Success Coaches Are Dedicated To Helping Students With Their Life Goals In And Beyond High School
By Darius Harris, Stride Career Prep Success Coach
The concept of having a Success Coach for teenagers is innovative, and it is something most high schools don’t offer. That said, I am not surprised that most parents, or students, don’t know what success coaching is, or the many benefits that come with it.
So, what is a Success Coach? A Success Coach is a professional who has a diverse background in career coaching, youth development, career services, entrepreneurship, and many other areas that can benefit a high school student. Success Coaches are dedicated to helping students achieve success, not only in their careers, but in life, as well. Below you will find some benefits of success coaching that may surprise you.
Career Direction & Self-Awareness
Many of the students we work with don’t have clear direction related to what they want to do after high school. This is normal, since most teenagers are still trying to learn more about themselves and are usually focused on school. There are often several other responsibilities students have, too. Success Coaches work one-on-one with each student, to help them gain self-awareness related to their natural abilities, values, and interests. And, coaches use many different methods. Students often comment after working with a Success Coach about how they feel so much peace and confidence, having a better understanding of who they are and a clearer direction for after graduation. Even when students have an idea of what they want to do, they may not know the small steps in between that are needed to reach their goals. A Success Coach can help with this.
Nearly all of the students that Success Coaches work with have great relationships with their parents or learning coaches. However, sometimes parents are not able to provide an unbiased opinion or advice to their children, because they have their own ideas about what the kid should be doing. Students are often very appreciative to have an unbiased partner, who can give them advice and listen to their opinions and ideas about their future plans. The students don’t feel pressure to adhere to their parents plans for them, and they know that the Success Coach will partner with them in achieving success… even if they choose non-traditional pathways like trade school, entrepreneurship, and certification programs.
Job Search & Internship Assistance
Many students want to meet people who work in their fields of interest or get a chance to be in those environments via an internship or part-time job. Some students want help with finding any kind of job to gain work experience, and to learn more about themselves and what they like/don’t like. Success Coaches have years of experience working with a diverse population in job search strategies, interview preparation, networking, and resume writing. They have helped many students to obtain their first experiential opportunities and secure Career Mentors.
Financial Aid & College Assistance
As I mentioned above, Success Coaches have a varied background. Many people may not know that some of the Success Coaches have backgrounds in higher education and financial aid. So, students are sometimes shocked at the amount of knowledge that Coaches have related to financial aid, college admissions applications, and finding scholarships. Students should utilize their Counselors and the primary source of this kind of information, but they should also know that Success Coaches can help with this, as well.
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To learn more about Stride Career Prep Success Coaching for teens and what it offers, be sure to visit this site: https://www.stridelearning.com/career-prep/career-exploration/student-success-coaching.html