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The College Process:

Choosing a college will be one of the most important choices you make with your child, not only financially, but one that will have a lasting impact on who he or she become as an adult.

Career Counseling Full Package Services – An individualized self-exploration experience occurs through our testing, feedback and continued coaching sessions which helps students to maximize the remaining years of their high school experience, and helps them to target the college search in a methodical, organized manner. Having an outside professional, knowledgeable due to tours, conferences, interactions with admissions representatives and from years of experience in coaching students, can sometimes be just the influence that motivates a student to get focused and organized in this process.

Our process educates the student about who they are – their strengths, interests, personality traits, aptitudes and values – and matches this information with potential college majors and careers. These careers are thoroughly researched and narrowed so the student can have an idea of 3-5 potential matches for college majors. While we are not trying to lock young adolescents into specific career paths, we teach them to become educated consumers about themselves, and therefore, to learn how to determine what careers could be a match for them and those that would not. Many students today choose a potential college major and career based on what others have told them, or by what the media has portrayed. They often don’t really know what skills, personality traits, and abilities are needed, or even how much education is required to succeed in a chosen career.

Yet, many colleges have grown over the past couple of years in terms of freshman enrollment, making it harder to switch schools or programs of concentration to get all of the classes needed in a timely manner. Many scholarship programs are also narrowing their offers to four years. If students can be taught more about themselves and what would be satisfying regarding a career choice, much of the guesswork and assumptions can be eliminated early on.

Next, an individualized college list is provided, representing a combination of Reach, Possible and Likely schools that can be an academic, social and financial fit. We broaden the scope of the college list, leading students to consider, and often choose, colleges that they may have never thought of for themselves, but that would provide an excellent academic and personal growth experience.

Students are then given Action Plans to complete what must be done in high school, and to meet scheduled deadlines for college applications. Parents feel encouraged when they see students take ownership of their future and see progress in completed assignments.  What can be an overwhelming process is met with a planned approach that makes the high school years more manageable and enjoyable.

A parent conference is offered at the end of the testing and exploration sessions to give an overview of the student’s profile. Coaching is provided for the remaining time in high school.

An outline of the process includes: Interview, Assessments, Feedback and Exploration, College List, Guidance for Application Development, Resume Development, Essay Development, Interviewing and Touring Guidelines, Scholarship Advisement, Timeline with Action Plan for each step of Application Process.

Career Exploration Service – In this process, the student completes a 4-hour series of personality and career assessments, along with a personal interview. 2 out of the 4 hours may be completed online from home. Then, a 2-hour Feedback and Exploration session occurs, so the student may learn about the results and explore in detail the careers that are designated as possible options. The student leaves with an Action Plan of how to follow-up on the career choices that have been selected and potential next steps that may be taken.

Career Counseling Service – Our clients come to us, often unhappy in their chosen profession, or because life changes have dictated that a change needs to be made. Some of our clients are ending their chosen career, and want next to explore careers that would offer personal meaning, would bring out their creative side, or that would allow them to pursue a passion that they have put off, due to previous demands that wouldn’t allow them to explore alternatives. While we are not a job placement service, we do offer an individualized self-exploration process which helps the client to learn more about their strengths, personality and interests, and to explore career matches based on these results. Having an objective professional hear what the client has enjoyed in their previous work life, and about the pieces the client hasn’t enjoyed, can help the client to focus in on where satisfaction can be found using their current skill set. Our service can also assist the client in determining what additional training and or education is needed when considering a new career.

Summer Programs – Summer is a great time of opportunity for students to sharpen academic skills, social skills and emotional growth skills such as independence, leadership, maturity, responsibility, and motivation. Students can explore careers, gain extra credit hours, or experience campus life at a college they are considering. It can be a valuable opportunity for students to learn more about who they are and their strengths.

Choosing the best summer program for the student depends on an evaluation of who that student is, what his or her strengths and interests are, and on what the goal is for considering a program or summer camp. Our service helps educate the family about various options, and to explore those that would be a fit for each individual student.

Gap Year Programs – Some students are just not ready to commit to the rigorous time and level of effort that it takes to succeed in college. Some are just burned out from their demanding high school schedule. Some want to further strengthen their study, time management and organizational skills so they can start the college experience with success. Some want to take the time to learn more about themselves, what they might want to study, or to volunteer or give back, before they focus on their futures.

Considering a Gap Year program after completing high school can be a great way to allow time for growth and maturity, or to reach specific goals before applying to college.

After a series of assessments and an interview, we can recommend programs that would individually be a fit for our clients, providing them exposure to the very need they have as they are considering this alternative.