What do you want to learn, and how do you want to contribute?
This is a foundational question in my coaching work. Rarely does anyone have an immediate answer — making decisions about rapidly-evolving educational options and career paths has become an overwhelming process for many students and their parents. In addition, with college admissions becoming more competitive, and college tuition rates skyrocketing, families are recognizing that it is more important than ever to:
- Discover their own combination of strengths, interests, personality traits, and values;
- Explore the best matches between the established and emerging educational and career options and their student’s interests and strengths and;
- Design and Implement a viable plan for pursuing their goals.
This can be a daunting process for anyone as questions about educational costs, time, and potential employment are considered along with the even bigger question of how to create a life that is both personally and professionally fulfilling.
Combining my business consulting background, university career-coaching experience, university admissions experience, and strong passion for education, I guide high school and college-aged students and their families through a three-step process:
PHASE 1: DISCOVER
Using a combination of interviews, assessments, and reflection exercises, the goal of this phase is to stimulate the student’s thinking and insights about their interests, talents, values, strengths, and personality traits. We work closely together over several sessions until the student has gained a solid awareness of their interests and aptitudes, and then move to the next phase — Explore.
PHASE 2: EXPLORE
Students are often unaware of all of the educational and career options available to them. During this phase we explore fields of study, occupational arenas, and specific jobs that align with the student’s interests and aptitudes that were identified in Phase 1. Work during this phase can include many different activities like online research, informational interviews, “shadowing” someone for a day, site visits, outside reading, monitoring classes, volunteering, and going to career fairs. By the end of this phase students and their families have developed a set of personal and professional goals, which leads us to the next phase — Design.
PHASE 3: DESIGN AND IMPLEMENT
At this point the student and their family have identified their interests and strengths, and have a solid understanding of the options that provide the best “fit” with their personal and professional goals. Now we are ready to develop a plan to get them there. Each plan is unique, but common aspects of most plans include individual work, formal classes, apprenticeships, personal projects, mentoring, test preparation, and volunteering. Most plans span a time frame of at least a year, and often longer, during which I provide ongoing guidance and feedback.
Each coaching plan is customized according to your individual needs and interests. The first session is always free, so if you are interested in learning more, and discussing coaching options that may work for you, please contact me to request your free consultation.