We partner with students to design a roadmap for success and meaningfulness.
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"My 9th grader (incoming, starting high school next semester in 2014), attended the Career Coaching for Students program as a "can't hurt" attitude on my part when I signed up my older son, an incoming junior. My older son is doing great in college and very clear in his career direction. He really liked the program and felt it helped alot. My younger son really grabbed on to the program's teachings - more than I ever thought possible. He is now entering his junior year and has taken full advantage of so many things that came out of the program. But the affirmation and confidence he received was I think the most valuable part. So many good things about this program. All I can say is every 9th grader should have access to this program." Mom in the North Texas area
"I wanted to touch base with you. I've just completed my undergraduate program. I wanted to thank you for the career coaching program I attended during my senior year of HS. As I told Tommy Carrington (co-Facilitator) already, I think that course really helped me to restructure my approach to higher education and working life with a focus on long-term goals and personal investment. It has made a big difference."
Chris C., Past attendee (a High School Student at the time) graduating from college
"This is incredible and extremely insightful. This is not at all what I was provided in high school."
Sydney H., Sophomore College Student
"This is a must for every student regardless of academic achievement. Very motivational. Excellent and worthwhile!"
Mother of 4 kids, all have completed the program, all are academic high acheivers
Career Coaching for StudentsTM is the leading career exploration and planning program that takes a proven approach to coaching students:
- Assessing your "talent", resulting in greater self-awareness of strengths and passions
- Understanding the value of personal strengths in different career choices
- Identifying high-potential career options that align with your talent
- Establishing tangible, meaningful personal goals
- Leveraging the power of networking to help the student achieve their goals
- Investigating high-potential career areas of interest beyond the typical surface analysis
- Choosing a major and finding summer internships that align with a career interes
Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about Creating yourself.
George Bernard Shaw
Jullien Gordon speaks at TEDx
We reduce the risk of failure and
increase the risk of incredible success.
The Career Coaching for Students program employs assessments developed
by TTI Success Insights, the world leader in the science of self.
TTI Success Insights
Experts in the Science of Self
Tap on the diamond to learn more about the science of self and TTI.
Tap here to hear what leading coaches have to say about these assessments.
Tap on link, Tap Full Screen, Page through slides to learn about steps to student career and college major decision making
"You won't generally find "How to choose a career" among high school or college classes. Young people still have to figure it out on their own."
"Carl, That's an excellent visual explanation of career development. Kudos! If parents and teens who see your graphic don't get the idea that developing a career is more than the idea to go to college, nothing will get through."
Why Career Coaching for Students™ is for every student!
In an ideal world, we would surely have every 9th grade student complete this program. The question, "If not in 9th grade, when?" has been debated by career coaching professionals, teachers, professors and parents for decades. Our experience tells us, if not in 9th grade then "immediately". Prior to 9th grade is too early for this program but 6th - 8th graders can certainly explore careers using the Student Resource Central meta-site of resources for students.
- Help students envision a future that is productive, achievable, and stimulating.
- Provide the framework for helping students learn to project into the future and understand the consequences of today’s choices and actions.
- Expose students to potential stumbling blocks that could impede their success
- Help students develop resiliency skills and attitudes required for a productive transition into adulthood.
- Help students become identity-achieved, a necessary developmental process for all adolescents.
- Provide practice in the communication and interpersonal skills required for career and personal success.
- Facilitate students’ recognition of the value of education and the importance of becoming internally motivated to succeed in school.
- Motivate students to challenge themselves and strive for higher achievement.
- Help students understand how education, training, and career choice will impact their personal lifestyle.
- Motivate students to apply themselves, because once they understand how core subjects (e.g., reading, writing, speaking, computing) impact their success in a desired future, academic achievement will increase.
- Teach a life and career planning “process,” so students can continually adjust their plans throughout their education and adult life.
- Help students become “career focused,” so every student is prepared to enter the workforce upon completion of their education.
- Facilitate the development of a personalized ten-year plan that matches each student’s career aspirations.
- Teach students the life skills, aptitudes, and key qualities needed to successfully transition into post-secondary education and/or training, the workforce, and adulthood.
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For High School Students, Job Shadowing Can Be Critical to Choosing a CareerOur coaches provide assistance to the family in securing job shadowing opportunities for the student. See a student testimonial below. Before that happens there are a few things for the student to do which we facilitate as part of the program.
HS Student Testimonial: I just got home from shadowing [a person in my career interest]. Thank you so much for hooking me up with this place! I loved it, I talked to [your contact] and she set me up with one of their directors and I enjoyed every minute. It opened my eyes to the world of advertisement! An art director for an advertisement agency basically gets information from the client of what they want the advertisement to be about and they work with that. They basically create the idea of the advertisement. I found it so interesting because there is so much art and design put into advertising which makes it so cool! They're also always getting new projects from their different clients so they're never doing the same thing. I learned a ton of information on advertising and I now have people who I can contact there and ask questions if I need to. Thank you again for setting me up with [your contact], that was a HUGE help!
Sincerely, Will, Ohio
- A coach IS a guide, a helper, a supporter, an encourager, a partner
- A coach is NOT an enforcer or a director
- Coaching is about being an ally, helping guide youth toward realizing their own ideas, goals and decisions
- An ally is defined as "one in helpful association with another"
"I wish I had this when I was in high school"
Career Coaching for Students Can Reduce Drop Out Rates, Increase College attendance rates
FAQs addressed in the Career Coaching for Students program:
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Parents, Students, School Counselors and Administrators
- Free Parent Behavioral Assessment (Parent User Manual for your teenager to enjoy)
- "What Would You Tell a Teenager" White Paper
- The average U.S. college student changes majors at least once
- Studies show as many as 50% of students change majors 3 times
- Over 40% of incoming freshmen in most universities enter as "undeclared in their major - and advisors state "that is ok".
- Most college students take 5 years to graduate strictly due to changing majors
- Extra time results in thousands of dollars of avoidable expense per student
- Average college student faces a whopping $19,000 of student loans
- Studies show 40% - 65% of adults are unhappy in their current job - an unfortunate path that is set during school