A Case for Transition Management:
In the field of Emotional Intelligence (EI), Daniel Goleman creates a framework to explore personal competence (how we manage ourselves) coupled with social competence (determining how we manage relationships). The importance of an accurate self assessment and knowledge of self early in a young person's development builds the self confidence necessary to master the transition from high school to college, and from college to employment. Further, learning about career preferences early on allows students to align their interests with good academic choices, increasing their likelihood for success.
Using self assessment tools such as Myers Briggs Type Inventory and the Strong Interest Inventory, Luttgens & Associates administers and interprets online, individual standardized questionnaires, creating a dialogue for young people about their upcoming transitions. These dialogues can be one to one, coordinated with college counselors and students privately, or presented to larger school-based classes and guidance counselors as part of a curriculum. The overall focus allows the young person to understand his or her unique preferences and styles, while recognizing the differences in others. This leads to the ready identification of goals, options, and a plan with accountability built in. Elements of this process are:
- Providing young people a coaching framework for transitions to college, to the post college work world, and beyond.
- Increasing self awareness of strengths, potential career interests, and potential stressors.
- Encouraging the use of self assessment tools in thinking about how to be most productive in a college or post college environment, and minimizing the impact of being overwhelmed during critical transitions.
- Recognizing that there are many styles and "types" in the world, especially beyond their current realm, and helping them develop an understanding of how they accept and fit in with these other types in college or on the job.
- Enhancing their curiosity about self learning and self care, and opening up new thinking about dealing with transition and modulating their reactions to their new environment.
- Setting the tone and offering tools for students to go beyond surviving, to thrive and prosper .
This focus can help with:
- Understanding learning style and preferences for processing information (writing, studying, test taking preferences).
- Considering a major or preferred fields of study, and choosing college level coursework.
- Looking realistically at potential career paths, internships, and first jobs.
- Communicating with peers and professors; working in teams.
- Living with a roommate, dating and choosing social opportunities.
- Dealing with stress.
Examples of Transition Management Clients:
- A college sophomore on Spring Break needed an intensive review of her next steps: summer internship choices, junior year off campus, and potential career options. Using the Myers Briggs and Strong Interest Inventory tools, she was able to increase her understanding of her strengths and capabilities, allowing her to revise and redirect her thinking and planning.
- A young man who had not completed his undergraduate education and was taking time off wanted to develop a strategy for re-entering college closer to home. Through a series of face to face discussions which encouraged and focused him to take action; he established a budget, pursued internship opportunities, and organized his admissions application while attending a community college part time.