Today’s episode of The College Checklist Podcast delves into the value of knowing one’s self well and shares a great tool that can help students do just that: the Birkman Method.
The Birkman Method is an in-depth personality assessment that reveals your interests, your strengths, your needs, your stress behavior, and what occupations are ideal for you. It can also help our high school students identify the kind of college environment and careers in which they will thrive. (I wish I had completed one before I applied to college!)
Though not a traditional part of the college admissions process, I believe that the more time students invest in getting to know themselves before heading off to college, the better invested their time will be in their collegiate studies.
Arlene and I are friends and when she showed me the Birkman Method, I immediately saw the practical value it would have for college-bound students. Shortly after recording this episode, I completed the assessment myself and learned a great deal about myself in the process. I even share those insights at the end of the episode, so be sure to stick around to see the practical application this can have in your student’s (or maybe even your own) life.
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About Arlene Kaplan
Arlene Kaplan is the founder of Self Mastery Solutions. Arlene helps her clients make critical career and personal decisions so they can take action with confidence. Her practice is rooted in a really interesting assessment called the Birkman Method. Arlene consults with clients virtually, helping them identify their natural strengths and passions and untangle the roots of some of the stresses in their lives.
Arlene has a Masters in Human Resources/Organization Development from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from Ohio State University.
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“We are each unique and if we understand ourselves we can make something happen that works for us.”
“There are several colleges that use the Birkman Method for their students.”
“It should not close down options but provide focus.”
Get in touch with Arlene
If you’re interested in taking a Birkman Assessment with Arlene, be sure to mention that you heard her on The College Checklist Podcast for a special offer!
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