What type of students do you work with?
At Vinik EPS we work with a broad range of individuals, from academic superstars to students who are just beginning to come into their own. We have extensive experience helping athletes who hope to be recruited in college, especially those who are interested in Division 3 and more academically-oriented Division 1 schools. We also work with students whose focus is on the performing and studio arts.
How would you describe your approach toward the college admissions process?
We believe that the most important thing we do is to help students discover colleges that are good matches for their interests, both inside and outside the classroom. While we encourage our clients to apply to a range of schools, including those that are tough to get in, we understand that a good match is critical if students are going to have a successful college experience.
Where do your students go to college?
Our students go to a broad range of colleges, both in the United States and abroad. Click here for a detailed list of those schools.
When is the best time to start working with you?
The ideal time for families who are interested in our comprehensive services is the middle of junior year since this gives students plenty of time to go about the admissions and application process in a thoughtful way. We realize that some families may not decide to engage the services of a consultant until later in the process so we do reserve a handful of slots for clients as late as the beginning of senior year. For families who are interested in hourly consultations, we're happy to get together at any point during eleventh and twelfth grades.
What is the process you use to work with students who are comprehensive clients?
From the moment students sign on with us, we try to get to know them and their interests and needs as well as we possibly can. In this way we are able to guide them to appropriate colleges and develop a personalized plan of action. Though we do expect students to take charge of the college admissions process, we're there to help them every step of the way. We meet with students regularly and stay in touch by phone and e-mail. Because we limit the number of clients with whom we work, students find that we are accessible and easy to reach.
How can you help students who are only interested in an hour or two of your time?
For families that are comfortable managing most of the college admissions process on their own, we offer targeted hourly consultations. These consultations allow us to help students with specific needs, from the development of a preliminary list of colleges to the preparation of applications and essays. In order to make these meetings more effective, we encourage families to provide us with as much information about their children as they can, including high school transcripts, test scores, extracurricular interests and other relevant data.
How do you view the role of parents?
Parents play a critical role in the college admissions process. They provide important direction, context and support as their children make the transition from high school to college. We recognize that our clients have different approaches and that the amount of parental involvement will vary from family to family, especially for our comprehensive clients. We invite parents to be an active part of the process and encourage them to be as involved as they would like to be.
How do we get the ball rolling?
Families who are considering our comprehensive package of services should e-mail or call us to arrange a free thirty minute introductory meeting. This meeting can take place at any time from tenth to twelfth grade. Families who are interested in our hourly services can contact us during junior or senior year to arrange a consultation.
What type of clients do you work with?
Vinik EPS works with college students and recent graduates searching for jobs or internships in a wide variety of industries and geographic locations. We also work with career-changers, and we can be of particular help to those interested in the legal field or independent school education.
What if I can't meet in person?
No problem - we are available by phone or Skype!
What is the difference between coaching and counseling, and what is your coaching philosophy?
Our career coaching focuses on choosing a career path and getting a job. What do you want to do, and what are the practical steps to get there? We partner with you throughout the process, keep you motivated and accountable, and teach you the skills you need to succeed in the job market. Introverted? We'll help you become more comfortable with networking. Clueless about social media? We'll teach you how companies are using LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook to vet job candidates. Unhappy as a lawyer and want to pursue a new career in event planning? We'll help you rebrand yourself. We assess your starting point and ultimate goals, and create a plan to get from A to B. In contrast, career counseling is often more therapeutic and takes a broader view by looking at personal and life issues impacting your career.
Who will benefit most from hiring a career coach?
To benefit from career coaching, you must be ready and willing to actively participate in your job search. Clients at different stages can benefit in different ways. Students , graduates, or career changers who aren't sure what path to pursue will benefit from exploring options with a professional. Those who know what they want to do can enhance their job search with concrete help on resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, networking strategies and/or interviewing skills. And everyone can benefit from the extra motivation and accountability that comes with working with a coach!
Will you find me a job?
Unfortunately we are not a job placement agency. We will give you the tools for a successful job search, including where to look for relevant job postings and leads.
How can I find out if you are a good fit for me, or for my son or daughter?
Call or e-mail us to schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation.