Since they won't let me give commencement speeches just yet, consider this your pre-commencement pep talk. It's not you. It's the economy. Seriously. It's changing. It's how you stack up against the sea of applicants. It's the process. It's messed up. The odds are never in your favor. They don't want you to be employed (if you watch DJ Khaled's Snap Story you know exactly who I'm talking about). They really don't. See, you're graduating in a time of constant change. New skills, new subjects, innovation, confusion, divestment over here, investment over there. It's a really crappy time. It used to be "go to college and get a job". Now it's "go to college and hope for the best". It might take you 3 months after graduation. It might take you 6 months after graduation. It might take you a year. But I don't want you to lose hope. You can't give up.

So here's the incredible thing about our time. Millennials are building the world around us. When we join the ranks of giant corporations, they do some really weird shit to keep us around. Give us 6 figure salaries. A ping pong table in the breakroom. Let us work from home 1 or 2 or 5 days a week. We're just that special. We write the code to power the robots to pick products off shelves and deliver them to peoples' homes in an hour. We can be our own bosses and never work a day in an office. We can have a side hustle. Shit, we can have 3. We can do whatever it takes to pay the bills. We're flexible, we'll work abroad for a couple of years and then come back. Then it's back to business. We're malleable. We're talented. We know who we are and we know who we're not. We have weird hobbies and quirky personalities. We're building the new world. Some of us are in manufacturing, some of us in the corporate world, some in non-profits. We have choices. We'll do a thousand different things before we find the one thing we actually wanted to do and that's OK.

You can't give up. I'm up to 3 different pep talks everyday. You've got this, people. Change it up. Forget your plans. Make the unplanned part of your plans. Do something you said you'd never do. Move to a new city if you have to. Do something that has nothing to do with your degree because it's paying the bills. Do what you want to do after work and keep doing it until you make enough money to do that forever. Work a really crappy job for a really awesome company because who knows what will happen. Forget your plans. What do you think Zuckerberg's plans were? I'm not saying you're going to be Zuckberg, but you'll never find out if you never veer from these "plans". Open your eyes to the opportunities you were ignoring. Never say never. Do you really think when people land their dream jobs right out school that they're "living the dream" a year later? Probably not. The grass is always greener. Do you. This isn't just about gainful employment, this is about your life.

That's more like it. Now don't lose hope, graduate, and kick ass. You've got choices.


Tati Graduation Photo

This picture was taken right around the time I thought I had it all figured out. Breaking news: I didn't and I still don't.

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