From Father to Son

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for thumb_chapman_pincher.gifWhen I was young, things were easier. Today, millions of hard-working fluent English speaking graduates from around the world will enter the search for work/money/status with no expectations of anyone “giving” them anything and having to make it themselves by motivation and ability. So what advice can you give home grown grads starting out in work when it’s getting tough out there?

My father (94) who’s seen all types of times is on the money,’ Forget about taking a year off. Don’t spend your adult years finding yourself. When you are poor, don’t try to live like a rich person. Invest your time and money in your future’.

My son (28) also has the right attitude. ‘You’ll only worry yourself if you look around at what’s going on outside your orbit as there’s nothing you can do to change it. So focus on what you do and do it well.

As we accept that globalisation means people everywhere are competing for our jobs, my view is that the marketplace for fun jobs will be ridiculously competitive. So if you know people that want to become a writer, actor, comedian, athlete etc they should calculate their probability of success in these glamour fields before starting out. The cult of celebrity is fed by the failures of others. 

Even if you are entering IT take nothing for granted. Develop skills and talents that will make you globally competitive. Keep upgrading and changing your skills and talents to fit the needs of an ever-changing marketplace.