Reviews

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"Student To Career is just the right service for my high school son who doesn't know what he is good at and what he might be interested in as a career. Susan is very professional and punctual, yet she is also very kind and understanding like a mom trying to help her own son. She really tried to help my son to figure out what his natural ability can be best used for.

 

The three and half hour aptitude test is very detailed and extensive. It got my son spot on. Susan's two-hour meeting after we got the test result really helped us to understand why my son acted the way he did and what he could do to use his social and academic skills.  

 

Most beneficial from this meeting was that Susan helped him to figure out what career choice might be the best fit for him so he could start working toward that direction in high school. I believe this is very important nowadays because of the very competitive college application process. Her fee is also very reasonable compared to similar services. As a matter of fact, I don't think there are many services that concentrate on helping high school kids to figure out what they are suited for based on aptitude testing. This service idea is very innovative and very much needed. I would recommend Student To Career to any moms who have high school kids."

Parent of a

High School Sophomore

Rebecca

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"I would recommend the service because it helped me understand what I want to do with my life and better understand myself. I especially liked the aptitude tests and how Mrs. Thrower walked me through the results to find a good college fit.  Mrs. Thrower was very kind, supportive and efficient.  She put a lot of thought and effort into helping me - she really cares."  

High School Senior

Jamie

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"I would absolutely recommend this service. Susan is unbiased with an open mind. I made an appointment having no idea what I wanted to do with my life. After meeting with her and taking the tests I had a clear view of who I am and what I need in a job to be happy. She takes her time to narrow down all the choices and she uses the test results to come up with something that is logical, ethical, and will keep you satisfied. I left my last meeting with clarity that I have never had before.

 

The most helpful part of this service was when we went over my HAB results together. She explained what every score meant and how it would play into a career and what should be considered when choosing. I learned more about myself on a deeper level through this than I have in the past few years."

Young Adult

Tori

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"Susan at Student to Career helped my high school senior and sophomore understand their natural abilities, talents, personality and learning styles. This information is incredibly valuable for college and career planning. I highly recommend this testing and coaching for high school students as it provides them with clarity and confidence in selecting a college, deciding on a major and eventually finding a satisfying career." 

Parent of a 

College Student and High School Sophomore

Missy

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"I found 'Student To Career' invaluable for finding my best career path and landing a job in my field. After college, it's tough to navigate your career. Finding a career path can seem like a job in and of itself. This is when I reached out to Susan. If not for Susan, the trajectory of my career would never have moved toward long-range advancement potential.

Susan leveraged her deep knowledge and experience in the business world while applying my results from the Highlands Ability Battery (HAB) Test. She then trained me on LinkedIn research to redirect and refine my best-fit career. From there we started from the basics: industries, specific firms, and the types of jobs to apply for. This offered insights with real-world applications, how I fit in, and the best future paths. She also provided a resumé and cover letter review, mock trial interviews, and interview prep. Thanks to Susan, the interview request doors opened quickly as she mentored me through the process until I received job offers. I am now confident I'm on the right career track and can look forward to the future!"

Young Adult

Katheryn

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"My work with Susan and Student To Career was amazing. Her knowledge and expertise were greatly appreciated and gave me many insights and tools I was not previously aware of in my search for a career I would enjoy and excel in. I especially appreciated the time she took taking things a step farther, directly applying the information gained from the battery test to my job search on LinkedIn."     

Young Adult

Taylor

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"Susan Thrower and her services at Student To Career greatly benefited my son in his journey to find a career that fits him best and college candidates.   We were amazed by how in-depth the Highlands Ability Battery pinpointed my son's personality makeup and strengths and how clearly the test/Susan's translation of it identified specific jobs work environments that would maximize my son's aptitudes. A worthwhile investment!"

- Julie S., mother of a rising 10th-grade student

Parent of a High School Sophomore

Julie

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"Ms. Thrower and the Highlands Ability Battery helped discover many traits that I never knew I had and determine what career path I should follow. After taking the test, Ms. Thrower explained to me that I had performed very well in concept organization and that it meant my logical thinking was very strong. She did this explanation for every area tested in the Highlands Ability Battery, allowing me to learn about my natural skills and learning style. After analyzing my skill sets together, she helped me decide which career path I should follow if I want to fully utilize my natural talents. Additionally, she helped me navigate the website LinkedIn so that I could connect with professionals in the career path that I chose and ask them about their jobs. This experience was very helpful for me." 

High School Sophomore

Deston

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"Working with Susan at Student To Career was the best "prep for college" decision we have made so far for our rising 11th grader.   The process and results, which were personally delivered by Susan, have helped set a good path for her to pursue as she considers part-time jobs, internships, and college tours with more direction and focus and freedom to pursue her natural gifts and talents.  Highly recommended!"    

Parent of a High School Junior

Jessica

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"Working with Susan assuaged many of my uncertainties surrounding the rest of my college years. With her guidance, I learned to explore my strengths, weaknesses, and potential career prospects using various resources that I otherwise might have overlooked. The peace of mind granted via her program has allowed to devote myself fully to my studies, and I feel very secure in my current path. I would highly recommend Susan and Student To Career to anyone with potential qualms and/or uncertainties with their goals or job aspirations because Susan shows genuine interest and care and provides input akin to that of a closest adviser or family member.

College Sophomore

Nic

Longitudinal Success

 

COLLEGE SENIOR - Sprints on Career Match and Gets Dream Job

Goal:

Amy was a few weeks away from college graduation with a major in English at a private Catholic liberal arts college.  She needed help to figure out a career and a job after graduation. 

Results:

Her top career was a lower school librarian with an instructional technology specialty that she ran with.  The reasons were many.  She had a long history as a  voracious reader, strong academics, and she enjoyed school.  She loved babysitting and spending time with kids.  She had a charming presence with strong social and communication skills.  The work environment would be stable and filled with a strong community matching her values and interests.  In the librarian field, the number of jobs was the highest for K-8 school librarians.  She agreed she would enjoy serving a variety of teachers and young students.  

 

Amy ran with the target.  A week later she found a summer job at a library that she enjoyed.  She applied and was accepted for a master's program in library science in the fall.  In the second week of classes, a teacher referred her to a part-time librarian job opening at a charter K-8 school that Amy secured.   This job experience confirmed this was a great career she enjoyed and hoped to stay in.  She was so happy when she finished her master's degree and her job was upgraded to full-time!  

 

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT - Adds New Experiences, Starts a Business to Fund College, and Confirms Career Options

Goal:

David was in 9th grade and unsure about his future career.  He wanted some direction and to know how to stand out more.  

 

Discovery Q & A had some significant findings. He loved sports, acquired a large basketball card collection, and memorize thousands of player's statistics on the back of the cards over the years.  He enjoyed history and English subjects, and his goal was to win a high school state track competition. 

Results:

Assessments found his key strength was communication.  He also had strong aptitudes for memorizing and finding number patterns and inductive reasoning. His temperament was a peacemaker.  I suggested he get started on a business selling his sports cards on eBay to build a college fund and I provided start-up guidance.  He loved the idea and took immediate action.  A year later he had an update that what he enjoyed about his business was negotiating with card dealers and customers.  I next recommended attending a college summer program on "International Diplomacy" at American University in Washington D.C., and to add on the credit class.  He set a goal for a high grade and the transcript was included in his college applications. 

After these experiences, David confirmed he wanted to pursue a career negotiating contracts and using negotiation skills.  The Plan A career and college major was business finance with work in contract negotiation.  Plan B was international relations or supply chain depending on his college decision.  From there he was able to rank a half dozen college candidates with strong programs in these areas.  His recent update was that he got accepted into several colleges with merit scholarships, including a full track scholarship at a selective liberal arts college in the Midwest.  He decided not to attend the track scholarship college.   He selected UGA because the finance major was strong along with job placements is this field.

9TH GRADE STUDENT - Finds His Talent and is Motivated to Raise the Academic Bar

 

Situation: 

I had the pleasure of teaching 9th-grade classes of entrepreneurship as a long-term substitute at a Gwinnett County high school.  All students were required to start a real business as part of the course work. 

 

One student, Mike, was unable to come up with a business idea.  We decided to chat over lunch to find his concept.  I asked Mike the simple question of what he loved to do in his spare time?  What he said knocked my socks off.  He loved to repair electric and electronic equipment.  This is a 9th grader.  This was a big deal, and further questions confirmed he had an aptitude for engineering.  I gave him a vision of why an engineering career could give him a great career and fulfillment.  His eyes lit up, he was not aware that he had any talent.  I asked how his math grades were.  He said they needed to improve, and also all of his grades.  So, yes math and his GPA would be a priority going forward, especially if he wanted to attend college at Georgia Tech.  

Results: 

Mike took off.  He passed out notices to all families in surrounding neighborhoods for free repair work for broken electronic/electric items to build his skills.  A week later I received a notice to sit in on a meeting for Mike, with his mother, a guidance counselor, and all his teachers - to give feedback on how he could improve his academic performance.  The guidance counselor later told me this was the first student in the history of the school who took the initiative of requesting this type of meeting.  Go Mike!

 

 

Corporations, Education, and Large Institutions have effectively used the Highlands Ability Battery as part of their training:

Bell South, Charles Schwab & Co., Cingular Telecom, Cisco Systems, Coca Cola, Colorado State University, US Food & Drug Administration, Glaxo Smith Kline Pharmaceuticals, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Hewlett Packard, IBM, JP Morgan Chase, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, St. Josephs University, State Farm Insurance, Turner Broadcasting, The Weather Channel

 

US Naval Academy, University of Georgia, University of North Carolina, and many high school educators throughout GA.

QUESTIONS?  Feel free to discuss your situation and needs.   

(770) 861-0070   EST

Susan Thrower, MS

susan@studenttocareer.com

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