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Podcast Episode #245: “Find Your Path: A Roadmap for Choosing a College, a Career, or Something Different”

Tune in to hear Rick Fiery discuss post-high school options for your teen with ADHD, and how to increase the likelihood of college success.

Compass, navigational compass, travel compass, lost compass,
Compass, navigational compass, travel compass, lost compass,

Listen to “Find Your Path: A Roadmap for Choosing a College, a Career, or Something Different” with Rick Fiery, M.S., MBA

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The leap from high school to college is overwhelming. Newfound independence — combined with little or no parental control — leaves many students with ADHD feeling anxious and ultimately under-performing at college.

The likelihood of success multiplies when your teen truly understands “why” he or she is going to college. The ADHD mind always questions why it needs to do something. Without a reward or excitement waiting at the end, a mundane task like submitting college or job applications becomes hard to start — and even harder to complete. Simply following a guidance counselor’s career suggestions, or taking the college path because everyone else is doing it, is rarely incentive enough.

Begin relieving everyone’s anxiety by recognizing that college isn’t the only option after high school. Career success may very well follow a different path — so begin by learning about all the various post-graduate options that can leverage your student’s strengths.

Listener testimonials:

  • We listened to it with my ADD daughter. It was truly motivating. It helped to structure our thoughts about how to imagine a career for my daughter.
  • Very sound advice. This was exactly how I have been feeling — that my kids do not need to be pressured to go to a college unless they are passionate about it — but felt I was the oddball.
  • Rick did a great job of showing us, the audience, that our ADHD teens and young adults don’t work or think like the average person. ‘Cheetah’ was the perfect analogy.

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