Want to become one of those people who actually loves what they do for a living? Test Drive Your Future gives you the advice and solutions you need to become both successful and happy on your college and career path.
We think everyone deserves the chance to do something with their lives that interests, inspires, and fuels them. And yet recent studies show that over half of all U.S. workers aren’t happy with their careers.
That’s really sad, especially considering how much of our lives most of us spend working. Did you know that the average American works about 72,000 hours between the ages of 22 and 62? That’s a lot of time! Especially if you are doing something you don’t enjoy.
We think that you can do it differently. That you can actually find something that you will enjoy doing with your life. That you can find a career that fuels you, meaning that it will support you both emotionally and financially. That you can choose to make your 72,000 hours count.
Choosing a career with confidence, clarity, and purpose is the smartest strategy for making the most of your college education (saving you time and money) and ensuring your future happiness and success.
Test Drive Your Future is all about helping you choose a college and career path:
- that is a really great fit with your unique skills and talents
- that will not place you in crippling student debt
- that will interest, inspire, and fuel you for years to come (emotionally and financially)
And doing so in a way that makes you feel both confident and clear about your decision. What we call being “in the driver’s seat” of your life.
To learn how we can help, please start with our free Career Choice Crash Course.
Who Are We and What’s Our Story?
We are Beth and Jim Hood. We struggled greatly with our own college and career decisions, and as a result, we are passionate about helping students and their parents make better decisions—about college, career, AND money. So passionate that we wrote three books on college and career choices for students, and founded Test Drive Your Future.
We are equally excited about entrepreneurship and have built four successful businesses together. We’ve designed careers that allow us a great amount of freedom and flexibility to raise our family in beautiful Hawaii and are proud to be among the 30% who can truly say, “I love my work.”
Our vision is to inspire a community of young people to find careers they love and push the national average well beyond 30%!
A little more about us:
Beth completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Vermont and earned her Master’s Degree from the Traditional Chinese Medical College of Hawaii. She is a licensed acupuncturist, a prolific writer and website designer, and wrote a career advice column for teen girls as the GPS Gal for a few years on Girlzone.com. If she had to choose only one item to bring to a deserted island, it would be her iMac.
Jim completed his undergraduate studies at Illinois State University and earned his Master’s Degree from Western Illinois University. He has worked in a wide range of fields (literally), starting his life in Hawaii as a humble goat herder before building a successful technology consulting company. For fun, Jim reads and listens to podcasts, incessantly, about peaceful/positive parenting, history, higher education, health, nutrition, primal/paleo lifestyles, personal development, productivity, and entrepreneurship.
Together, we have authored four books: Where’s the Map? Create Your OWN Guide to Life After Graduation, Test Drive Your Future, High School Student and Grad Edition, Test Drive Your Future, College Student Edition, and our first illustrated children’s book The Money Book for Kids (and the young at heart!)
In our spare time, we enjoy
watching the sunset, swimming, and stand-up paddle boarding playing with our daughter Nora, reading her stories, going for walks, and exploring the world through the eyes of a two year old.