Advice to Graduates

Posted in Podcast
by on May 2, 2012

May is the month where large groups of mostly young people cast off the moniker of student and assume a new role as working professionals. As a few of these graduates are the Squares of Tomorrow™, we have a vested interest in making sure they get the best possible advice on being successful, productive, and happy.

We get into some specific advice from each Square in the episode, but there are a few common threads that appear over and over. Don’t take whatever job falls in your lap. Think about what you want to be doing with your days, and pursue a career that lets you do that. If you aren’t sure what you want to do, then discovering that is your top priority. You can interview professionals, take assessments, ask friends, or do some old fashioned trial and error – but do not wait to be struck with inspiration. Figure out what area you want to work in and go get a job that lets you do the meatiest parts of that process each day.

If your dream job hasn’t walked up and smooched you on the face yet, it’s probably not going to. You need to go seek it out.

Topics Covered:

  • The importance of writing in a professional environment – every professional environment
  • The unique opportunity you have to network right now
  • Being intentional with the decisions you make from this point on
  • Keep continually learning – especially from sources that are outside of your wheelhouse
  • How employers think about your generation in terms of loyalty and entitlement

Resources Mentioned:

  • Conan O’Brien’s commencement speech – given June 12, 2011 to the graduates of Dartmouth College
  • Stranger Dreams – the mystery point-and-click video game that Dean created for his capstone project
  • Getting Real – ostensibly about web development, this book is packed with tips and insight on running a lean, effective business
  • Success Principles – the staple of the Silver Square bookshelf with timeless principles for personal and professional success
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