I Already Have a LACY Plan
Now that we've hit the halfway mark of the service year, the question of whether you know what you're doing after City Year is closing in. For many, the question makes you feel a little nervous. You just started this job, right? Why must you already be focused on something new? For others, you might be a bit more content because you "already have a LACY plan".
Let's break that down a bit. You've used the phrase to be synonymous with "I know where I'm working or going to school." Which is great! We want our people to leave service feeling confident in their next step, but really... does this mean you have a LACY plan?
What does LACY stand for? Leadership After City Year. It's a great acronym; all inclusive of really anything that could come "after". But sometimes in creating a world of acronyms to easily discuss common topics, it can be easy to lose sight of the true meaning of the phrase.
In reality, no one has a LACY plan. Or, we should say, no one has finished their LACY plan. Leadership is not something you complete. It's an ongoing, evolving skill. Over time, your personal definition of leadership will likely change. So when we're asking you to set a LACY goal, we're asking you to consider what will contribute to your leadership development. Maybe applying to two jobs in March will contribute to your development because you're practicing the application process. Maybe your goal is to read a book about giving and receiving feedback, an important skill that enhances leadership. But if you land a job or finish that book, will you have finished developing your leadership? Of course not. Leadership doesn't have a start and end point.
In the last half of your service year, you will likely have opportunities to work on your LACY. If you already know your post-service plan, don't cast this opportunity aside with the mentality of "already having a plan". Your leadership development is ongoing, so take the time to reflect on who you want to connect with, what you want to learn, and where you want to go...and then decide on the next step to get you there.
LACY Habit #4: Think beyond your next step; seek opportunities to continue your leadership development.
Career Center @ alumni.cityyear.org
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TEACH: A National Screening for the City Year network
February 15-25, 2015
Click here for access to the online screening
After watching the film, Join four of the starring teachers and City Year champions (including Rob Barnett, Seattle '10!) for a discussion on how a career in education can impact student lives. All are welcome.
Visit bit.ly/TEACH to register for the discussion.