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Stop Summer Slump by Taking Action in the Spring

What grows in the winter, but dies in the summer?

If you answered “students’ interest in planning their future,” you’ll want to continue reading! You may have noticed that as the weather heats up, students’ motivation to think about college and careers melts like ice in July. (And if you don’t know the real answer to the riddle, that’s a hint!)  Spring is a tough time to keep students motivated. Read more…

The Value of Course Planning

Why do I have to do this now? I am only in ninth grade. How am I supposed to know I want to do?

Faith, our career and education advice columnist, received this question the other day.  It’s a common concern. After all, the world is changing quickly – what’s the point of making plans? Popular culture tells today’s students YOLO, live for the moment, and carpe diem – it’s easy to see why students question the value of making plans for the future. Read more…

Love and Careers: A Quiz

“Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” — Confucius

XAP’s products place a lot of emphasis on finding a career path that students will love by connecting their skills and interests to possible careers. And, because sustaining love takes some work, we give them the tools to make those plans a reality.

But students can also learn a lot on our sites about the careers that make love happen. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’ve assembled a quick quiz on romantic careers. You can find out more about each of these careers in our career planning products.

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Case Study: XAP’s Career Pathways Work in Colorado

XAP’s current Career Pathways Initiative is a collaboration with our clients at College In Colorado and the Colorado Workforce Development Council. We have posted a case study describing the legislated challenges faced by Colorado and how XAP is helping address the needs and meet the goals in the areas of outreach and marketing of career pathways for student and adult career exploration and planning.

To learn more about how XAP can help with your career pathway program objectives, contact XAP at 800-281-1168 to learn more about our innovative solutions.

XAP at the National Career Pathways Network Conference – Our Goals and Progress

blogbannerrXAP’s Chief Product Strategist, Don Phillips, is attending the National Career Pathways Network Annual Conference in Indianapolis this week. XAP is excited about our work with career pathways and the opportunity to learn more and share our ideas at the conference. We asked Don to put together a blog entry explaining what we’re working on. Look for Don at Booth 37 at the conference!

While the concept of career pathways has existing for a long time, numerous national and regional economic and social realities have made career pathways even more relevant and important today. Read more…

XAP at NACAC: How We Can Help with College Application Challenges

“May you live interesting times.”

You’ve probably heard that expression before – it’s often credited as being a Chinese curse. However, researchers haven’t been able to find any evidence to support this, and, like many often-quoted expressions, there is some debate on the Internet about its origins.

One thing is certain: “interesting times” can be both a blessing and a curse. It all depends on how we respond! Just consider today’s postsecondary landscape. As we will hear repeatedly at NACAC’s national conference from September 22-24, today’s campuses face a lot of “interesting” challenges when students apply, including rapidly increasing demands for training in new fields, a greater emphasis on accountability, and financial concerns for both students and institutions. Read more…