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If you are overwhelmed with the college-bound journey, confused by how much things have changed, or frustrated by having more questions than answers, then College and Career Clarity is the compass you need, when you need it most. Weekly episodes with Lisa Marker-Robbins and her guests provide families with strategic guidance to resource your student to make informed choices that align with their passions, purpose, and potential future. You’ll be informed to be able to have intentional & prod ...
 
You deserve a lucrative, fulfilling, joyful career. But, how can you find it? Career change coach Lisa Lewis will help in this podcast dedicated to understanding what makes a career fulfilling, how to craft a career path that can be as dynamic as the gig economy, and how you can get clarity and confidence about what you want (and where to find it)!
 
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What does the college-bound journey look like for neurodiverse students who have ADHD, Autism spectrum disorder, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, and other learning disabilities? What should parents of high school students with learning differences keep in mind as they navigate the road toward college and career? My guest in this episode is Eric Endlich, a cli…
 
Today’s uncertain financial atmosphere likely has you nervous about the future. From higher prices at the gas pump and in the grocery stores to a rapidly fluctuating stock market, families all over the country are having to make tough financial choices. Today, I am joined by two good friends of mine who work closely with college-bound families, Bet…
 
I love being able to have people on the show who are great at what they do, and are able to share their expertise and insight with my listeners. Ali Wolfe is a professional photographer in the greater Cincinnati area and I am a huge fan of her work. In fact, she just finished up a photo shoot with us here at Flourish and I just love what she has cr…
 
No matter how old you are or where you’re at in life, meeting new people and building a network can be intimidating. For young students just starting out on their journey, it can be downright terrifying. But it doesn’t have to be. In this episode, I’m speaking with Julie Crenshaw, author of the bestselling book Navigating & Avoiding Awkward Convers…
 
In this episode, it’s my great privilege to sit down with someone who has been a dream guest of mine for quite some time. Sharon Birkman is the former CEO of Birkman International and currently serves as the chairwoman of the board. She is the daughter of Dr. Roger Birkman, the creator of the Birkman Method. This revolutionary personality assessmen…
 
High school grade and GPA inflation has become rampant since COVID, and families can be caught off guard when they realize that when it comes to GPA, pretty good is no longer good enough. Brian Eufinger explains how we got here and gives tips on how to best navigate your family’s college-bound journey in the current climate so your teen can avoid r…
 
Nursing program admission is highly competitive which is reason enough to investigate closely before applying to college so your teen is making informed decisions. In this episode, you’ll learn about the different pathways to becoming a nurse, and what your family can be doing right now to secure a spot in this highly competitive and rigorous field…
 
As parents, what we want the most is for our kids to lead happy lives. However, even though our hearts are in the right place, we sometimes struggle to say the right thing to help our children in moments of stress and crisis. This is especially true when it comes to parenting and motivating college-bound teens. Navigating these moments can be chall…
 
If your teen has ever been curious about forensics after a late night binging CSI or Law & Order, this episode is for your family. Not only has my guest, Antoinette Campbell, worked in crime labs for more than two decades, but she’s also the founder of a program in Philadelphia that is designed to help young people explore the field of forensic sci…
 
Financial aid season is upon us yet again. However, if you’ve got a high school student who is entering college, don’t hit ‘submit’ on your FAFSA or CSS Profile applications just yet. You’ll want to be sure to listen to Stuart Siegal, founder of Financial Aid Now, for his advice on everything you need to know to maximize your child’s aid. He also o…
 
Covid brought about the rapid growth of SAT and ACT test-optional for college admissions, which has been great for some students. As we move past Covid, should your teen be taking the tests now? My friend Brooke Hanson from Supertutor Media Inc and SupertutorTV says in most cases yes! In this episode she shares the data to demonstrate that among to…
 
With the high cost of college, don’t you wish you could pull back the curtain on college pricing to be sure you are getting their best offer for your teen? My guest, Mark Salisbury, created TuitionFit to gather information and put it into a “Kelly Bluebook” of college pricing. Whether your student is just starting to consider and visit colleges or …
 
How well does your teen know themself? When seeking college major and career clarity, the most important thing to understand is what aligns with who your teen is. That's how they'll find careers perfectly suited for them. In this solo episode, I’m sharing about my Launch Career Clarity course, which is now available for a limited time and is only a…
 
In this episode of College & Career Clarity, Natalie Schwartzkopf, a former student of mine who’s pursuing a chemical engineering bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton, shares her success story. She shares invaluable insights and encouragement on how to overcome obstacles while inspiring others with her journey to college major-career cla…
 
College truly is an investment, often at least one of hundred thousand dollars and sometimes quite a bit more. As a parent, you’re willing to help your teen with this investment because you know college can set them on the path toward a successful, independent, happy adult life. A significant part of that happiness is finding the right college majo…
 
EPISODE SUMMARY Before you head into what is likely to be a six figure investment into your child’s future, you’ll want to catch this episode with Dr. Abigail Sussman, professor at the University of Chicago, as she shares with us some of her knowledge about the psychology of money. She has some great advice on how to think about paying for college …
 
EPISODE SUMMARY My guest today is Grace Yi, who recently completed her freshman year at Boston College. During high school, Grace had a lot of stress and anxiety when it came to assessing her social fit on campus and where she should apply. In this episode, she shares how she overcame her doubts and offers advice and encouragement for you and your …
 
EPISODE SUMMARY The Four Pillars of Building a College List kicks off with finding a school with a good academic fit. In this episode, I sat down with Cyndy McDonald, a highly connected independent college counselor, to discuss how students can ensure they find the right fit before applying to college. Cyndy talked about ensuring a student gets adm…
 
Today, we’re kicking off our August series by speaking with Kirsten Parker about how to create a solid framework for decision-making so you and your teen can move forward with confidence during the often stressful college-bound journey. EPISODE NOTES I’ve never done a series on the podcast before, and I’m excited my very first is focused on how to …
 
Episode Summary Time is your and your teen’s most valuable asset. Eventually, your teen will share on college applications how they spend their time outside of the classroom. And how that time is invested impacts if they get admitted. This solo episode is all about extracurriculars that eventually land in the Activities section of their Common Appl…
 
EPISODE SUMMARY Do you know the difference between engineering science and engineering technology? Are you aware of the variety of majors and careers available in these fields? What kind of GPA is required to qualify for these often competitive programs? Dr. Matt Franchetti joins the podcast to answer these questions for us and more, as he shares h…
 
Episode Summary In this episode, I’m doing something a little different and going solo! We need to be intentional when it comes to planning for the future with our college-bound kiddos. I’ll be sharing lots of ideas and resources for how to get it all done, even and especially when life gets overwhelming. By the end of this episode, you’ll be ready…
 
Episode Summary In this episode, I’m talking with Sophia Chabris about an extracurricular project she created while still a sophomore at Indian Hill High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. Now a graduate, she is headed to Boston University in the fall with a clearer vision of who she is and where she’s headed. I hope that when you hear her story, you and …
 
Episode Summary In this episode, Mandy Fontaine, former collegiate athlete and licensed school counselor, talks about the importance of a growth mindset and how understanding what a developing brain can and can’t do can significantly improve your teen’s success. She uses her training and experience to coach and educate teens about personal developm…
 
EPISODE SUMMARY Today, Michelle McInerney, “The College Spy,” and an independent educational consultant, talks about making the most of your prospective college student’s campus visit. She’s visits over 40 campuses each year doing in-depth reconnaissance so that she can pass on that knowledge and help students before, during, and after their colleg…
 
We know that finding the academic and financial fit for colleges to go along with your career goals is challenging enough. And for student athletes who are considering playing in college, there’s another layer of complexity. If your teen is a student athlete, you don’t want to miss my conversation with Katie Anderson who is a private college counse…
 
Have you ever wondered why so many students who major in psychology and intend to work in the field land elsewhere in their career? I noticed this trend when I was recently interviewing candidates to work at my company and the job had nothing to do with psychology! Dr. Robin Arthur joined me on the podcast to not only explore and answer this questi…
 
For full show notes, go to GetCareerClarity.com/Episode154. Today’s episode of the Career Clarity Show is specifically for recent grads and early career job seekers. We love this topic because launching your career post graduation is such a pivotal moment in life. Our guest expert is Jillian Lucas, founder of JML Career Coaching. Jillian is a caree…
 
Are you worried about the day you drop your teen at college and leave them to “adult” on campus without you? Dr. Andrea Malkin Brenner, sociologist and co-author of “How To College”, joins Lisa to share insights gained from her decades of work with college students at American University. By starting early while still in high school, her suggestion…
 
For full show notes, go to GetCareerClarity.com/Episode153. Hello and welcome back to the Career Clarity Show! Jenn Smith here with an episode all about communication, which in its most basic form is giving and receiving information. But I will tell you, as a former HR leader, that most situations that ever made it to my office were very complex. I…
 
If you have a soon to be high school senior, it’s college essay time of year! Betsy Cadel joins Lisa to reveal the best way to approach writing college admission essays without the overwhelm. You’ll have her proven timeline to set you up for success and Betsy’s going to tell us what admissions officers are looking for in the essays your student wri…
 
Freshman year for free….what’s the catch? You’ll be delighted to find there’s no catch! Pulitzer Prize winner David Vise shares how Modern States Education Alliance’s free program has saved college students over 75 million dollars in tuition. Modern States quality courses are taught by college professors and coupled with CLEP exams. David’s asserts…
 
For full show notes, go to GetCareerClarity.com/Episode152. Coach Jenn Smith here! We’re back on the Career Clarity Show to dig deep into why LinkedIn is the most important tool for your job search… even more than your resume, the basics of your LI profile, how to showcase your professional brand across your profile, and using LI in your job search…
 
In this episode, Lisa Marker-Robbins shares helpful ideas for your teen to keep the momentum of their college-bound journey going over the summer while still enjoying some lazy days and much-needed downtime. This episode takes a year-by-year journey. If your student is an upperclassman, don’t fast forward just in case you missed a critical deadline…
 
For full show notes, go to GetCareerClarity.com/Episode151. Career Clarity Coach Jenn Smith here! We’re breaking down a difficult topic which is all about how to resign from your job with grace and gratitude. I've recently had conversations with a handful of job changers. Some of them wanted to rage quit and throw their hands up and leave it all be…
 
If your teen likes Legos, sketching, or Minecraft, they might consider a career in architecture. In this episode, friends and hosts of the “Open Plan” podcast, Emily Khalid Zand and Maria Pastorelli, are speaking about their paths which crossed while they were pursuing their Master’s of Architecture from Georgia Tech. They’ll share about the high s…
 
For full show notes, go to GetCareerClarity.com/Episode150. Jenn Smith here with a solo episode! Today I am stopping by to dig into cultivating professional relationships. When it comes to moving into a career you love, building relationships is a critical component. I’ll break down rebranding the word "networking", resetting your mindset to one of…
 
Chariot Learning founder, podcast host, and test prep certification educator Mike Bergin opens up about his unplanned career path. Test prep is an example of an industry that generates billions of dollars a year but it’s not necessarily the career that Mike planned for. In my conversation with Mike, we do some deep thinking about unplanned turns on…
 
For full show notes, go to GetCareerClarity.com/Episode149. Welcome back to the Career Clarity Show! I'm one of your Career Clarity Show hosts, Jenn Smith. If you're a listener who struggles to shake narratives about who you are, what you have access to and what you're worthy of, then this episode is for you. This is an incredibly compelling topic …
 
If your student is considering a future in business this episode is required listening. Linda Abraham leans on her experience advising students since 1994. Business Insider named her the MBA admissions consult “to know if you want to get into a top business school”. You’ll walk away understanding the differences between a business degree in undergr…
 
If you’ve always subscribed to the rule that students can’t take a year off after high school or they’ll lose interest in college, you might change your mind after listening to this episode. Gap year expert, Holly Bull who is president of The Center for Interim Programs, explains what she calls “Gap Time” and outlines a variety of times and lengths…
 
For full show notes, go to GetCareerClarity.com/Episode148. Calling all listeners who are about to start a new job, or have just started a new job - this episode is for you. Career Clarity coach and co-host Jenn Smith and guest expert Kelli Thompson are diving into how to make the most of your first 90 days on a new job. Kelli is a women's leadersh…
 
Secondary education teacher Josh Morgan caught our attention when he posted about looking for female professionals and leaders he could connect with to interview about their successful careers. He had 694 comments to his LinkedIn post that asked for suggestions on who he should interview. At the time of our discussion, Josh has had 57 interviews to…
 
For full show notes, go to GetCareerClarity.com/Episode147. Welcome back to the Career Clarity show! Host Jenn Smith is here with Allison Hamscher talking about all things professional branding. If you're a listener who is trying to keep up with all the latest and greatest trends when it comes to professional branding and resumes, then you're going…
 
We visit with high school junior Kate Louagie and her Mom, Alyssa, to talk about the opportunities that Kate’s found to explore a future career in photography we get a peek into a real-life student success story. While Mom takes a back seat, Kate explains how she’s using real-world experiences to find clarity on her future path after high school gr…
 
Sending emails to strangers or acquaitances can feel risky for teens and young adults who aren’t sure what to say or how to say it. Lisa Marker-Robbins pulls a page out of the Launch College & Career Clarity Course to share with parents how you can support your student as they learn how to communicate intelligently, appropriately, and courageously …
 
For full show notes, go to GetCareerClarity.com/Episode146. Welcome back to the Career Clarity Show! Today’s host is Career Clarity Coach Jenn Smith. We are breaking down the fundamental framework for initiating a personalized and proactive job search. If you are someone who was feeling the nudge to make a career change, but you don't know where to…
 
“Be smarter about slaying the college planning dragon!” is financial planner, Beth Walker’s advice to smart parents who want to preserve their wealth, limit college debt, or both. She joins the podcast to speak about the critical components required to begin college planning to help your student get what they need academically, socially, and emotio…
 
For full show notes, go to GetCareerClarity.com/Episode145. How do you know when it's time to make another change? This is the topic we’ll be discussing today on the Career Clarity Show. Host and Career Clarity Coach Kelley Shields and our guest expert Stacie Mitchell dive deep into how you can know when it's time to quit or make a pivot, especiall…
 
Could you really work at NASA even if you don’t naturally excel at math and science? Kyra Kim joins the College and Career Clarity podcast to tell us how to overcome preconceived limitations. She’s had an interesting journey from taking the LSAT while still in high school in South Korea, to now working as an earth scientist at CalTech and NASA’s Je…
 
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