Career Expert Addresses the Quarter Life Crisis

Smiley Poswolsky begins his lunch and learn in Hermann lounge. PHOTO COUTRTESY OF WESTMINSTER CAB.

Smiley Poswolsky introduces himself to begin his lunch and learn in Hermann lounge. PHOTO COURTESY OF WESTMINSTER CAB.


Bestselling author and millennial career expert, Adam “Smiley” Poswolsky, held a lunch and learn lecture on Tuesday where he encouraged students to find meaningful work — work that allows you to share you gifts, maintain your values and is finically viable for your desired lifestyle.

During the lecture, Powolsky discussed how most college students get stuck in a quarter life crisis after graduation and are unsure about what to do in the next step of their lives. His talk encouraged students to choose a career they love and makes them feel alive.

“I found the discussion very informative and helpful, especially for people like me who have no idea what they’re doing after college,” Jordan Esry, ’18, said.

In addition to lecturing, Pawolsky asked the audience to participate in several activities. In groups, students shared what makes them feel satisfied in life. Answers included reading, working with children, working with the elderly and listening to music.

Then, students paired up and became each other’s “accountability buddy.” They told their partner one specific, 10-minute task they wanted to complete within the next 24 hours, and Poswolsky asked them to hold each other accountable for that action. He even urged partners to exchange their phone numbers to ensure every pair would be in communication after leaving the lecture.

“My perspective was broadened after listening to this lecture, and I learned that even if I think I am convinced on what I want to do after I graduate college, it is okay to change my mind,” Alex Rauscher, 18, said. “This lecture also encouraged me to continue researching other options past graduation and after getting my first job.”

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