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Personalized educational and career direction for high school and post-secondary students and graduates.

EduKate Consulting offers exceptional one-on-one consulting to students and young adults on their academic and career journey.  By reducing uncertainty and clarifying confusion, clients leave feeling confident and at peace with their career direction.

“Half of Canadians, surveyed, wish they had sought more career planning advice”

-Canadian Education and Research Institute 2014


During high school we talked with our daughter about different careers, colleges and universities and the
options that were open to her. Although she was interested in many things, she struggled to decide what would
be the best course of action for her after Grade 12. She became very stressed out and could not make up her
mind. It became a very difficult subject. We were even open to her taking a year or two away from school to
help her decide just what she wanted to do with her future. It was not an easy time.

We then heard about Kathleen from a mutual friend and we were very interested. We met with Kathleen and
she was able to provide clarity and guidance for our daughter and for us. It started with a very good assessment
to determine good career possibilities and interests. Kathleen understood the university system and processes.
She is also familiar with universities, the courses they offer and requirements for these courses. Over the term,
we emailed, telephoned and met up to discuss issues, concerns and direction. We eventually narrowed down
program choices and universities and then attended the open houses of the universities our daughter was
considering. Then there are applications to fill out, the wait for offers of acceptance and the final choice.
Kathleen was able to help out and answer the questions we had along the way.

We were very happy that we found out about Kathleen. She helped us greatly and made the whole high school –
university transition much easier for us. We would highly recommend her to help your child focus their interests and helped them decide what and where their next journey might be.

Bev G. (Parent)

Hi Kathleen! I am eternally grateful for all of the time and effort you put into my Birkman Consultation. You were so thorough and explained everything in a relatable and applicable way. I am planning to go back to school in January and have decided to continue pursuing my Bachelor of Commerce. Our session left me feeling confident in my decision, and I feel far more prepared. I learned so much about who I am and what I need to do to be my best self. I have found myself making changes to create a better environment for myself, based on my Birkman results. One thing I learned is I need a lot more alone time than I thought I did! I am still unsure of which Business major I will end up in, but I now know that I am heading in the right direction. Thank you so much for taking the initiative to create a few additional reports tailored to me, so that I can easily apply all of this new information to my daily life. Thank you again for everything.

Chloe M. (University Student)

Kathleen has an incredible gift! After the first session, I walked away with the confidence that we found the right person to work with Alex. Kathleen is extremely knowledgeable AND she has this amazing ability to connect and communicate. Thank you for hearing and valuing Alex, and thank you for taking the time to really explain his options so that he understood what they are. I am so appreciative for your help, support and guidance throughout this process! Thank you!!!

Jane G. (Parent)

Hi Kathleen. I accepted my offer to Marketing Management at Guelph! Once again I would like to thank you so much because if it wasn’t for your guidance and help, I would not be this happy with my university choice.  You helped make the university process stress-free!  You were so easy to work with and I trusted you with every piece of advice and recommendation that you gave me.  Anyone would be more than lucky to have you as an educational consultant! I hope you have a wonderful summer and thanks for everything.

Adrienne W. (High School Student)

Thank you, Kathleen Ross. You have been a godsend. Your knowledge and guidance has been instrumental from Grade 11 and onward. Jack’s average in Grade 12 has gone through the roof once he figured out his path using the Birkman method that you provided. We all love the passion you have shown as you navigated Jack towards his university goal. Your compassion and warm, caring style has made this such an incredible journey for all of us. We can’t thank you enough!

Deb M. (Parent)

Hi Kathleen. I thought that you would like to know that Andrew talked about the visit almost all the way home. He liked hearing you explain the information and after going through each of the sections of the report. He felt that you described him well. He certainly related to what you said about him. He liked you very much. Thank you very much for a great session with Andrew. I know this information will help him so much in life and he/we can’t wait for the next steps.

Joanne G. (Parent)

Hi Kathleen. Now that our son is well into his first semester at university and thriving, I must acknowledge what a great influence you were in making an informed decision on his career direction, program and where to attend. You were able to draw on your vast knowledge and experience to provide us with the answers we needed given all the options and processes involved. Without you, the process would have been daunting and rife with doubt whether we’d miss something. From your first meeting with our son, he connected with you and was inspired to set the goals he needed to attract the right offers. As parents, we feel your time was a wise investment, making his university start a success rather than an experiment. Thanks again. We look forward to introducing you to our younger son for the same guidance. 

Tom M. (Parent)

There are no words that could express the accuracy of the assessment Kathleen provides you with! I left this consultation with not only a strong understanding of where my strengths lie but also with the knowledge of why I react to certain situations the way I do. Without self-awareness we cannot become the best version of ourselves. I am so thankful to finally understand how to best overcome certain situational triggers by making sure specific needs of mine are met. I now know which career path to choose, after years of battling between the arts and sciences. This assessment told me which careers would best suit me, something I may have known all along in my heart but needed the confirmation to move forward. Now I am finally able to put my doubts to the side and believe in myself which is something we all could do a little more of! Thank you Kathleen 🙂

Shifali N. (University Student)

Kathleen, I just wanted to reach out and thank you yet again for all your help. Because of you and the interpretation of my Birkman, I feel more confident about the journey I am undertaking. It solidifies why and how I am moving along on this journey. Thank you again.

Michele B. (Adult Client)

The greatest benefit of this debrief for me, was getting a better understanding of my personal strengths and motivators. Not only will knowing this help me have a better understanding of my ideal day to day life, but it will help me make better choices regarding future career options. The assessment was very well explained and executed. Not only did Kathleen walk me through it at a workable pace, she also clearly explained all queries I had. I would recommend her service to anyone trying to learn more about who they are and how they function best.

Clifford R. (High School Student)

The feedback session was a pleasant experience; very thorough without being overwhelming. Results were explained in a meaningful way with an appropriate level of detail and examples. It confirmed for my son that he is on the right career path and it also provided him (and us) a better understanding of himself and his needs. Overall the value of the evaluation exceeded our expectations. Thank you.

Patricia O. (Parent)


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