#11: What Are Your Options For Tailoring A Plan?

A Custom Fit Career And Scholarship Coaching Program


Just as you would hire a tailor or seamstress to customize attire to your child, you can also provide a custom fit of a career and scholarship plan to your child by hiring a coach.  Why is a tailoring a plan important for your son’s or daughter’s success?  A tailored plan helps your child look and feel his or her best because the plan was made specifically for him or her.  A custom fits takes into account your child’s uniqueness and prevents tight fits and areas of bulkiness.  Are you ready to discover if you share the same 3 common concerns as other parents about selecting a professional to tailor a career and scholarship plan to your child?


Concern #1: “How is a tailored plan different than a one size fits all solution?”

A one size fits all plan has a list of steps and proper sequencing.  A well crafted curriculum will remove a lot of roadblocks and barriers.  Participating in such a course is a good start.  Your child will likely make far better decisions by participating than if he or she tried to figure it out on his or her own.  A tailored plan accelerates results because the same information is understood differently when your child engages in conversations about how it is relevant to him or her.  The more engagement there is, the more opportunities there are for feedback.  Regular feedback makes it easier for your child to understand how advice relates to his or her goals and dreams.


Concern #2: “What does a tailored plan look like?  How much does it cost?”

There are two approaches to crafting a tailored plan.  The traditional approach is for a career coach to meet with your child on regular schedule to provide coaching every step of the way.  This method of delivery takes a lot of time and therefore coaches are limited to the number of clients they are able to work with.  Coaches have to charge a lot for their time and services.  The modern approach is a hybrid model that combines online learning with various levels of engagement.  A modern coaching approach provides additional benefits than the traditional model, as well as makes the service more affordable.

A modern approach allows flexibility in progressing through a course.  Since your family’s schedule likely changes frequently due to seasonal sports, events and social outings, your family likely needs flex time when scheduling time to participate in a program.  A modern approach utilizes an online course to be easily accessed when it is convenient for your family.  An online course is used to foster understanding about general concepts.  Meeting with a coach is about “fine tuning” and helping your family understand how what is taught in an online course applies to your child’s individualized situation.  Coaching conversations are precise and to the point.  Less time is needed for coaching calls and this “drives down” costs of a program without sacrificing quality.

Costs for a tailored program vary.  It depends on the amount of value provided.  Think of the various levels of tailoring in fashion terms.  “Haute couture is high end fashion that is constructed by hand from start to finish, made from high quality, expensive, often unusual fabric and sewn with extreme attention to detail and finished by the most experienced and capable sewers, often using time-consuming, hand-executed techniques.”  A haute couture dress is going to cost significantly more than a couture dress that is simply designed to your specific measurements and requirements.  The exclusiveness of haute couture is available to the few that can afford the luxury of wearing incredible art.  While the value is amazing, not everyone can afford it.  Therefore varying levels of luxury are offered in the fashion world.

Coaching is similar to fashion in that while everyone may want the best, not everyone can afford it.  A program that offers to search through 2500+ scholarships on your family’s behalf and provides one-on-one coaching is going to cost more than a program that shares which resources are being used, how they are being used and provides group coaching.  Coaching programs offer various levels of value and opportunities to engage.  That is why coaching programs are available at multiple price points.


Concern #3: “Is it easy to upgrade?”

A company with a good coaching program will make it easy to upgrade.  Upgrading is similar to a great shopping experience.  A great sales person will assists you with your wants and needs.  They always ask “Is there anything else I can assist you with?  Do you want a new pair of shoes to go with your new dress?  Do you want a new purse to go with your new shoes? Do you want new jewelry to go with your new purse?”  A good sales associate will continue to assist you until you are completely satisfied.  However there are a few people who walk into a store, see a mannequin fully dressed and tell a sales associate “I want that look.  I want everything; the dress, the shoes, the purse and the jewelry.”  A sales associate (or company) doesn’t know what type of customer you are until you start a conversation.

While the “whole look” or the “whole package” is available, many people are not able to afford it, especially for the higher end luxury brands.  Many people will save money to purchase one item at a time while they wish they could afford the “whole look”.  When making a purchase, don’t be surprised by suggestions of other complimentary items.  Even when purchasing something online.  Expect a follow up offer.  It can be online, it can be in a welcome phone call or follow up correspondence after you have had time to enjoy and see the benefits of a product or service.


A career and scholarship plan that is a good fit for your child will help him or her look and feel his or her best.  Tailoring a plan takes into account your child’s uniqueness.  You understand how a tailored plan is different than a one size fits all solution.  You understand what a tailored plan looks, the value it provides and why it costs more.  You understand it is easy to upgrade a career and scholarship coaching program when you are provided amazing customer service support. 

Go talk to your child about a career and scholarship coach so he or she begins to value a tailored plan that is designed to make him or her look and feel his or her best.


man being measured for suit
“My mom insisted I have a tailored jacket.” – Your Son Being Measured

6 thoughts on “#11: What Are Your Options For Tailoring A Plan?”

  1. I read blogs quite often and I seriously thank you for your content. The article has truly peaked my interest. I will take a note of your site and keep checking for new information about once per week. I opted in for your RSS feed too.

  2. Greetings! Very helpful advice! It is the little changes which will make the most significant changes. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Very good website you have here but I was wanting to know if you knew of any user discussion forums that cover the same topics discussed here? I’d really love to be a part of online community where I can get comments from other knowledgeable individuals that share the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Bless you!|

    1. Hi Strahan. At the moment I don’t know of any discussion forums that cover this topic well. That is why I created this site. What type of social media platforms do you like? You can easily connect with Facebook, LinkedIn, Tweeter and Google Plus. Simply look for Career Conversationalist or Crystal Olivarria on these platforms.

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