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The Pathway to Career Development

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By Stephen C. Schultz Here in the USA, young people are preparing for summer. Some students go year round with shorter summer breaks while others have three months off of school. This is the time of year that many young people look for summertime work. In today's economy, this is no easy task. For those families across the globe, the local culture and educational system may be different, but the need for teens and young adults to develop skills around work and career are just as imperative for a smooth transition into adulthood. I have collected some of my blog posts that discuss work and career development. My goal was to have this information available to parents in a single place. I hope you find these resources helpful as you guide your son or daughter down the pathway that leads to their life’s work.  Food for thought on Young Adult Career development http://www.theinterpretedrock.com/2014/10/food-for-thought-on-teen-career.html Career Planning: Is t

A Season for Hope

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Guest Blog Post Jennifer C. Jones Talking to Harriet today, you would never picture her depressed, even suicidal. Today she is optimistic and confident, planning a future that includes a career in the outdoors. She says the difference between the young woman she is now, and the troubled person she was, is RedCliff Ascent.    A year ago Harriet left her home near Bath in the ceremonial county of Somerset in South West England and headed for the high desert plateaus of southern Utah. With her mother’s blessing, Harriet enrolled in Medicine Wheel at RedCliff, a therapeutic wilderness program for young adults. “I had struggled with severe depression ever since I was a little girl,” she recalls. She’d tried conventional counseling but nothing worked. The depression was so severe she attempted suicide. Two weeks later she found Medicine Wheel on the Internet. The program specializes in treating young adults who suffer with mood disorders, substance abuse, A

Something about work is good for the soul

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By Stephen C. Schultz The banging on my bedroom door was sudden and loud. I was jolted out of my sleep, eyes wide open but seeing nothing. My head turned from side to side in an effort to make sense of the thunderous noise. No, this was not one of those slow, groggy wake ups. This was a fight or flight, increased heart rate, and covers flung off type of wake up! Still dazed with confusion and now sitting on the edge of my bed, the door knob started to turn. Then my dad poked his head in the door and said, “Steve, get up! Get up now! You’re going down to Oregon Rubber Company to work today!” I thought I was going to spend the day in the back pasture cutting up fallen trees with my dad. I turned to look at the clock next to my bed and I had to wipe the sleep from my eyes before it came into focus. Thoughts raced through my head, “5:30am! 5:30am on a Saturday no less! Doesn’t my dad know that a sixteen year old adolescent boy needs his rest? Apparently n

When an International Education isn't enough!

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By Stephen C. Schultz “I can still remember him. He was socially awkward...always on his own. It was tough because English wasn't his first language! He always walked alone on his way to school. He never really hung out with anyone…a real loner. I had a car and sometimes I’d pass him on my way to school. Every once in a while I’d give him a ride, but our conversations were strained. The day he killed himself I couldn’t believe it. Rumors had it he left a note for his parents that mentioned he just didn’t fit in!” I have noticed, over the years, an increase in foreign students needing the very specialized educational opportunities offered by RedCliff Ascent , Discovery Academy , Discovery Ranch for Boys , Discovery Ranch for Girls and Oxbow Academy . Over the last few years, we have assisted students from the UK, Australia, Singapore, Israel, Brazil, Russia, Bermuda, Dubai, Guatemala, China and Spain to name a few.  The parent's of these students only wan