How we help

We help young adults thrive beyond
the classroom





Purposely helps young adults thrive beyond the classroom in their professional development and their personal growth.

Go Far, Together

We’re all on a quest to find our own direction in life, asking the same kinds of questions about what we should be doing with our lives. We’re looking for more than a job. We’re wanting meaningful impact. We don’t just want to make money. We want to make a difference. That’s purpose.

Purpose is different than a job or even a career. It’s about more than what we do. It’s about who we are and the kind of person we want to become. When we struggle to find meaning in what we’re doing, know that there is more to life than constant striving.

Purpose isn’t something that we discover as much as we develop it. It doesn’t usually hit us as a bolt of lightning. Purpose emerges over time. We cultivate it. We develop it. It emerges as a product of our deepest values.

At Purposely, we help cultivate the space for this deeper sense of purpose to develop. Through carefully crafted peer learning groups, we help create a culture for adaptive change where, with the help of others, new pathways emerge.

Cultivate Purpose

You don’t want to just have a job. You want to have meaningful impact. You don’t just want to make money. You want to make a difference. Purposeful work is about far more than a job or a paycheck; it is a natural expression of our gifts. The more that we live with purpose the more we are in charge of setting the trajectory of our lives.

Overcome Obstacles

There are many known obstacles that all of us have to overcome, such as: coping with stress and anxiety, procrastination, money, managing time and personal resources, balancing relationships, etc. There are also unknown obstacles that invariably arise: unexpected illnesses, unexpected financial burdens, the breakdown of a car or an accident, a breakup, etc. In peer groups we work together to overcome these obstacles and discover new paths forward.

Consequential decisions

Consequential decisions are often the ones we don't make very often—who should I marry, what should my career be—kinds of decisions. But that means that these kinds of infrequent decisions are ones that we don't have very much experience with. We're trying to make decisions about things we don't know, and these are precisely the ones that we should be consulting with others about.

Strength in Numbers

One of the problems we get into is we're trying to figure all this out by ourselves. We rely on our own assumptions, intuitions, experiences as if on an island. By interacting with others, chatting, consulting, listening to others, we learn things and get different perspectives that can be immensely helpful to us in our own thinking. Don't do it all by yourself. That's when you get into trouble.

Meaningful Reflection

Every degree program, every profession and job, has its own technical learning and skills. Formulas to learn, facts to memorize. It’s easy to think that that's the main thing, and all we have to do is master that. But learning doesn't just happen because we adequately covered the material, memorized some information, and got a grade. Learning comes when we reflect on the “why” and apply the “what.” Transformative change comes not just when we master technical skills but when we master ourselves.

See the big picture

Understand that there is a difference between a job, a career, and a purpose. We are all on a quest to find the path that we should follow. We believe that path should be about much more than getting a job. We help cultivate the space to help you ask the significant questions of your life so that you're not just finding employment, you're making a difference.

Our Process

Practical Guidance

We help students see beyond classes, majors, and degree programs and focus on alignment with their deepest values and life purpose. This is a process that, truthfully, remains ongoing throughout a person's life. Through mentoring and self-directed peer groups, we provide a pathway for students to begin and for graduates to take bold next steps.

Crafted Groups

We are wired to be social creatures, next to people, around people, with people. We are meant to live our lives with others. The problem is that we don’t always know how to do that, how to work with others, how to listen, how to let others help us along. Every peer group is unique, and a healthy group experience is something that we have to craft. It doesn’t happen just because we stick people in a room together. We faciliate healthy peer group formation and process.

Shared Experiences

Becoming an active learner means taking charge of your own learning process. It's not that we don't know how to do that. It's just that we don't seem to do it very well by ourselves. Through shared experiences together in a peer group, individuals receive the kind of nudge they might not be able to get on their own.

Adaptive Learning

Every career path has a mountain of technical knowledge that must be mastered, but what students often neglect is their skill in adaptive learning. That's where we apply what we've learned, problem solve, be creative, and develop our emotional quotient. Our self-directed peer learning groups help cultivate growth from the inside out.

Radical Reflection

We cannot grow if we don't understand the things we need to work on. In a loving way, our peer group helps to hold us accountable to see clearly our strengths and weaknesses and define the practices that we know we need to change. In a healthy peer group process, others can see things in us that we are not always able to see in ourselves.

Learning Community

The core of our website is a lot like Facebook groups, but unlike the big social media sites, our site isn't about posting random tid bits about your life and scrolling through other people's posts. It's about sharing what you're learning in your group and in your life and building a culture of shared experiences that has the potential of helping others along.

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You'll be enrolled in our free Explorer Trail to help you understand what we do and how this can help. You'll also get access to our peer learning social community. After that, you’ll see the available next steps.

Our Purpose

Our brand is the silhouette of a compass with a person (blue) pointing up toward his/her life direction (lime). We believe that a deeper sense of life purpose leads to happier, heathier, more fulfilled lives.
Purposely.org is not a substitute for clinical counseling. If you feel that you might be suffering from depression, anxiety, or have suicidal thoughts, it is vitally important that you seek out appropriate care from a mental health professional.
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