What would you like to say for the young generation graduating from university or college and starting careers?

When we think about the current global economic environment in the wake of the financial crisis, the young people graduating from university or college and starting careers  have more tough issues in comparison with the older generation, specially their parents generation.

Let us think about what we can say for them! If you have some idea or opinion about the above question, please leave your comment in consideration of the following answers in order to share it with other people in the world.

From: Pat Meehan(President at The Meehan Group)

Date: March 7, 2010
To: Michael Chang
Hi  Michael,

I would say …

“Your whole career is a conversation. Your whole career and life is your connection to many other people through the network of relationships that you have continually developed each day over time. Networking is a connection with people and groups of people that grows harmoniously throughout your life, and creates an endless chain of limitless opportunities for you and the world around you.”

All the best,
Pat

 
From: Susan Shwartz PhD(Harvard University) 
Date: March 16, 2010
To: Michael Chang
 
 
You are more than your job, more than your title, more than your income: you are -you-. Yes, you must be self-sufficient, so you need to learn job-hunting as well as work.

But they are nothing without getting yourself a life.

High motivation, low expectations, and a good work ethic. It’s not easy, but it works.

From: Tom Kearney(President, Business Strategist at Building Profit)
Date: March 7, 2010
To: Michael Chang                                                                          
Congrats, but life goes by very quickly.
So … use your degree only as a tool to accomplish what you want out of life.
Prioritize your needs: friends, family, religion, money, health, status symbols like a house and car, etc.

Then, set measureable goals & benchmarks on each of them.

It’s too easy, in the daily grind of work, life and relationships to loose sight of what your really want out of life – REMAIN FOCUSED on the bigger picture! Good Luck.

From: David Mitchel(Vice President of Marketing at Norton Mitchel Marketing)
Date: March 7, 2010
To: Michael Chang
I would keep it pretty simple.

Work smart. Be proactive in your career development. Make the most of your working relationships. Work to achieve the highest degree of success.

Most importantly, maintain a work-life balance. Have fun. Enjoy yourself.

From: Kelly Feil(President at The Kellyn Group, LLC)
Date: March 7, 2010
To: Michael Chang                               
 Have patience and realize that life will teach you if you are willing to listen. Learning should not stop with your formal education. That first job, the first boss, all the frustrations… you may look back later and realize what the universe was teaching you. Embrace opportunity in all forms!
                                                               
From: Dave Maskin(The WireMan at WireNames.com)
Date: March 7, 2010
To: Michael Chang
 
Welcome to reality…
Unfortunately, with too few jobs and too many folks looking for jobs, you must be persistent in your job search…

If you have the capacity to start your own business, this is the time to do it…

From: Vince Pizzoni( Head of Professional Guidance at The Cheltenham Ladies’ College)

Date: March 13, 2010

To: Michael Chang
Stay positive, work hard, be persistent, always play to your strengths, listen and learn, take risks.           
                                                                                      
From: Subhasis Banerji (Research Associate at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
Date: March 13, 2010
To: Michael Chang
I would say “Welcome to the REAL world” :

You can come into this world with the attitude of making a positive change with whatever talents you have, or you can enter it with the insecurity and pettiness that characterises many corporate cultures. Before you decide how much money you want to make and how soon, decide whether you want to make a change or you are OK with being changed. There will be a constant struggle between the two and so……good luck to you.

Instead of focussing on one goal for yourself, learn to live with two goals – working for your own progress AND working for the benefit of others/society. This will make you grow faster than you think, enable you to leave a legacy in your field of work and push the limits of your potential.

Most importantly, you will be happy no matter what crisis.

From: Phyllis Reardon (President at CoachPhyllis.com Inc)
Date: March 8, 2010
To: Michael Chang
Keep learning. Learnin is life long.
                                                                                                                                                                             
From: Angela Calkins (Faculty/Administrator at The Wright Institute)
Date: March 13, 2010
To: Michael Chang
I whole heartedly agree with Phyllis. Life is short and one should never want to stop learning and growing. I would also say for the person to look at what are the values and principles they want to live by and how are they going to do that? I think we get to cynical and fall into beliefs things can’t change. I also think we have lost what it means to have employer and employee loyalty. I think that is important. It is about mutuality and not just “what’s in it for me”.

I would also encourage someone to read Judith Wright’s book The One Decision. I have found when I focus on my one decision- I am a stand for truth- it helps guide me in all my decisions and it makes life a little easier.

From: Christine Hueber(CEO at ChristineHueber.com)

Date: March 13, 2010
To: Michael Chang
Do your best and enjoy what you do.
                                                                                                                                                                                
From: Peter Taylor (President at North American Artisans, LLC)
Date: March 13, 2010
To: Michael Chang
If there is one thing that I would like to say to the younger generation, that is graduating from high school or college and joining the work force, it is that whatever your niche in the business world, I hope that you understand how essential and important your job truly is and perform it with pride every day that you go to work. If you are an entrepreneur, I wish you the best of luck in business and if you are sweeping floors, I hope that you sweep every nook and cranny. Just remember, that if there’s one person who can appreciate and take pride in your work, it’s you. Do your best in everything you do and stay confident, and I promise that you will advance; not only in your career, but in your life.
You have the ultimate power to believe in yourself, Michael. Belief and persistence is the clearest path to success.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
      
From: Subhasis Banerji( Research Associate at Nanyang Technological University,  Singapore)
Date:March 13, 2010
To: Michael Chang
I would say “Welcome to the REAL world” :

You can come into this world with the attitude of making a positive change with whatever talents you have, or you can enter it with the insecurity and pettiness that characterises many corporate cultures. Before you decide how much money you want to make and how soon, decide whether you want to make a change or you are OK with being changed. There will be a constant struggle between the two and so……good luck to you.

Instead of focussing on one goal for yourself, learn to live with two goals – working for your own progress AND working for the benefit of others/society. This will make you grow faster than you think, enable you to leave a legacy in your field of work and push the limits of your potential.

Most importantly, you will be happy no matter what crisis. 

From: Vince Pizzoni(Head of Professional Guidance at The Cheltenham Ladies’ College, United Kingdom)
Date: March 13, 2010
To: Michael Chang
Stay positive, work hard, be persistent, always play to your strengths, listen and learn, take risks.                             
                                                     
From: Elliot Echlov (Sr. IT Support Analyst at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina)
 Date: March 13, 2010
To: Michael Chang
Congratulations. Now you are ready to start learning the things you’ll need to know to have a successful career. There will be people who will help you do this and people who will try to keep you from doing this. The biggest challenge you will face over the next 3-5 years is figuring out which people belong in those categories because you are going to have to work with all of them.

And always wear sunscreen.(http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/chi-schmich-sunscreen-column,0,4054576.column)

From: June R. Massoud

  • Computer Engineer and Consultant at Self-Employed
  • Teacher and Substitute Teacher at English School Boards in Montreal
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    Date: March 13, 2010
    To: Michael Chang
    Have new interests outside your chosen profession or vocation, develop emotional intelligence, always expect the unexpected, expect the least and do the most, don’t be greedy, don’t chase money as the only reason for your existence, help those in need, don’t be selfish, collaboration is always better than competition and by the way, if you say all this in your valedictory speech, make sure you quote the source. Thank you.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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