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May 24, 2013

It's a long road ahead for the graduates


Listen up

I know this is earth-shattering news, but sometimes when we’re young, we don’t always listen to adults. I didn’t listen to adults because I knew how the world worked better than they did, even though they had life experiences that likely tripled to quadrupled the amount of experience that I had.

I wouldn’t make the same mistakes. I was different than 99 percent of other people.

I quickly realized I was wrong.

You will make mistakes. I still make mistakes. Learning from others will help reduce the amount of mistakes made on a daily basis. Parents and grandparents have been through a lot, and are good sources of information.

My parents and grandparents taught me a lot about what to expect and how to deal with adversity. Luckily, I learned to listen early on in my educational endeavors and I learned a lot about what not to do by watching other people make mistakes.

Be versatile

This is one of the most important parts of living in a technological world.

Gone are the days of having only one or two responsibilities at work. Employers are looking for a multi-faceted employee who can do many tasks. And the more you can do, the more marketable you are for prospective jobs.

I’ve always been a big believer in learning as many tasks possible at every job. Before I got my degree, I worked internships and part-time jobs over the summer that included newspapers, magazines and a television station.

When I went to school, I immersed myself in all facets of the media industry, including online, newspaper, television and radio. Knowing a little about everything in whatever job you do, whether it’s in the banking industry or education or plumbing, helps make bosses think twice before going another direction with your position.

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