Tallo Spotlight: Jocelyn Holman

When one of our Tallo students finds that perfect fit — whether a particular school, opportunity, or organization — we get excited. It’s what we live for, and it happens every single day (so we pretty much stay excited 24/7)!

But in Jocelyn Holman’s case, she found more than a perfect internship; she may have just found her true calling.

Jocelyn H.

High School Student in Lakewood, CO

Jocelyn’s Tallo story began thirteen years ago during her preschool graduation. While her classmates excitedly shouted plans for their future selves, Jocelyn made a rather prophetic announcement to the audience.

Many years – and LEGO sets – later, her passion for robotics inspired her to get involved with her local FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team, The Highlanders. With lots of hard work, dedication, and of course, their robot “Blitzar,” The Highlanders powered their way to the FRC World Championships in Houston, Texas.

It was during the last day of the competition when Jocelyn’s Tallo profile made an impact on the global aerospace giant Lockheed Martin. Following an interview at our Tallo booth, the rising high school senior was awarded a Lockheed Martin Radio Frequency Engineering Internship, where she recently began working this summer alongside some of the industry’s best minds. We guess you could say that she made a great FIRST impression!

Although Jocelyn is still exploring her career options, she is already confident about her plans after high school.

Don’t be fooled by her modesty! The Colorado School of Mines is only one of the best applied sciences and engineering schools in the country! We know she’ll fit right in.

We asked Jocelyn what advice she would give to her younger peers who are still figuring out their own life path. Without missing a beat, she delivered.

Jocelyn Holman, ladies and gentlemen! It’s certainly safe to say that she has followed her own advice.

Good luck with your internship Jocelyn! And keep following your heart. We’ll help you figure out the rest.

The World Speaks Tallo

When your third-period French teacher told you that learning another language is important, she wasn’t just trying to make you pay attention. It’s true!

Being proficient in multiple languages is a huge advantage for students and job-seekers as the world becomes more global and interconnected. Not only can it help you land a nice gig, but it will also pay off over time, literally! For example, studies show that people who can speak both Spanish and English in the state of Florida earn about $7,000 more per year than those who don’t.

This comes as no surprise to us, which is why Tallo’s platform is searchable by language. From Albanian to Welsh, there are thousands of student users who can talk the talk.

If you’ve followed us closely, you know that “tallo” is the Spanish word for “stem”; a nod to our previous name. So we were a little curious, and wanted to know how the world says “Tallo!”

Check out the translation as well as the number of Tallo users who speak some select languages:

Arabic:    ‘iiqaf (1,000)

French:    tige (3,600)

Russian:    stebel’ (500)

German:    stengel (1,300)

Haitian Creole:    tij (350)

Chinese:    gàn (1,700)

Japanese:    kan (500)

Afrikaans:    stam (750)

Korean:    julgi (650)

Latin:    caulis (600)

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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!

The Greatest First-Generation: A Closer Look at Tallo’s First-Gen Students

Two months ago, we introduced you to Tallo’s First-Generation student population; students whose parents do not possess a college degree. When we first began delving into the data on our first-gen students, we were floored by what we found. It turns out that they are some of the most highly-engaged users on our platform; they display higher levels of profile completion and digital badge ownership. That fact has inspired us to strengthen our commitment to these oft-forgotten students. We hope that excites and inspires you as well.

But who exactly are these students? Well, there’s nearly 30,000 of them on Tallo, which means they comprise about 10% of our total student user population. They hail from across the U.S., from coast to coast. They span a diverse range of ethnic, geographic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. They are a big part of America’s future workforce, and they’re ready to make their impact in a multitude of career fields.

Do they have what it takes? Absolutely. 2,000 of them are National Honor Society members. Thousands more are engaged with HOSA – Future Health Professionals, Project Lead The Way, and other organizations.

Here’s a few more stats on our first-gen population:

Top States

  • South Carolina
  • California
  • Texas
  • Florida
  • Georgia

Top Career Interests

  • Registered Nurses
  • Surgeons
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Pediatricians
  • Biological Scientists
  • Nursing, Psychiatric, and Home Health Aides
  • Computer Programmers
  • Aerospace Engineers
  • Biomedical Engineers
  • Electrical Engineers

Top College Interests

  • Clemson University
  • University of South Carolina
  • Stanford University
  • Coastal Carolina University
  • UCLA

Highest Organizational Engagement

  • National Honor Society
  • HOSA – Future Health Professionals
  • Project Lead The Way
  • Future Business Leaders of America
  • National Technical Honor Society

Does your college, company, or organization want to learn more about and connect with this special group of upcoming talent? Join us today.

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 myself...as 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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