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Equipping Young Adults for Real World Success


Dennis Trittin founded LifeSmart Publishing to help address the life skills deficit hindering today’s younger generation. Observation and research suggests this looming crisis is rooted in several cultural and institutional forces:

    1. increasing fragmentation of family life
    2. immature or absent parenting
    3. schools viewing character/life skills as the domain of parents and therefore focusing primarily on traditional subject matter; parents incorrectly assume schools are fully covering key life subjects (e.g., finance)
    4. inadequate youth employment opportunities
    5. harmful cultural messages from the media and entertainment industries

The end result is that our society is producing a generation of young adults largely unprepared to negotiate life, develop and maintain healthy life-long relationships, demonstrate honorable and effective leadership, build stable households, and succeed in a--- Read More

To Land Your Dream Job, Build Your Edge

3/26/2017 12:25:35 AM

  One important key to success is self confidence. An important key to self confidence is preparation. ~Arthur Ashe   So, you’ve buckled down and identified several candidate careers (or majors) that could be your perfect match. Now, it’s time to turn this vision into a reality! It’s a highly competitive job market out there, so you’ll need a solid plan to acquire the necessary qualifications to win. That means building your competitive edge—the next --- Read More

Finding a Career That Fits You

3/18/2017 6:01:11 PM

Life is filled with important decisions, but few are as critical as selecting a well-matched career. Not only is it our primary income source, but it also is the most direct way we apply our skills and talents in life. With all of the time we spend in our careers, it pays to make this one of the most well researched decisions in life. That means inventorying our skills, interests, and personal preferences, and researching different career options that play to our strengths, are realistically acc--- Read More

Career Readiness Essentials: Knowing What Employers Value

3/13/2017 3:18:52 PM

Here’s a true story from my hometown. She was scheduled to arrive for work as a server for a small family restaurant at 5:00. However, she apparently received a better offer. At 4:55 she called the owner, informing him that she was sick and unable to work. But, merely 15 minutes later, she would be posting pictures of herself with friends at a beach party some seven miles away. When she showed up refreshed for work the next day, she was fired on the spot.   This case example is worth --- Read More

Self Awareness: Where Career Readiness Begins

3/7/2017 6:35:01 PM

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive that is Youer than You.” ~Dr. Suess   I love visiting with high schoolers and college students about their career plans. It takes me back to when I walked in their shoes. I remember feeling excited and confused at the same time. Eventually I found my way, but it was a circuitous path!   Some of my mentees are quite certain of their career interests and have laid out detailed plans to get there. However, m--- Read More

Career Readiness Essentials for School and Home

2/28/2017 2:17:52 PM

“You’re off to great places! Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way!” ~Dr. Suess   “So, what do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s a question each of us has received (and often loathed!) countless times in our formative years. For some, like my daughter, the answer was clear from an early age. For most, it’s a trial and error process with midcourse changes—and loads of stress. And, that’s only the--- Read More

Top Ten Parenting Tips to Promote College Readiness (Part Two)

2/21/2017 1:32:16 PM

Top Ten Parenting Tips to Promote College Readiness (Part Two)   Last week, we shared the first five of our ten best parenting tips to build college readiness and circumvent the “derailers” plaguing college students today. The sooner we can build these skills in our future collegians, the better prepared they will be to succeed! Without further adieu, here are the final five tips:    6.      Respect their need for balance and margin. In an effo--- Read More

Top Ten Tips to Promote College Readiness (Part One)

2/11/2017 11:07:43 PM

“Don’t prepare the path for the child, prepare the child for the path.” ~ Author Unknown   Or, as we say at LifeSmart, “Give them wings, not strings.”   Preparing our children for a successful launch into adulthood is one of our greatest parenting responsibilities. And a huge milestone! Unfortunately, as we shared in last week’s blog, many college students are struggling at this pivotal time of life. Our nation’s college completion ranki--- Read More

Growing Signs of College Unreadiness

2/6/2017 7:59:59 PM

Have you experienced something like the following? You’re invited to a high school graduation party brimming with pride and promise. In a few short months, he/she will be heading off to college to fulfill his/her dreams, so it’s a festive occasion. Then, after a semester, a year, or maybe two, we hear the disheartening news: in an unexpected turn of events, our friend/relative/son/daughter just dropped out. That upbeat graduation party seemed like only yesterday, didn’t it? Now--- Read More

Three Tips to Help Teens Date Smart

1/30/2017 9:40:51 AM

Ahhhh… the time is finally here. The holiday we all look forward to throughout the entire year that’s filled with candy, glitter, expensive dinners, cherubs, school parties, and cupids. Valentine’s Day!   Okay, I know most of us don’t actually look forward to Valentine’s Day all year. In fact, Valentine’s Day can be a hard time for people who may feel lonely as a single person or unhappy in their current relationship. After all, shouldn’t we all ha--- Read More

Is it Time to Revisit High School Course Requirements?

1/23/2017 5:16:36 PM

When we speak to educators and administrators at various conferences around the country, one of the questions we invariably ask is:   “How many of your schools have defined a well prepared graduate for life?”   Sadly, we’ve yet to see more than 10 percent of audience members respond affirmatively. Of those, comparatively few admit that their school has a specific pathway to build these required skills.   At the same time, out in the “real world," we f--- Read More

Let's Make 2017 the Year of Listening

1/14/2017 6:13:24 PM

“We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.” ~ Epictetus   Question: what one action fosters unity, common understanding, mutual respect, healing, better decisions, more effective management, stronger marriages, families, and friendships, and greater empathy, civility, harmony, knowledge, and perspective? (I think we can all agree these are worthy causes!) Answer: LIstening. If we dedicated ourselves to becoming better listeners. I believe--- Read More
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