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Newly Graduate Insecurities

A few weeks ago I’ve been dealing with the struggles of almost every newly graduate or close to graduating: finding a job. To get a job means I have to provide value to the person who hires me and I’m insecure about that. I’m an accounting major, and I barely know anything technical about accounting that could apply in a firm. I’ve learned a little about business but I’m not nearly skilled enough compared to anyone in the industry. I have no technical skills compared to the engineers and computer science majors. What value can I provide?

I brought this issue to my friend Ken and he gave me one of the biggest insights of the year.

He said:

I was struggling with the same thing when I was searching for jobs, but I realized that employers know that we’re new graduates and that we don’t know anything. Adding value is for someone who’s already five years into the industry…we’re new graduates, college only proves that we’re capable of learning. And that’s what employers are looking for when they hire you: someone who they can teach to add value to their company. Coming from Haas (School of business at Berkeley), I saw this way too often that kids would bullshit to employers as if they’re already five years into the industry. “I can make decks and models of this or I can streamline that”, they end up sounding like tools. They don’t know anything just like the rest of us.

“Then why should employers pay us 40k—50k a year when we know nothing and can’t do anything?” I asked.

[Video] Foundation

On Chasing a New Dream

One of my favorite video series is the Foundation interviews by Kevin Rose (Formerly of Digg.com). I love the video quality and the quality of the interviews. Kevin interviews mainly silicon valley entrepreneurs. He has interviewed people like Elon Musk (Tesla), David Copperfield (Magician), and Tony Hsieh (Zappos.com).

I recommend you visit the foundation.kr site and watch any videos that jump out to you. If you are not sure where to start I recommend these interviews.

I still haven't watched all of the interviews. If one of the interviews really jumps out to me I will add it to the list above.

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