To Get Out of Mama's Basement, You've Got to Learn Independence
Fuzzy pink slippers, a bathrobe, and the pièce de résistance: a rolling pin. You can probably already feel the disapproving look you’re going to get if you aren’t home by 10 PM sharp.
Rimrock High School Students had a unique surprise a few weeks ago, as PTECH rolled out (no pun intended) a life-sized version of the interactive game "Mama’s Basement", a game created by PTECH staff to demonstrate to students the real-life decisions, purchases, sacrifices and successes to be made in order to achieve independence (i.e. not living in your mom's basement after high school).
Career planning is no small undertaking, and some people don’t take it seriously until they’ve struggled through a few jobs that maybe weren't the right fit or didn't fulfill their needs and interests. PTECH uses tools like "Mama’s Basement" to start a conversation with high school students that will help them navigate the murky waters of a changing job market, growing employer needs, and the age old question of “what am I going to be when I grow up?”
Playing Mama’s Basement takes students through the ups and downs that are inevitable in independent life; a roll of the dice decides whether you earn a raise, or have to pay to fix your car. And maybe you have to eat dehydrated noodles that you paid for with change found in the ratty couch in "Mama’s Basement", because you spent all your money on rent or utilities. All because you didn’t have the chance to learn about and explore rewarding career fields. And you didn't build a plan for the future.
Once students experience "Mama's Basement" and figure out what it takes to reach independence, they're invited to apply to PTECH, begin a career mapping progress, and eventually test drive a PTECH Coach. PTECH offers coaching to help students hone in on their passion, skills and interests, and create not only a career plan, but an opportunity to work toward an education that fits their goals and desires; one that opens doors for them now and for years to come.
The bottom line? Life can be a crapshoot, but career planning and a little hard work can mean the difference between success and struggle. Want to know more? Apply to PTECH!
Note: Huge thanks to Jamie, a brave Rimrock counselor who agreed to dress up as Mama! (Pictured above)