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LifeLaunching By TrustNavigator LLC Blog

Trust Navigator LLC is a not-for-profit organization focusing on enriching the traditional college experience by career guidance education, skill development, and networking college students with alumni and employers who seek qualified candidates. Trust Navigator offers an on campus affinity group called LifeLaunching which focuses on those business, life, and career educational skill sets, as well as provides weekly employment panels engaging alumni from various on-campus organizations and participating sponsor employers. Our affinity group is a fee-based professional development program that operates as a student organization on campus which provides students with shadowing opportunities and potential internship/co-ops through their LifeLaunching Mentor.

Students, parents, and employers have evolved in their expectations for the traditional educational experience. The shift is a result of technology, rising educational costs, and the change in parental roles. These unrelated issues have created a perfect storm and are redefining the role colleges will have over the next few decades. Today, college in large part is an on-campus experience. Over the next ten years that will change. Traditional institutions will be challenged to provide differentiated value. The stigmas of education will be particularly challenging to parents. Next blog we will talk about employers.
on 28 January 2019
One of the ramifications of technology and asking Alexa and Siri to answer all our problems is that curiosity and intuition are taking a beating. We talk to thousands of students a year and despite what most of the media describes millennials and Gen Z as entitlement and laziness, we view it quite differently. If you look at the two Gallup polls both lists seem self-evident. Yet why do so few of our youth accomplish the needed college experiences? More importantly why don’t they know of the keys to success and well-being and how to pursue the list diligently?
on 28 September 2018
Just recently I rode 200 miles on my bike in two days to support cancer research in the Cleveland Velosano Ride. Not bad for a grandfather. Two years ago, I spoke to one of the researchers with the Cleveland Clinic where the proceeds for the ride go to the Search for the Cure. When I told him of my family and friends stories as my motivation for the ride he informed me that my Grandfather’s terminal bout with bladder cancer thirty years ago is today mostly curable. In fact, he talked of the progress that is increasing pace. Great news and the results of this and other HealthCare improvements has added a decade to average lifespan over a generation and more to come. Our lifespan growth has only recently been halted by opioid deaths and teen suicides rising at an alarming rate.
on 6 August 2018
It is becoming increasingly clear that the keys to happiness in our life are impacted primarily by the way we prepare for our future. The most successful careers come to those who prepare. The most successful careers are for those who participate actively in college to prepare and in the workplace throughout their career to work with others. The most successful retirement is enjoyed by those who prepare.
on 4 August 2018
Definition of dilemma from Merriam Webster: A situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two or more alternatives, especially equally undesirable ones. Although some commentators insist that dilemma be restricted to instances in which the alternatives to be chosen are equally unsatisfactory, their concern is misplaced; the unsatisfactoriness of the options is usually a matter of how the author presents them. What is distressing or painful about a dilemma is having to make a choice one does not want to make.
on 17 March 2018
This litmus test is having an expanding impact on employers and our youth. Created decades ago in the need of job candidates with specific skills, this mantra has morphed with employers into an antiquated job screening method with a social stigma for a whole generation. The college degree has replaced last century’s high school diploma. In the past, high school completion identified basic skills to read, write and show up to work on time. College was for those who could afford it
on 17 MArch 2018
Have you noticed how many conversations today seem to start with the weather? It used to be just getting on elevators. Now, “sorry I am late, the roads are horrible” or “this winter seems to be lasting forever, isn’t it?” My father used to say that people that talk about the weather just don’t have anything better to talk about. No longer is the weather conversation just an icebreaker for conversation. Increasingly it is a substitute.
on 22 April 2018
Before college there was family and tribe. College was developed as a finishing school for those who could afford it after high school. Today, just over 60% of high school graduates go directly to college. The 17-22-year-old age group makes up only 40% of the current college population.
on 7 February 2018
Every generation brings a new challenge to employers. Moving from an agrarian society to industrial society involved heavy training for new skill sets, but there was never a question of work ethic. As the industrial revolution became a worldwide phenomenon, the need for workers created a worldwide displacement of families pursuing job opportunities.
on 8 January 2018