What are aptitudes?
Aptitudes are your natural abilities and giftedness – in essence, what you have been hardwired to do quickly, easily, and well, almost effortlessly. Aptitudes can be considered raw talents – natural abilities waiting to be harnessed and used.
It is essential to have your aptitudes objectively assessed as it is only through the process of actually having to perform tasks or “worksamples” that you are able to objectively determine which aptitudes you possess. Many times I uncover aptitudes during the assessment process of which the client has been unaware.
Why is it important to know my aptitudes?
Your aptitudes remain relatively stable throughout life, so they are key factors in determining a direction that gives you the greatest satisfaction and success in your work, life, and education choices. Certain careers and classes will come more easily and be a more natural fit for you depending on your pattern of aptitudes.
Furthermore, every aptitude creates a need – your aptitudes need to be utilized to avoid a general sense of dissatisfaction. This dissatisfaction often feels like a nagging sense that something is not right or is missing. This often becomes especially apparent in mid-life. It is ideal to determine your aptitudes before making any college and career decisions.
What does 2:10 stand for?
It comes from Ephesians 2:10. While I work with people from all backgrounds and fully respect each client’s beliefs, my frame of reference is that every individual is God’s workmanship. He crafts and designs each person with a unique combination of gifts, natural abilities, and personality characteristics to accomplish wonderful things, in every season of his or her life.
What does your logo represent?
The converging circles represent bringing together your aptitudes, core personality characteristics, interests, work motivators, and key values in your “sweet spot” – your area of maximum effectiveness and satisfaction.
How old do you need to be to have your aptitudes tested?
The aptitude assessment process works best with clients who are at least 15 years old to ensure that their aptitudes can be accurately measured. There is no maximum age.
Is there an ideal age to go through the assessment process?
Early junior year of high school (either the summer before or during) is the ideal time for the assessment process, unless a student is interested their sophomore year, and at least 15 years of age. Bottom line it is ideal to discover your innate abilities before making any college or career decisions.
But it’s never too late. Anytime you are in a period of career decision or transition is the ideal time to go through the assessment process, no matter your age.
Who benefits from going through the assessment process?
Almost everyone can benefit from learning about their uniquely designed pattern of aptitudes, personality type characteristics, interests, and work motivators and how to best utilize their strengths and giftedness. High school and college students seeking direction in making career and college major decisions are a large part of my client base. Click here to learn more about how I work with students.
I also see a large variety of adults at various stages of their careers – they might be dissatisfied with their current job situation, re-entering the workforce after staying home to care for others, curious about other career options, facing a decision about a job offer, transfer, or promotion, or nearing retirement and desire to make the most out of their next season of life. Click here to learn more about how I work with adults.
What do I need to do to get started?
Please visit my Work with Me page to see the options that I offer and schedule your first appointment. On the Appointments page of this website you will find links to schedule subsequent appointments as well. Click here to see the step-by-step format of my most popular package, the Aptitude Discovery Package.
Do you work with clients outside of the Tulsa area?
Absolutely. I’ve been working with clients from all across the U.S. and beyond for the last 9 years. Meetings are held very effectively by Zoom and Skype.
I would love to do what you do - can I come shadow you for a day?
While I am a big believer in job shadowing, due to the confidential nature of my work with clients, I cannot have anyone shadow me.
If you would like to schedule a time for a 15-minute complimentary consultation, I would be happy to answer some of your questions by phone.
I also mentor aspiring career practitioners on an hourly basis, click here to schedule an hourly consultation.
In addition, I offer a Business Coaching Package for those seeking to start a business or private practice.
Do you do any business coaching?
Yes, I definitely do – I love working with business owners and private practice practitioners. Click here to learn more how I can help you start or develop your own small business or private practice.
Will you tell me the specific career I have to pursue? Won’t that limit my choices?
No, no one likes to be told exactly what to do. But most clients find it helpful that I am able to narrow the field of potential career choices to those that are most in line with their natural talents. This equips them to make the most effective decisions now and in the future about what career paths and college majors are the best fit for them based on their unique design, greatly increasing the likelihood they will love their career.
What if I have ADD, ADHD, or another type of learning difference – can I still benefit from the assessment process?
I have found that as long as an individual is able to read and use a computer with a mouse, they are able to go through the assessment process and get beneficial results. Please give me a call to discuss your specific learning difference, if there are concerns. I also need to know if you are taking any medications that affect the central nervous system as these might affect response time.
Three of the assessments that are taken online are not timed; however the battery of worksamples that assess aptitudes is timed. One advantage to the aptitude battery I use (the Highlands Ability Battery) is that the worksamples are performed online at the participant’s convenience. You are able to complete each worksample at a time and place that is best for you and to spread the worksamples out over a number of days if preferred. The main goal is to get a clear, accurate picture of what comes easily to you.
Do I need to do anything to prepare to take the assessments?
There is nothing you need to study or do to prepare to take the assessments. Unlike normal tests, these assessments are not a matter of passing or failing. There is no way to do “well” or “badly” on these assessments; they simply give us objective information. It is important however that you are well rested and that you complete all the aptitude worksamples at a time and place where you will not be disturbed. You can relax – there is no way the results can be anything but good since you have been custom-designed by God for good purposes.
Where will I take the assessments?
You can complete the assessments online at the time and place of your choosing. You get to choose the time, place, and pace you go – all assessments can be broken into short time periods, if desired.
How many days does it take to complete the testing?
It varies by package. With the Aptitude Discovery Package, you can be finished within as little as three days – the Highlands Ability Battery takes 2.5-3 hours to complete (but does not need to be completed within one sitting), and I need 48 business hours to prepare before we have our feedback meeting. But I also have many clients who spread out their testing over weeks or months, and that is fine too. With the Best-Fit Discovery Package, many clients complete their testing within two weeks, and others spread it out over months.
What days/times do you see clients?
I meet with clients weekdays until approximately 5:45 pm. When purchasing a package, you will receive links to schedule your appointments. But you can also click here to access my online scheduling page where you can see all the times I currently have available for certain appointment types.
How much does working with you cost?
I offer a range of services at different price points to meet your career development needs. Click here to visit my Work with Me page that lists all of my services and prices.
What about payments?
Payment options include all major debit/credit cards and checks upon request. Checks should be made payable to 2:10 Consulting.
Depending on the type of appointment, payment is due upon scheduling or within 24 hours of scheduling.
Most of our packages offer an option for payments. Payments also may be made through PayPal and PayPal Credit where there are no payments and no interest if paid in full within 6 months.
A few times a year I work with clients on a reduced-fee or pro-bono basis. Please contact our office for an application if you would like to be considered for one of those spots.
Where can I find the Client Information Form I need to fill out?
Do parents attend the meetings?
It depends upon the package. With the Aptitude Discovery Package, I ask that at least one parent attend the meeting, if the client is 25 years of age or younger. With the Best-Fit Discovery Package and the Best-Fit Transition Package, parents don’t attend the first meeting, but I definitely want at least one parent to attend the second meeting, if the client is 25 years of age or younger. In addition, I always value parental perspective and love for parents to complete a Parent Input Form.
What can I expect with the Aptitude Discovery Package?
Click here to learn more about the Aptitude Discovery Package and the step-by-step process we will be following.
What can I expect with the Best-Fit Discovery Package?
Click here to learn more about the Best-Fit Discovery Package and see the step-by-step process we will be following.
What if I have any questions after the meetings in the package I chose are over?
The THRIVE online coaching membership was designed to provide access to me for questions at a very reasonable monthly cost. It also provides access to practical training and a discount on one-on-one services. You will be given an option to join THRIVE for follow up when purchasing one of my packages.
I regularly meet with clients on an hourly basis if you’d like more assistance moving forward. Hourly consultations are a great option if you’d like additional assistance developing a game plan, preparing for an interview or more training in various career development tasks such as networking, developing a personal vision, LinkedIn, polishing your resume, etc. Click here to schedule an hourly coaching meeting.