Amy Romm Lockard

Amy Romm Lockard

Founder and Independent College Consultant


Dovetail College Consulting

Education

High School
Cherry Hill High School East
Bachelor
Psychology, Elementary Education
Muhlenberg College
Graduate
Psychological Services, Secondary School Counseling
University of Pennsylvania

Career

Founder and Independent College Consultant

I help high school and college students identify post-secondary paths, including best fits in careers and colleges.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Entrepreneurship
Helping People

Day to Day

The structure of my work days varies which keeps me on my toes and energized. On any given week, I meet one-on-one with clients, run meetings, develop new resources and products, visit colleges, conduct research on college offerings and careers, market my services, host workshops at high schools and test prep centers, and engage with my network which includes admissions reps at colleges.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Compassion is essential in working with students as many of them will confide in you and seek your help in translating their journey onto college or job applications. Likewise, multi-layered family dynamics, if not addressed up front, can impact the process and the students' ability to drive it. In these instances, diplomacy is a useful tool to have. Lastly, willingness to engage with others is necessary, as some self-promotion is required to get new clients.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Find multiple people who are doing what you'd like to do and reach out to them. Set up a time to meet for coffee. I also suggest reaching out to professionals who do not live in your region. Most will be glad to share what they know. Additionally, by broadening the scope of who you reach out to, you gather even more information about your intended career field.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Psychology, Elementary Education
graduate
Graduate
Psychological Services, Secondary School Counseling

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"In my 20's and early 30's, I worked hard to be taken seriously in my field yet some professionals made disparaging remarks about my age, equating it to lack of experience and understanding. At the time, this made me question whether I was truly an expert."