The attention-grabbing headline for this post comes directly from today’s New York Times. The article discusses a phenomenon of recent graduates turning down jobs that in their minds aren’t “perfect.” In the current economy, that’s not wise.
I agree entirely with University of Connecticut President Michael J. Hogan’s “say yes” philosophy. “My first word of advice is this: Say yes,” Mr. Hogan urged graduates when it comes to prospective employers. “In fact, say yes as often as you can. Saying yes begins things. Saying yes is how things grow. Saying yes leads to new experiences, and new experiences will lead you to knowledge and wisdom. Yes is for young people, and an attitude of yes is how you will be able to go forward in these uncertain times.”
President Hogan has is own cleverly named blog, PresRelease, which mostly talks about events around campus. He should share more of wise “say yes” philosophy, which is critically important for job seekers. Get a job, do it well and build from there.