Always good to be prepared

Always good to be prepared

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Recent graduates shift their worries from making it to class on time to making it in the “real world” once they step across the stage and receive their diploma.
Seasoned corporate, recruiting consultant, and author, Jim Finkelstein, gives graduates advice in his new book Fuse: Making Sense of the New Cogenerational Workplace.
“Unlike other ‘generational’ books, Fuse tries to find the synergies between the generations,” Finkelstein said.
As the younger generation enters the workplace, they enter an environment where multiple age groups are represented.
“There are many instance where the younger workforce are called upon for leadership roles,” publicist Melissa Sileo said. “They are relied upon to teach their older counterparts the ways of new technology and social media.”
However, Finkelstein reminds graduates that they must also be willing learn and continue to be a student to an extent.
“Become a student of the people-their needs, wants and desires- through their lens,” Finkelstein said. “Seek to understand, not just be understood.”
Finkelstein says graduates should be passionate because too many are trying to fit into a business world that they don’t believe in.
“There are employers that will value what you stand for,” Finkelstein said. “It is better to find that match than be miserable in what you are forced to do.”
The transition from college life to “real world” can be difficult for some graduates. Finkelstein urges former students to continue to learn and seek to understand the world around them.
“Be a perpetual student of the real world, seek places to understand more, and share with others your concerns and fears,” Finkelstein said. “Above all, find a mentor; they exist.”