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Core Strength

There are moments in life, when you realize the path you’re on might not be the path you intended. For Beth Probst, that realization came while she was in college. While pursuing her degree in Information Technology, she discovered that the job she was training for wasn’t a fit for her strongest personal traits.


Probst got lucky though and found a related job that was a fit. Ever since then, she knew that a strong sense of self was key to career happiness. As she moved into management roles – and was responsible for interviewing, hiring, and training new staff members – one aspect became frustrating to hear: candidates who couldn’t articulate their strongest traits to her and why they were a fit for the job.


Then, in the summer of 2012, Probst was asked to share her thoughts on “Finding Your Passion” with high school students attending a summer camp at Purdue University. After speaking to those students, she created Guided Self Assessment to help other students as well.


Probst started At The Core, an organization that helps students (mostly high school and early college students – essentially high school sophomores through college sophomores) discover their strongest personal traits and their ideal career paths. 


For Probst and At The Core, it’s all about Guided Self Assessment. “It’s our flagship service,” she informs Cbus Chic. Adding, “we all know those online career/personality assessments you can find on social media or the trusted ones used in many companies … When those tests are offered to students, we find many struggle with the choices (they can’t choose between A and B, saying ‘it depends!’) and they may not receive any counseling to interpret the results. Our process is an alternative to the computerized tests.  We offer a personalized interview process to help the student consider their experiences, strengths, preferences, values, and more.”


“We often stress that no one has a magic wand and can tell a student what career is right for them,” Probst says.  But during the course of interacting, clarifying, questioning, and understanding a student during their Guided Self Assessment interview process, students talk through what they know about themselves.


It’s also important to dig into what they do not like or feel talented at doing, explains Probst. For her and At The Core, it’s about being a trusted resource – an independent, interested third party with no skin in the game. They analyze all of the input, pulling out the big ideas and conclusions for discussion with the family, and collaborate about the best next steps for the student to pursue.

For each student, they create a list of potential careers to explore. Then, along with the Guided Self Assessment, At The Core uses all of the details the student shared to connect their strongest personal traits and the kind of jobs/careers they can investigate after the assessment is complete.


“We know that giving the student a chance to discuss their experiences with a trusted At The Core facilitator is a great thing,” Probst says. And while there are a lot of adults who tell Probst they wished they’d had something like At The Core when they were kids, for her, “helping the family members connect and discuss the student’s future is truly the most rewarding aspect of the job.”


 At The Core has also started offering additional resources to students and their families. These programs help both students and parents with the college and career process and include: 

  • Tips for the College-Bound – a 90min program that gives an overview of what families need to consider (testing, picking a major, what admissions officials look for, scholarships, etc.) before heading off to college. 
  • Smart Money Moves for the College-Bound – a program offered in partnership with a Dublin-based financial planner all about the financial considerations of going to college.
  • Looking Ahead – a program for families with 8th graders as they get ready for high school. 
  • Changing Lanes – a program that addresses the changing roles of parents as students prepare to transition to college.

You can learn more about these programs, Guided Self Assessment, and more by visiting Beth Probst and At The Core online: