Author Archive: Allison Cheston

Allison Cheston is a New York City-based career advisor who works with young adults who are in high school, college or are recent graduates, to help them identify their unique value in the marketplace and explore alternative careers. Allison is author of an upcoming book to help young adults from late high school through college identify strengths and interests and match them to internships, coursework and, ultimately, the right job.

An avid writer and speaker on the topic of career trends, Allison is the NY Career Change Examiner, and also writes a blog for her own website www.allisoncheston.com. An entrepreneur with cross-cultural expertise, Cheston holds a BA from the University of Michigan in International Relations & Romance Languages, and an MA in International Education and a Certificate in Adult Career Planning from New York University. She lives in New York City, and is the mother of two teenagers.

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Being a Camp Counselor and Other Safe Havens

Being a Camp Counselor and Other Safe Havens

| May 25, 2012 | 1,242 Comments

So it’s summertime and your teen is heading back to camp–the same camp she attended as a kid, right? She’s a full-fledged camp counselor for pay, gets to hang out with old friends…seems like a win/win, no? Well, it depends. If your teen has been a counselor before and is now graduating from high school, […]

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The Long Senior Slump

The Long Senior Slump

| April 20, 2012 | 485 Comments

My son is a senior in high school and he has really taken the term “senior slump” to heart. At first I was just incredibly pleased that he had been accepted to his first-choice college after having been deferred when he applied Early Decision. And I rationalized the fact that he was sleeping later and […]

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Help Your Teen Explore the World of Careers

Help Your Teen Explore the World of Careers

| March 1, 2012 | 582 Comments

For the past two years I’ve been focused on helping my teenage son identify potential career paths. Now he’s graduating from high school with several solid internships under his belt and some ideas about what he might want to do with his life during and after college. Some people think it’s silly to start thinking […]

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Informational Interviews for Teens: How to Set the Stage

Informational Interviews for Teens: How to Set the Stage

| February 2, 2012 | 768 Comments

One of the most important ways a young adult can learn about careers is to schedule informational interviews with professionals in a field of interest. I encourage this from high school onward, when teens are beginning to formulate ideas about their interests and thinking about how to connect those interests with career paths. But my […]

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The First Step in Career Planning: Applying to College

The First Step in Career Planning: Applying to College

| November 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

Although parents may shudder at the thought, the college application is the first time a student is required to consider his interests and strengths in the context of his future career. While many college majors don’t directly relate to a career path, what a student gravitates toward in college will impact the way in which […]

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It’s Never Too Early to Have a Mentor

It’s Never Too Early to Have a Mentor

| October 6, 2011 | 16 Comments

Mentoring is hot. And it is everywhere—online, in person, on the phone. In big corporations and in small non-profits. In schools. Supported both by veteran mentors and the mentees they coach, both groups agree that mentoring is worth the time and effort. And that is good news, because it is never too early to find […]

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