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What advice do you have for recent graduates?

Asked at Hy-Vee, 4000 W. Sixth St. on May 22, 2010

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“Just be patient.”

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“In a difficult job market, sometimes it’s useful to stay in school a little bit longer and get a graduate degree, master’s or Ph.D.”

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“When they’re job hunting, dress professionally, be optimistic and work hard.”

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“To go on to school.”

Comments

donjuan 3 years, 11 months ago

move to a smaller country. by 2050 the USA will be 425 million people.

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donjuan 3 years, 11 months ago

get a passport, and move to an EU country with national health care.

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CWGOKU 3 years, 11 months ago

Have Spacehog cater your graduation party

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Multidisciplinary 3 years, 11 months ago

Speaking of number 8, now that Free State is available in bottles, you guys still going to use all that pipeline?

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 11 months ago

  1. Keep your bunker ready at all times.
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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 11 months ago

T_O_B, Fluffing the UPS driver again?

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 11 months ago

T_O_B, Fluffing the UPS driver again?

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autie 3 years, 11 months ago

  1. Believe in what spacehog writes
  2. Don't run with sharp objects.
  3. Buy a decent lawnmower.
  4. Don't skimp on tackle.
  5. Never, ever waste time thinking about what Sven or Marion might have said. ....and 6, referring to TOB's post, never waste time reading Merrill's.
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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

Hey Spacehog, you tool! Practice what you preach!!

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

Life, like a river, only moves in one direction-forward. Don't linger on or revisit the past, for it is gone. Try and learn from mistakes the first time, but don't dwell on them. There are no easy lessons in life. Love and be kind to yourself and others, but especially to yourself because it all starts with you. Live a good, honest life. -Spacehog

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

Dear God, no wonder I don't have a job! I always toss back a couple of highballs before an interview, just to take the edge off. My advice would be to go out and buy a nice looking Pontiac Aztec (oxymoron, gotcha!), and hit the open road. If you get lost, justen listen to everything Bob Dylan has written since 1989. You'll be fine.

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RoeDapple 3 years, 11 months ago

Ah, so this is why so many poster/bloggers claim such staggeringly high IQ's. They include the internet as part of their intelligence!

I even founded me a link to proove it. I so smart!

http://news.cnet.com/Intelligence-in-the-Internet-age/2100-11395_3-5869719.html

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Monica Miller 3 years, 11 months ago

RUN!!!! Run like the wind!!!!!!!!!!!!

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labmonkey 3 years, 11 months ago

It is a good thing to struggle for a few years out of school. When you do get a good job, you appreciate it more.

Don't constantly bitch when you get a job. Many entry-level people do this, and you look like nothing more than a whiny kid.

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thuja 3 years, 11 months ago

Suddenly realize that you are wasting your time playing The Man's game. Hopefully it was your parent's money......

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sputum 3 years, 11 months ago

Find a good woman with five kids on medicaid who has free housing and free food and move in with her. There are plenty available.

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g_rock 3 years, 11 months ago

Safety scissors and paste eaters need not apply.

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g_rock 3 years, 11 months ago

Safety scissors and paste eaters need not apply.

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Deja Coffin 3 years, 11 months ago

Nobody ever regrets going to college and getting a degree but so many regret not going to school. Do it now while you're young enough to enjoy all aspects of college life because it'll be ten times harder to go back to school when you're working full-time to provide for a family.

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br549 3 years, 11 months ago

So you walked the college diploma walk. Your luck just ran out. Welcome to ooooobama land.

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kernal 3 years, 11 months ago

Here's a list of what will Not get you to the first interview: flip flops birkenstocks shorts or cut-offs tank top wrinkled Hawaiian shirt that's been wadded up in the bottom of your laundry basket 2 weeks ditto for the pants no shower in the past 24 hrs smacking gum noticible hangover Don't try to out dress the corporate CEO and CFO

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The_Original_Bob 3 years, 11 months ago

Don't mistake cut'n'past'n for intelligence.

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

Excellent cut-n-paste, merril. Can you teach me how to do that? I type like, 4 wpm, so the ole' c&p would help a lot.

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 11 months ago

Bush/Cheney fraudulent scheme did away with 11 million jobs.... brilliant. Therefore it is the job of big government to create 11 million NEW jobs because big government negligence lost 11 million jobs.

Isn't it odd that the USA is the only country that has sent its' wealth creating ability abroad aka 15 million jobs both blue and white collar? AKA the Global Economy

The war is killing the economy. There is no need for the USA to be occupying countries because no county attacked the USA.

Suggestions: 1.Grads please demand that the government create 11 million jobs otherwise you will be heading to the Social Services depot for medicare and food stamps. It's not your fault.

  1. Either go for higher degrees and/or learn a trade at Johnson County Community College.

  2. Drop out and open a brewery like Chuck did.

  3. Think about this. Most college grads I know are doing nothing connected to their college majors. However staying on campus is a healthy lifestyle.... be a career student.

Meanwhile: 'it will be a great day when our schools get all the money they need and the air force has to hold a cake stall to buy a bomber'

I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of their way and let them have it.

We merely want to live in peace with all the world, to trade with them, to commune with them, to learn from their culture as they may learn from ours, so that the products of our toil may be used for our schools and our roads and our churches and not for guns and planes and tanks and ships of war.

Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower

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g_rock 3 years, 11 months ago

My advice for recent graduates:

grow a mind of your own and quit the cut and paste BS.

TIA.

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 11 months ago

Myths of the Deficit

By Marty Wolfson

Nearly 15 million people are officially counted as unemployed in the United States, and more than 6 million of these have been unemployed for more than 26 weeks. Another 11 million are the “hidden” unemployed: jobless workers who have given up looking for work and part-time workers who want full-time jobs.

The moral case for urgently addressing the unemployment issue is clear. The costs of unemployment, especially prolonged unemployment, are devastating. Self-worth is questioned, homes are lost, families stressed, communities disrupted. Across the land, the number one issue is jobs, jobs, jobs.

The economic case for how to address the jobs issue is also clear. As Keynes argued during the Great Depression, federal government spending can directly create jobs. And the $787 billion stimulus package approved by Congress in February 2009 did help pull the economy back from disaster, when it was shedding 20,000 jobs a day in late 2008 and early 2009.

But we still have a long way to go. To get back just to where we were when the recession began in December 2007, the economy would need to create 11.1 million jobs: 8.4 million to replace the jobs lost and 2.7 million to absorb new workers who have entered the labor market since then.

Despite a pickup of economic activity recently, long-term projections are that the unemployment rate will fall only gradually over the next several years. The Congressional Budget Office forecast for the unemployment rate for 2012 is a stubbornly high 8%. So why are we not moving more aggressively to reduce unemployment?

The ideological opposition to government spending remains a major obstacle. There are those who see an increase in the role of government as something to be avoided at all costs—even if the cost is the jobs of the unemployed.

Even among those who are not subject to such ideological blinders, there is still a political argument that resonates strongly. The argument is that government spending to create jobs will create large budget deficits, which will have terrible consequences for the American people. Politicians, pundits, and other commentators—in a frenzied drumbeat of speeches, op-eds, and articles—have asserted that the most urgent priority now is to reduce the budget deficit.

It is important to note that this argument is focused on current policy, not just the long-term budgetary situation. There is room for debate about long-term budget deficits, but these are affected more by the explosive growth of health-care costs than by government discretionary spending to create jobs. Why, then, are people taken in by an argument that says it is more important to reduce the budget deficit now than for the government to spend money to create jobs?

Two myths constantly repeated in the public debate have contributed to this situation: http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2010/0510wolfson.html

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 11 months ago

snap, I have a 4.5mm BB gun, does that count?

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 11 months ago

Stick to calibers that begin with "4" for concealed carry handguns.

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Sigmund 3 years, 11 months ago

Wear sunscreen! If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xavFb4...

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 11 months ago

To check and see if you bacon strips always make sure. Yeesssssss.

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Yoda51 3 years, 11 months ago

You can fold your diploma up and put it in a drawer. There are no guarantees of success. Knowledge is power. Gain some practical knowledge of how the world really works. If you're young and unencumbered, go out and experience life. Take some chances, travel light and keep an open mind. While education in and of itself is a good thing, a college degree is like having size 12 feet ~ it all depends on what you do with it.

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

And bacon strips. Always make sure to check and see if you bacon strips.

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

Right on, Ret. I was single for 39 years and am still adapting to married life, but if it weren't for my patient, loving, supportive wife, I'm pretty sure I'd be dead by now. At least find someone to live with. Don't go through life alone.

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

My first job out of college at KU in 1988 I made $4.25 an hour. This was in Hawaii, slightly higher cost of living than Lawrence. But I would still recommend going somewhere, especially if you're from this town. Get out and see the world, money isn't everything. Trust me. I moved back here in 1996 and had to take a low-paying job at Sallie Mae. Hey big Lawrence employers, the "benefits" won't pay my mortgage. Just ask the bank. Went to work for the Fed for 9 years, excellent $, should've stayed, except I probably would have gone insane at the expense of someone else's life. Now I'm back to square one. This town doesn't pay any better than it did 15 years ago. If I wasn't married and my aging folks weren't here, I would have been so outta here 4 years ago. On the bright side, if I'm still married in 15 years, I'll be living in the warm, sunny Philippines, where people have no money or toys, but are happier, healthier, and more content than anywhere in the U.S.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 11 months ago

We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 11 months ago

Just one word... Are you listening?

Marry up.

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 11 months ago

Be prepared to start maxing out your credit cards if you have any, pawning off many of your possessions----CD's, workout equipment, electronic gadgets, guns, stereos, jewelry etc and stay on your parent's good side. To name a few.

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grammaddy 3 years, 11 months ago

Be sure to thank the parents! And stay away from the credit card offers.

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Edward Coan 3 years, 11 months ago

Be engaged in all facets of your life. Volunteer for experience. Be active in social and civic organizations. Pretty much get your name out there and network.

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ibroke 3 years, 11 months ago

well if you go homeless you will get free food and a place to sleepand they are also hiring homeless people ,and i saw an add on tv they will pay off your credit cards for free also there will be free health care soon... you will not pay taxes

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independant1 3 years, 11 months ago

Do something usefull with your life,

get me a beer

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thebcman 3 years, 11 months ago

Be sure to eat some warm buttery biscuits at least once a week, and a nice cold fruity popsicle at least once a day. And never listen to anyone but yourself.

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looza 3 years, 11 months ago

"welcome to McDonalds .... May I help you?"

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yankeevet 3 years, 11 months ago

Hopefully you will find a decent paying job; which seem too be few and far between. My first job i was making 8 bucks an hour with my college degree. The guy next to me was a supervisor making 16 bucks an hour and only had a high school education. Then i found out he was the bosses' son....................

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

Follow the example of someone great, like Benjamin Franklin. He fathered a bunch of illegitimate kids and contracted syphilis.

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

May God bless and keep you always May your wishes all come true May you always do for others And let others do for you May you build a ladder to the stars And climb on every rung May you stay forever young Forever young, forever young May you stay forever young.

May you grow up to be righteous May you grow up to be true May you always know the truth And see the lights surrounding you May you always be courageous Stand upright and be strong May you stay forever young Forever young, forever young May you stay forever young.

May your hands always be busy May your feet always be swift May you have a strong foundation When the winds of changes shift May your heart always be joyful And may your song always be sung May you stay forever young Forever young, forever young May you stay forever young.

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

What militant said, plus keep drinking more and do not work for someone. Working for someone is simply legalized prostitution. When you greet a stranger look at his shoes Keep your money in your shoes, put your troubles behind When you greet a stranger look at her hands Keep your money in your hands, put your troubles behind Who are you going to call for help, what do you have to say Keep your hat on your head Home is a long way away At the end of the day, I'll forget your name I'd like it here if I could leave and see you from a long way away

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RoeDapple 3 years, 11 months ago

Your free ride is over, now it's time to start paying for it.

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militant 3 years, 11 months ago

Start out with a nice gas piston AR15 and a bunker full of ammo

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