Bill Gates Has Some Solid Career — and Life — Advice for New Grads

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Some graduation commencement speeches are inspiring, some are touching and some are simply hilarious.

Leave it to Bill Gates to be a little bit of each.

Gates took to Twitter earlier this week to share his thoughts on what he wish he’d known when he was younger and what grads today can do to have the best chance at success.

Gates goes on to say:


In a nice hat tip to his wife, Melinda, Gates recommends new college grads “surround yourself with people who challenge you, teach you, and push you to be your best self. As @MelindaGates does for me.”

Gates also had some career advice for newly-minted grads.

Gates didn’t limit his advice to just Twitter. He also wrote a 700-word missive that takes a deeper look at why he recommends those three specific fields.

“If I were starting out today and looking for the same kind of opportunity to make a big impact in the world, I would consider three fields,” he says.

“One is artificial intelligence. We have only begun to tap into all the ways it will make people’s lives more productive and creative.

“The second is energy, because making it clean, affordable and reliable will be essential for fighting poverty and climate change.

“The third is biosciences, which are ripe with opportunities to help people live longer, healthier lives.”

It’s hard to argue with that.

If you’re ready to take Gates’ advice but aren’t sure where to begin, start with the resources at your local library.

No matter how lofty your employment aspirations, finding a job takes time. If you end up working in retail or become a barista, remember this: you’ll be learning the soft skills you need to be a success in whatever field you choose.

Twenty-somethings aren’t the only ones earning a degree to begin a new line of work. In fact, it’s never too late to start a career at any age.

Lisa McGreevy is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She wishes Bill Gates had been handing out career advice when she was in college.

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