Just 3% of college graduates have the types of experiences in college that strongly relate to great jobs and great lives afterward (Gallup).

A very strong predictor of a great life is whether one is (emotionally) engaged at work; people engaged at work are 4.6x more likely to thrive in all areas of well-being.

 

Strong predictors of being engaged at work are whether one attended a college that prepared students for life outside of college and was passionate about the long-term success of its students. Other strong predictors of being engaged at work are whether one had an encouraging mentor, a professor who made her/him excited about learning, and a professor who cared about her/him as a person.  In addition, strong predictors of being engaged at work are whether the student had an internship or job that allowed her/him to apply what they learned, whether the student worked on a project that lasted more than a semester, and whether the student was active in extracurricular activities.

 

Another Gallup study found that people who use their strengths at work are 6.0x more likely to be engaged on the job.

Translation: a strong predictor of whether a person is engaged at work and experiences well-being is whether they attended a college that was passionate about empowering students to discern, develop, and deploy their gifts and calling.