- Be grateful you're graduating now
- Pack up and move
- Don't be a "lifer"
- Go to grad school (if you can afford it)
- Learn to code
- And keep learning after that
- Don't do the boring stuff
- Remember that practicality pays
- Or brush up on your people skills
- Don't be above slumming it
The successful occupations, by this measure, shared certain characteristics: People who practiced them needed complex communication skills and expert knowledge. Such skills included an ability to convey “not just information but a particular interpretation of information.” They said that expert knowledge was broad, deep and practical, allowing the solution of “uncharted problems.”
In a separate May 5 statement, Prof. Sean D. Kelly, chairman of the General Education Review Committee, said a Harvard education should give students “an art of living in the world.”
Many of these issues have arisen in my own academic life. My teaching has changed over the decades. I try to make it more useful in confronting issues of creativity and morality in the work world.