Countdown to college: What to consider if you’re thinking about a gap year | Momaha

Gap years have become a hot topic of conversation. Many parents are reluctant to pay private school prices of $70,000-80,000 per year or even public university fees of $25,000-$50,000 a year to have their child upstairs in the bedroom on a screen all day long. COVID-19 has impacted so much, but for many families it has really refocused the conversation about the value of college.

The pathway to college from high school can be too straight and narrow for some. There are students who secretly wonder if they are ready to handle the independence or the pressure. Some are burned out on studying and just want to get off the treadmill. Parents may find themselves second-guessing whether their hard-earned money will be well spent because they don’t see their children taking academics seriously.

The gap year experience is becoming more popular in the United States. It’s already a widely accepted rite of passage in Europe. A gap year will help students gain confidence and real-world experience and also provide a major departure from their structured lives. It could be a totally structured program such as LeapNow’s programs in India or South America that offer college credit, or a self-designed program with community service, internships, travel or an opportunity to follow a passion,

If you think your student is a candidate for stepping off the beaten path to college, here are some things to consider.

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Four Signs You Are Ready To Hire A Career Coach (And One Sign You’re Not)

Author, speaker, coach and founder of Cheryl Czach Coaching, helping high-achieving professionals and organizations accomplish what’s next. 

As a career and leadership coach, it is my job to support clients in navigating their career journey. Often when people seek out my services, they are in some sort of career crisis. Never has this been truer than right now. Unemployment is high. Families are realizing they may need to make adjustments to accommodate virtual schooling. And this global pandemic has many questioning their career goals and asking: What does a successful career really look like?

If you are considering making a career shift or, like many, have found yourself unexpectedly unemployed, a seasoned career coach has the tools and expertise to help you improve your career (or at least get some clarity on how you define career success) just as you might hire a golf pro to improve your game. makes the case for career coaching this way, “These experts often have specific training in areas such as resume building, career and succession planning and coaching and motivation, and they know how to identify and build on your best personal and professional qualities to help you become more successful in your career.” 

But you may be wondering if hiring a career coach is worth the (sometimes hefty) price tag. After all, career coaches can charge between $75 and $150 per hour with higher-end services costing between $250 and $500 per hour — or more. With fees like those, it can be difficult to determine if investing in a coach is worth the splurge, especially during tough economic times. How do you know if investing in a career coach is right for you?

Here are four reasons to hire a coach — and one reason not to: 

What got you here won’t get you there.

You are ready to step onto the next rung of the career ladder but realize that what made you successful as an individual contributor is not necessarily what will make you successful as a leader. Perhaps you’ve gotten feedback that you need to improve specific skills or maybe your confidence needs a boost. Whatever the reason, you realize that what has gotten you to this point in your career isn’t necessarily what will get you to the next step.

In fact, if a leadership role is next on the horizon it will require a completely different set of tools, as was pointed out in The Balance Careers last year: “People who are highly competent at their jobs naturally associate their technical or specialized acumen with their success — it becomes part of their professional and personal identity. What they fail to recognize is that the rules of survival and success have changed—with less emphasis placed on their specialized knowledge and more placed on their ability to deliver business results through others.”

Working with an experienced career coach, in particular, one who has held the roles you aspire to, can help you to identify

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49ers set to face Russell Wilson at start of the ‘you’re dead’ stage of his career

Steve Young spoke several years ago about the few NFL quarterbacks who had achieved a mastery of the position.

The 49ers’ Hall of Fame QB said they had reached a point where they had played long enough — and remained skilled enough — that one of the most difficult jobs in sports became easy for them: While others toiled, they toyed with opponents.

“I always laugh at Peyton Manning — he’s pointing at protections, but I think sometimes he’s pointing at someone like, ‘You’re dead. I’m coming after you,’” Young said in 2014. “You just pick people out because you’re the master of everything on the field.”

This brings us to Seattle’s Russell Wilson, 31, who in his ninth season appears to have reached the “you’re dead” stage of his career.

The six-time Pro Bowler who threw 66 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions the previous two seasons was brilliant before 2020. But as he readies to face the 49ers on Sunday, his first six games suggest he has achieved a Manning level of mastery.

Consider: Wilson is on pace to throw for 5,040 yards, which would rank 12th in NFL history, as well as 59 touchdowns, which would break Manning’s record of 55 set in 2013, when he was 37.

When asked Wednesday whether Wilson was better than ever, it was notable what Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said to explain how he’d reached another level: Everything Carroll discussed involved Wilson’s mind.

In Week 5 against the Vikings, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson capped a comeback from a 13-0 halftime deficit by leading a last-minute 94-yard drive, throwing a touchdown pass with 15 seconds left. Seattle won, 27-26.

In Week 5 against the Vikings, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson capped a comeback from a 13-0 halftime deficit by leading a last-minute 94-yard drive, throwing a touchdown pass with 15 seconds left. Seattle won, 27-26.

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“The position is so complex and calls for so much … and he is just in absolute command of what we’re doing in all aspects,” Carroll said. “He can fix plays. Fix protections. Adjust calls. Read things and change from one to thing another with such freedom. It’s just because of he’s capable of it and he owns it. This is the best he’s been.”

Wilson is a leading MVP candidate after leading the Seahawks, who own the NFL’s 32nd-ranked defense, to a 5-1 record. Wilson leads the NFL in passer rating (119.5), ranks second in yards per attempt (8.6) and is fourth in completion percentage (71.2).

In the season opener at Atlanta, he completed 31 of 35 passes, and his 88.6 completion percentage was the third-highest in NFL history (minimum 30 attempts). In Week 3 against the Cowboys, he became the only QB in league history with 14 touchdown passes in the season’s first three games. In Week 5 against the Vikings, he capped a game-winning, 94-yard drive with a 6-yard touchdown pass with 15 seconds left.

On Sunday night, in a 37-34 overtime loss at Arizona, he had the third-highest passing-yardage total of his career (388) and most rushing yards (84) since 2018.

Asked whether Wilson had reached a mastery stage, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan

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