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It is the time of year when people are entering the work-force full time for the first time in their lives. Whether you are graduating from high school or college the next step feels like a big one! Most people have a feeling of uncertainty and anxiety. What’s next? Will I be able to find a job? What if I make the wrong career choice?
This week, I want to take a look at some career advice for new graduates. As our guides or mentors, I have selected 2 pillars from the American Business Community: Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.
QUESTION: Mr.Buffett, Mr. Gates, I am Ibrahim Dolly and I came from Portugal. I have a question for both of you. You both knew early in your careers what you wanted to do in your life. What advice do you have for those of us who are a little bit unclear?
GATES: Well, finding the thing that you are passionate about and that you are good at can sometimes take a period of years. I think Warren and I were lucky we kind of ran into it. I wasn't even sure it was software. I was kind of obsessed with it but then it wasn't clear it could be a career. When that happened, it was great. I think most other people get into their 20s and have to try out some different experiences. And some things will expose you to a lot of different businesses, a lot of different work opportunities. And I think you can make your first few jobs optimized for getting that exposure. And then when you want it, see the thing that you want to be fanatical about and just jump on to that.
BUFFETT: First of all, I'd say marry the right person. [LAUGHTER] And I'm serious about that. [APPLAUSE] It will make more difference in your life. It will change your aspiration, all kind of things. It's enormously important who you marry. Beyond that, I would say that do what you would do if you were in my position, where the money means nothing to you. At 79, ... I work every day. And it's what I want to do more than anything else in the world. The closer you can come to that early on in your life, you know the more fun you're going to have in life and really the better you're going to do. So don't be driven where you think the last dollar is presently or anything of that sort. And then also go to work, if possible, for an organization or an individual that you admire. I mean I offered to go to work for Ben Graham because there was nobody I admired more in the business than him. I didn't care what he paid me. When he finally did hire me in 1954, I moved from Omaha to New York and I didn't know what I was getting paid until I got my first paycheck. But I knew I wanted to work for Ben Graham. And I knew I would jump out of bed every morning and be excited about what I would do and I would go home at night smarter than I was in the morning. Go to work at a job that turns you on and a person that turns you on and institution. [APPLAUSE]
Have you found your ‘passion in life’?
Have you found something you are ‘good at’?
What do you want to do after graduation?
Does your ‘passion’ and ‘what you are good’ at suit your career path?
Is it always possible to make your passion your career?
Do you agree with Mr. Buffett that “marrying the right person” is important to your career?
To view these excellent visionaries of business go to CNBC
To all of the graduates entering the work force for the first time: good luck, enjoy, and always be yourself!
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