We are entering the season when people of all shapes and sizes take to podiums to deliver career advice to graduating seniors. Sorry to say, many of them (the orations and the orators) will be large bags of hot air.
Now and then one of them hits the nail on the head. Such is the case with a speech attributed to Bill Gates of Microsoft fame.
Here are nine job tips from Mr. Gates’ speech. You can help someone entering the world of work by passing along this message. And, by the way, there’s a lot of common sense career advice that applies no matter your place on the career path.
1. Life is not fair…get use to it.
2. The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something before you feel good about yourself. (He goes on to say that vice president titles and company cars with cell phone have to be earned.)
3. If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.
4. Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.
5. If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.
6. Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades…they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.
7. Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get the summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.
8. Television is not real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
9. Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.
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I wish you career success!
Ramon Greenwood, Head Career Coach
Common Sense At Work