Affordability is having a perceptible 'haves and have nots' affect on parent's time, school choice, youth sports participation, after school programs and college admission. One less perceptible affect is on an important 3rd party resource for students in search of identity outside their parental bubble. As of May 2019, our national student to guidance counselor ratio is 455:1. That is a lot of students for 1 counselor to listen, empathize, seek to understand and guide given the level of distraction and stinkythinking permeating adolescence. The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) recommends 250:1.
A helpful solution:
We need mentors, coaches, advisors available to assist students, parents and guidance counselors. The more experiences, stories and guidance we can share, the better chance we have of helping young adults identify targets of interest. Filtering students through a wall of mentoring resources should reduce the time burden a 455:1 ratio imparts upon our counselors.
The CREATE checklist, blog posts and services offered within this site are intended to empower individuals to seek out mentors and guidance resources. All input and suggestions to improve content and connection is welcome.
Request = I'm asking parents, guardians, teachers, counselors, colleagues to email me or provide comments within my blog posts resonating with your personal experiences and occupational specialties so we may provide more perspectives students, young adults and/or seekers may find inspiring. I'm eager to post blog suggestions to expand our shared advice and experiences within this site keeping guidance fresh, current and applicable. I intend to post "been there, done that!" resources on this site in organized categorical format for reference and give vetted mentor/advisor/coaching resources the ability and opportunity to connect with mentees in school or online.
There are a myriad of professional aviation careers and opportunities to explore on the internet. Although the internet can display descriptions, pro's and con's; you may want to talk with a professional aviator with a range of experience in order to dig a little deeper into the nuances of those aviation careers you're considering. Younger Certified Flight Instructors (CFI's) available to talk with at flight schools may not have the depth and breadth of aviation experience for providing full spectrum guidance.
A helpful solution:
Multi faceted aviation experience matters when considering aligning our "who" with our "what" in this space. My aviation career spans 38 years with varying degrees of experience in several professional layers. I'm happy to discuss pro's, con's and nuances of each. I have a far reaching network of resources to help zero in on your interest and develop a flight plan to get there.