Frequently Asked Questions

Is scholarship money available?

Each year the Center awards scholarships ranging from $500.00 – $3000.00. To be considered for scholarship monies, students must be accepted into the Center and be actively pursuing completion of their coaching sessions.

How Do I Get Started & Why Should I Do This?

To get started you must complete an application so that we can better understand you and some of the key components about you related to the vision and mission of the Center.  The singular reason to complete this program is that you have a desire to become gainfully employed before you walk across the stage at graduation. Click here to listen to a podcast that details the challenging gap between approaching graduation, graduation, and becoming gainfully employed here and how the Center can help you arrive gainfully employed prior to graduation. 

When Can I Start & How Long is the Program?

Students can begin the program at any point during the semester after completing an application and being accepted. The Five to Arrive program can be completed in one semester. Students have the flexibility to complete the material at their own pace which may extend the time it takes to complete the program. It will take six coaching sessions to analyze each component of the Harrison Assessment and finish each step of the process. 

Why Personal Knowledge Acquisition?

Click here it to listen to a podcast about how to speed up the adoption and retention of market specific knowledge using the Self Directed, Self-Selected Coaching Model created by Dr. Jubenville.  Click here to listen to Dr. Jubenville in an interview about the model. Participants have the opportunity to obtain market-specific knowledge that is necessary to become gainfully employed. The reason is simple. It’s clear that those who desire to lead people and manage resources must solve problems and make decisions. The problems that are solved and the decisions that are made drive results by which they will be judged and define how they will advance within the chosen career path. In the context of the model this is called “reality.” The final phase of the model is called “hard work” for a reason. This is where students learn how to write effective problem statements through a frame of audience, stat, state, and call to action. This will allow students to systematically solve problems through a frame of problem, cause, consequence, solution, action.

Why Personal Assessment?

The Center has partnered with Harrison Assessments to provide coaches with the most important tool they could use to coach students: a dialogue about the student in order to drive new levels of meaningful connection and change. The online behavioral assessment measures 175 factors including task preferences, motivations, work environment preferences, interests, and interpersonal preferences. The reports show students their life themes and purpose, summary and keywords, greatest strengths, emotional intelligence strengths and gaps, career development, and career options to focus on creating a bigger future. 

Partnering with Harrison Assessment and the MTSU Career Development Center, participants will have the opportunity to complete talent assessments and career development activities including resume development and interview training as well as access to new technologies like CareerShift and Career Clustering to accelerate and increase the opportunities for gainful employment. Click here to listen to a podcast about the difference between a major and a career and how to fully engage the resources found in the MTSU Career Development Center

Why Narrative Based Coaching? 

It is clear that students have a narrative or “script” that either they have created for themselves or it has been created for them. This “scripting” has an impact on whether or not the student will fully embrace the change that can and should take place on a college campus. Our belief is that we must first identify what that “script” is and then identify what steps to take in order to create a “new script” for the student as they progress through their academic experience and become aware of the challenging gap of approaching graduation, graduation, and gainful employment.

Why Personal Change?

Today, students don't want personal development: They want personal change. Personal change is built through personal assessment and personal coaching that drives incremental, purposeful action towards gainful employment. At the end of the coaching session, the student will be asked a series of questions and create three action steps in order to drive self-direction and personal success.

Why Content Areas?

Emotional Intelligence: 

  • This link is a video about emotional intelligence and our unique perspective found in Grind Your Be: The Quest For Purpose, a book authored by Jim Hensel.

Personal Branding:

The A.R.T. of Persuasion:

  • Screenwriting coach Robert McKee states, “Persuasion is the centerpiece of business activity,” yet “most executives, (leaders and managers) struggle to communicate, let alone inspire.” He teaches courses on storytelling and has argued that compelling narratives are indispensable vehicles of innovation. It’s easy to see why: a good story explains change. Students will learn to communicate in ways that influence the change they want to create in themselves, others, and the people they want to serve. Click here to listen to Dr. Whiteside give us insight on persuasion through his series.