One of the biggest challenges most students face is identifying what they really want to do. Many are asked, “What do you want to do when you finish high school?” When we’re in transition of any kind where we have to choose what kind of work we’d love to do, it can be difficult.

In this episode, Karen Sottosanti, Founder of, and I discuss this dilemma and a few cool tools that can help you better understand how you’re wired and identify a major and/or a career direction.

Here are a couple of key takeaways from our conversation:

  • It’s important to take some time to identify your interests and how you’re wired to choose work that’s the best fit for you
  • Students do know what they want; it’s just that some think they can’t really do it, others think they can’t afford it, others aren’t really excited about more schooling, etc.
  • Also remember, what you’re really interested in doing now may change; it’s OK if you land somewhere else later. Focus on what interests you now.
  • Students are used to meeting adult expectations; it takes time for them to learn how to trust themselves
  • There’s lots of support available to help you do what you want to do, both inside and outside of the school environment; working with a coach or consultant can really help you sift and sort through your options
  • Once you make a decision about what you want to do and step onto that path, doors of opportunity begin to open (sometimes what unfolds may not look like what you expected)
  • If you find that you can’t afford to work with a coach or consultant, working on your own is certainly possible if you’re committed

Karen utilizes a variety of assessments in her work with students and adults in career transition; visit her website @ for more info about the following assessments and how she works with students and their families, and career coaching for adults. is another great site that offers a variety of additional tools, tests, products, services and advice to help you make career decisions.

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. – Maya Angelou

Take a peek at where you’ll find a resource hub of freebies and paid services for students and families eager to play the college game better.

Sign up for an Introductory Consultation, available for students,  parents and caring advocates. Let’s discuss your biggest challenge right now and some next steps to get you moving in your desired direction. If you need additional support, we’ll create a plan tailored to your specific needs.

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