Decisions: obstacle on the way of making a step forward
Participants try to consider future discussions through the perspective of opportunities for articulating their identity.
Teenagers and young adults
Introduction (5 min)
Career orientation is a path with many crossroads. On every crossroad, there is a decision to be made. Further education, taking extra classes, attending scout camp etc. – these all are vital decisions.
How can an individual face their difficult decisions and learn from them?
Video (15 min)
Look at the video: Ruth Chang: How to make hard choices?
Debriefing of the video (25 min)
Possible starting questions:
- What do you remember from the video? Maybe just 1 sentence?
- What is the speaker’s main advice for facing hard choices? Can you tell it in your own words?
- Can a big decision really be an opportunity for articulating your identity?
A, B, none or both? (35 min)
Participants work in pairs.
Every individual chooses a “big decision” they have to deal with in the near future. The decision should have at least 2 options: A and B.
In individual processes, they visualize both options:
- How would life look and feel if “A” happened?
- How would life look and feel if “B” happened?
- How would it look and feel if “A” and “B” happened? Think creatively?
- Is it possible to not do “A” or “B”? What would that look and feel like?
Participants tell each other about the dilemmas and all 4 possible outcomes. They support each other in researching options deeper.
15 minutes for each direction; 5 minutes for setup and closing.
Debriefing (10 min)
Final debriefing of exercise. Possible questions:
- What is it that makes my decision difficult?
- What could I do to make it less difficult?
- Do you usually see only A and B or also other possibilities?
LIST OF MATERIALS
- Internet connection,
- video projector.