What’s your best advice for the Class of 2012?
We posted the question on the SF State News Facebook site. Here are some of your answers.
Graduating is not the end of your scholastic effort but rather the beginning of your adult life. Could there be anything more important than what you are going to do with it? My advice: pack six pounds of life into a five- pound bag every day -- life is enormously precious so live it big!
-- Stephen Wolf (B.A., '67)
NEVER EVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS!
Grads, at this early stage in your career, your resume is not likely to open many doors for you. However, excellent communication skills just might. A strong resonant voice sends a message of inner confidence. Clear, crisp articulation shows attention to detail. A strong spine and a level head give the impression you have ... a strong spine and a level head!
--Cara Hale Alter (B.A., ’84; M.F.A., ’91)
Google yourself and check the privacy settings in your social media accounts to know what employers will be seeing and reading about you. Take every interview seriously, whether it’s in person or via Skype. In the latter case, check what’s visible on the walls around you, and find a way to prevent disruptions from other parties, including pets.
--Tracey Holloway (B.A., ’91)
HUG YOUR PROFESSORS! They did a lot of hard work to educate you.
--Aaron Kitashima (M.A., ’08; B.A., ’06)
Don’t expect to sit back and rely on what you have learned in college. Continuous, rapid and self-directed learning will be your only ticket to future success. Consider yourself a 2012 model of an iPhone; if you fail to continue learning and improving, how many years or even months before you are embarrassingly obsolete?
--Professor of Management John Sullivan
RSVP to face-to-face events and show up. Being visible develops deeper connections that build a network. Embrace the most important aspect of intergenerational communication (you will be interviewing with older people) -- RESPECT. Don’t forget that family, neighbors and even distant relatives are a source of job leads. ALWAYS say thank you, and write and snail mail thank you notes for leads, references, ideas and referrals.
--Susan Roane (M.A., '77)
Keep up your relationships! Networking is EVERYTHING!
Job hunting can be tough, but a carefully selected internship with the kind of place where you want a real, paid job can materialize that job. Many places hire from the inside. They hire known quantities, so get that foot in the door.
--Randy Hayes (M.A., '80, 2010 Alumnus of the Year)
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