The end of the school year is here and many 19 and 20-year-old girls are returning from their year in seminary. It was an incredible year for many, a year spent learning and reflecting on who they want to be and how they want to live their lives. Coming home is not always an easy transition as it represents the need to face reality and figure out what comes next. Many are planning on going to college, others are working, but the majority do not have a long-term plan as to what they would like to do professionally.
The JCCRP sponsored a workshop for these young women from many seminaries this past week in order to give them tools to approach this decision. The workshop was given by Adele Dubin and Natasha Srulowitz, co-founders of WayFind, a career coaching service geared to the frum community. The two-hour workshop took place at the Reich residence in Lawrence.
The purpose of the workshop was twofold. The first was to help the girls look inward and begin to analyze their own personal strengths and interests. Adele and Natasha encouraged the girls to explore professions that will use their talents instead of just looking for the quickest or easiest education path. Finishing fast is important for these girls, but these days there are many available shortcuts.
The first step was to begin to understand what one was good at and what one would enjoy. For many, it was not easy to identify their strengths, so there were discussions on how to figure it out. The next step was to align these strengths and interests with one’s personal goals. Is salary the most important? Flexible work schedule? Part time or full time? Meaning and purpose? Environment? And the list goes on. Everyone’s priorities vary, and it is critical to pick out what matters most.
The second goal was to educate the girls on the vast number of professions that exist these days beyond the typical PT/OT/speech, teaching, nursing, special ed programs most frum girls enter. There are many other professions that do not require master’s degrees and have similar salaries. Understanding these options opens up opportunities to do something that fits the whole person.
Taking the time to evaluate this life-defining decision is so important. A job is not just about what one does every day. It affects how one wakes up in the morning and how one feels at the end of the workday. When one feels good about what they do at work every day, that energy is felt by their husband and children both in the morning when everyone starts their day and in the evening, during dinner and homework time. Alternatively, when women don’t feel fulfilled at work, they are drained and are not able to give to what is the most important part of their lives — their families.
For more information, to organize a workshop, or working 1:1 with Adele or Natasha, please contact WayFind at 516-253-1147 or visit WayFindCareers.com or JCCRP at 718-327-7755.