(Drafted a note for a convocation program on behalf of the head of a local university….This was a freelance job not my current employer)
Aside from extending my heartfelt congratulations to our esteemed 2013 graduates, I would like to impart what it is I think someone in my position can give to a recent graduate and that is advice.
Advice is plentiful and often not asked for because it is not tied to anything in real life. It is simply the words of egoism and age out of touch with youth.
However, advice tied to real life career opportunities is something that an experienced person of my age can impart to a fresh graduate.
We live in a time of two worlds – Real life where one must work hard, start a career, start a family etc. and online life which is increasingly how we manage real life affairs be it through banking, paying bills, our jobs, even our social life as Facebook and other social media have become the way we interact with other people.
It is time to acknowledge the two worlds. Be conscious of your onlife life while living your real life. Establish a positive online presence not as a “troll” or negative person.
We live in a time where we are all visible whether we like it or not. Too much information? Maybe but it can be managed. It is an exciting time to enter the workforce and I hope all of our recent graduates can deal with the two worlds.