Life RolesSusan L. Stasher June 26, 2012
Running head: LIFE ROLES
Life RolesLife roles and activities are a major importance in the development and implementation of career goals. Different life roles require discrete basic skills, responsibilities, and expectations because each life role has explicit priorities. A college student, a career professional, and a parent will each have different life roles and transitions to achieve balance between responsibilities. Life roles necessitate different attitudes, values, and challenges. This paper will compare and contrast the effects of change and transition between roles of the college student, the career professional, and a parent.Life role of a college studentThe life role of a college student is a time when an individual must make important decisions that will affect the success of personal goals. "Students often face important decisions during college relating to their future career, current friendships, intimate relationships, religious affiliation, health choices and connection to family" (Stevic & Ward, 2008, p. 523-524). The choices a student makes while in college have a direct impact on the challenges of personal goals and the success of college achievement. College students make many sacrifices that necessitate balance between life activities, caution of relationships and choices of friendships, time management, and healthy activities to relieve stress and anxiety.The college student has to balance time to include classes, study time, employment, time with friends and intimate relationships, time with family, hobbies, sports, and spiritual maintenance. The responsibility of a student is to focus on those activities and relationships that will enhance scholarly achievement. So often peers or intimate companions who participate in drugs, alcohol, unhealthy sexual behavior, money making schemes and other unhealthy risk- taking behaviors may distract the student from those priorities that promote healthy student lifestyle and decision making. " Students often do not know how to make specific changes in their lives, lack a sense of future, do not know how to initiate change and fail to balance their lives" (Stevic & Ward, 2008, p. 523-524).Successful students develop educational values, knowledge, and expectations from society and cultural influences (Feldman, 2008, p. 457). Life transitions and changes that affect student life are romance and unexpected pregnancy, irresistible job offers, sudden illness or death of a family member, inability to manage financial affairs, or other events may influence priorities necessary for successful academic achievement. Planning is important and seeing the plan through is even more important to student success.Life role of the career professionalMost often career professional transition from college without many responsibilities or commitments toward family or finance to balance. Career development has changed significantly over...