I received my honorable discharge from the U.S.Navy in 1973. But that four year experience and my travels to Morocco and Europe opened up a world of possibilities. That same year I became a teacher at a small, private school in North Carolina. From 1973 to 1978 I taught, coached, and counseled students while pursuing a graduate degree in Guidance from UNC-Charlotte. Little did I realize that these early years and first professional steps put me on a path to additional graduate study and a long career in international education.
One thing led to another an I completed another graduate degree at the University of Notre Dame. From 1979-1988 I worked as a teacher and counselor in Scotland, England, Venezuela and Belgium. In 1989, I was hired to teach history but assumed responsibilities in college counseling at the American School of Madrid. From that point forward college counseling became my professional focus. Since that time I have practiced the art and the science and all the intricacies involved in higher education guidance. My career includes experiences at a wide-range of schools from large to small, international and US independent, schools with IB or AP programs, in established schools, in growing, or in brand new schools. Over time I developed more expertise with every new school and continued to learn with every opportunity for professional development. By my latest count I have visited over five-hundred colleges and universities in the US, UK, Canada, Australia. In 2016, I visited more UK and Irish universities.
In 2010, my wife and I were compelled to return home by the reality of aging parents and elder care issues. We took up residence in Boston and on Cape Cod. In 2012, Search established the role of college counseling consultant and VOCA was founded. In that role, I have replied to requests for advice, help, and professional support in the critical area of college and university guidance. Between 2012 and 2016 I provided college advising and consulting services for American and International Schools located in Argentina, mainland China, Hong Kong, Egypt, Panama, Spain, Korea and India. I look forward to applying my extensive knowledge and considerable experience to new or established schools in 2017. I will be present at the Search Fair in Boston if you wish to discuss your school needs in college and university advising.
VOCA or the 'VISITING OVERSEAS COLLEGE ADVISING' program is a college counseling and consulting service provided through SEARCH ASSOCIATES. The purpose of the program is to provide an alternative to seeking or hiring a full-time college, university or careers counselor/advisor for newer, smaller, changing or growing international schools.
Mr. Murphy can also serve in a short “interim capacity” when circumstances necessitate that solution.
Jack has thirty years of experience in international education as a teacher, coach and Director of college counseling. In total, Jack served as a Director of College Counseling and University Placement at eight international and overseas American schools on five continents.
Since 2012, Mr. Murphy has provided VOCA college counseling consulting services, in one form or another, to international schools in Argentina, Hong Kong, Egypt, China, Panama, Spain, Korea and India.
VOCA can provide any or all of the following services:
Enable a highly experienced college counselor to visit your school once, twice or several times a semester.
Counsel and Advise students on higher education options and application to universities in the US, UK, Canada, Ireland, Australia or elsewhere.
Hold Individual counseling sessions for students and parents on your campus.
Present to students, parents, faculty and administration on a broad range of topics.
Provide full support, training and/or mentoring to a selected person and/or faculty member.
Organize each visit to meet the specific and expressed needs of school and population.
Provide an ongoing and seamless followup of support for students, parents and teachers.
Manage all followup advising and communication for students via email, Skype calls, online conferencing.
Advocate for the students and your school at their selected and best suited universities and colleges.
To discuss details, fees or to plan a possible VOCA consulting visit to your school please email Jack Murphy, Subject line: VOCA
Consultant, Search Associates at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617 202 5678, or 617 866 0092 (cell) to leave a message.
Call soon if you wish to plan for 2017, Thank You!
VOCA Cost and Fees
VOCA is a college counseling consulting program based on school visits and additional support. A "visit" may consist of a week or several weeks at a time. All visits are based on the specific needs of the school and the expressed purpose of the visit.
What occurs during a VOCA visit? A visit can be designed to provide an assessment or audit of the current configuration and services in college and university advising. Or, it can be designed to train school personnel in college counseling. In addition, it may simply enable an overview of the program and suggestions for improvement prior to an accreditation process.
Over the past seven years Mr. Murphy was asked to work directly with students; train and mentor in-school personnel; present information to parent groups; create, or "start-up," a new college and university guidance program for young international schools, develop a long-range plan for the improvement of a counseling department; or analyze and change the emphasis or direction of a program that was not meeting the needs or expectations of the students and school community.
The average fee for a week-long trip ranges from $4000 to $6500. In addition, all flight, transportation, hotel and living expenses expenses are covered by the school. A "week" consists of five professional work days plus two travel days.
Mr. Murphy is glad to discuss a specific plan, fee structure and costs with a head of school or an authorized school administrator. Please call his home number in Boston at 617 202 5678, or email Jack directly at email@example.com