High School Students

What's your future IQ?

  • Worried about GPA, SATs, ACTs?
  • Which college will you go to?
  • What will be your major?
  • How will you get your the right job for you?

NCourage High School Career Intelligence will

  • Discover your unique skills, interests, strengths to find a career you’ll love
  • Choose the right college and major
  • Create a winning college application and knock-out essay
  • Make your education market-relevant, so you get a job you love

Many have taken their talents to the top!  So can you.  What do they have in common?  Passion, Persistence, Resilience and Extraordinary Hard Work.  Here are some examples…

As a child he loved the films of Jacques Cousteau, so Stephen Hillenburg became a marine biologist and science teacher. Later, he decided to pursue a career in animation, his second life-long passion.

His Blueprint for Success: These experiences came together to create the cartoon, SpongeBob SquarePants, as a way to get kids interested in life under the sea. By following his passions, Hillenburg, went from fry cook at a seafood restaurant (like SpongeBob), to entertainment mogul (Sponge Bob Square Pants movie raked in an amazing $85,000,000 in revenue)!


Philip H. Knight got his start selling Japanese sneakers from the trunk of his car. Nearly 40 years later the former University of Oregon distance runner has built a $12.3 billion sports giant. The object on the right (a waffle iron) was used to make one of Nike’s first sneaker soles.

His blueprint for success: Nike originated from two sources: Bill Bowerman's pursuit of lighter, more durable racing shoes for his Oregon runners, and Knight's search for a way to make a living without having to give up his love of athletics. Bowerman coached track at the University of Oregon where Phil Knight ran in 1959. Knight developed a love affair with something besides sports — he discovered he was an entrepreneur. Combining their passions, the seed of the most influential sporting company grew.


Stacey Bendet, 32, founded alice + olivia, an extremely successful women's clothing line, which brings in a reported $50 million a year. Her blueprint for success: Bendet started her business with University of Pennsylvania classmate Rebecca Matchett (alice + olivia is named after the founders' mothers), and is now sold in more than 800 stores worldwide. Why the company became successful may simply be traced to Bendet's creativity. New York once reported that while in college, Bendet Rollerbladed to a job interview dressed in orange pants and a fur bomber jacket. Today, her collections are known for being sophisticated but always adorned in a sense of fun and a little quirkiness.  

As a boy, Jobs and his father would work on electronics in the family garage. His dad would show him how to take apart and reconstruct electronics, a hobby which instilled persistence, and mechanical ability and confidence in Jobs.

Smart but directionless, Jobs experimented with different pursuits before starting Apple. In 1976, when Jobs was just 21, he and Wozniak started Apple Computers. The duo started in the Jobs’ family garage. When Jobs was ousted by the board of his company, he went on to begin a new hardware and software company called NeXT, Inc. The following year Jobs purchased an animation company from George Lucas, which later became Pixar Animation Studios. Jobs returned to Apple and the rest is history.. His blueprint for success: Passion and hard work. ‘You’ve got to find what you love … the only way to do great work is to love what you do…Stay hungry, stay foolish….’

Chocolatier and philanthropist Milton Hershey's formal education ended at fourth grade. He apprenticed at a newspaper but hated it, then apprenticed for a confectioner and spent the rest of his life making candy. His blueprint for success: After failing a number of times, Hershey eventually built a factory, in the farmland area where he was born, for his new Hershey Chocolate Company. He devised an affordable recipe for milk chocolate, which until that time had been an expensive delicacy. Within a few years his chocolates were sold all across America.