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.
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.
CIO.com 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
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.