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Personal Assessments vs Aptitude Tests

Posted by Ross Dickie on October 21, 2021

Different paths on the journey to self-knowledge and enlightenment

We’ve all probably “wished we knew then, what we know now” at least a few times in our lives. Especially when it comes to decisions that, in hindsight, we might have approached differently had we had the benefit of insights into our skills, talents, abilities, aptitudes, and preferences.

Luckily, with the advancement of psychometric tools over the past 70-100 years, today’s students don’t have to depend completely on the “school of hard knocks” to gain the personal insight to navigate their complex world. But the question for most time-and-budget-challenged professionals is how to decide between a wide range of options. Hopefully, the rest of this blog will help.

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Quarterly Product Update: September 2021

Posted by Raymond Babul on September 10, 2021

This quarter, we've made some key updates to the software for students and counselors alike. Let's take a look!

Product Spotlight - September 2021
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Benefits of Implementing a Student Management Software Platform

Posted by Lisa Davis on September 1, 2021

Most companies—large, small, and everywhere in between—rely on software platforms and online tools in order to run more efficiently. For large companies, these systems are essential and the benefits seem obvious. Sharing information between departments and managing hundreds or even thousands of clients would be near impossible without tools for automation and data storage.

When operating or launching a much smaller business, such as an independent educational consulting practice, there is a greater importance placed on the cost-benefit of each tool implemented. To help with this, we’ve highlighted eight key benefits that a student management platform can provide an IEC practice.

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Topics: Business Tips For Educational Consultants, Organization tips for IEC's

6 Reasons You Need to Be Involved in a Professional Association (and Why I Cannot Live Without Mine!)

Posted by Jason Vallozzi on July 28, 2021

Can you pinpoint one professional experience that changed your life? 

My pivotal moment happened when I was only twenty-four. 

I was asked to attend a professional association admissions conference. I thought, "Great! Just what I need to break up my summer — a run-of-the-mill, ordinary July conference."  

It was anything but ordinary. It was anything but run-of-the-mill. 

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Tools for Independent Educational Consultants

Posted by Sherri Graf on July 14, 2021

One of my favorite gifts my mom has ever given me is a hammer. Yep, I know. Crazy, right?  I think the reason I love it so much is that it is from her, but also I love the creativity behind its design. For starters, it’s shiny gold with a floral print and very light in my hand. Second, it was only $6.99 which makes me love it even more. Finally, it is multi-functional with its many sized little screwdrivers hidden within its handle. I love it.

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Why Use an IEC Blog to Attract Prospective Clients?

Posted by Melissa Brock on July 2, 2021

I know your type. You love meeting with families. You love working with stressed-out high schoolers who struggle to write their college essays. You're thrilled to help nervous parents through the college search process. Your kind words and encouragement make the college process so easy. And fun!

So, why would you want to spend time behind your desk writing blog posts?

Easy! The real benefit: It could make a real impact on your IEC business.

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4 Steps to Steer Keyword Intent When College Blogging

Posted by Melissa Brock on June 2, 2021

Did you know that good search engine optimization (SEO) begins with excellent keywords? Sure does!

However, it goes further than that. Not only do you need to master how to use and implement excellent keywords, but you must also master keyword intent.

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Quarterly Product Update: June 2021

Posted by Raymond Babul on June 1, 2021

This quarter, we've made some key updates to the software for students and counselors alike. Let's take a look!

Product Spotlight_June 2021
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5 Habits of Highly Successful College Consultants

Posted by Brooke Daly on June 1, 2021

Let me guess. You got into the college consulting business because you want to help students, right? Then the reality of business ownership kicks in. It didn’t scare you away, but you feel pulled in many directions. Without a roadmap for success, you work on what feels right each day.

So what are the secrets of highly successful college consultants? What habits do they embrace? Let’s jump in and find out!

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The Recipe For Success for the Independent Educational Consultant

Posted by Sherri Graf on May 3, 2021

I’m not a great cook. In fact, for many years, cooking seemed like more of a chore than a hobby. My son is an excellent cook, but I think that was achieved out of necessity (kidding, sort of.) If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times. Food is fuel. While this is true, it is also a science. A blending of spices and temperatures and fresh ingredients all resulting in the perfect recipe. The perfect recipe is hard to find. You can peruse the internet, look through binders of recipes from days gone by, ask your friends and tear pages out of magazines but chances are, the perfect recipe is the one you’ve made dozens of times and has been tested and loved by those you are cooking for.

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