The last couple of years have put a lid on most graduates’ ambitions. With the US unemployment rate still hovering over 10%, the long-term sustainability of a career in the US is now just a pipe dream. Employment opportunities in the country too are not widespread, with few options. It has become important now to find a job, any job, so long as it pays the rent, and self-fulfilment is put on the backburner.
In such a situation, the question before most job seekers is – what will I be when I grow up? Now, there are options open. Richard Caruso, the founder of the Uncommon Individual Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to helping people realize their dreams, thereby "releasing the uncommon individual" within, believes in helping people realize their dreams. This is why he has put up $10 million of his own money in making that dream come true.
Caruso, himself an entrepreneur who spent twenty years working for a financial firm before realizing his dream, is setting up a website called MentorSphere, which is currently in its testing phase. The site has at its core a comprehensive self-testing algorithm that will help participants realize their core values and strengths, and based on these, offer them career options.
The tool according to Caruso is the ultimate self-realization method, incorporating factors such as personal strengths, values, tolerance for risk, needs and optimal learning style to arrive at a possible solution set. This will help participants gauge not only what they are good at, but also what are the avenues that best suit their qualities.
The founders do not really see the Mentorsphere tool as just a career planning aid, but also as a guiding star to true happiness. After all, how many of us feel unfulfilled in our jobs even today and wish there was something more we could do? Or have you often felt that there are certain traits of yours which you haven’t had a chance to look at and use to their fullest? If so, this is an opportunity to do so.