Last week in this blog I brought up the amazing promise I made while giving the keynote presentation at the online College Planning Untangled conference on October 4th.
I promised that I’d be explaining “one key principle that can untangle all the college confusion—and send your kid shooting like an arrow straight to a bullseye—without stress, pressure, or anxiety of any kind.”
Within that keynote hour, I explained this key, little-known principle.
“If you’ve got kids ages 12–26,” I said, “you want to give them some tools that will help them to ‘clarify the bullseye on the target before they take aim and shoot.’“
The #1 best tool I recommend for this?
When students are in early high school—or as soon as possible after that—I want students to do some specific assessment work that helps them know what they’re naturally good at, what they love, what they’re naturally interested in, how they relate to other people, get energy, solve problems, make decisions—and what natural strengths and talents they bring to personal life and to the world of work.
Students who know these things—students who can verbalize these things as early as 9th or 10th grade—aren’t just amazing in job interviews starting very early on. They don’t just enjoy increased confidence. They’re also in ideal positions to start choosing college programs they might want to be a part of.
Like an arrow, straight to a bullseye.
Not one wasted class, not one wasted dollar.
Here’s the specific assessment I recommend taking first.
Once your child reaches early high school, I want him or her to take the CliftonStrengths Assessment under the direction of a live, human, Gallup certified strengths coach.
This is important, because I don’t want you and your kid to just read over some printed results on paper and then toss the paper to the side.
You need a trained, qualified strengths coach to do this with you—and it can’t be me.
I don’t do Gallup strengths coaching myself—I’m not certified to do it.
I help you locate a trained, qualified Gallup strengths coach who will go over these strengths results with you and your child, and be with you—either in person or in a teleconference—providing one-on-one training and coaching for you and your child as you apply this assessment knowledge to life, to family relationships, to the path to college, and to thoughts about future career.
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