Why Steve Chicoine Consulting ?
Steve Chicoine Consulting offers a different model
One of our unique strengths is the friendship and partnership that crosses culture
and combines experiences – a Stanford graduate and experienced corporate
executive, who has mentored countless students into and through college and into
careers, and a young Chinese woman who successfully navigated the transition from
China to America both academically and in her career..
New Century offers a more personalized approach. The key to success in college
application, study and career is in finding the right match. New Century will gather
important information about you – your interests and preferences, as well as your
performance to-date. We will independently research and analyze possibilities
for each client. We will present carefully prepared sheets with different college
options that will be specific to your stated interests as to the geographic region of
interest and the type of college setting, but also that are a match as to your academic
performance and your stated range of possible majors.
This is about a dialogue. We can share our views, based on our experience and
our knowledge. You can hear the possibilities from both an experienced American
executive and a successful Chinese consultant. You can ask why, understand the
basis of our recommendations and, in the end, make your own decision based on
well-researched facts presented in an easy-to-read format.
New Century will work with clients who are not yet ready to apply to college. There
is much more to preparing for college than good grades and a strong score on the
ACT or SAT. New Century can advise as to what activities might not only match a
student’s interests, but also be attractive to college admissions offices. They are also
certain core knowledge areas that can be best improved in the long run, rather than
in the period immediately prior to ACT or SAT testing.
Beyond the obvious:
If the college or university, which you attend, is not a good match for you, you may
not be happy and you may not be as successful as you could have been. Students,
who do not complete college, usually are the ones who attended the wrong school.
This is also true of students, who end up in the wrong field or who find themselves
in a career that is not personally satisfying..
College/University selection is a major effort, even for American students and
their parents who have attended college before them. There is so much more to
consider beyond the school’s overall ranking, its location and the annual cost of
tuition. Selecting a college is not about getting into the very highest rated college
or university. It is about finding the right match for you. Why? Because getting
accepted into a school is only the first of many steps on a long journey. Also, the
top university into which you are just accepted is less likely to give you scholarship
money than the school that is excited to have you choose to come to their school.
If money is a consideration, as it often is, this must be taken into account. It is also
very important (and all too often overlooked) that you understand what is the
culture and life style of the campus, as well as of the town and the surrounding
region? The local cost of living is an often overlooked, but very important, factor.
And if climate is an important consideration – and each person is unique in terms
of the impact of climate upon his or her emotional well-being – then this must be
factored into the decision. Also, how important is it that immediate or extended
family be close by or easily accessible? If they are not close by, you must consider
the cost to travel back and forth several times a year. Will that involve a long plane
flight and also a bus ride or two? If it is not a direct connection, the trip can become
very tiring and less frequent. What kind of students will you live with and attend
classes with for four years? It is critical to your happiness. So it is important to
ask yourself how flexible (or not) you are in terms of who other students are and
from where they come. Are there student groups and support groups on or off
campus that work with international students? What about access to professors?
The opportunity for supervised research or independent study? What colleges and
universities are better for graduate school acceptance and for corporate recruiters
coming to campus?
Through our counseling service, our educational and cultural experts will not only
guide you to best prepare for tests and applications for admission to make your case
outstanding among the many that your dream university will receive. We also will
help you understand your needs and hope to match them to the best overall campus
life and study arrangements.
Our counseling services are focused on foreign students and immigrant students.
These families normally do not have longstanding deep “roots” and experience
in American society. New Century will share its experience and insight on the
important “hidden facts” in American culture and society and come up with a
strategy for development and advancement accordingly. We offer you the “real
American Consultant” to guide you as you navigate to a bright future so you can
reach your full potential.
Besides college/university application services, we also offer counseling services
for career development and cultural awareness to help professionals and
entrepreneurs succeed and step onto the next level.
长期任 职于美孚石油公司,并在全美第五大私营企业柏克德公司(Bechtel Group)担任高
Steve Chicoine for many years has counseled and coached students across a broad
economic spectrum – from undocumented immigrants to disadvantaged students of
color to upper middle class affluent Americans – as to college selection, application and
admission. Students have gone on to such institutions as University of Texas, University of
Minnesota, Carleton College, University of Chicago, University of California and many more.
He has continued in the capacity as career coach for some of the former students. One of
the students, whom he mentored, worked for McKinsey Consulting and is now in upper
management in Europe with a billion dollar company.
Steve Chicoine has an undergraduate degree in science from University of Illinois. He
earned a graduate degree in engineering with the Graduate School of Business from
Stanford University. A fellowship from Chevron Oil supported him through Stanford. The
National Science Foundation funded his graduate research. His initial job out of graduate
school was as a project engineer with Exxon. He later worked in corporate planning,
economic analysis and acquisitions for an independent oil company. That led to the
position of Assistant to the Executive Vice President of a large energy company. In this
capacity, he was involved in contract drilling, oil & gas exploration & production and oil
refining. He later assumed operating responsibility for the company in Texas and Offshore
Louisiana. He left to become Vice President, Exploration & Production, for the investment
arm of the billion
dollar Bechtel family of California, which owns Bechtel Group, one of the largest
engineering, construction & design companies in the world.
Throughout his career, Mr. Chicoine mentored and prepared young students for college
and encouraged others to return to college. He volunteered his time with a number of
nonprofit organizations and served on several boards.
In more recent years, Chicoine worked in nonprofit, helping economically disadvantaged
students to prepare academically for college admission and future careers. He has given
many motivational talks to classes in the inner city and also addressed larger gatherings
around the state. He also spent a year on the management team of a national scholarship
Steve Chicoine Business Career
Graduate Degree, Engineering & Business
Engineer, Exxon CO. USA
Division Management, Large Independent Energy Company
Vice President, Bechtel Investments / Fremont Group
(Major International Investment Firm)
Co-Founder & President, Technology Reseller
Co-Founder, Sports Carnival, LLC
(Software Startup Company)