Over the last twenty years working with academic counselors and educational consultants, I have had over eleven hundred coaching sessions with students and young adults. Several things have become crystal clear to me when it comes to coaching teens. First, the right career, the right college, and the right college major are decisions the academic counselor must lead the student to decide correctly. Second, students don’t buy anything from education advisors; they don’t take responsibility for things they do not understand, and they do not realize how important it is to learn more about their future, so they don’t. Third, parents do not always know they need help from an academic counselor; they do not realize the high cost of ignoring their son or daughter’s inability to commit. Let me share with education advisors some of the things I share with parents and students to try and get them to take the process more seriously. 1.Academic counselors should coach parents and students not to make decisions about a student’s future based on what they know. We can only store about 227 megabytes of information in our brains. There are approximately 3000 terabytes of unique information in the world today. Help your student change “can I” questions to “should I” questions. That simple change in perspective will help them to see a very important distinction and help them weave a future they have envisioned for themselves. 2.Life is complex, and decisions at such a vulnerable age are too important to be left up to a simplistic personality assessment and a knowledge test (which should never use “should I” decisions.) The academic counselor should use a comprehensive assessment driven coaching system like Student Compass by Living My Purpose. Compass aggregates the results of five of the best and most widely used assessments into one generic system and provides educational consultants an online coaching system to propel students to better life, college, and career decisions. 3.Educational consultants should Understand what inspires a student before you start any of your sessions. They will not know what it is of course, but help them with some tools that will help them figure it out. Give them some questioning strategies they can use which will help them come to conclusions about what inspires. Anything they come up with will be better than leaving it to chance.
Inspiration and the Education Advisor First, ask them to think about where their mind goes when they have idle time when they are alone and have time to let their mind wander. Second, ask them to think about what makes them sad, what excites them. Third, what do they get excited about when they talk to friends, what do they want their friends to enjoy with them which excites them whenever they do it. The answers to these questions by an educational consultant will, at a minimum, help students start thinking about this ever important question. Conclusions for Education Advisors When I started this twenty years ago as an education advisor, I had nowhere near the effectiveness coaching I have developed at this point in my career. The process and the methods I use in that process have helped develop life, college and career coaching practice that operates almost exclusively by word of mouth. To become a Compass reseller, signup for free at http://www.register.myteamcompass.com