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Student career exploration, choose a major, choose a career, career plan, career development, student career counseling, career test for students

"We partner with students
using a 21st Century career exploration strategy
to find their mojo and design a roadmap
for meaningfulness and success." Carl Nielson

We recommend the high school program for students in 8th grade through 12th grade.

We recommend the college program for students who have graduated high school, are currently in college or have recently graduated college.

Take advantage of the "quick links" below or in the left "Main Menu". You are also invited to schedule a private Q&A conference call with career coach Carl Nielson, the creator of the program and Chief Discovery Officer of Success Discoveries by tapping on the telephone graphic on the right.Schedule time with Carl Nielson

Client Testimonials

I just wanted to say that that was outstanding. My son TOTALLY resonated with everything you had to say and obviously had a few things to say himself ;-) This is the most excited I've seen him in a long while. It touches my heart how you can really "see" these kids for who they are and make such a positive impact on their self esteem in such a short amount of time.
Mom on the west coast about her 9th grade son, 2017.

"My 9th grader (incoming, starting high school next semester), 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 interest

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Career Coaching for StudentsTM reduces the risk of failure and increases the risk of incredible success and happiness.

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

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Tap here to hear what leading coaches have to say about these assessments.


TTI Assessment Testimonials


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Best-Practice Student Career Planning Slideshare Presentation

Tap hyperlink above, tap full screen, › page through slides to learn about steps to student career and college major decision making

From Carol Christen, author of What Color Is Your Parachute? For Teens
"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, however, 6th - 8th graders are encouraged to explore careers using the Student Resource Central meta-site of career exploration 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.


For High School Students, Job Shadowing Can Be Critical to Choosing a Career

Our 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               

What is a career coach?

  • A coach is a facilitator to a process, a guide, a helper, a supporter, an encourager, a partner.
  • Coaching is about being an ally, making the process of career exploration easier so the student is able to realize their own ideas, goals and decisions much sooner than if left on their own.
  • A coach is NOT an enforcer, dictator or director.

Most commonly heard statement from parents whose teens attended the Career Coaching for Students program:
"I wish I had this when I was in high school"

Career Coaching for Students can reduce drop out rates, increase college attendance rates and reduce the chances of changing majors and delaying college graduation.

FAQs addressed in the Career Coaching for Students program:

From parents: From students:
How do I inspire my teenager to think about and engage in a future, not just the moment at hand? Besides income considerations, what should I think about when considering a career?
How do I guide my teenager without imposing my own goals and dreams? How do I choose a college that best supports my career interests?
How do I help my teenager deal with the apprehension about their next stage in life? What questions do I need to ask myself -and answer- to identify and explore my passions and potential career choices?
How do I parent while leaving the final choice in the college selection process to my teenager? What needs to be my top priorities for choosing a college? How do I find the best college choices for me without spending a lot of time?
What activities can my teenager do at home or over the summer to support a career interest? How will I know a career is right for me? How can I talk to someone in that career interest? How can I find a job-shadowing opportunity to learn more about a career interest? What questions should I be asking if given the opportunity to talk with someone in a career interest?
How do I find financial aid and scholarships? What is FAFSA and why do I need to know about it? How do I shift from a feeling of "walking blind" and uncertainty to confidence and faith that I'm doing the right thing and feeling I'm in control of my own destiny?
How do we avoid thousands of dollars in unnecessary expenses/loans? How do I avoid changing majors several times and adding extra semesters (and thousands of dollars in college expenses) in college?
How do I significantly increase the odds that my son/daughter will find happiness and success? How do I find happiness and success? How do I confidently select a career path and an educational path that will be the best for me?


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The evidence and costly impact of typical school-provided career counseling is found in the statistics:
  • 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 academic advisors say "that is ok".
  • Most college students take 5 years to graduate strictly due to changing majors
  • Extra semesters result 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