By Mary Ann Faremouth,
Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, represents courage, civilization, law, strength, the arts and skill. Athena had a significant role in the Greek mythology and in the lives of the Athenians and all Greeks. She was also known for being a powerful defender in war but also a powerful peacemaker. We often see her depicted with her sword and shield to illustrate perhaps the metaphorical battles we all as humans will face in our lifetime. And for the graduates of 2021, whether they be graduates of high school or college, all will seek the wisdom to know how to navigate these uncertain and challenging times.
Reflecting back on a commencement address I gave at a local college to graduates in 2019, I realized how different things are now for 2021 graduates. The etymology of the word “graduate” which comes from the Latin word “gradus” struck me. The word “gradus” traces back to the word “step” and I thought how different the steps going forward might be in 2021, than they were in 2019. And then Athena’s sword popped into my head. What if we considered Athena’s sword being made up of 5 mini swords or steps a new graduate could use in these challenging times? Would these steps be somewhat of a roadmap or strategic partner to help them on their journey? Perhaps this infused sword could even be considered as a strategic weapon that might make the journey a bit less bumpy? A way to slay this battle of finding a job or right course of study to restore internal or external peace along the way? And then I thought of “The Faremouth Method.”
Also, included in the steps below, I did a bit of research from commencement addresses in the past from famous people who have imparted their wisdom to graduates. I tried to select their tips under the appropriate steps to illustrate their application.
Let’s take a look at the Faremouth Method below:
1. Do A Self-Inventory – Where are you on your journey at this time? What is your first choice, second choice of a job now? Where are your passions, interests, dreams?
2. Ask Better Questions – What jobs or career paths are in demand right now that would
utilize your skillset? Does your resume reflect it accurately to align with the algorithms of the digital world of today to be selected for an interview? What can you imagine yourself to be doing in your next job?
3. Step Out of Your Comfort Zone – What else could you do to fulfill your passions
In your career if your first choice isn’t open to you at this time? What could you do
to prepare for something totally new?
4. Take The Time To Do It Right – Have a solid plan and execute your plan. Visit with
Career Consultant, College Advisor, Mentor, Relative or Friend. Don’t rush the
Process. Network, Network, Network
At a time.”
5. Be A Hunter – After you execute your plan, GO AFTER IT. You need to make a concerted
Effort to make things happen. Don’t let anyone stop you from your dream.
Remember Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom and her sword to defend herself in the battles of life to execute her dreams. This powerful sword infused with the 5 steps of the Faremouth Method can assist you on your journey to actualize your vision and purpose in 2021. Congratulations on your accomplishments thus far! Make your journey one of amazing new discoveries about who you are and what you can accomplish! As Actress, Audrey Hepburn says, “Nothing is Impossible, the word itself says “I’M Possible.” And author C.S. Lewis admonished, “There are far better things ahead than we leave behind.”
Faremouth & Company is committed to assist you on your journey! Check with our website at faremouth.com for upcoming webinars and workshops intensives. With the right steps as your strategic weapon on your journey to success you can make all your personal and professional dreams come true!
Mary Ann Faremouth
Mary Ann holds a CPC (Certified Personnel Consultant) credential, was certified by the Board of Regents of the National Association of Personnel Consultants in Washington, D.C., and was awarded an Advanced Communicator Bronze, Advanced Leader Bronze Awards by Toastmasters. She cofounded Jobs: Houston magazine in 1997. Mary Ann maintains affiliations with professional organizations, including oil and gas, financial, construction, IT, and structural, mechanical, and civil engineering. (www.faremouth.com)
Mary Ann’s award-winning first book Revolutionary Recruiting has been listed by Book Authority as Number #1 Best 100 Recruiting Books; #1 Best Seller, Non-Fiction, Amazon (2019); Top 20 Recruiting books, Recruitics; Readers’ Choice finalist (2019), Houston Literary Awards; Best Non-Fiction (2018), Best Cover (2019), and Best Self-Help (2018), Authors Marketing Guild. Her books support individuals and corporations, tap into each candidate’s unrealized potential to find the right person for each job, maximizing both employee satisfaction and the employer’s bottom line. Mary Ann showcases her expertise of the recruiting world on a monthly podcast for The Price of Business and weekly articles for USA Business. Her new workbook, Revolutionary Reinvention, was recently released on Amazon. Mary Ann lives in Houston, Texas.