COLLEGE SENIOR - Sprints on Career Match and Gets Dream Job
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.