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Invest in Yourself

Where do I begin?

It’s really not the end of the world if you do not have it all figured out yet, just start somewhere.

Find something you love

Times have changed and young people are not settling for jobs just to make ends meet like older generations did, instead they are looking for something that will be fulfilling and make them happy. I think one of the most dreaded things we hear a lot today from young people is to be tied to a desk from 8 to 5 in a dead-end job with no freedom.  

The notion of working day in and day out until you’re a certain age and then retiring and then only starting to live your life is dying fast. Younger generations have realized that you might not even reach that age and end up never really living your life fully and do all the things you had planned.

Living now, 'in the moment' has its good side as well as a downside. The wonderful thing about lots of young people entering into jobs or careers that they like or even love doing is that they become passionate and driven people. They end up making big changes in industries and the world. There is a vast amount of new opportunities that the new digital age has brought with it and these young people become entrepreneurs creating new jobs for themselves.

The downside to this is that many parents end up with a ‘failure to launch’ situation. Having kids that’s well into their late 20’s still living at home and trying to figure their lives out and the path that they want to take. Deciding on your future career is never an easy decision to make. Young people need a lot of guidance, that is why a Preparation year is a great idea.

You need to start somewhere

Studies have found that millennials will change jobs an average of four times in their first decade out of college. Many assume millennials are just chasing money when they job-hop, rather than waiting patiently for their slice of the pie as their seniors did. However, that’s not true of all job-hoppers.

Many employees who seek other jobs early on are willing to take pay cuts for the right job, especially if there is a mismatch or lack of positive work culture. Other factors for switching jobs quickly include having too much work to do, resulting in an uneven work-life balance. Environmental and social consciousness drives millennials, caring about their fellow man. When a company’s mission matches their values, millennials are in — more likely for a longer haul than their last gig.

It’s really not the end of the world if you do not have it all figured out yet, just start somewhere.

Finding happiness

Take time to invest in yourself, not only for your career choice but for your emotional wellbeing. Working through problems and emotional baggage will improve your quality of life tremendously. I say this because at the end of the day it’s not your job that will make you happy but the relationships you have formed that will, working through your issues will positively impact that. Everyone needs to learn emotional life skills, especially young people. It’s a shame that we give so little attention to our emotional wellbeing, as this is what will make the greatest impact on our happiness.

It’s never easy to face our true selves, to take off the masks or to go back into our past and deal with difficult things, but it’s always worth it. You will never regret dealing with something and putting it behind you. This frees you from the things dragging you down and holding you back and opens up doors to wonderful new things. What better time to do this than while you’re still young, before finding a marriage partner or making other big life decisions. A prep year offers you this opportunity.

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Why Life Skills?

Why Life Skills?

In a constantly changing environment, having life skills is an essential part of being able to meet the challenges of everyday life. We help people tap into their full potential and define/achieve their goals for who they want to be and what they want to do.

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Course Implementation
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Course Implementation

These courses make great topics for leadership or school camps or any teambuilding activities, life skills day camps or weekend getaways for corporate groups or couples. The courses can be presented on a weekly basis for a set time or condensed into a one-day course. It is designed to be flexible.
Who can join?
This is for everyone.

Who can join?

Families, couples, children, schools, teams, employees and individuals.

Any person who wishes to improve their lives by doing challenging or worthwhile things will benefit from these courses. Anybody who is interested in personal development, overcoming difficulties or improving relationships.
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Course Presentation

The presentation of the courses is designed to be insightful and fun, making the process of exploring these topics interesting, taking you on a journey to open your mind to new ideas and possibilities. This process can include demonstrations, activities, questionnaires, games, tasks etcetera, making the courses interactive and enjoyable.

List of the Life Skills Courses

We offer a range of Life Skills Courses to address certain problem areas and encourage personal development. Everyone would like to make a success of their lives and we offer tips and advice to get you where you would like to be.

Children & Family Dynamics

The Life Skills & Coaching Programs is designed to encourage personal development in children, adolescents and adults and at the same time providing an outlet for stress; learning responsibility and the necessary skills to be successful individuals.

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Our aim is to
Our aim is to
• Help troubled teenagers get back on track
• Help people deal with conflict, stress, and anger
• Discover potential and set goals to reach it
• Help build confidence and social skills
• Help with self-esteem and discipline
• Help improve family dynamic.
This Program
This Program
Is for the purpose of improving in knowledge, maturity, decision-making, leadership and independence, self-sufficiency and more. This is intended to expand thinking patterns, self-image, confidence and experiences by providing an impartial source of support who can listen and understand the challenges you are facing.
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Supporting you
We do not stand in as parents, teachers or friends but are there to offer impartial, trustworthy support as individuals can experience difficulties in life on the adventure of growing up and growing older.

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Putting a Year Aside As Brian Tracy, an American – Canadian public speaker, once said: “Personal development is a major time saver. The better you become, the less time it takes you to achieve your goals.” Sitting there, studying for the final exam of your school life. You have an idea of where you want to go and what you want to do with your life, but you have this weird feeling that you may have something missing. You’re not sure what it could be, but you feel like you are falling behind in...
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The Highly Sensitive Person A book by Elaine N. Aron This book opened up a new world to me, being an HSP myself but not knowing it, this book has helped me so much with understanding myself and managing my life and emotions. I learned to not push myself so much and to be kind to myself. Here is a summary of the book. It really is a great read, if the info below resonates with you then I would suggest you get your copy of the book. Let's get to it then.