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The 6 steps to a successful College Orientation

The figures speak for themselves: 33% of students change their college orientation during the first year, or drop out or repeat when possible and only 41% finish their bachelors degree in 4 years. In the OECD countries, the USA is 19th in college graduation rates.In college Marc tried different majors. After 3 years, he still doesn't know what he wants to do. In addition to being completely lost, he has no confidence in his ability to succeed at all.

Emily, in 3rd year of business major, really does not like this sector and wonders how to change it and for what?

Hugo is a sophomore in high school and is stressed out about college. "All my friends know what they want to study and where they want to study. My family and peers ask me all the time what do I want to do in college? If only I knew!"A successful orientation is thought about ahead of time, in order to enroll in the corresponding major as soon as possible.

Here are my 6 key steps to a successful College Orientation

Step 1: Take a snapshot of who I am:what am I good at? What do I do easily? Why do others come to me and what do they trust me to do? What are my interests? What is important to me? What is blocking me? What if I don’t have a passion? Do I really have to be passionate about my job to have a meaningful life?

Step 2: The quest for meaning:finding one's orientation yes, but why? What are my desires? What is my Ikigai? Where do I see myself in 10-15 years? How am I different from others? What makes me special? What motivates me? What is my type of intelligence? rather logical-mathematical, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal? What type of intelligence for which job? There are 8 types of intelligences according toHoward Gardner in his book Frames of mind.

Step 3: Analyze what surrounds me:what are the jobs around me? What do I know about these professions and the job market in general? What is my comfort zone and how can I get out of it if I haven't yet found the training or job that suits me?

Step 4: Expanding perspectives:what do others think of me? What about the professions and skills of tomorrow? What have I learned from my experiences (internships, part-time jobs, volunteering...)? What possibilities have these experiences created? Do I only have 1 job that suits me?

Step 5: Choosing to move forward: what are the different possible avenues based on who I am, my interests and what is important to me? What would make my project feasible? What are the selection criteria that are important to me? How do I choose? 

Step 6: Validation of my project:once I have 1, 2 or 3 options, how do I validate my project?College orientation allows you to:

  • Identify your core values to closely adjust the choices to be made and be aware of what they imply

  • Discover trades which one would not have really thought of or to reinforce one's first ideas, to choose rather than undergo

  • Aim wider, further, especially for our youngsters who can legitimately bet on international careers

  • Reinforce motivation. What could be more motivating to get started than to have a specific goal?

  • Know yourself better and go beyond your limits. It is often because of the fear of not succeeding that one gives up. Knowing your potential better allows you to go further thanks to greater self-confidence.

College Orientation can provide all these answers for students:

  • who plan to enroll in a course of study and who have no idea of what they want to do or who hesitate between several fields

  • who are stressed by their orientation and who go around in circles

  • who fail to get fully involved in their studies or professional lives due to lack of motivation or goal

  • who have already tried several routes or who have already tried to answer this question without success

  • who think that their career choices condition part of their future academic or professional success.

Free 30 minute Flash Coaching 

What is flash coaching? It's an introduction to coaching that will allow you to take the first step toward your goal or start to address a situation.

  • for teenagers on college planning / changing college path, motivation, stress management, organisation and time management issues

  • for adults on career transition, stress management or any other issue you are experiencing

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I provide coaching for Santa Clara and San Francisco counties - I also accommodate coaching sessions via Skype or phone. We can connect from anywhere in the world, at any time that works for both our schedules.

Sixtine Gontier - Sixtine Coaching

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