SOURCE: Rustic Pathways

Rustic Pathways

May 16, 2017 08:00 ET

Rustic Pathways Launches Leader Corps to Jumpstart College Graduates' Careers

Intensive professional development course guarantees that students will land a job within 12 months of graduation

CHARDON, OH--(Marketwired - May 16, 2017) - Rustic Pathways, the leading provider of authentic travel, service learning and adventure programs, is announcing the launch of its Leader Corps program to help college graduates fully prepare to enter the workforce. The flagship program, in coordination with 6th Power, aims to help students land their dream job, and positions them for successful careers. The three-week advanced professional development course combines executive coaching with purposeful international travel to help students close the skills gap and tackle the burden of student loan debt.

As part of the Leader Corps program, students will travel to Peru to immerse in a new environment. Rustic Pathways has found that traveling abroad to new places greatly increases the development of soft skills like leadership, self-awareness, grit and empathy. While traveling, students will define their individual purpose statement with their certified development coach. They'll also work together on personal branding, development and identify the companies that most closely align with their passion and purpose.

"A recent survey from Payscale shows that hiring managers say recent graduates are most often lacking soft skills like critical thinking, attention to detail, and communication skills," said Chris Stakich, CEO of Rustic Pathways. "At Rustic Pathways we have regularly seen immense student development after participating in one of our travel programs. Most students report growth in key soft skills, like independence, self-awareness, empathy and humility. With Leader Corps, we are able to pair the benefits of international travel with the know-how of Fortune 50 executives to help recent graduates overcome the obstacles and kickstart their dream career."

As part of the program, coaches will teach recent graduates about effective communication, collaboration models, design-thinking methodology and negotiation techniques. The program is so effective that graduates are guaranteed to get a job within 12 months of graduating, or they get their money back. To learn more about Leader Corps or to enroll in a program visit

About Rustic Pathways
Education. Travel. Philanthropy. Believing in the transformative power of travel for the past 30 years, Rustic Pathways offers students more than 100 opportunities across 21 countries, including summer travel, spring break, gap year, college, and Critical Issues programs. These programs give students the opportunity to travel and give back to the local community during their personal time. As a result, in 2016, Rustic Pathways impacted 37,491 lives around the world. For more information, visit