Preventing A Miserable Career Journey™

Career prep 101…with a major twist on your GPA.

Maybe you know what you want to do for the rest of your life. Maybe you don’t. Maybe you think you do but you’ve been misled. Whatever your case, life after graduation places an incredible amount of pressure on college students. College is designed to provide students with opportunities to create the life of their dreams. College is also supposed to be the best four years of your life. This experience is shows students how to make the most of college to get the most from life after graduation.

Most people live without a sense of meaning and work without a sense of passion. People will spend 8, 10, or 12 hours at work each day; that is one-third of a day, one-third of a week, and one-third of a lifetime. If we are miserable with our career, we are miserable with one-third of our lifetime. That’s 33%! 33% incorrect on any exam in the country is a 67, which corresponds to a “D.” If we are miserable with your career, we get a “D” in life. This is unacceptable. This experience will show you how to get an “A.”

Here’s the three big ideas:

  • Life’s too short to do the things you suck at.

  • Without passion, life is work. With passion, work is a hobby and life is the reward.

  • Identify what’s most meaningful in your life so that you can create a life that allows you to do meaningful things.

Colleges and universities have existed for more than 375 years, and students are still graduating with no clear direction or path in life. This experience is designed to guide students through the challenging transition to maximize their college experience both inside and outside the classroom to sculpt their path in life by discovering their Real GPA (Genius, Passion, & Achievements). It’s time for Preventing A Miserable Career Journey! 

This session is a mix of whole group, small group, and role playing activities that guide students in measuring the real value of their education and leadership experiences. 


Participants will…

  • Build confidence by understanding the brutal reality and the bigger opportunity

  • Connect college to the “real world” and articulate outside-the-classroom experiences

  • Discover the secret to college success: the Real GPA that employers look for

  • Dig deep and begin to write a core purpose statement to create an fulfilling future


AUDIENCE: Current Student Leaders; Staff; Clubs & Organizations
DATES: All Year Long! It's ALWAYS a good time for Leadership Development!
DURATION: 2-3-hour Stand-alone Event; Retreat/Conference Breakout Session: 60 minutes
VENUES: Auditorium, Theater, or multi-purpose room with stage and high-quality audio-visual setup and space for activities. No gymnasiums.

This seminar can be used as a Sophomore Year Orientation. Consider that!


“It was very inspirational and thought provoking for the students.”

—Deb Kelly, Director of the Career Center
The College of New Jersey