Why didn’t I learn about my aptitudes in school?
Most schools in the United States (including universities and colleges) do not view students as having unique aptitudes and talents. The long-standing model for education is that each student is a “blank slate” waiting to be imprinted with knowledge and skills. In other words, it is assumed that we are all born with about the same potential and how well we learn is based on how hard we apply ourselves. This “one-size-fits-all” educational model of human nature is outdated.
Regardless of age or experience, few people have a crystal clear picture of their innate talents and abilities. At Pathfinders, we’ve met many people from top schools like Harvard, Oxford, Stanford, MIT, who despite their level of education, were not able to pinpoint what they are best at doing.
Many professionals and students have a vague sense that their potential is going untapped but have difficulty putting their finger on how to define and engage their innate talents. Unless you happen to be a brain scientist, or have taken a professional aptitude test, chances are you’re going on a wing and a prayer when comes to making career choices that suit your natural abilities.