but it does so in a way that is easily understood by kids, tweens, teens and even adults!
Although TruSpark is designed for teens, I completed the curriculum and took the assessment and discovered things that I sort-of thought I knew about myself, but were defintively confirmed through TruSpark! I was honestly blown away by how it accurately revealed the things that really do light my own fire, while providing insight into how to incorporate those things in my everyday life and career so that I, too, can join the 15%!
What exactly is TruSpark?
First, I’ll tell you what it’s not…Perhaps you’ve attempted to utilize personality quizzes or strengths test for yourself or your kids. If you’re like me, those often fall short and I’m left with little guidance as to how to use the very general, impersonal results received.
Well, you’ll be happy to know that TruSpark is NOT another simple personality or strength test. It is so much more! TruSpark is a self motivation quiz and curriculum that strategically guides individuals through career assessment and exploration by first identifying one’s core motivations.
Based on 60 years of scientific research and use in professional contexts, TruSpark is a retooled and digitized version designed for tweens and teens. This story-based assessment and curriculum focuses on the teen’s own personal stories, making the experience completely unique and relevant for every person who takes the test.
How does TruSpark work?
Essentially, TruSpark starts with personal stories, but it ends with powerful, life-changing insights! Once the student has been added to the administrator/teacher/parent dashboard, the student receives an email with guided instructions. The student completes two interactive lessons in the TruSpark Curriculum before moving on to the assessment portion.
After completing the assessment, the student returns to the curriculum which provides additional information, insight and resources based on their specific core motivations. Through engaging activities, students learn how to practice their core motivations, they engage in career exploration and they are encouraged to live out their purpose. And, you know that I’m a sucker for printables! Those are included too!
Plus, you know I like fun, hands-on activities! Those are included as well. Students are encouraged to create their very own character cards, which highlight their top three core motivations, to help them remember and celebrate their uniqueness.
The Benefits of TruSpark
Now that I and one of my kids have completed the TruSpark assessment and curriculum, I can personally share the benefits I see and the potential impact this knowledge has on our lives.
Initially, my son was a little skeptical. Since I went through the curriculum and assessment first, I talked about how cool it was. Naturally, to a 14 year old boy, if mom thinks something is cool, it probably isn’t…
But, guess what – he was wrong! After he went through the lessons and completed the assessment, he stared at the screen reading about his top three core motivations. Then, he gazed over the list of potential career options based on his core motivations. His face lit up when he saw two specific career options listed – video game designer and electronics engineer.
Since TruSpark provided resources for him to further explore these career options, he was able to read up and learn more about them. And then, as he read about the careers, I heard him say it under his breath! “This is cool!” Guess mom was right after all!
Now that I know what sparks his fire (and mine), I can tap into those core motivations and make more informed decisions as a parent when it comes to curriculum choices, rewards, assignments, extra-curricular activities and more – all while laying the foundation for a fulfilling career path for him in the future.
Specifically, based on the information I gathered from TruSpark, I now know that I really need to go ahead and sign my son up for the coding classes that he’s been asking about. Sounds like that would align perfectly with his core motivations and would be especially beneficial if he does select a career path in video game design or electronics engineering.
Thank you, TruSpark, for helping me discover what really sparks my son’s fire! Thank you for helping me determine my son’s core motivations so that I can start him on the path to a fulfilling career!
What to know your child’s core motivations?
If you’re curious (and I’m sure you are) about your own kid’s core motivations, be sure to enter the giveaway below. Two winners will receive the TruSpark curriculum and two assessments ($75.95 value).
Can’t wait to see if you win? No worries! Head on over to TruSpark so that you can help your child understand and embrace their unique motivations, while starting them on the pathway of a fulfilling personal and work life. Let’s help our kids become part of the 15%!
This post was originally published on January 7, 2022.