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7 Growing fields that allow for 100% remote work

Many students dream of a high paying job where they can work from home and not have to plan a daily commute where they are sitting in traffic two+ hours per day. Flexjobs recently identified these remote careers by comparing the number of 100 percent remote jobs posted in January 2022 to December 2022 across 50 career categories in its database. Each of the categories increased at least 20 percent during this time period. 

A “fully remote job” is defined as a professional-level job that allows the worker to work completely from home 100 percent of the time. The below categories are ranked in order from highest to lowest growth. They each increased at least 20 percent. All are considered strong career fields for remote jobs in 2023.

  1. Nonprofit & Philanthropy
  2. Analyst
  3. Legal
  4. Medical & Health
  5. Communications
  6. Accounting & Finance
  7. Project Management

So, if working remotely is an important consideration for your students they may want to consider pursuing one of these career paths in college.

Best Tips for Managing Parent College Essay Expectations

Several years ago, a few days before an application deadline, a mom reached out to me in a panic. I had worked with her eldest child on his application essays; she didn’t like his Common App essay.

I loved his story. Even better, he was happy with his essay, anchored around the moment he learned to “just let it go” while doing a stand-up routine in a comedy club. The story hit the mark and sounded like him, a creative, insightful 17-year-old boy.

When I called the next day, she had already gotten feedback from others. According to her peers, the essay was bad, immature, ordinary, unsophisticated, and pedestrian.

I was appalled but let her talk.

The mom had stayed up half the night, revising the essay herself, changing words and rewriting sentences to make it sound sophisticated. As a result, her son’s voice disappeared. He felt horrible.

By listening without criticizing, I was able to calm the mom and explain why her son should submit the original essay he had written. I remained composed and focused on what was best for her son: feeling confident. She followed my advice.

As professionals, we each face challenging situations with parents who overstep, year after year. As college essay experts who train pros just like you and also work with families, we’d like to share some of our best tips to help you handle parent anxiety.

First, it’s important to understand why parents overstep their role before making any plans to deal with this situation. In our experience, there are three reasons:

Fear: Parents are afraid they missed something they should have done to help their children succeed. They would do anything to support their children, but since they don’t know what to do, they get involved in unhelpful ways.

Lack of understanding: Parents know very little about what a college essay is, how it fits into the larger application package, or what admission officers are looking for.

Need for control: Parents are used to micromanaging their children’s decisions and assignments. They don’t know how to step away.

Once we took the time to understand why parents overstep, it became a lot easier to find respectful ways to support students and challenge parents’ assumptions. We have since developed college essay coaching training programs that teach professionals like you how to guide students effectively on essays and improve communication with parents to better manage their expectations.

Above all else, we acknowledge parents’ concerns, while sharing why we know what we’re talking about. That expert card can go a long way! When we stay calm and confident, most parents will follow our lead. When you stay calm and confident, they’ll follow your lead too.

We also share our philosophy, process, and approach before any family chooses to work with us. When parents know what they are getting upfront, any of us can better manage any surprises and unrealistic expectations.

We communicate the expected parent role in emails before the student starts writing. We share our email templates and tons of valuable resources with every pro who completes our College Essay Experience training.

What’s your process for managing parent expectations? We’d love to hear it! Click here for a lot of great, free resources to share with your families.

Meanwhile, whether we’re presenting at a conference, training our local College Advising Corps, or offering low-cost, self-guided courses for Michigan counselors who need continuing education credits, supporting our colleagues throughout the world is a big part of our business plan.

Do you need resources for yourself or your students? Let us know how we can help.

Kim Lifton’s articles on the college essay appear regularly in print and on the web, and her work has been featured in a variety of newspapers, magazines, and online publications. She is a former newspaper reporter and corporate communications manager with a BA in Journalism from Michigan State University. You can email Kim anytime about the college essay at

Free Webinar: Beginning to Build Critical “Adulting” Skills in High School: It’s More Than Learning to do Laundry

Michele McAnaney, Founder of the College Spy and Andrea Malkin Brenner, will be hosting a free webinar on January 11th at 8:00 Eastern. Here is a summary of what will be covered: Nothing in the college admissions process prepares high school graduates for the changes they will face as they transition from high school to living independently in college. Parents will finish this session with a complete list of the critical life skills first-year students should master before leaving home (and tricks for teaching these skills). Some topics include: taking care of their physical and mental health; sharing a living space and communicating with peers across differences; new responsibilities for personal safety, eating, and sleeping routines; budgeting and money management; taking advantage of campus resources; professional communication; and handling stress without the “scaffolding” of home.

Here is a link to the registration page (it’s free!) –

How to Get Tech Savvy Students Interested in Coding and Programming Degrees and Careers

As our world becomes increasingly digital, the demand for coders and programmers will continue to rise. While career roles such as doctor and lawyer used to be looked at as the most estimable, today, the role of programmer is rising in the ranks of both prestige and security.

As someone whose role is to guide students to rewarding careers, taking note of tech-savvy students and suggesting a future career in coding or programming is a great way to help individuals find career fulfillment. Unfortunately, suggesting careers to students is sometimes easier said than done.

Thankfully, there are ways to make the job of planting these seeds easier. Having a grasp of some potent tips for steering tech-savvy students in the direction of these secure careers can make the process easier to undertake.

Here is how to get tech-savvy students interested in coding and programming degrees and careers.

Video Games

For most tech-savvy high school students, their love of digital technology was born in the realm of video games. From fun-filled adventures to matches with friends, video games are a favorite hobby among most children and teens today.

To pique the interest of students and get them interested in pursuing a programming degree, it can be extremely helpful to enlighten them about the fact that these degrees can prepare them for a career in the video game industry. Any tech-savvy high school student who loves video games will surely take this type of suggestion to heart.

To get your students started early, you can talk to them about different types of programming languages — such as C++ and Java — that are used in the video game industry. It might even be a good idea to share a link to a video that instructs one on how to create a simple video game. By sharing these key insights, you might just be able to spark an interest in tech-savvy students that leads to a secure and fulfilling career.


Though a lot of students may not be concerned with salaries when they’re young, the closer they get to graduating the more importance the topic will take on. As such, this is the perfect time for you to explain to your tech-savvy students just how much coders make.

The average salary for computer programmers across the US in 2021 was $93,000. While this is impressive enough, salaries increase significantly in some states with the median annual salary of computer programmers in Washington being a whopping $183,610. So, if you have students’ intent on moving away from home to pursue a degree, it may be a good idea for you to break down which states have the highest wages for programmers.

By laying out the impressive salary that coders and programmers make and driving home the fact that individuals can utilize this money for all types of exciting hobbies and endeavors, you’ll surely get your tech-savvy students interested in exploring degrees and careers in the programming space.

Mobile Apps

As a counselor, there’s no doubt you’ve noticed the fact that mobile technology has become an inextricable part of students’ lives. Whether it’s connecting with friends, watching videos, or playing games, most students spend a substantial amount of their time on their phones.

If you notice that some of your tech-savvy students are glued to their smartphones, it’s a good idea to let them know that they could create mobile apps themselves. If you’re able to pique students’ interests and get them hooked on the process of developing apps, you have a much higher chance of steering them toward a programming degree.

So, in addition to the video, have a list of universities with the best programs for mobile developers so they can start picturing their future and prepare to attend one of these programs.

Artificial Intelligence

Chances are, a good number of extremely tech-savvy students at your school are also deeply interested in science fiction. For students with a love of this genre, the field of artificial intelligence is a great way to get them excited about pursuing a programming degree.

To ease into the subject, it can be useful to bring up a book or movie that features artificial intelligence. You can then inform the student that they can actually have a career in artificial intelligence and work to create those very systems.

After planting this idea, make sure to provide students with some resources to explore on their own that allow them to dive deeper into the world of artificial intelligence.

Work-Life Balance

Today, people have become much more concerned with having a healthy work-life balance — especially younger people. This being the case, it’s more than likely that a decent portion of your tech-savvy students don’t intend on working a traditional 40-hour work week inside of a cubicle.

For students who seem to indicate that they’re interested in pursuing a career with more flexible options, it’s important to communicate the fact that coding and programming jobs can offer a significant amount of flexibility. From freelancing to working remotely, the field has no shortage of schedules that are conducive to a healthy work-life balance.

It can help to ask students what type of flexible work options they desire in their careers. Depending on their answers, you can have suggestions ready that show them how obtaining a degree in programming can offer them the ability to step into their ideal work schedule.

Convincing Tech-Savvy Students to Pursue a Coding Career Can Be Easy

By highlighting some key benefits that high school students find interesting, you can have an easy and manageable time convincing tech-savvy students to pursue degrees and careers in coding and programming. From utilizing their interest in video games to informing them of the impressive salary of coders, there are many ways to spark an interest in your students.

So, the next time you’re having trouble with a particularly stubborn tech-savvy high school student, try one of these suggestions and watch as their attitudes transform.

Free Webinar: College Readiness Game Plan for Parents of Autistic Teens

A free webinar is being offered on how academic success will get your autistic child ACCEPTED to college but being college ready will ease your child’s transition and allow them to thrive. In this informative webinar for parents of autistic high school students, you’ll learn: 

1. The difference between high school and college

2. The critical skills needed for college readiness

3. How to help your child build these skills starting in ninth grade

Tips on how to help autistic students get accepted to college will also be discussed.

The speakers are Michelle McAnaney, Founder of the College Spy and Beth Felsen, Owner of Spectrum Transition Coaching.

Here is a link to register:

New Scholarship Opportunity Specifically for Women

A new merit-based college scholarship opportunity for high school women who are college-bound has just been announced. The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) is made up of 26 inter/national sororities and is the largest advocacy and support organization for the women’s-only sorority experience. Beginning with women graduating high school in 2023, NPC plans to award 10 college scholarships of US$2,000 each annually through their NPC Centennial Scholarships Program. The scholarships may be used to offset college tuition, dues and fees.

The NPC Centennial Scholarships online application form is available now through March 15, 2023. Recipients will be announced in May 2023. 

The applicant will be asked to do the following via the form: 

  • Attach a​ resume describing the applicant’s academic pursuits, school/extra-curricular involvement and community involvement.
  • Provide contact information for an individual who can provide a letter of support/recommendation. The individual providing the letter should hold the scholarship applicant in high regard and be able to speak clearly about the student’s commitment to high academic achievement, school activities and community involvement. (Note: The individual will receive an email with instructions on how to upload the letter to the scholarship application system.)
  • Write a short essay describing either the applicant’s current experience with service and leadership in a women’s-only or women’s-focused organization (e.g., Girl Scouts, Girls on the Run, Girls Inc., local organizations for women and girls) or the applicant’s plans to participate in a women’s-only or women’s-focused organization during college. 

The scholarship application can be found on the NPC website:

AI Written College Essays Might be a Problem

Forbes is reporting that many College Admissions Officers are concerned with new AI Technology that is on the market and would allow for students to use it to write their college essays. ChatGPT, OpenAI’s new natural language tool, can write clear essays, but it can also conjure up its own personal details and embellishments that could up a students’ chance of acceptance and would be difficult to verify says Jim Jump, director of college counseling at St. Christopher’s School and former admissions officer at Randolph–Macon College in Virginia. Many schools have eliminated using standardized test scores such as the SAT and ACT to make admissions decisions, so they are relying more on the College Essay to help in the college admissions process.

It still does have its limitations though. David Hawkins, chief education and policy officer at the National Association for College Admission Counseling, “says that while GPT’s writing is clean, grammatically correct and well structured, it is likely too vague and flat to stand out in a crowded applicant pool.”

Here is a link to the full story from Forbes –—maybe-better-than-you-can/?sh=19e5adacdd39

3 College Admissions Tips for Students with Learning Differences

Forbes recently published an article on 3 tips for students with learning differences. They are some good tips you can share with your students who might be a fit:

  1. Asses Your College Readiness – Students need to know if they are ready to attend college. In addition to academic skills they should brush up on their life skills such as managing money, staying organized, and getting to class on time.
  2. Find Inclusive College Environments – Self-disclosure is important to make sure the college provides a welcoming environment that is a fit. College representatives can help by discussing which dorms might be the right fit as well as other programs that are on campus.
  3. Access Special Funding – Many schools have special funds available for students with learning differences. It is important to research what might be available.

Here is a link to the blog piece –

Articles Scheduled to Run in the Spring 2023 issue of LINK for Counselors

There is a great line-up of articles scheduled to run in the Spring 2023 issue of LINK for Counselors which will be distributed in schools in February 2023. Here is the planned line-up:

  • Resiliency Through Collaboration: How school counselors, administrators and teachers can collaborate to deliver an effective school counseling curriculum at the high school level – By Stephanie Brazinsky, Counselor at South High School in Denver & Vicky Virnich, Principal at Compassion Road Academy in Denver Public Schools
  • 5 Reasons to Use Social Media to Promote Your Counseling Program – By Kimberly Ostrowski & Chelsea Daly, School Counselors at Hightstown High School in New Jersey
  • She’s So Articulate – Mitigating Bias in College Admissions – By Nikki Chambers, Dean of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging at The Williston Northampton School and Alyson Tom, Associate Director of College Counseling at Castilleja School.
  • Careers to Consider – Drone Training Programs – By Jim Paterson, former Counselor of the Year in Montgomery County, MD (a suburb of Washington, DC)
  • Resumes are Storytelling – By Brittany Maschal, Owner of Brittany Maschal Consulting
  • Helping More Students Experience the Wonders of a Career in Computer Science – by Larkin LeSueur, Director of Career and Technical Education, Humble ISD
  • Success Inspired by School Counselors – An Administrator’s Perspective – By Sweety Patel, Director of School Counseling Services for Carteret Public Schools in Carteret, NJ
  • How to Manage Parent Expectations When It Comes to the College Essay – by Kim Lifton, President, WOW Writing Workshop
  • How to Transition from a Counselor to an Independent Consultant – By Lindsay Fried, Founder of Simply Admissions
  • Improving Your High School College Counseling Office – By Jim Paterson, former Counselor of the Year in Montgomery County, MD (a suburb of Washington, DC)
  • Think Outside the Box! Preparing Neurodiverse Students for College and Career Success – By Toni Schexnyder, M.Ed., College and Career Coordinator at The Winston School San Antonio and Jill Corbin. Ed.D, founder of The Good Doctor: Prescribing Bright Futures
  • Course Selection Dilemmas Facing Students – By Nina Berler, Founder of unCommon Apps
  • Life in the College Residence Halls – By Elizabeth Drucker
  • The Counselor’s Bookshelf – Overview of some recommended books for Counselors – By Carolyn Kost, Counselor for more than 20 years and author of several books and many articles related to Counseling
  • Data Track Your Way to Actually Advising Students – We did! – By Carah Marquez and Brenda Boysselle are both House Counselors at Allen High School in Texas.
  • What are College’s Looking for? – By Jim Paterson, former Counselor of the Year in Montgomery County, MD (a suburb of Washington, DC)
  • Scholarship Watch – List of 10 available scholarships for your students
  • The Top 10 Most Read Blog Posts of 2022 on
  • NACAC College Fair Spring List

2022 Remote Work Stats & Trends Report

More employers allow their workers to work remotely now since COVID-19 changed the traditional office landscape. Do your students plan to work remotely? FlexJobs has just released its 2022 Remote Work Stats & Trends Report. The new report details key data and statistics on the impact and broad benefits of remote work on professionals, businesses, and the modern work landscape.

State of Remote Work Overview

  • According to FlexJobs’ 2022 Employee Engagement Report, 48% of employers are maintaining some form of remote work for their workforce. 
    • 26% of respondents said their employer will follow a hybrid model.
    • 22% said they’ll be allowed to work remotely.
  • FlexJobs’ 2022 Career Pulse Survey found 65% of respondents report wanting to work remotely full-time, while 32% want a hybrid work environment––that’s 97% of workers who desire some form of remote work. 
  • A Gallup survey found that 8 in 10 people are working hybrid or remote while only 2 in 10 are entirely on-site.  
  • More companies are joining long-time remote work advocates in adopting permanent remote and hybrid workplaces.

Future Projections 

  • FlexJobs saw a 12% increase in remote job postings and a 52% increase in hybrid job postings from 2020 to 2021 and expects similar growth for 2021 to 2022.
  • A recent study by AT&T found the hybrid work model is expected to grow from 42% in 2021 to 81% in 2024. 
  • According to FlexJobs data, the following career fields had consistently high volumes of available remote and hybrid roles in 2022 and are considered strong prospects for job seekers in 2023.  

The Top Careers for Remote Jobs in 2022

1.     Computer & IT 

2.     Marketing

3.     Accounting & Finance 

4.     Medical & Health 

5.     Customer Service 

6.     Project Management

7.     HR & Recruiting 

The Top Careers for Hybrid Jobs in 2022

1.     Accounting & Finance

2.     Computer & IT

3.     Marketing

4.     Project Management

5.     Sales

6.     Medical & Health

7.     HR & Recruiting

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