Career Inspiration

Check out our weekly blogs where we offer advice and discuss our philosophy, approach, and why we believe it should be the new standard for career seekers. We also interview students and career professionals allowing you to learn from their experiences.

Career 101: A Step-by-Step Roadmap

student tip Jun 16, 2021

Feeling a little overwhelmed by all this talk about "your future"? Not sure what you're having for breakfast, let alone what you're going to do for the rest of your life?

Don't worry, you're not alone! You've spent most of your childhood focused on the here-and-now, and most of your teen years dedicated to your grades and extracurriculars so you can get into college.

But understanding some steps to take toward a career can help make all the "future" talk feel more manageable…and ensure...

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Culture Clashes: Strategies for Talking to Your Parents

student tip Jun 09, 2021

If your parents or grandparents were born outside the United States, chances are you feel some added pressure to go to college or pursue a certain career path.

That’s because most people who leave their countries to live in the U.S. do so because the same opportunities aren’t available in their home country. With about 50% of the world’s top universities in the United States, getting a higher education here is a big priority. As a first or second-generation teen, you may...

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Teen with a Learning Issue? Navigate Next Steps Together

Getting through the rigors of high school is no cakewalk. And it’s especially challenging for teens with a diagnosed learning disability—or for kids who simply struggle to learn in a traditional school system.

Lots of teens have impressive natural talents, and yet they aren’t able to translate all that intelligence into their classroom work. Learning disabilities actually have nothing to do with how smart someone is, but instead result from inefficient ways that information...

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Job Vibes: Choosing the Right Environment to Work

work environment May 26, 2021

You probably get asked, “what do you want to do as a career?” all the time. But have you thought much about the “where”?  

Your job environment—where you work, the type of people you’re surrounded by, the hours in which you’ll be doing your job, and the overall vibe of an employer—is pretty vital to your happiness!

For example, if you’re a super outgoing person, you’d be pretty unhappy working in a cubicle as a data...

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Your Sharp Memory Could Lead to One of These Careers

student tip Apr 14, 2021

Are you the kid who loves trivia and can rattle off random facts like nobody's business? Can you recite movie lines?  Listing all 206 bones correctly in the human body during biology wasn't a big deal to you?

Sounds like you’re a little superhuman in the memory department!

If you’ve got an exceptional memory, there are plenty of careers that count on your kind of talent for information recall. This doesn’t mean you’ll be a good fit for every job. Learning anything...

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A Tale of Two Career Possibilities

How many times have you been asked, “So what do you want to do when you’re older?”?

Probably a lot! And we bet for most teens it’s a tough—and frankly frustrating—question to answer.

As a high school student, you’ve been exposed to all the “traditional” professions…the doctors and dentists who treat you, the teachers at your schools, the professional athletes and actors you see on your screens, and the people who sell things to you...

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Sibling Rivalry: Tips to Help Your Teen Find their Own Path

parent tip Mar 31, 2021

Max was dribbling a ball and swinging a bat at age three. He excelled in every athletic endeavor, winning accolades on courts, ball fields, and golf courses year after year. He was the “athletic” one.

Max’s younger brother Carter didn’t like getting sweaty and competing—he preferred building Lego cities, tinkering with his computer, and watching science experiments on YouTube. Plus, he didn’t see the point of competing against Max in sports anyway…he...

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All in the Family: Should My Teen Take Over the Biz Someday?

parent tip Mar 24, 2021

Did you know family-owned businesses employ 60 percent of the American workforce and create nearly 80 percent of all new jobs?

A family with its own business sounds kind of like instant job security.

But if you work for one of the 5.5 million family-owned businesses in the U.S., you know it’s not that simple. Whether your kids will take over that business someday is a decision with big questions to address and lots of moving parts.

Is working for the family operation a smart move for...

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Is My Hobby Career Worthy? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

You’re an esports gamer pulling in three-figure donations every day on Twitch. Maybe you’re wowing TikTok viewers with your makeup tutorials. Perhaps you’re baking luscious layer cakes or making really cool 3D art to share on your Instagram page.

We’ve talked about how hobbies can help inspire you to pursue a certain career path, even one you hadn’t thought of before.

But can your hobby be your career? Can you turn a favorite pastime, activity, or sport into a...

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Money Matters: 7 Essential Questions to Ask Yourself

How important is the amount of your paycheck when it comes to choosing a career?

If you’re proactive in carving out a career path that combines your passion with your natural talents, we believe you’re more likely to land in the right job, and that will make you a happy, thriving employee. And productive, motivated employees are well compensated by their employers. Funny how that works, huh?

But we also know the story is more complex for most. Money matters too.

Many people will...

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