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Senior Advice

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Dorothy Buckanin Class: 1985
As I am now retired after a long successful career, let me share a focus that worked. Keep your skills diversified. Let me give an example. Even though my BS was in math and MS in computers, I found that the course in Educational Psychology made me a better manager. The seminar in Negotiation made me a better communicator. The rise up the ladder requires different skills at different levels. Keep looking at ways to improve your chances to rise up.
Larry Bennett Class: '58, '65
If there was something you didn't really understand in your last year or two of classes, take the time now to go back and figure it out. There will never be a better time and you will have more confidence in what you know.
Shawn Brown Class: 2008
Take advantage of new opportunities. Always strive to learn new things. Don't get locked into a career path. Have fun!
Gerald Bricker Class: 1970
Based on the trends I see in today's workplace it is worthwhile to create your own career path. Set a vision for yourself as to what you want to achieve or to become. Then create a plan to achieve your vision. Talk to others for their advice and guidance but make your own decisions. Don't concern yourself with titles or positions and don't expect any company to guide your career path. Be your own person and follow your passion.
David Bryce Class: 2001
Learn to write well. Punctuate correctly. Use spell-check, but don't trust it. Learn the difference between "its" and "it's," and punish yourself if you ever write "its'." You will never again integrate a transcendental function, but you will always need to communicate. Your job, should you be fortunate enough to get one, will be to do whatever your boss asks of you, and to do it with a smile. And the smile is optional.
John Bernat Class: 2010
My advice for graduating seniors is to network and retain relationships with as many people as possible. This can be professionally and throughout your daily life. You never know who may give you a lead or help you with an opportunity in the future.
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