Life/Academic/Career Coaching - High School

life & career

readiness program

In this program, you will be working 1-on-1 on a weekly to biweekly basis with a certified Life Coach who is specially trained to work with young people such as yourself. 

Each session is a simple, yet powerful, guided conversation during which your Coach uses their extensive training to compel you to think deeply, answer difficult (but never impossible) questions, identify interests and values, and more!

If you're in college, we'll help you address your worries for the future and teach you how to turn passions into a career by choosing the major that's right for you; seeking mentors and networking opportunities in the wider community; and applying to internships and jobs that will contribute to your career goals. Whether you're still in college, looking to apply for that first full-time job, or already rocking it in the professional world, we can help you create a game plan for the next step in the your life and career.

5-12 Suggested Coaching Sessions

Unlimited email and texting communication​

Edits on any professional correspondence

  • Create a game plan to achieve your academic or career goals

  • Identify majors, career paths, or working environments that best suit you by exploring your interests and values

  • Build better relationships through communication and self-awareness

  • Create effective systems to manage time and reduce stress in studying or working

  • Address root causes of procrastination

  • Pursue jobs and internships by leveraging your professional network

  • Maximize your chance of gaining interviews by tailoring your resumes and cover letters

  • Create a lasting, positive impression on potential employers when interviewed

  • Fine-tune professional correspondence skills, such as introductory and follow-up emails

Sessions Menu: College Students + Beyond

1. Intro Session


This session is all about getting to know you! Your coach will ask you to provide an overview of your education, work history, career ambitions and values. They will ask you to identify current areas of your life that are satisfactory (or not!), as well as your “wish list” and “non-negotiables” for your future life and career.




2. Wheel of Life, Well-Formed Outcomes, Action Steps


Here, your coach will introduce the “Wheel of Life”—also known as a wellness wheel—a helpful life coaching tool that presents a complete picture of all the most important components of your life. You will learn to use this wheel to identify areas of your life that are most in need of improvement or attention. You will learn the 4 elements of “well-formed outcome” statements, or achievable goals, and master the skill of creating action steps.




3. Strong Interest Inventory Assessment


For this session, your coach will advise you on next steps regarding internships, courses and career paths using the results of your Strong Interest Inventory Assessment.

The Strong Interest is a career development tool in the same family as the renowned Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. The Strong offers invaluable insight that will help you make streamlined decisions regarding your education and career. The theory underlying the Assessment is that all people and occupations exhibit up to 3 out of 6 primary “theme codes”—Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, Conventional. Knowing your theme code and preferences will enable you to more confidently navigate choices regarding industry, occupation and work environment.




4. Resume & LinkedIn Makeover


Here, your coach will work with you to make over your resume and LinkedIn so that they reflect your best qualities and attributes! You will learn to incorporate key words into your resumes and tailor them by industry and job posting.




5. Motivation and Vision


Did you know that you can view motivation in various ways? Here, we will explore conditional vs. intrinsic, sake of self vs. sake of others, and Gretchen Rubin's "Four Tendencies." The Coach will also introduce the concept of vision and encourage the client to visualize successes in the immediate and long-term future.




7. Job Search & Cover Letter


Are you prepared for the hunt? Here, your coach will show you the ins and outs of using job search engines such as Indeed.com and Monster.com. You will also learn to tailor cover letters by job posting, increasing your chances of securing an interview.




6. Systems, Organization & Habits


What systems or habits do you have for school, work and home? What works, and what needs work? For this session, your Coach will help you identify problem areas in your systems and show you how you can design better ones. You will learn to incorporate “anchors”, or personal reminders, into your systems and learn the power of building helpful habits.




8. Assumptions & Limiting Beliefs


In this session, the student will be encouraged to explore their negative assumptions in their relationships with others, and how turning these assumptions around can have positive effects on actions and outcomes. The student will also explore limiting beliefs in relation to their self, and the Coach will introduce techniques for overcoming these negative beliefs.




9. Inner Critic vs. Future Self


With the Coach’s guidance, the student will meet their Inner Critic, followed immediately by a meeting with their nurturing, wise Future Self. Both Inner Critic and Future Self are Life Coaching concepts designed to empower the student and build emotional resilience.




10. Interview Prep & Salary Negotiation


Here, your coach will advise you on interview etiquette and teach you how to anticipate interviewer’s questions and answer in a way that best highlights your skills, achievements and personal qualities. You will learn how to properly answer the most frequently asked questions, such as “tell us about yourself” and “what are your weaknesses?” You will then learn to negotiate for a higher starting salary or benefits.




11. Networking & Community Involvement


*NEW* More to come




12. Personal Branding


*NEW* More to come





​1. Working with Élan Advising has been one of the best decisions I have made in my undergraduate career. Eda helped me understand my strengths and weaknesses for job search and career options. She is also very friendly and approachable; I honestly felt like I had known Eda for years.

 

2. I struggled with identifying my personal values and thought a high paying job was more important in life. She helped me identify those values that I strongly believe in, and now I have a much less stressful time searching for jobs after graduation, as well as understanding what should be important.

 

3. Eda was very honest with her words and made me realize that searching for the first job after college is a stressful experience we all feel and go through. From my experience with Eda, my thinking has become much more realistic in terms of my personal performance and where to start after college. 

 

Update: After working for just two weeks with Eda, I have gained so much in professional and personal assets that I was hired by Amazon.

Wen L

Life + Career Readiness Program

I was one of those students who wasn’t sure what to do after college. Well, I knew what to do, but I didn’t know where or how I was going to do it. Was my resume even good enough? Is networking really something I need to do? How do I stand out when my peers might have more experience than I do? Élan Advising helped me address all of these concerns. We polished some wording and now I have a killer resume. The interview preparation session gave me the confidence to walk into any interview ready to land a job. What I loved most about Élan’s program is that it’s not a “let me hold your hand” type of program. It’s more of a “let me give you the tools to help you succeed when this program is over.” 

 

But Élan is more than resume building and interview prepping. I practiced so much negative self-talk and horrible procrastination habits that I thought stress was just part of who I was. A trained Life Coach taught me practical skills that reduce the stress in my life that prevented me from being the absolute best version of myself. The Well-Formed Outcomes session helped me make a plan and see it through by giving myself a realistic deadline (It really is helpful!). The Conditional vs. Intrinsic Motivation session allowed me to really ask myself, “Why am I doing this?”

 

What I loved most about the program is that my coach treated me like an actual human being and not just as a client. Even if you feel like you have a plan, there is ALWAYS room for improvement and self growth.

Vanessa E - CSU Sacramento

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