Beyond the SAT: High School Students Need to Self-Explore To Make Successful College Choices
By Post Tuesday, November 05, 2013, 08:07 AM EST
Wyckoff, NJ November 5, 2013 Most high school juniors and seniors have SAT’s and college applications on their brains this time of the year, but parents may want to help them shift their focus to a bigger picture: a fresh look at what their long-range future might look like.
“College is a time to grow, and experience many things, but the real goal is to prepare students for a career that is fulfilling – emotionally and financially,” says Helene Naftali, CSW, author of Own Your Zone! What Students Need to Succeed From School to Career and founder of oneTRUEzone, a coaching program that helps young people discover the career path that is uniquely their own.
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“While high school students are inexperienced and unaware of what is out there, there are key elements every young person possesses that are with them from a young age,” Naftali points out.
The key element, according to Naftali, is their unique gift -- their personal brilliance – how they see and operate in the world. Naftali highly recommends that they latch on to their unique gift and let it help define their goals. “Once they understand this key component of themselves, they will be able use it to their greatest advantage when choosing majors, college courses and career paths.
The process of finding one’s unique gift requires self-exploration: figuring out what comes naturally to them at all times, whether it is making connections between people or or always being able to see what’s missing from the big picture.
“You take the instinctive quality and marry it with something that you’re passionate about that the world might actually need, and you’ve got a formula that can put you on track for a fulfilling career,” says Naftali.
It is never too early to begin the process, but high school is a perfect time – especially when teens are beginning to think about the college application process and that critical college essay.
To learn more, visit www.onetruezone.com.