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The uncertainty of not knowing what you want to do with your life, yet having to commit to one path is overwhelming for a young person.

The uncertainty of not knowing what you want to do with your life, yet having to commit to one path is overwhelming for a young person.

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I really love this idea. What I think would help advance it is creating a prototype to make it more 'real'. At this early stage, a storyboard could be really effective. You might consider putting together a 'sample' episode or two using a storyboarding tool like storyboardthat.com. Even better would be an actual video production. You'd be able to get to questions like, what formats work best to convey the experience of a particular profession, and what kinds of issues seem to be key in differentiating where the passions lie for deciding one's life pursuit. You could also compare the crowdsourced approach with a more crafted point of view to see the best that each offers.

What would advance this idea significantly would be a couple of prototypes. If I were back in high school, I'd have loved to see a series of videos, or interactive experiences that would help me understand what I might want to do, in terms of college and thereafter... a series of 'guided tours'. Actually creating one or two of these would advance the idea, which I think is great.

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These examples are great ones, and they should inspire more, and with greater variety. Giving young people meaningful exposure to possibilities they can relate to would help them figure out potential paths to their future.