The Ten on Tuesday topic for 5/19/2015 is 10 Things You Would Say If You Gave A Commencement Address.
Um… this is honestly something I’ve never thought of before. Let’s see what I come up with, hmmm? And then please tell me what you would add. I’m sure I’ll miss tons, and I’m curious as to what, exactly, I’ll leave out…
- Congratulations. It is a lot of work the students will have put in to get where they are, after all.
- Have fun. I don’t know if this is ever said. But if it isn’t it should be. This is probably the lesson I value the most – because if you’re not having fun, then why did you bother to do all that hard work in the first place?
- Take pride in what you do. The job doesn’t matter nearly so much as how you do it.
- Your degree may have absolutely no bearing on your next job. It might, but it might not. The percentage of people I’ve met at work who said that they studied something completely different than what they’re currently doing is really high.
- How well you do your job is important, but you also need to be an advocate for yourself. The squeaky wheel, and all that. Sometimes the only way to get a raise or a promotion is to ask for one.
- Keep it professional at the office. Fun is great, even at work, but keep work fun professional. This shouldn’t have to be said, but I’ve seen enough to know that it really does.
- When you find something you love to do, find a way to make it your profession. Granted, finding that thing you love may take a while.
- Remember to stay in touch with your friends. Yes, you will lose touch with many/most of your school friends. But keep some of them. And make new friends who aren’t co-workers.
- Take your vacation time. I know too many people at work who never take vacation. They consider it a matter of pride. I consider it a health risk (physical and mental) and a great way to let your productivity drop off, since you never get a new perspective by being away from the office for a while.
- TAKE YOUR SICK TIME. You will get healthier sooner, and your co-workers will thank you for not spreading your germs around.