"I was in a very unhappy career situation that dramatically affected my daily life. I tried reading all sorts of self-help/career guidance books and took their prescribed career tests, but these were still unable to aid me find what was right for me. The Oxford Program was by far the only program that was able to help me gain a clearer perspective on assessing and understanding more about my own abilities and guided me to acheive a clarity on what I felt was more my ideal vocational path. The Highlands Ability Battery was by far the most helpful tool in giving insight as to what my natural abilities were and why I was so strong or weak in parts of my career." - E.I., Orange, CA
I got your newsletter today and your success story of the woman who is finishing up school for landscape architecture reminded me that I should give you an update on how I'm doing and also pass along a thanks for your program.
I did the program in the fall and decided by December that I wanted to explore landscape architecture. In my entrance essay, I referenced the Oxford Program to explain why I wanted to pursue landscape architecture and drew heavily on the work we did to describe why I believed the profession was a good fit for me.
So....I got accepted to every school I applied to! With fellowships! And I applied to all the top landscape programs - Harvard, Penn, Univ of Virginia, Cornell. Then I had a really hard decision to make and I used a lot of the skills and decision making processes I learned in the bootcamp to choose which school to go to. While turning down Harvard was really, really hard, I feel like I knew myself well enough and what I was really interested in to make a mature decision. I'm headed to Virginia next week and so excited!
Thanks so much for your program. It not only helped change the trajectory of my career but the coaching goes so much farther into all areas of my life - from decision making skills, to convincing me to get over my fear and perform improv on a famous stage in NYC." -
K.H., Brooklyn, NY
"I was drawn to the Oxford Program based on its promise to work with the holistic person through really looking at who you are, what you stand for, and what you have a natural affinity for. I have found the process to be exciting and energizing. For me it has provided even more than I expected it would. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for the complete package." - Pam W., Maryland
"The Oxford Program vastly exceeded my expectations. Steve's unique approach deftly combined learnings from structured testing, team-based exercises and counseling in a step by step process that significantly expanded my awareness of opportunities ideally suited to my skills. I highly recommend Steve's approach & The Oxford Program to anyone either considering a career change or seeking to discover their ideal career fit." - Brent Mills, NJ
me to find.
write to you
you so much
that I have
person."- Rene Racine, Ranson,
"After a restructuring at the company where I worked for eleven years, I really wanted to do something for which I was innately suited. I discovered Steve's comprehensive and sophisticated coaching services, and I have found it to be incredibly helpful. I only wish I could have worked through his program while I was still in high school! I don't think you can beat his program for value and benefit." - Fred Cohrs, VA
"You probably didn't realize, but I was pretty
convinced that my situation was beyond repair. But now I've got to
tell you how incredibly eye-opening and empowering this has been for me. I
give it ! This is a great,
GREAT program and you should go on late-night TV or something. But then,
maybe it wouldn't be the same intimate "management" by you if
you had millions signing up for your program. Anyway, thanks, it's been
... Life-changing. That's a good word." - Terry Dobson,
"This program is an incredible gift to
those of us who want to change careers and find our place in the world. The knowledge and
insights that I have gained will benefit me the rest of my life. I'm so
glad YOU found your calling!" - Diane Stone
"I didn't think that distance counseling
would really help. But you and your program
enlightened me about so many aspects of myself that it made my ideal career
opportunities clearer to me than they have ever been before. The
program made it possible to clear away all the fog and focus on the
careers that are really right for me." - K.I., Hong Kong
started the Oxford Program, I was pretty doubtful about
whether or not it was any different. Books
book in '95,
than I was
on adults and made
"I was able to piece together who I am, with
what I do best, and what I
want and roll it into a job of my own creation complete with benefits. Who
could ask for a better fit? Thanks to the Oxford Program, I was able
to do this! Thanks for everything, all of your help, guidance &
support." - Darlene Roy
"I think this is
a great program. The multiple exercises help you define the various
elements about yourself in order to have a truly satisfying career. I've
taken other career development courses and none offer the same breadth
as your program." - D.M., New Brunswick, NJ
"I'm really blown away. I've been jumping
from career to career coach (after reading all the damn books). I'm only
half way through the program and am already achieving amazing results
and discoveries of options. If I only had access to this 25 years
ago!" - Alyson Dalls, Schenectady, NY
"Unbelievable. I am happy to report, that I have made an offer on a very cool cafe fairly
close to my house, and the offer was accepted by the current owners. We
should be closing next week! A pretty big change from my previous job as
an international consultant, but I am so excited about what I am going to
be doing, that I can barely contain myself. My wife has taken
to giving me sedatives at night so I will sleep - otherwise I'll stay up all
night planning and studying up on it..... For the first time in my life, I
am completely energized and excited about working - so much so that I don't want
"I have to hand
it to Steve. This has really been worth the money. I have wasted a
lot of time and money going through a lot of programs and what this
program has done - not only with the testing, but with the explaining of
the process really has gotten me thinking. My mind and my spirit are
coming together and I am on my way to my dream life. Thanks!"
- Sam Kelley, Ontario, Canada
"I could never
say in words how grateful I am that I came across your website. I
am sending you good thoughts for the most wonderful life...One day I hope
to repay this enormous favor you have done for me." - Mona K.,
"This has been one
of the most pivotal and cathartic experiences of my life. Perhaps I
was already in line for this big change but it was this program that gave
me the right shove at the right time in the right direction. I cannot
thank you enough for your time, support, the information you have
gathered. Keep up the good work. Oh, and, thanks for putting this all
together is such an easy, comprehensive format."
- Marilyn Dalls, Saratoga Springs, NY
"A combination of poor personal decisions, poor health and not knowing what I wanted to be when I grew up left me bobbing and drifting in the middle of an unsatisfying ocean of a so-called career for 21 years. I was unhappy, unsatisfied and my health was none the better for it. I felt locked in with great health benefits, reasonable amount of paid time off and decent money. All of that couldn't make up for the fact that I hated going to work and dreaded it with a passion. Feeling the strong need for change, I began exploring various avenues trying to figure out not just a new career, but who I am and what I needed to be fulfilled. I wanted to find a calling, not a job or even career. I read several books on the subject and while they helped somewhat, I needed something that would help me get to the core and figure this out once and for all.
Through a series of lucky twists and turns, I landed on the website for the Oxford Program. I approached the program like going back to school - my happiness, satisfaction and even health depended on it. Approaching in this manner also helped justify the financial investment. I opted for the Premier Package as I wanted to fully immerse myself in the process. You get out of something what you put into it, after all. Out of habit, I found myself trying to guide parts of the program where I thought it should take me and that if I didn't come away with a 'traditional' career, I was wasting my time. Once I opened myself up to the program fully and listened to what it was trying to tell me, I re-learned who I was and what I needed. The tests by themselves are telling and when coupled with the exercises and assignments, a very revealing picture emerges. I seriously doubt I would be pursuing a newfound calling had I not first invested in this program. I do and have recommended this program to others seeking direction and guidance. Thanks for helping me figure things out!" - Shawn L.
"In my quest for discovering my true career passion, I knew what I was currently doing was not it! So I searched for a career coach to help me and luckily I found the most comprehensive, enlightening and FUN program - The Oxford Program. I learned so much about myself and now am in the process of putting my true career passion into place! Thanks to the great coaching, fascinating exercises and supportive group interaction, I am now on my way to loving my chosen career!" - Deb Mulroney
"This is a great career counseling program. I can't even begin to explain in words what it has meant to me. Thank you so much. It was excellent! I will spread the word of T.O.P. to many others in helping them visioncraft their careers!" - Rodney Ignacio
"I was reluctant to sign up for The Oxford
Program. I had tried all of the tests and had read a couple of books on
personality and careers, and none of them seemed to really help me.
My perception before T.O.P was that I would never be happy or satisfied
with a career. I knew something was wrong though. I would think that surely
there has to be more to life than what I was doing. I new that my life had
more purpose, than just having a job that I was miserable in, so I started
researching resources that would help me find my purpose, and came across
T.O.P. After researching the website, I made the decision to join
the program, and make a change in my life. It also gave me optimism, and
the ability to see that there are things out there I would enjoy doing for
a career. The program was a major help in me realizing what I needed in a
career and what my natural abilities are. I uncovered what my passion
really is and have found a way to make a professional career out of
it." - Skeet
"Through the Oxford Program, I've rediscovered my core and am truly living my personality and utilizing innate abilities. I am appraising my assets and fully understanding my interests and motivated skills. I have stocked my ambitions and now doing what I value and what gives me a sense of purpose. I found what I want to do with my life again through the Oxford Program." - Gene R.
"Before I signed up I spoke with you on the phone and I was surprised
to hear how passionate you were about this. I'm even more surprised with
the program you've put together. I want you to know that I think this
program is incredible. I've learned so much about myself in the last
couple months and I'm excited to take the next step. You have created a
great program that genuinely helps people. It's worth every penny I paid
for it and I'm so impressed that there are no additional fees for extra
services. Thanks for all
of your help!" -
Bryan Davis, Grant, MN
"This first week
[in the program] has already been amazing for me. I'm a software tester
and after discovering my ability profile and seeing
"SEVERE MISMATCH" when comparing it with my
current job, it's NO WONDER I've felt like I was going out of my mind for
the last 5 years!! I can't wait to do more exploration! Yesterday I
finally got up the guts to tell my manager that I was looking for a new
career and that I would be leaving in June. I waited for this feeling of
regret to hit me, but instead it feels better every minute!! The weight is
lifting off my shoulders and a smile is back on my face!"
- Gail Harding, Cabot, AR
"I think the Oxford Program is perfect the way it is and I will
definitely recommend it to others. Thanks for this program Steve -- I
have a much clearer sense of what avenues to pursue and WHY!" - Amy
Scheufler, Salinas, CA
"I had tried [company name witheld] and been very
disappointed with their focus and the outcome. With the Oxford Program, I found the
program to be money extremely well spent. Additionally, I feel much more
confident about the decisions I have made and the direction I have chosen
to pursue than I would have if I had not gone through such this amazing
process. I have recommended the program to several people already and will
continue to do so. It is EXTREMELY worthwhile!" -
Scott Prior, Freemont, CA
"Thank you SO VERY MUCH for everything
done for me
the past few
Greenleaf, Denver, CO
"Thanks a lot for all your help - I think you can safely chalk me up as
successful 'graduate' of your program!" - Mystic, CT
to thank you for for putting together such a great program. I had already
signed up to see a local career counselor at the same time I signed up for
the Oxford Program. The results....he should be directed to YOUR
service!" - Candace Lazaar, Ocean City, MD
the best program of its kind that I have ever looked into. Thank
you!" - Siobhan Murphy, New York, NY
program! Best dollar value I've ever spent!" -
"It has also
been great to have regular 1:1 support and guidance." -
Lara Kingsford, United Kingdom
"I really like
the broad spectrum of exercises and assessments. I have taken individual
assessments in the past and did not find the results very helpful.
Certainly worth the time and effort." - J.D., New York,
"The process you
led me through has been extremely helpful. This is a huge step
forward for me compared to how I've approached my career in the past. I
feel much more confident in the options I am exploring, and feel I am
doing a lot more for longer-term career satisfaction than I've ever done
in the past." - Y.H., Honolulu, HA
is excellent. Thank you" - James Murphy, Midlothian, VA
"My friend just
emailed me that she took my advice and signed up for the Oxford Program.
It has been just the tool for me to bring my life into focus. Truly a
forum for gathering together all the 'raw materials' of my life and creating
a masterpiece."- E.B., Israel
"My thanks to
you and the program because I don't think I would have been able to
recognize what I needed had I not done it. I feel so much better
and can now get on the right path!" - Rich Vandeus., Hickory, NC
"I had read some good reviews of the program
online and it seemed to be the only program like it. I was a little
hesitant to make the financial commitment, but am glad I did. I was
looking for a direction to focus my development and career search efforts. If you are not happy there is no
reason to continue on your current path. You will be surprised how many
skills you can take from your current position to a new one. It is worth
taking the time to research and soul search before making that change
though, the Oxford Program really helps you do that. I have started a
career that I actually enjoy. I don't feel stuck anymore!"
- Jason Davis
gave me the inspiration to pursue my dream." - S.D.,
"A job search or career change is much more challenging than it was 5 or 10 years ago. It is easy to become stuck and to settle for a new job that feels good at first but eventually feels the same as the previous job. The Oxford Program helped me to develop a crystal clear understanding of my skills and strengths while defining my new career goals. The Workshop members and our facilitator were a great support team both during and after the program." - K.M., Charlottesville, VA
"I still can't
believe how your method made it so clear to me what to do with my life (and so quickly!). My husband will be enrolling shortly!" -
J.B., Milford, NJ
"I've been working with my
llamas and showing them, which made the month speed by. Since last signing on I
have signed up for my first 2 courses on the way to getting my master's degree
in agriculture. I'm
feeling very positive about my plans, although coming back to work after being
gone for most of the month was painful. There was just a commercial on TV saying
'I will have a Jaguar.' I prefer 'I will have a job I love.' You have made a
major difference in my life...and I thank you." - H.J., Raleigh, NC
The letters below, from previous Oxford
Program members, convey the hopes and excitement you
can expect as you progress through the Oxford
Back in March or April I stumbled upon your website. I
liked what you had to say about your own career change
so much that I signed up right away. Within a couple of weeks it was clear to me what I
needed to do.
By the end of April I gave my notice at my job and in
May I left the world of computers. I now have my Real
Estate license and I get to work with people as much as
I want. AND I'm independent and make my own schedule. I
LOVE IT!! I'm poor as all heck right now, :) but its
starting to pay and I just absolutely love it.
Thank you for doing what you do - it gave me the
courage to do what I've done. I haven't been happier or
more proud of myself in... well, ever! I loved your
system - so many different ways to get information
about yourself and so many methods of interpretation. I
really enjoyed that - light bulbs were going off in my
head over and over. 'Oh, that's why I...' Yep - very
cool. And I really appreciated your personal notes and
the way you encouraged all the members - it made me feel like I wasn't just a paycheck for you.
Keep doing what you're doing - it works!!"
"My work with you has helped me to confirm the
employment outlook for the new career that I have chosen as a result of your
program. Here's an overview of how your program helped me to decide what to do:
1) I learned that I am not naturally inclined for sales.
I was what they described as a major mismatch for my profession.
2) I need to be in a job that allows me to have lots of
interaction with other people, it needs to be meaningful and allow me to help
others and get lots of feedback from others.
3) My happiest times were when I was working in health
related jobs. My passion is with learning and teaching about human anatomy,
physiology, nutrition, and kinesiology. It's what I'm always doing when not at
3) I wanted to do my own thing.
After going over the program, I realized that I should
focus on the health & fitness area. My dream is to be a consultant who gets
baby boomers back on track with their physical and mental fitness. They have
lots of money and most are physical and mental wrecks.
Go back to school (at 42 years old) and finish my
undergrad schooling in Exercise and Wellness (already enrolled for this summer),
then go through the Masters program for Physical Therapy. This will give me many
more opportunities within the health and wellness community.
Thanks again for helping me open my eyes!"
"After going through the
Oxford Program exercises, I have decided to pursue a career in writing.
I am intrigued by the “business plan writer” career and may
pursue that in addition to technical writing.
My younger daughter and I have talked about starting a greenhouse
(her passion, my land), so I may write a business plan for our business and
then show it to a couple of banks, then scout out the demand for business
plan writing in my area, etc. Either
way, I plan to invest in (or save for) a good home office over the next few
months, as I will likely work at home at least part of the time or
At my age, I am interested in (1) not wasting any more of my
time/talents and (2) becoming more independent from the traditional world of
work, i.e., less traditionally employed and more entrepreneurial.
I have ordered a book on how to do that successfully. I am ready to
live like you said!"
I have decided to pursue my
interest in teaching, passion for chemistry, and desire to be an expert by
starting a doctoral program in chemical education. Instead of working on science
research, I will be researching how students learn chemistry and how to better
convey the material to help students succeed and even ENJOY the subject! This is
a pretty new program that is not offered at many universities yet, so I will be among an innovative group of people working to solve a very
important problem. I am very excited! I can fulfill my Mastermind
I think I made the decision when I realized that you don't have to fit into a mold. I was always looking for a career that
would be perfect for me, but I should have been creating my own perfect career. Medicine, research, teaching...these are fine careers, but I am the type who needs something stimulating and creative. I need to be challenged, yes, but I also want to be unique.
Soon I realized I could blend all of the things I love. I like the idea that it's not a typical career
path. I like that I am making it up as I go along. By following your advice, I contacted tons of people in
the different fields. Some answered my questions, some didn't, but it is amazing how you can make one friend
who can help make your dreams happen. One of the professors I contacted has been helping me for weeks
and has already landed me a great job at a science and math education center and is helping me get into grad
school ASAP, which would have been impossible on my own. Things just work out when they are right!
I am so pleased that I finally figured it out. This new career may lead me down a number of different
paths, but I know that each one is exactly where I want to be. I owe you big
I have completed the
program and made a decision to pursue my dream career to become a film
Taking the HAB made me realize that as a
specialist, I sincerely need to pursue a career that matters to me. It's
true that I want to be an expert. In the beginning, I had problems coming up
with possible career ideas. It’s probably because I already had something
I love that I cannot compare to anything else…FILMS.
You commented that film programming is the best
match for me and I have to say it encouraged me. So, here I am leaving the
program with a sense of direction. There’s no way it’s going to be easy,
but it’s amazing what people could do to achieve something what they
really really want.
I think that everybody deserves
to pursue their dream career and I
believe there is a perfect match for everybody out there somewhere!
Of course the list of success stories is
actually much greater than this. The point we're trying to get across is
that the Oxford Program works,
and it can help you transform your life to one of enthusiasm, freedom,
balance, and meaning.