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Mike Marriner


 Thursday, March 25, 2010, 10 am Pacific, 11 am Mountain, Noon Central, 1 pm EST,  6 pm Zurich, 7 pm Istanbul

Roadtrip Nation (now in high schools)

Define Your Own Road in Life


Roadtrip Nation is a movement that empowers students to define their own roads in life. Learn from Co-Founder, Mike Marriner, how this grassroots effort is expanding into high schools to make education more relevant and engaging for our nation's youth.



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Sample Interview with Andrew Lins.

Today Andrew Lins is a leading expert of metal corrosion. However, he wasn’t always sure what he wanted to do. “When I was your age, I was thinking of two careers. One was medicine, and one was art.” CLICK HERE TO HEAR LIN'S INTERVIEW...



Roadtrip Nation Launches Pilot with ROP Program

In the fall of 2008, Roadtrip Nation launched a pilot in Fresno County with the Regional Occupation Programs (ROP) there. Working closely with Valerie Vuicich and her team, Roadtrip Nation was able to bring this Experience to 500 ROP students across the region. In particular, students at the Center for Advanced Research and Technology (CART) really ran with the program, roadtripping all across their county. A few notable interviews included the mayor of Fresno, a former NFL coach, local entrepreneurs, judges, and several others. CLICK HERE to listen to their story....


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In 2000, Mike Marriner, then 23, was a med-school-bound water-polo player at Malibu, California's Pepperdine University—a school where many students, like himself, had their life paths plotted out. The last thing a smart Pepperdine grad was expected to do was dump everything and take a three-month, 17,000-mile road trip across America in a neon-green RV. READ MORE...(from Outside Magazine)




Mike Marriner
Roadtrip Nation
760 Newton Way
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
p: 949.291.0988

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Roadtrip Nation started with today's interviewee, Mike Marriner, and three friends who were graduating from college and didn't know what to do with their lives. They were determined to expose themselves to more than just the traditional life roads. They hopped in an old RV, painted it green, and hit the road to talk with inspiring people from all walks of life to find out how they came to do what they love for a living. Since then, Roadtrip Nation has evolved into a PBS series, three books, an online community and a student movement. The principals have been on Oprah and have interviewed a Supreme Court judge. Welcome Mike.  Here's my first question, "Many of the listeners on this phone call are familiar with Roadtrip Nation, but for those who aren't, what is Roadtrip Nation?  When did it begin and how has it evolved?


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Interview Questions

  1. Many of the listeners on this phone call are familiar with Roadtrip Nation, but for those who aren't, what is Roadtrip Nation?  When did it begin?  How has it evolved?
  2. I read in the Roadtrip March blog about an "Indie Trip." What is an "Indie Trip?"
  3. You mentioned that Roadtrip Nation is reaching out to high school students.  How are you doing that?  Are they driving busses around the country interviewing people whose are in occupations that interest them, like the college students do?
  4. Do you believe that occupational interviews will help high school students in their careers?  By the time they graduate from college, if they go to college, or in the next four years, the occupation of the person whom they interviewed may have disappeared or be radically different fromwhat it was like when they interviewed the person. How will the interview help the student four years later?
  5. Have you found the interviews of value to college students? If so, how?
  6. Can you give us an idea of what you will be including in your currculum for high school students?  How can we find out more?
  7. I understand that you've also been reaching out to college students all over the world.  In what countries have you brought Roadtrip Nation and what is the response?
  8. Since you are so engaging and in touch with young people who are searching for meaningful work,  I invited you to be our moderator in the upcoming professional development institute, What is a Sawmill Without a Forest? Improving Human Life by Cultivating a Sustainable Environment, on June 29 at the NCDA conference in San Francisco. Is Roadtrip Nation involved in green careers and the sustainability movement?  If so, how?
  9. What are Roadtrip Nation's plans for the future?  Any other populations that you would like to target?  There is a great need for your work.  Have you thought about reaching out to individuals with barriers, such as students with disability challenges, individuals with criminal records (1/10 of the American population), baby boomers looking to change careers.  Have you considered reaching out to any of these groups?
  10. How are you getting the word out about your services and products? I heard you are on PBS. What is that about?
  11. Where do you see yourself going personally and professionally?



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Thank you, Mike, 


Mike Marriner will be moderator and Shawn Rosenmoss, whom I shall interview on April 15, will be a panelist (along with recent Careerwell speakers Carol McClelland and Jim Cassio), in a California Career Development Association-sponsored Professional Development Institute at the NCDA Conference, entitled "What is a Sawmill without a Forest: Improving Human Life by Creating a Sustainable Environment."


Listeners, I welcome you to join me in conversations with April's career experts:


Also, if you are attending the DOWD Conference on April 5-8, be sure to drop by the Careerwell table to meet Bob and me and listen to keynote speaker and last week's Careerwell interviewee Elisabeth Harney Sanders-Park. Careerwell will publicize for subscribing organizations onsite speaking engagements of past and future Careerwell speakers, so send me announcements to post.

For Careerwell Tele-Interviews, this is Dr. Sally Gelardin.

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