People who have fulfilling careers rarely take a straight path to success. Many experience failures and triumphs along the way. The Roadtrip Nation Interview Archive in Naviance features over 3,500 video interviews with individuals who have forged through challenges to accomplish unique goals. These leaders candidly discuss hardships, successes and the obstacles they overcame to create a meaningful life on their own terms.
Students can explore the Archive by interests like Film, Food, Entrepreneurship, Writing, and Science to find leaders whose interests align with their ambitions. Students can also explore by 48 themes such as fear, failure and perseverance to learn how leaders overcame challenges similar to those students may be facing today. All interviews are conducted by young people who traveled the United States to ask leaders how they turned a passion into a livelihood.
By exploring the diverse personal stories of those that have gone before them, students using the Archive gain exposure to career pathways they may not have known existed, and can actively begin thinking about colleges, majors, and career goals that reflect their unique talents and aspirations.
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Through aspects of the Naviance programs, such as Roadtrip Nation and the Learning Style Inventory, our children have been able see where their opportunities in life go further past any particular circumstances they may be in the present. It also assists our educators in guiding our children through any road blocks that would lead them to believe they could not accomplish any dreams they may want to pursue.
—Thomas Courtney, St. Aloysius
Roadtrip Nation also includes tools to help students, educators, and parents discover the video content that is most relevant to students’ lives. “What’s Your Road?” is a self-guided experience in which students answer self-assessment questions about their interests and personal attributes. The results match them with leaders in the Roadtrip Nation Interview Archive who share students’ interests. Students can then watch video interviews and learn how these accomplished individuals got to where they are today, gaining valuable insight on how to bring their own passions to life.
Roadtrip Nation and Hobsons have also created curated video Playlists centered on specific themes. These Playlists allow educators, students, and parents to easily find Interview Archive content relevant to their students without having to search for it. Some Playlist topics include:
Students identify the cross-section of their interests and watch video interviews of leaders with similar passions.
This report describes the background, methods, and findings of a "deep dive" evaluation of Roadtrip Nation's high school program, the Roadtrip Nation Experience.
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