Career testing & guidance you’ve been looking for
Most students don’t get the career guidance they need in high school or college.
Their work and life experiences are limited, so they need help to figure out their best career in today’s work world. Knowing the best career is only half of the answer. We help answer the why and how to build the priorities and to-do list to get there.
WE FILL THIS GAP
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. Parents do want the end goal – setting up your child for success in life by helping them with confident career decisions for their best career experience.
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 knowledge for hard classes to come.
They will work harder on their SAT/ACT prep if they want to be sure to get into a college due to a strong program.
Knowing the best career path will identify the major and then colleges with strong programs to build their best college list.
< Ensure Your College Investment is Well Spent
< Time Advantage Career clarity will help high school students to choose their bet college path. Early high school years allow time to find and talk to people working in the career. They can also seek work or service that helps them gain exposure, or to start building on strengths.
< Motivation & Confidence Junior / Senior years bring motivation to push to make their best college decisions.
< Discovering Talents Many students find they have a natural talents 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.
< Build a Custom Career Plan Gain personalized recommendations and reports.
< Early Career Discovery Puts Your Child Ahead of the Game
< A Smarter Approach to College Planning
All students want to stay on track and avoid the stress of not knowing their future or what to do to set up well.
Students entering college with a confident career target can be more proactive, stay 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.
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, frustration, worry, stuck, unsure, and anxiety. They will start sprinting with motivation, confidence, and action towards their goals.
Graduation delays are common
< 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 may also need help to plan 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 may choose a job to just have a job on the first job after college. Then they may 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. Very few college students have experienced or are comfortable with networking. We will help find the right network of professionals or meetings to attend.
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. 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 objective counseling and accurate testing. Your child will learn their aptitudes, the words to articulate them, and how they can be used in a career.
We help find your student’s right fit and “why” for a career based on their unique combination of aptitudes.
I care as much as you do that your child is encouraged, supported, and empowered to put their plan into action.
Your Best Career Story?
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.
Susan worked with our oldest son to find his ideal areas of focus for potential college majors, schools, and career choices. She went above and beyond the Highland Battery results to analyze his personal priorities, his results, providing him advice and strategies to further research and explore schools and careers. She is a true researcher, passionate about providing insights you can act on and use. This was money well spent. We were lucky to find her.
I HIGHLY recommend this service for exploring a career path. Susan took the time to get to know my daughter before the assessment process and during the debrief provided a holistic view of her strengths, preferences, passions, personality, and learning style. My daughter was struggling to identify what career path she wanted to study as she enters her second semester of college. After Susan’s very comprehensive review, my daughter now has excitement and confidence about herself and her future career that she did not have before. This is a valuable investment for anyone. Thank you for giving my daughter an invaluable gift.
I’d certainly recommend your service. Most important was the complete overall analysis and detailed description of career directions.
The Highlands Battery testing offered the in-depth perspective by incorporating Luke’s strengths as well as limitations into well-defined categories. The most important part was the complete analysis, eliminating and detailing specific colleges, careers, and firms that best fit with Luke’s interests and abilities.
The suggestions helped him best formulate a valid starting point based on what he learned through this process. I would be hard-pressed to find ways to improve your service (other than guaranteeing his college entry and lucrative High-income job)! The time, effort, and analysis were more than we could have anticipated.