Frequently Asked Questions
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Why does my child need to do the career assessment?
We find that the students find it very beneficial to know their strengths as they relate to potential careers. It significantly helps in the college selection and application process.
What does it look like to work with Discover Pathwaze?
Our focus is on you and your family. Our services and pricing are designed to match what you need when you need it. We have fun with our students and make a daunting process less stressful and more effective.
What does the college process with Discover Pathwaze look like?
We break the process into three phases; Career exploration/matching and self-awareness, College Selection, and Application Phase. You get to choose what you need support with.
Does Discover Pathwaze only help students that want to go to college? (What if my student doesn’t want to go to college?)
We know college isn’t for everyone, we support non-college-bound students by determining what path they should take. This includes; Gap programs, Trades, Certificate Programs, Military, and other enriching options.
How can I schedule a consultation to learn more about your services?
Give us a call or fill out the support form. We provide a free consultation to determine what you need and how we can best support you.
Do you support the college application process for international schools?
How do I know which package is best for my student?
Do you provide references if I want to speak with some of your customers about their experience with Discover Pathwaze?
We don’t live near Boulder. Can my student still work with Discover Pathwaze?
How do you select schools?
Why Us? Why would we choose you?
What if I cannot afford your services?
What is your approach to getting to know the student/client?
Overall we have a three-phased approach (Discovery, College Fit, and Application Phase) and throughout the entire process, we are getting to know them because as they develop and experience new things we know these will influence their decisions and the process.
During the initial phase of getting to know them, we have surveys (which don’t take a lot of time, but are very impactful) and we gather information from the student with respect to their academics, activities, and things they enjoy and have interest in. We have an initial getting to know you session with them and dive into the details to sift out what’s important to them and what will facilitate the process. For someone like you’re client’s son, we look at what he’s taking now and what he’ll take in the fall to support his desired outcome.
How hands-on / accessible are you to your students/clients for questions?
We have regularly scheduled meetings and checkpoints with our students and the parents are cc’d on assignments, meetings, and deadlines. Ultimately the student is put in the primary position to take ownership.
We use a college planning system that the student and parents have access to see status and information. We use it to keep everyone on track. Students text us when they have questions and we also find texting works best for quick questions, reminders and time-sensitive guidance (and they prefer it). We direct our questions and assignments to them (and not the parents) unless we need something specific from the parents. The students know, that we are there to guide and support them and we will hold them accountable. They also know we will not do the work for them. Lastly they understand, if they miss a deadline they will encounter the consequences of that choice.
What methods do you use to help students stay focused on the college process and achieve their objectives?
Essentially the entire process is a project plan with time-sensitive deadlines, assignments, meetings and checkpoints. We find, when the students know what is due when, and we provide guidance and instructions on how to do the assignments, they are responsive.
We have technology like shared repositories, google surveys, customized spreadsheets, and use the latest college prep educational tools from experts. We also have databases of students and professionals for our students to tap into because we understand we are not the only source of information and they like to talk to peers and start building their network.
Specifically, what are your motivational techniques to keep busy students focused through each step of the process?
We find, through open communication where they understand what is expected, they are empowered while we support and encourage them, they are able to stay motivated. There are times we need to reach out to the parents for reinforcements, but our goal is to make the family time and dinner table conversations more enjoyable and reduce the stress of the unknown where the college process is concerned. Not only are we professionals in this field, we are all moms of sons and understand how they navigate the world at this age.
What differentiates us from others?
We believe one of our strongest differentiators is honing in on our students’ strengths as they relate to careers/degrees. It’s the foundation of what we do, it removes personal bias, and it has lasting impact on our students. We frequently talk to our students who are in college (or graduated) and they are still using the tools and information to select internships, job roles, prep for interviews and write their resumes. Our value proposition is we know this process saves time, money and frustration on the part of the student and their families because they choose better-fit majors and colleges up front.
Our office location is 357 S. McCaslin Blvd. Louisville CO 80027 - Suite 200,