In a Nutshell: Many students earn college degrees to build a foundation for a successful future. But not all students have the academic background necessary to transition to college, graduate, and get a job without taking on debt. Transizion helps learners overcome those obstacles and realize their goals. Its tutoring program prepares students for the admissions process and offers guidance throughout their college studies. Transizion team members help students choose appropriate majors that match their abilities and ambitions while building skills and establishing a professional network.
While he was still in high school, Noah knew he wanted to study robotics in college. He had the necessary knowledge in STEM areas, particularly mathematics, but his lack of language skills prevented him from being accepted to one of his preferred schools.
So Noah turned to Transizion, an organization that provided one-on-one mentorship and tutoring to boost his writing skills. With Transizion’s help, Noah earned a full scholarship to college, where he’s now on the robotics team and learning how to make bionic prosthetics for amputees. Noah succeeded — and avoided student debt — by taking time to address his weaknesses and understand how to present his strengths.
Transizion offers that guidance and more to students like Noah through tutoring and intensive boot camps designed to improve subject-area knowledge. Its programs also help participants build skills, succeed in their studies, and emerge prepared for fruitful careers.
“A mom, dad, or high school student may come to us and say, ‘We need help planning for, and applying to, colleges,’” said Jason Patel, Founder of Transizion. “We use our technology and our software to guide students through the entire college application, college preparation, and college planning processes.”
Transizion prides itself on offering those services to students at a reasonable cost. Thanks to its support, its learners have earned more than $2.5 million in scholarships to help offset college costs and avoid student debt. That academic and financial success is due to Transizion’s focus on three fundamental principles.
“One is building a network, two is realizing it takes time, and three is improving skills,” Patel said.
College Readiness Can Lighten the Burden of Loans
The cost of college is a significant concern for both parents and students. Learners need to receive the best education possible while avoiding debilitating debt after graduation.
“When it comes to affordability, which is what a lot of parents and students are wondering about, there’s a hard and fast rule,” Patel said. “If you’re studying in a major with not-so-promising job prospects, be wary of taking out student loans of $30,000 or $40,000. The ROI on that degree won’t be great.”
That is especially true if an adequate education involves graduate school, which is another tuition bill. On the other hand, professions requiring only a B.A. are lower-risk investments.
“Once you graduate, you’re going to have a pretty good job, probably get paid $70,000 to $80,000 a year, and, if you live in the suburbs, you can save a lot of money,” Patel said. “You’ll have your loans paid off in five or six years, and you can start making your investments and start living the life you want to live.”
Paying off student loans in that time frame allows graduates to move to the next phase of their lives, including homeownership, starting a family, or launching a business.
From 2018 to 2020, Transizion clients have earned more than $2.1 million in scholarships. That goes to show that well-prepared applicants can find outside funding for their education without paying out of pocket or spiraling into a spiral of student debt.
Mentorships Establish Professional Paths and Networks
Transizion boot camps offer one-on-one sessions through Zoom, and students receive personal attention from their tutors. The sessions cover college planning, the application process, and how to narrow the search to find the right school based on abilities, ambitions, and ideal college experience.
“We guide students toward a college major based on their goals,” Patel said. “If you want to be a doctor, we’ll help figure out whether biology, chemistry, or organic chemistry is the best fit for you. Down the line, if you still don’t know what you want to do, we’ll have conversations and use software to figure out what is the best career fit.”
Transizion also provides career guidance for college students later on in their coursework. The direction focuses on crafting a professional persona, building networks, and approaching potential employers in target industries.
Having the skills to perform in a professional environment is essential, but it’s just as vital to open up access to job openings and opportunities.
“If you want opportunities, and you want to learn more about your field, it’s important to find others on LinkedIn and find out what they think. Listen to their pieces and be on the lookout for opportunities,” Patel said. “That network increases exponentially as you get older. What you think you lack right now at 21 years old is going to be topsy-turvy, flipped on its head when you’re 30 because those people knew people and connected you with them. Having a good network is very important.”
Experienced Professionals Help Learners Build Crucial Skills
Transizion tutors understand students’ personal experiences and values, professional and academic goals, and the unique challenges they face. That’s why Transizion matches its clients with expert tutors in the fields they seek to enter. Tutors guide learners and demystify the college application process, helping them build knowledge and skills to leverage their strengths and backgrounds to achieve professional success.
“If your daughter wants to be a doctor, we’ll connect her to a pre-med or a STEM-field mentor,” Patel said. “They can answer questions on a major or minor, what school to go to, and what type of internships to pursue.”
Transizion team members are experienced educators and include teachers, tutors, college counselors, and former administrators. They love education and enjoy working with young people.
“We believe that, if we find the people who are truly passionate about working with students, we can shape and mold them into incredible college mentors,” Patel said.
Those tutors help students build their knowledge base and skill sets, and develop a mindset to continue learning throughout their careers.
“The point is that, no matter what age you are, you need to be a sponge,” Patel said. “You need to be sure that as you are progressing in your career, whether it’s slow or if it’s fast, you have an interest in picking up new skills.”
Transizion: Introducing Students to Evolving Industries
Transizion helps students make the transition to college through its tutoring and mentoring programs. That preparedness often leads to accruing less debt, or entering a field that makes it easier to pay off their college debt.
Patel recommends students investigate opportunities and careers in coding and software, development, design, and business fields, all of which are in demand. But opportunity isn’t limited to those areas.
“I’m bullish on liberal arts majors. Not necessarily degrees, but the majors, because liberal arts majors, the truly great ones, demonstrate students can think in different fields and different contexts,” Patel said. “Because technology is hyper-speeding the way companies change, we need people who know how to think in many contexts. You don’t want people who are dinosaurs; you want people willing to adapt.”
For example, Patel studied political communication in college, but he built a career as an entrepreneur in education and technology. His story shows that opportunity arises in unlikely places, and young professionals must be willing to pursue it.
“Life takes you in different directions,” Patel said. “It’s a great thing, and you’ve got to be open to those opportunities so long as you’re willing to focus on them for an extended period and learn if you truly mesh with them.”
Before students can embrace opportunities, they need the connections to find them, the skills to pursue them, and the patience success requires. Transizion helps students in all three areas by preparing them to earn a degree while minimizing or eliminating student debt. The organization also helps students prepare for a career that will help pay down that debt and build a steady financial future.