For Parents & Students

We routinely ask teenagers (and their parents) to do the nearly impossible — to make college and career decisions with lifelong consequences, but without the information they need.

The result? Nearly three out of four college graduates ends up in a career that has no relationship to their major or the degree they worked for and paid for — or borrowed for.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Imagine giving your teenager incredible insight into his or her true interests, strengths, personality and preferences — insight that could help them make the right choices about whether to go to college, trade school or some other training, which school or program to attend and which field of study is the best fit.

Riverbend Insights can give you exactly that look inside your teen and into their future. We offer an array of assessment tools that can help you and your high school student understand his or her interests, strengths, personality, values and more. Then we can match those qualities to the specific kinds of career paths that will provide your child with a positive educational experience and a career they’ll love.

Our Values Profile identifies the values that matter most to your student, then compares the result with the kinds of organizations or industries — and schools — that best reflect and embrace those same values.

The Strengths Finder, developed by Gallup, evaluates 34 core strengths identified from a field of 15 million people. It offers a deep dive into how your student is wired, identifying specific strengths and areas where they’re less strong. That profile can then be matched with the kinds of degrees and careers that make the most of those strengths.

The ProScan Survey assesses personality and self awareness across five key dimensions: Dominance, Extroversion, Pace/Patience, Conformity/Structure and Logic/Rationale. It provides additional insight into vital areas including leadership and communication styles, energy level and motivators / demotivators — all qualities that can help determine the likelihood of success at different types of colleges or in different kinds of professions.

Parents & Students Teen on Phone Riverbend Insights
Parents & Students Riverbend Insights

Just because a student is good at something doesn’t mean he or she enjoys doing it. The Strong Interest Inventory, developed by Myers-Briggs, identifies areas of greatest interest — and also measures risk-taking proclivity, determining ability and willingness to change as circumstances change — which can help guide those college and career choices.

Finally, our Grit Survey measures those elements of the personality that predict resilience, tenacity and grace in the face of pressure and the kinds of challenges that arise during the college years or at the outset of professional life. It can help as you consider decisions like whether to choose a school that’s far away or close to home.

Taken together, the results and our analysis offer a clear, detailed look in the mirror for your student, allowing them to understand the kinds of schools, courses and careers that they’re most likely to find rewarding personally and financially — before you and they invest several years and thousands of dollars.

Julia's Story

Julia is a sophomore in college. She was unhappy with her on-campus job, even though it was in the field she was studying, and could segue into a full time position at a local firm after graduation.

Julia completed 2 different assessments with Riverbend Insights. From the results, we learned that Julia’s strengths of “Woo” and “Communication” (people strengths) and natural extroversion were not being utilized in her job. Instead, her daily activities were mostly paperwork and process management (tasks strengths). We also learned that Julia’s supervisor was highly concerned about timeliness and accuracy of reports, and less on relationships – a big motivator for Julia.

Julia decided that although the position was in her field, it was not building on her strengths or helping her grow. The daily friction with her supervisor and the focus on activities that don’t capitalize on her natural giftedness were not a good fit. Julia chose to leave the position and has since found another that builds on her people strengths and extroverted personality.