Choosing a Career: No Clue? No Problem

“What do I want to do as a career?”  

A ton of people, including us here at Team Tallo, have asked ourselves this question a hundred times. But coming up with a good answer isn’t so simple, is it?

NBD, we’ve all been there. It’s an important question, and definitely not one that should be taken lightly. Unfortunately, many students feel pressured to come up with an answer too quickly, and so they make a decision before they’ve truly explored the world of possibilities out there.

Tallo can help with that too. Don’t know what you want to do with your life yet? Good for you. That means you’re putting a lot of thought into your future. Actually, maybe the profession you’ll choose is one you haven’t even heard of yet!

So we put together a little list to get your imagination flowing. Here are a handful of actual professions which actual Tallo users are interested in. Any of them sound intriguing? Click them to find out more!

FYI, we included the number of Tallo users pursuing each profession, in case you were wondering…


Mechatronics Technicians – 218

Think: a type of engineering involving the design and production of automated equipment, like robots!

Set Designers – 247

These professionals literally “set the scene,” and plan the backdrops for movies, television shows, and theatrical productions!

Speech Language Pathologists – 873

Compassionate and dedicated individuals who help children and adults overcome speech impediments.

Diesel Technicians – 451

Don’t mind getting your hands a little greasy? Diesel technicians keep large machinery like trucks, bulldozers, and farm equipment running smoothly.

Budget Analysts – 906

Number-crunching gurus who ensure that businesses and organizations are spending their money wisely.

Medical Transcriptionists – 286

These administrative professionals are medical experts who handle important business work so doctors and nurses can focus on their patients.

Urban and Regional Planners – 172

For creative individuals with grand ideas! Urban and regional planners design, develop, and revitalize entire communities and urban areas.

Geoscientists – 535

Nobody understands the Earth better than geoscientists, who observe and study the planet’s vast ecosystems.

Public Relations Specialists – 651

Got the gift of gab? PR specialists are the public mouthpieces for businesses, organizations, and government offices.

Wildlife Technicians – 837

Imagine a career exploring the great outdoors and interacting with animals of all shapes and sizes; A nature lover’s dream!

Foreign Service Officers – 1,363

Foreign service officers (or FSOs) represent the U.S. government all over the world in foreign embassies and consulates.

Choreographers – 397

Performance artists who create the routines and dances for shows, concerts, and music videos…like Beyonce’s!

#LifeHacks: The Tallo Student Dashboard    

We get it. You’re busy. And when you’re busy, you need every life hack you can get.

That’s what the Tallo dashboard is; it’s a life hack designed just for you. Using information from your profile, it generates a virtual heads-up display which gives you the skinny on opportunities that match your interests. It’s pretty nifty, which is why we wanted it to be the first thing a student sees when they log-in to Tallo.

Here’s a few of the things you’ll find:


Financial aid powered by Redkite puts $20 billion worth of scholarships at your fingertips. Take the stress out of your scholarship search, and let Tallo do some of the hard work for you.

There are even more tools, such as events and suggested academic majors, all based on your profile information. Which reminds us…the more complete your Tallo profile is, the more useful your dashboard will be!


The “Explore Organizations” module connects you with schools and businesses which align with your education and career aspirations. So give them a browse. The organization that’s perfect for you may be one you’ve never even heard about before!


The “Majors” window in the lower left is a good reminder that you’ve got options. Tallo takes a look at what you’re interested in and serves up some related fields of study you might want to consider.

Five Pretty Cool Things You Can Do With Your Tallo Profile

We’ve been in this business for awhile, so we’ve learned a thing or two about what students need. Sometimes there are simple things that can fly under the radar. As we’ve grown and evolved, so too have our app and digital platform. Each day, we are working to make the Tallo experience as useful as it can be.

Here are just a few of the things that make Tallo…well, Tallo!

Geographic Preferences

It’s a big world out there. Perhaps you’re ready to jet off and start your own adventure somewhere new. Or maybe you want to stay close to home. Either way, you can set your geographic preferences so colleges and organizations know whether you’d be interested in packing your bags or staying put.

Digital Badges

Let’s be real. Even if it’s just logging 5,000 steps on their Fitbit, everyone loves showing off their accomplishments! Showcase your unique credentials and qualifications with our digital badges. Achievement unlocked.

Profile Exporting

You’ve worked hard filling out your profile, so share it everywhere you can. However, it may not be the best idea to pull up Tallo on your phone when an interviewer asks for your resume. But you know what is a great idea? Export your profile into PDF format, print it out (or email it) and be prepared for those face-to-face situations!

Next Steps

The future can be uncertain, and that can make life’s big transitions a little nerve-wracking. That’s what our Next Step feature is all about. Whether you’re headed to a four-year college, two-year college, the military, or the workforce, selecting your next step icon will help schools, businesses, and organizations find you! And you can always change your mind later, so take a few deep breaths and relax.


Resumes are important, but can a piece of paper really tell the whole story about YOU? We didn’t think so. Our video feature gives you the ability to truly stand out amongst the crowd. Can you dance? Sing? Play the guitar? Handle a miter saw like a pro? Flip that camera into landscape mode and start recording!

Four Scholarships That May Be Perfect for You

There are literally hundreds of thousands of scholarship opportunities in the United States. That’s a lot.

Extra cash to pay for college is great. But searching for the right scholarships seems like it could be a full-time job! Where do you even begin?

No worries. We’ve got your back.

Our partnership with Red Kite, a scholarship matching engine, allows Tallo student users to match with over $20 billion in scholarships. And it’s really easy. We give you a Tallo profile to show yourself off. Red Kite reviews your profile in order to plug you into the right scholarship opportunities. Great teamwork, right? Like I said, we’ve got your back.

And speaking of your profile, here’s a tip: the more complete it is, the better scholarship matches you’ll get with Red Kite. There may be a scholarship somewhere out there that was created for someone just like you. So be sure that your profile is telling your whole story!

What kinds of scholarships? There are all kinds! Just check out the financial aid info on our Tallo dashboard to find a whole list of them. To give you an idea, here are a few examples:

Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation Scholarships

This one’s for all my girls who love cars. This scholarship is awarded by the Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation (AWAF) to females who are passionate about the automotive industry.

Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship Program

Horatio Alger was a 19th-century author whose characters worked hard to overcome challenges and achieve their dreams. Applicants for this scholarship must be committed to career or technical program and demonstrate financial need.

E.C. Hallbeck Scholarship Fund

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night, right? This scholarship is awarded by the American Postal Workers Union to high school seniors whose parent, step-parent, or grandparent served as U.S. postal worker.

National Collegiate Cancer Foundation Scholarships

A scholarship for courageous young adults whose lives have been impacted by cancer. Applications for 2019 will open this month.

Do any of these opportunities sound like a perfect fit for you? Go ahead and apply — someone’s going to win them, why can’t it be you?

Something Extra for Your Extracurriculars

We know that putting yourself out there in front of colleges and employers can be awkward, confusing, or scary. Maybe you don’t know what to say or how to say it. Well, we hope Tallo’s making the whole process a little better.

We know there’s more to your story (and your Tallo profile) than just your GPA and standardized test scores. Just about anything that you do outside of the classroom can have a place in your profile. If you’re having a hard time figuring out what to write, we went ahead and made a little list for you.

Any of them sound like you? Go ahead and paste them right into your profile. It’s cool with us. All you have to do is fill in the blanks and switch up the descriptions to match your unique experiences. Easy-peasy!

1. Trusted babysitter with (insert number) years of childcare experience

As a dependable and dedicated babysitter, I ensure that the young children in my care are kept safe and engaged. I am consistently recommended by my clients to other parents due to my trustworthiness and experience.

2. Volunteer with (insert local community or faith organization)

As a member of my organization’s marketing committee, I helped generate interest for our largest fundraising event of the year. By promoting the event with flyers, emails, and telephone calls, we set a new attendance record.

3. Member of (insert sports team)

As a three-year member of my school’s varsity basketball team, I have learned important skills such as teamwork, cooperation, and commitment. Over three years, I was never late to a single practice or game, and I was voted co-captain during my senior season.

4. Freelance lawn maintenance professional

I have spent the past two summers managing my own lawn care business by proactively advertising my services to members of the community. I worked hard to ensure that each customer was satisfied with the level of care I provided for their lawn, and have grown my client list extensively.

5. Experienced (insert subject) tutor

As a tutor, I know that it takes compassion and patience to help others learn. I help students complete their homework and special assignment, and prepare for tests. My favorite part is when a student shows me that their grade has improved!

Tallo Top 100 Spotlight: Emily Nguyen

We are always proud to spotlight our 2018 Tallo Top 100 students.

Hailing from all across the nation, the students of the Top 100 represent a wide variety of talent, skills, and backgrounds. We wanted to get to know these students better and showcase the personalities behind the Tallo platform!

Our previous spotlight was on Taylor Belyeu from Longwood, Florida. This week, the limelight is on Emily Nguyen from Harvest, Alabama!

Emily is a first-year student at Auburn University pursuing a degree in chemical engineering with specializations in pre-medicine. In high school, she was a multiple-event state finalist in the Science Olympiad and also a HOSA – Future Health Professionals state finalist.

Read more about Emily below in her own words.

Emily Nguyen

Harvest, Alabama

Auburn University


Something you wouldn’t know about me is…as a toddler, I actually started writing with my right hand but swapped to my left when I was given the notion that being left-handed was “cooler.” That’s why, today, I do everything with my right hand except for writing.

For fun, I like to…volunteer and browse Pinterest (there’s nothing like smiling faces and pretty things that lift my mood).

If I could meet anyone in the world, past or present, I would want to meet…Leonardo da Vinci. I would love to see how he thinks and sees the world, giving me a glimpse into the mind of a genius.

The best teacher I’ve ever had was…not actually my “official” teacher. Mrs. Hodge is the sponsor for my Science Olympiad and InSPIRESS team, but she has gone above and beyond to help me in any aspect; she is the sole reason I was able to qualify on my AP Chemistry exam last year.

The last app I downloaded on my phone was…the ABC Channel app so I could watch some of my favorite tv shows (I highly recommend The Good Doctor and How to Get Away with Murder).

In ten years, I see myself...happily occupied with a job that will give me opportunities to travel and immerse myself in cultures all over the globe.

My greatest dream is...(very cliche) a world dominated by love and happiness that no amount of evil can overcome: an end to mass violence, a cure for cancer, and for me, a life of stability.

My favorite thing about Tallo is…it being such an accessible portal to multiple opportunities in education, internships, and various organizations.

We hope for the best for you Emily! We’re proud to have you be a Tallo user and part of the 2018 Tallo Top 100!

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Tallo Top 100 Spotlight: Taylor Belyeu

We are always proud to spotlight our 2018 Tallo Top 100 students.

Hailing from all across the nation, the students of the Top 100 represent a wide variety of talent, skills, and backgrounds. We wanted to get to know these students better and showcase the personalities behind the Tallo platform!

Our previous spotlight was on Richard Coca from California. Next up is Taylor Belyeu from Longwood, Florida!

Currently a senior at Smith Prep Academy, Taylor is a soccer stand-out with aspirations of serving the United States as a member of our armed forces. She is currently active in the Civil Air Patrol, and has received recognition for her leadership ability and dedication. She hopes to contribute her talents in the field of cyber security, which she has already demonstrated by being recognized for her achievements at the Patrick Henry College Intelligence and Foreign Policy Camp.

Read more about Taylor below in her own words.

Taylor Belyeu

Longwood, Florida

Smith Prep Academy


Something you wouldn’t know about me is…that I manage the family cattle ranch. This includes taking care of a herd of cattle and a few goats.

For fun, I like to…read good books, both fiction and nonfiction, and go skydiving.

If I could meet anyone in the world, past or present, I would want to meet…George Washington. He was an amazing military and political leader. Plus, he’s one of the Founding Fathers.

The best teacher I’ve ever had was…my math teacher, Mrs. Tiller. When I started with her, I hated and feared math, but through her tutelage, I’ve come to enjoy it as one of my favorite subjects!

The last app I downloaded on my phone was…Slack. I use it for my robotics club and my internship with DFW Speech and Debate.

After high school, my next step is to…attend a four-year college, preferably a military academy, and major in computer science.

In ten years, I see a Cyber Operations Officer in the military.

My favorite thing about Tallo is…the connections it makes between colleges, businesses, scholarships, and students. It makes life so much easier, and it’s really nice to have profile set up for easy access.

We hope for the best for you Taylor! We’re proud to have you be a Tallo user and part of the 2018 Tallo Top 100!

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Recruiting Members of Generation Z

When it comes to different generations, a lot of stereotypes get floated around. The members of Generation X are the rebels. Millenials have become widely referred to as “Generation Me.” Regardless of how valid these labels may be, it’s a fact that attitudes and culture change from one generation to the next. Just like sports teams have to adapt to new-fangled offensive schemes, businesses and organizations have to adjust their own gameplans to compete at the highest level.

So what about Generation Z; the latest generation of high school and college-aged young adults? They’re suiting up the locker room and hungry for playing time. By 2020, they’ll comprise 20% of the workforce. Can you convince them to play for your team when they hit the field?

Here’s a few tips to help you “get” them.

Get after it early

Members of Generation Z have seen the massive student loan debts accumulated by Millenials. And that’s something they want no part of. Many of them are strongly considering bypassing college entirely and going straight into the workforce. They want a livelihood, not necessarily a degree.

Since attending college is no longer a foregone conclusion, high school students are weighing their post-graduation plans much earlier than previous generations. Connecting with them during this decision-making process is vital, and that’s what makes Tallo a game-changer. We’ve made it easier than ever to find young talent and build your brand. But more importantly, you can do it before anyone else can. We are your direct access point to Generation Z. So what are you waiting for? Don’t just make a first impression. Be the first impression.

Get digital

Generation Z is the first generation of true digital natives. They could practically recognize an iPad before they could recognize a bottle of baby formula. If you aren’t connecting with them online, you aren’t connecting with them, period. To them, the internet is an extension of the world, so you need to be in it! If you are waiting for them to come to the college job fair to start recruiting them, someone else already has.

Gen Z is online; and so are we. We are world’s first opportunity connection app for emerging talent, and we know that in order to connect and engage with them, we need to be playing in their sandbox.

Get real

Remember that big economic slump we call “The Great Recession?” Well, that’s the environment Generation Z grew up in. Because of that, members of Generation Z expect to work harder than previous generations. Simply put, they’re realists. Be honest and tell them what the deal is. What do they need to do to be qualified to work for your organization? What specific opportunities are you offering? Avoid vague, fluffy, and condescending language. They are skeptics at heart, so don’t bother trying to sell them on something that sounds good to be true.

When working with our college and company clients, we educate them on how to communicate with our users. Call them by their name, compliment something in their profile, tell them exactly why they are a good fit and should consider you for their next step

Get to the point

The Snapchat generation is used to digesting their information in, well…snaps. That means you’ve got their attention for 5 to 8 seconds before they scroll on to something else. It’s a challenge, sure. But the more accommodating you are to their short timeframe, the more responsive they will be. We teach our clients to leverage our personal messaging system to craft short, impactful, and individualized communications.