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The 3 Secrets of Highly Successful Graduates

The 3 Secrets of Highly Successful Graduates


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Today's graduates don't feel ready for the new world of work. I share three things that successful professionals eventually figure out about their careers. http://www.startupofyou.com

Today's graduates don't feel ready for the new world of work. I share three things that successful professionals eventually figure out about their careers. http://www.startupofyou.com



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    The 3 Secrets of Highly Successful Graduates The 3 Secrets of Highly Successful Graduates Presentation Transcript

    • My name isReid Hoffmanand I’m anentrepreneurand investor.Hi!
    • I cofounded LinkedIn in 2003 withthe mission of connecting the world’sprofessionals to make them morePRODUCTIVE and SUCCESSFUL.
    • I’ve heard the CAREER CONCERNSof students around the world...
    • ...from the millions of STUDENTS on LinkedIn...
    • ...to the super youngENTREPRENEURSIve invested in...BRIAN CHESKY
    • ...to the student leaders who readmy book THE START-UP OF YOU.
    • And I’ve noticed a COMMON career concern...
    • College is supposed to prepare youfor SURVIVING and THRIVINGin the world of work.
    • But the world of work has CHANGED.
    • Stable career paths are DISAPPEARING.
    • COMPETITION can come from anywhere.
    • And the worldcontinues toCHANGE at arelentless pace.
    • If you are graduating, you may feel ANXIOUS.
    • I want you to know THAT’S OKAY.
    • That UNCERTAINTY you feel right nowabout your future—it won’t ever go away.
    • In an ever-changing world, managingyour career is a LIFELONG PROCESS.
    • When I graduated from undergrad...ME
    • I thought I knew what I wanted to do.
    • I was WRONG.
    • I could NOThave predictedmy career path.
    • It even took me 15 YEARS to realizewhat I was doing had a name...
    • E N T R E P R E N E U R S H I P
    • Along the way, Ive developed an eyefor the patterns of SUCCESS and FAILURE.
    • And there are at least THREE THINGSthat successful professionals eventuallyfigure out about their careers.
    • You WON’T find themin any of your textbooks.
    • And your school DOESN’T teach them.
    • And I’m sure you’d rather NOTwait 15 years to discover them.
    • I want to share them with you today.
    • 31. Competition2. Networks3. Risk
    • "How do I bring my DIFFERENTINTERESTS together into a career?"
    • "What should I do ifI DON’T KNOW what I like?"
    • "How do I choose betweenso many DIFFERENT PASSIONS?"
    • All of these are variations ofthe CLASSIC CAREER QUESTION...
    • "What should I DOwith my life?"
    • But these are theWRONGquestions to ask.
    • Among other things,these questionsfocus the attention onYOUinstead of the most important factor...
    • E V E R Y O N E E L S E
    • Many people WANT your dream job.
    • For anything desirable, theres COMPETITION.
    • To beat the competition,you need to develop aCOMPETITIVEADVANTAGE
    • But what is amade of?COMPETITIVEADVANTAGE
    • Your ASSETS are what youhave going for you now.
    • Your ASPIRATIONS are where youmight like to go in the future.
    • And theMARKET REALITIESare what people willactually pay you for.
    • The best career has you pursuingworthy ASPIRATIONS, using your ASSETS,while navigating the MARKET REALITIES.
    • Another CLASSIC QUESTIONyou may struggle with...
    • "How do I make aPOSITIVE DIFFERENCEin the world?"
    • You may think that you,as a RECENT GRADUATE withLIMITED WORK EXPERIENCE,don’t have much to offer.
    • In fact, yourEXISTING ASSETShave value, too.
    • You’ll be surprisedhow valuable yourexisting skills andconnections areto those whoDON’T HAVE THEM.
    • Just ask others: “HOW CAN I HELP?”
    • Youll learn to understandwhat OTHER PEOPLE’S NEEDS are.
    • Fulfill needs. Solve problems.And you CHANGE THE WORLD.
    • 31. Competition2. Networks3. Risk
    • In college, you had dorms,student organizations,classes...
    • Building relationships was EASY.
    • But in the real world, you have to learnto PROACTIVELY build your network.
    • Relationships matter because every jobboils down to interacting with PEOPLE.
    • PEOPLE controlresources, opportunities, and information.
    • Opportunities do DO NOT FLOAT like clouds in the sky.
    • Theyre attached to PEOPLE.
    • If youre looking for anOPPORTUNITY, youre reallylooking for a PERSON.
    • The people you spend time with shapeWHO YOU ARE and WHO YOU BECOME.
    • The fastest way to change yourselfis to hang out with people who areALREADY THE WAY YOU WANT TO BE.
    • The best way to meet new people isvia THE PEOPLE YOU ALREADY KNOW.
    • You may not think you know THE RIGHT PEOPLE.
    • Your existing network isBIGGERthan you think.
    • If you’re connected to a couplehundred people on LinkedIn,you’re actually at the center of a networkMORE THAN 2 MILLION PEOPLE STRONG.
    • In other words,it’s likely thatSOMEONE YOUALREADY KNOWknows someonewho could help you.
    • This is thePOWERof the extended network.
    • 31. Competition2. Networks3. Risk
    • Our education system penalizesstudents for MAKING MISTAKES.
    • But in the real world, you dont knowwhat the best plan is until you
    • And making mistakesis part of thatLEARNING PROCESS.
    • Learn by DOING.
    • Not sure if you can break into thepharmaceutical industry?
    • Spend six months interningat Pfizer making connectionsand SEE WHAT HAPPENS.
    • Curious whetherMARKETING or PRODUCT DEVELOPMENTis a better fit thanwhat you currently do?
    • If you work in a company where thosefunctions exist, offer to HELP OUT for free.
    • That’s exactly WHAT I DID at Apple,my first job after grad school.
    • Whatever the situation,ACTIONS, not plans,generate useful lessons.
    • ACTIONS help youdiscover where youwant to go andhow to get there.
    • You may assume that youget career stability byMINIMIZING RISK.
    • Ironically, in a changing world,PLAYING IT SAFE is one of theriskiest things you can do.
    • Rather than avoid risk,TAKE INTELLIGENT RISKS.It will give you a competitive edge.
    • For example, do not dismissjobs that PAY LESS IN CASH butoffer TREMENDOUS LEARNING.
    • Prioritize plans that offer the best chanceat LEARNING about yourself and the world.
    • Do not dismiss a career pathjust because you keep hearingHOW RISKY IT IS.
    • It probably isn’t as risky as most believe,which means there’s LESS COMPETITIONfor landing the opportunity.
    • In these opportunities,the WORST-CASE SCENARIOtends to be survivable.
    • When the worst casemeans getting fired,losing a little bit oftime or money,or experiencingsome discomfort,IT IS A RISK YOU SHOULDBE WILLING TO TAKE.
    • If the worst-case scenario is the serioustarnishing of your reputation, loss of all youreconomic assets, or something otherwisecareer-ending, DON’T ACCEPT THAT RISK.
    • There will always beUNCERTAINTYabout careeropportunitiesand risks.
    • The best opportunities are frequently theones with the MOST QUESTION MARKS.
    • When it’s not clear how something will play out,many people AVOID IT ALTOGETHER.
    • Take intelligent risks and you will findTHE OPPORTUNITIES THAT OTHERS MISS.
    • So, CONGRATULATIONS on the hard workyou’ve put into your education thus far,but your learning has just begun.
    • Graduation is NOT the end of learning.
    • We are all WORKS-IN-PROGRESS.
    • Each day presents an opportunity toLEARN MORE, DO MORE, BE MOREin our lives and careers.
    • In the world of work,EVERY DAY IS EXAM DAY.
    • If you’re not GROWING,you’re CONTRACTING.
    • If you’re not moving FORWARD,you’re moving BACKWARD.
    • Build yourNETWORK.
    • If not now, when?