Students Win Lottery
The Life Success Lottery
Envisioning an Affirmative Program to Motivate Students
Students are seeing success as a game. No, it’s not about rolling the dice or betting money. You win by increasing the odds of getting a great career. Yes, it’s all about betting on yourself. Winning is achieved by increasing hire-ability. Undoubtedly, this game is more than just about a career. Those with college degrees live longer1. They are also less likely to get a divorce.2 So obviously, they’re fighting to win the “Life Success Lottery.”
First, we must clarify that 75% of available jobs require a college degree.3 Employers use the college degree requirement to screen job applicants, especially for management positions. Many students misunderstand this point.
56% of Americans think a college degree is not worth the cost, the highest rate in the survey’s history.4 Many students label a degree worthless when they see others in a different career. They just don’t understand that a college degree has become a “Proof of capability test.”5
Many teens today are still choosing “No Degree,” “Trade School,” or approaching college without enthusiasm. Unfortunately, some feel defeated because of a lack of money, average grades, or a lack of occupational knowledge. Of course, being naïve, misguided, or apathetic has consequences. Studies have found that those without a planned, positive future suffer from low self-esteem6, and high anxiety.7
Perhaps “Statistical Shockers” will get young people to see their reality and motivate them to invest in a career path.
Only 6% Of Highly Successful People
Are Without a College Degree.9
Individuals Without College are Half as Likely to Be Unemployed as a College Graduate.10
College Graduates Earn an Average Of $70,000 Per Year.
A High School Diploma Earns Less Than Half.11
Our job as counselors begins with getting them motivated. Their fight ahead is genuinely a personal war. Tell them you are committed to giving them all the resources needed to fight each battle. It’s up to them, however, to choose a career path they will most enjoy doing.
Tell them, “This is your life.
Let them know a career with less than 7% projected growth will have fewer job openings.12 Show them how to do a “Related Careers” search. It can turn a going-nowhere job into a high-demand, high-paying, life career path choice. Advise them to be aware of popular careers, like acting or advertising. They have very high demand with lower job availability. Therefore, the odds are lower, and they must fight harder.
My college counselor told me that work experience would increase my odds of getting hired dramatically. I, therefore, focused on building a curriculum that would get me my first job. Then, I listed my courses on my resume. It worked. They saw me as someone with experience.
As career counselors, we can provide students with all the resources needed to direct and control their destinies. Unsupervised, many students choose a path forward without career knowledge and are later disappointed. Others don’t make up their mind and go nowhere. Supplying occupational info and a list of enjoyable occupations is crucial.
Many students today are at a life-changing crossroad. Making the journey ahead a game they can win creates decisive, affirmative energy and possibilities. Challenge them to increase their hire-ability and win the “Life Success Lottery.”
For more than 25 years, Dewey Sadka owned and ran Temp Force, one of the nation’s largest and most successful staffing companies. He then sold his company to Randstad Staffing, where he served as the USA’s COO.
Running staffing companies for over 24 years, he came face-to-face with thousands of individuals working to survive, stumbling to find an enjoyable career. Regrettably, there wasn’t a career program that worked. After leaving, he invested millions and 20 years to build a career program that empowers others to control their destiny.
The Top 50 Most Enjoyable Occupations assessment list was validated directly against the US Dept. of Labor’s O*Net Code. Therefore, there are no assumptions that “an occupation is a certain personality type.” Then, an O*Net Code’s occupational link connects students to all they need to know about a career. The other assessment, Success Driven Coaching, identifies their core motivation. Then coaches them every 2½ days with a Customized Coaching Program to keep them on track. A 2-minute Color Test produces both Programs.
Dewey Sadkaʼs company was featured on CareerBuilder, receiving over 100 million visitors with over 8 MSN and 12 AOL “Article of the Week” awards. He has received excellent features and reviews from CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, USA Today, Discovery Channel, and over 1000 magazines and newspapers.
He’s also the author of a series of books and products through Random House with over eight international editions and a best seller in Japan.
- CNBC 2021 https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/19/college-graduates-live-longer-than-those-without-a-college-degree.html
- BLs.Gov 2013 https://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2013/article/pdf/marriage-and-divorce-patterns-by-gender-race-and-educational-attainment.pdf
- Truth Out 2022 Aug https://truthout.org/articles/75-of-new-jobs-require-a-degree-while-only-40-of-potential-applicants-have-one/
- WSJ2023 https://www.businessinsider.com/college-degree-student-loans-value-worth-it-survey-wsj-2023-3
- Harvard Business School 2022 May https://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/college-degrees-the-job-requirement-companies-seek-but-don’t-really-need
- Frontiers in Psychology 2018 Apr https://doi.org/10.3389%2Ffpsyg.2018.00514
- Healthy Place 2018 Mar https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/buildingselfesteem/2018/03/how-low-self-esteem-can-negatively-impact-your-career-path
- Taylor& Francis 2017 May Taylor & Francis Online study.
- Association of Public and Land GrantUniversities 2021 https://www.aplu.org/our-work/4-policy-and-advocacy/publicuvalues/employment-earnings/
- Forbes 2021 Oct https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaeltnietzel/2021/10/11/new-study-college-degree-carries-big-earnings-premium-but-other-factors-matter-too/?sh=2603c7a735cd
- US Dept of Labor2023 https://www.dol.gov/agencies/eta/onet/data-collection