Coaching for Students

Coaching for Students

Did you know that 50 percent of today’s students will change their  major? That only 67 percent of students attempt college? That students take 6.2 years to graduate, on average? That only 35 percent of college graduates 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 and college years can be frustrating for many parents and young adults. What is a good match for a major? Is a four-year college after high school the right choice? What are options for an undirected young adult?

Career assessments give parents and students a roadmap for making good choices about further education.  Knowing your child’s learning channels is crucial and can help you make decisions about the best type of schooling.

After we found our daughter did not test well and had low verbal memory, we decided to look at colleges that did not require test scores.” – LM

Why Have Your 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 understand his learning styles and know where to encourage him in his academics.

We’ve had more clear communication in the last week. You have given us both hope that he can have a good future!”

– JD, single parent of teen

    Benefits of Student Aptitude Testing:

  • To see your student’s abilities and how those might be translated into career possibilities
  • When you sense lack of direction and unable to decide on a major
  • When your child is dissatisfied with college or high school classes
  • To see what learning channels your student has
  • To gain clarity in choosing an appropriate college or alternative program
  • Types of careers that would match your student’s abilities
  • Types of colleges and alternative schools that would be good matches for your 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 a better fit.”

What is the Student/Young Adult Career Sampler?

The sampler consists of two assessments taken online followed by a feedback conference and a personal report. Assessments include:

The Highlands Ability Battery

The gold standard among assessment tools for measuring individual abilities. Abilities are hard-wired in each of us at birth and can be measured after the age of 14. The test gives us information on natural aptitudes, compatible work roles, artistic abilities and learning channels. Through timed work, this objective assessment will measure what you are actually good at. This information can translate into choosing a college or technical school. It takes about 3 1/2 hours to complete.


Strong Interest Inventory®

This inventory takes about 30 minutes to complete and results in a 15-page computer generated report revealing career recommendations based solely on interests. Based on the work of Dr. John Holland’s theory of career types, this is one of the most respected and widely used career planning instruments in the world.

Optional test:

Myers Briggs Type Indicator®

This 30 minute  inventory is one of the most widely used personality instruments in the world today. By learning which of 16 personality types you match, you can find a better fit for a career and work setting.   As many as 1.5 million assessments are administered annually to individuals.  The Myers Briggs sorts personality differences regarding how people direct their energy, take in information, make decisions and deal with the outer world. The resulting 4-letter “Types” can be used for individual career development, career change and coaching.   

What is in the follow-up conference?

  • A description of how the student learns best
  • An explanation of the student’s natural abilities
  • 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