odusignWondering about life after graduation?

Education pays: Statistics show that the majority of jobs in our economy will require some sort of additional training beyond the high school curriculum. And college students must build a portfolio of work samples or beyond classroom experiences in order to get their foot in the door before they listen to the inspirational words of their college’s commencement speaker.

“NO-BRAINER” = to be qualified to earn a *living wage a candidate must demonstrate a valuable skill or produce a desirable product in order to justify the benefits of a solid reimbursment. While multiple variables affect salary potential, the facts show that specialized skills, training and education increases your potential earnings over a lifetime. (*minimum wage is NOT a living wage,even with tips!) (Original BLS Report Here)

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Educational options beyond graduation:

  • On-the-job training
  • Apprenticeships – Co-Ops – Internships
  • Workforce Certificates or Specialized Applied Degrees
  • Military – officer or enlisted
  • Gap Year/Summer Experiences
  • Independent Study
  • Peace Corps or other public services programs
  • Entrepreneurship
  • College, University, Community College Transfer
  • Advanced Professional Degrees
  • Top 5 “Must Have” family conversations as children leave the nest:

    1. Redefine Home Base
    2. The Expectations Talk
    3. The Resources Talk
    4. The Safety Talk
    5. The Courage Talk

Choices and decisions about what to do after high school and college create defining chapters in the career development cycle. Personalized career counseling and college planning services fill in the gaps where busy school counselors have to leave off. We work with students and their families to explore options and make informed decision unhampered by outdated or inaccurate assumptions or biases. Setting priorities, examining expectations and self-assessments go a long way to jump start the process. Optional family and parent sessions can ease concerns and spark meaningful dialogue with your student during the transition.

Our work together builds confidence and benefits students and families at various stages of the application process including:

  • Goal clarification
  • Overview of college planning resources, deadline reviews and steps to follow
  • Application, essay, and personal statement preparation and reviews
  • Personal assessments (interests, values, skills, personality, learning styles)
  • College major selection and related occupational connections
  • Mock interviews and professional polish
  • Our holistic approach (examining and valuing a person’s multiple strengths and connections) serves the student well throughout their career and personal maturation, and we welcome the chance to empower their success and independence along the way.