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Most students don’t get the career guidance they need in high school or college. We fill this gap.
We know two things about career success.
1. You have to know what you do best.
2. You have to find the right fit between yourself and your job.
High School Students
Preparing for College Versus a Career
High school is a time when schools, parents, and students are all focused on getting into college.
The Current Process: College → Major → Career
The Process Should Be: Career → Major → College
What gets far less attention is the end goal – the career, comparing college job placement numbers, and finding colleges with strong programs.
The process of:
College → Major → Career
often leads students to enter college with limited information, to figure it out by trying different classes.
If students had a clearer idea of their best career fit before college, they can be sure to take the right AP classes to waive core requirements, and to have the foundation skills for hard classes to come.
They will work harder on their SAT/ACT prep if they know they want to get into a college due to a strong program. They will be more strategic about their work experiences, focused in college, and more likely to stay on track. There will be a less likely chance they will need extra time to graduate.
< Ensure Your College Investment is Well Spent
< Time Advantage Early high school years allow more time to try career exploring activities, using summertime wisely, or investing in building their talent or “stand-out” story.
< Motivation & Confidence Junior / Senior years bring motivation to push to make their best college decisions.
< Discovering Talents Many students find they have a natural ability they were unaware of, or they had a sense of but didn’t know how to describe or apply. They are thrilled and want to use these abilities to drive success.
< College Sports Scholarships Knowing a career field and major can help you steer to the best college match with interested coach recruiters.
< Lower Cost of College Graduate in 4 years, not 6!
< Build a Custom Career Plan Personalized recommendations and reports.
< Early Career Discovery Puts Your Child Ahead of the Game
< A Smarter Approach to College Planning
Many students need help to find their best career fit. They want to stay on track and avoid the mental stress of being unsure.
Students entering college with a confident career target can be more proactive, on track, and thinking further ahead about goals to support their career: technical skill-building, software classes, internships, networking, and college involvement.
Those with academic overwhelm may need stronger study skills, to lighten their load, or to find support on their way. Some drop out because they don’t want to continue to waste money if they can’t figure out a career. Changes are common.
- Students facing the decision wall of declaring a major who are still unsure about their choice.
- Students who changed their major several times.
- Students who start talking about changing colleges.
- Students weighted with excessive stress or anxiety can develop mental health challenges.
- Students missing the window to secure an internship.
- Students who drop out. They may be living at their parent’s home, on the couch, depressed, and are needing help to find their future.
Finding their best career can give instant relief of doubt, stress, floundering, worry, stuck, unsure, and anxiety. They will start sprinting with motivation, confidence, and action towards their goals.
Graduation delays are commmon
< College Transfer – Undergraduate transfer rates are 14.1% for freshman year, and 36.6% for the sophomore year. Source: 2015 study by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center
< Major Change – National statistics vary, but a conservative range is 26% – 52% for college students who change their major at least once. Source: Student Research Foundation
< Time to Degree – The average undergraduate student is taking 6 years to graduate, not 4. Source: US Dept. of Education Fast Facts
< Drop Out – The college graduation rate averages 60.4%. This does vary by ethnic background, family income, and colleges attended. Source: National Student Clearinghouse
College graduates also need help defining their career
All parents want to see their children finish their education and to be on their way to find a career that is best for them.
Graduates do get jobs in their field, but that always seems to be another fortunate student. We don’t dare mention this to our child to add frustration.
Many find the job search to be a struggle, overwhelming, frustrating, and too long. They hit a speed bump or a brick wall when their resumes always seem to disappear into a black hole.
They want to know what their issue is so they can fix it and move on. Honestly, there can be many issues and a single one could keep them stuck.
SKILLS THEY NEED
A resume template makes a huge impact on readability and professionalism. We’ll help you get started.
Building a Network
80% of open jobs not posted on LinkedIn or Indeed. We will help find the right network meetings to attend and to brainstorm people to meet.
A Custom Job Seeking Plan
Input from a professional counselor saves time and makes sure progress keeps moving. We map this out so your young adult can focus on doing, completion, and finding “flow.”
The Starting Point
Your child will find out what they are good at – their God-given natural abilities. If these are used in their work, they can be more productive, successful and fulfilled. They will gain tremendous self-understanding and then they can make informed and confident decisions.
Every occupation, whether it be science, accounting, industrial engineering, sales, teaching, or law, uses specific aptitudes. This is why the career your child will enjoy the most and be the most successful in the long-term, will likely be one that uses their unique pattern of aptitudes.
A big plus to the Highlands Ability Battery is that the matches are specific, not general. For engineering there is: Civil, Logistics, Industrial, Supply Chain, Electrical, Materials, Biomedical, AI, Mechanical, Cybersecurity, UX Design, and so many others.
We use the Highlands Ability Battery assessment, the most respected and well researched natural ability testing tool available
√ Defines the Student’s Natural Abilities
√ Promotes Self-Understanding and Awareness
√ Builds Self Confidence
√ Guides Educational Choices
√ Guides Career Options
√ Helps Students Build their Learning Memories
√ Leads to Success and Fulfillment
√ Considers the Whole Person
As a parent, you play an important role in preparing your student for their future.
We all want our children to thrive, to set up well in college, and to be on their way after graduation. Today careers are complex, and students have limited life and work experiences to find their way.
With the high cost of college, it is wise to help them have top unbiased counseling and accurate testing. Your child will learn their aptitudes, the words to articulate them, and how they can be used in a career. Then it is easy to find the major, and college targets.
We help find your student’s right fit and “why” for a career based on their unique combination of aptitudes.
Finding a “right work” fit can help your child to get going, to rise up and take a hold of their life – instead of doing things people think they should do, doing things that come easy, or that fall into their lap.