Young Adults and Students
Did you know that 50% of today’s students will change their choice of major? That only 67% of students attempt college? That the average student takes 6.2 years to graduate? That only 35% of college grads have plans after college?
“We had our 17 year old daughter take the Highlands Ability Battery when she was unfocused and unhappy. The results have given her and us a better appreciation of her abilities. This has improved her self esteem and an understanding of the need to nurture some of what we’d previously neglected, especially her artistic inclinations.”
– Parent of high school senior
The high school, post high school, college years and the twenties can be frustrating for many parents and young adults. What is a good match for a major? Is a 4 year college after high school the right choice? What are options for an undirected young adult?
The benefit of assessments is that it gives parents and students a roadmap for making good choices for further education.
Why would a parent have a high school or college student tested?
“Using Anne to help my 16 year old son get some direction may have been life changing. She gave us a clear and easily understandable report with some direction on which way my son would be best suited. It helped me as a parent to understand his learning styles and know where to encourage him in his academics. We were at odds about which direction he should be heading, and this gave us clarification, as well as options we hadn’t even considered that could open up so many paths for him to take.
We’ve had more clear communication in the last week and have given us both hope that he can have a good future!”
– JD , single parent of teen
- To see what abilities the student has and how those might be translated into possible career possibilities
- Lack of direction and unable to decide on a major
- Dissatisfaction with college or high school classes
- To see what learning channels a student has
- More clarity choosing an appropriate college or alternative program
- Types of careers that would match the student’s abilities
- Types of colleges and alternative schools that would be good matches for the student’s abilities
“Having our son tested in high school saved us so much money; it helped us realize what schools and majors would be better fits.“
“When I was 25 and finished college, I was so confused what to do with my life. I was definitely having a “QuarterLife Crisis”. The assessments gave me a lot of clarity and I am presently going back to a technical school and very excited!”
What is The Student/Young Adult Career Sampler?
The sampler consists of 2 assessments taken online followed by a feedback conference and a personal report:
The Higlands Ability Battery: This assessment is one that looks at a student’s abilities – the student’s permanent set of talents – and takes about 3 ½ hours to complete
online. It doesn’t have to be done in one sitting. Information can be learned about innate talents and how they translate into choosing a college or technical school, careers, artistic and musical abilities, optimal work situation, and learning styles.
Strong Interest Inventory (SII) is an assessment that reveals information about a person’s interests and how it correlates with other people with similar interests. It takes
about 30 minutes to complete online and each person receives a 10 page computerized report with different college major suggestions, volunteer activities, career suggestions, and fields to explore.
Included in this package are 2 hours of coaching, a report with each assessment, and a customized report for the young adult with suggestions for college selection or career choices.
Myers Briggs ( MBTI) This is taken online and takes about 30 minutes. It reveals information about a person’s personality and temperament and value information on good career fits and learning styles.
“For high school students, you offer a wonderful package that gives guidance for both understanding our children’s abilities and interests.”
LM, parent, 6/05
What is in the follow-up conference?
- A description of how the young adult learns best.
- An explanation of the student’s natural abilities.
- A description of the type of work and learning environment most conducive to success and satisfaction.
- Types of activities that would be a good fit for the student.
- Types of careers that would match the student’s abilities.
- Types of colleges and universities and alternatives that would be good matches for the student’s abilities.
Coaching is available hourly and in packages for conquering job interviews, resumes, networking, job hunting, and marketing, and more career clarification.
For young adults, understanding one self is a process and takes time. Coaching also includes help with arranging job shadowing and volunteering.