Some philosophical questions to help you think about your study choices and career path
These questions are aimed specifically to help with:
1. Choosing which subjects to study
2. Helping choose examination subjects
3. Career choice
4. Planning for the world of work
These cards are intended to provide a stimulus for young people to delve deeper into discovering their purpose and passions in life within a conversation that is positive and enjoyable for them. They aim to help young people find links within their current interests and hobbies and their future and career path.
We believe that young people need time, space and kindness to speak openly about the things most important to them and therefore, careful facilitation and trusted relationships are key to these conversations. Through clarifying the ambitions and passions of young people we can identify their deeper wishes whilst allowing them to explore the underlying meaning in their own lives. This can also help us understand the root of their thinking and behaviour and can give us an insight into how best to support them to reach their potential.
Who is it for?
The resource is suitable for young people aged 12 to 18 years, but could be used with any individual (young person or adult) who may be interested in or benefit from engaging in a conversation of this kind.
It can be used individually or as a part of a group and can either be facilitated by an adult or between peers. Although, our young advisors recommended it to be more effective when performed individually with a trusted adult facilitator. Therefore, it is vital that young people taking part in the conversations have a positive relationship with the facilitator.
Background and development
Listening to, valuing and empowering young people is an essential component of working with them. As a result, the current and previous versions of the Little Box of Big Questions has always included young people at the centre of development. Given that the age of decision making for GCSEs is becoming increasingly younger, we wanted to develop a tool that could help young people make good decisions.
Five young people piloted them and all found the Little Box of Big Questions to be a positive experience, often comparing it to a ‘self-discovering journey’. Many of them found the philosophical nature of questions to be interesting and an enjoyably challenging way to think about the future.
Having answered the questions, they felt that it may be helpful because:
- It allowed them to speak their mind freely.
- The questions felt like a journey towards self-discovery.
- The philosophical nature of the questions challenged them to think deeply about their future.
- Young people enjoyed speaking about their dreams for the future and how it could relate to present day decisions.
- It helped realise the steps needed to achieve their future goals and careers.
- Almost all the young people believed it was most effective in a one-to-one scenario so as to allow for complete honesty.
Contains 9 cards (with 5 questions on each) and 24 page booklet.