"The Highlands testing and personal consultation gave me a deeper understanding of my abilities. I liked that the process examined me as a whole person, not just as someone looking for a career path. As an MBA student, my goal from taking Highlands was to get some clues to help me hone in my industry and function. While it has led me to narrow my focus, I have also become more comfortable leaving some uncertainty to my career path because I now know better what characteristics my future job will need to satisfy me as a person."
"I wasn't sure what to expect when I took the Highlands Ability Battery. Honestly, I was intimidated to take it because I was scared what a test would have to tell me about myself that I did not know already, but I was wrong. I'm glad I took it as it helped me pinpoint what was missing in my current job and helped give me the courage to add some important, life giving elements to my life. Working with Jennifer was more than great - she is encouraging, kind, and extremely knowledgeable."
Small business owner
"After working on my own for so long, it was hard to come up with what rusty skills I’ve forgotten, what I truly enjoy doing, and how I interact with other people in a workplace setting. At Jennifer’s suggestion, I took the Highlands Ability Battery for a career checkup. The test exercises were interesting and I preferred it over the Myers-Briggs, because there was no way to second guess my answers or overthink the test. It was simple to try my best to complete the timed tasks on my computer. During the test, it was hard to imagine what the assessments would show since they were so unusual (classifying pictures, word games, etc.). In my debrief with Jennifer, it was amazing to see how the results correlated with my likes, dislikes, strengths and abilities. Some of the descriptions were aspects I had already figured out about myself. However, most descriptions in my report were things I immediately recognized as true, but had never named or overtly thought about before. Jennifer added to the insights from the Highlands, helping me move forward with setting priorities for what I want in a career."
"When I took the Highlands I was at a very difficult point in my career life. Unlike other tests that ask you questions that could always be answered with sometimes I do "A" and other times I do "B", the Highlands makes you resolve tasks and times you to filter your innate abilities, which gives you a different level of comfort in the results. Working with Jennifer also helped me realize what my priorities and strengths are, and gave me peace of mind as I pursued avenues that would be the best fit and life balance for me at this stage in my career. The leadership report offered was very helpful as I am moving into a higher profile, managerial position. Jennifer was a loyal and caring companion at this stage of my journey."
Nonprofit program director
Hello! Welcome to my DC area career wellness practice where I serve as a thought partner for you to confirm or discover your strengths, clarify your goals, be accountable to your next steps.
Like many other practitioners, I use the term "Career" to encompass not only work, but how you blend what you do for fun, your relationships, what you enjoy learning about, and what is most important for you; which are all essential elements in the work / life balance.
I offer several options of services, one is a "Career Checkup" where you walk away with a sense of your contributions and how to articulate them in the environments that are the best fit. Another is career coaching engagement, for which we design an engagement together and we focus on wellbeing in five areas: career, physical and emotional, social (interpersonal relationships), financial, and community (sense of connectedness). The outcome is that you understand how to leverage your strengths and live into new possibilities.
I truly love this work and find it an honor and a privilege to accompany my clients as a thought partner. My training includes a fellowship at the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, the prestigious Executive Leadership Coaching program at Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership, and being a certified as a career counselor through the National Career Development Association.
I look forward to hearing from you about your unique situation and to see how I can accompany you as you move into a new chapter in life.
Jennifer Landis-Santos, MA ACC, CCC