Coaching For Twenty-Somethings

Things are tougher now for twenty-somethings than they’ve been in a long time. Because of the recession and over abundance of graduates with Bachelor degrees, there are fewer jobs available. College graduates are having a hard time getting launched and being self supporting.

There are fifty million twentysomethings in the US, most of whom are living with a staggering, unprecedented amount of uncertainty.  Many have no idea what they will be doing, where they will be living, or who they will be with in two or ten years.  Most simply, they don’t know what to do.

The Defining Decade – Why Your 20s Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now, by Meg Jay, PhD

How can twenty-something adults benefit from career coaching?

Even though many young adults possess degrees, they are often uncertain of their long-term future. Career coaching can help young adults better understand themselves by taking assessments that look at their abilities, interests and personality. Many twenty somethings choose to return to school for another degree or attend a technical college. Because of the economy, people are returning to school in record numbers to gain marketable skills. By the time students graduate college, less than half have done any career counseling.

Client Example:

Tiffany, a 28 year old woman had majored in theatre and acting. After college, she had a number of gigs in acting in London and NYC. However, she didn’t feel she was going forward or could earn enough money. Through career assessment testing, Tiffany realized she had a great interest in working with people and had abilities in math and science she wasn’t using. She decided to get a PhD degree in behavioral psychology or a related field.

“The testing and coaching helped me realize that I could use my abilities in other ways than acting. I also decided that I wanted more stability in my life and going to school was going to open up more doors for me.” – Tiffany R.

“Where your talents and the needs of the world meet — lies your calling.” Aristotle

What is The Young Adult Career Sampler?

When I took this package in college, I had no idea what I wanted to do.  Both the Highlands and Strong suggested I would be happy in some area of  healthcare.  I switched my major to biology and could not be happier.”  LNM

The sampler consists of 2 assessments taken online followed by 2 sessions of coaching (3 hours). Included assessments:

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.

Optional test:

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.

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.