Congratulations to the Class of 2013 – if you just graduated and your commencement keynote was less than inspiring, check out Richard Branson’s inspirational message to this year’s grads.

“The best advice I could give any graduate is to spend your time working on whatever you are passionate about in life. If your degree was focused upon one particular area, don't let that stop you moving in another direction.”  Source: LinkedIn

Later in the message, Branson said, “Equally, if you spot an opportunity early on and are really excited by it, throw yourself into it with everything you have got. Be ambitious. There probably won't be another time in your life when you have such freedom of opportunity. Grasp it with both hands. If you can't find an opening that fits what you want to do, why not try to create one yourself?” 

Although the economy is getting better, graduating students – both high school and college grads – are facing one of the most difficult job markets in decades.  Branson’s advice isn’t doom and gloom, he doesn’t suggest that grads take any job they can, he is encouraging entrepreneurship when the ideal opportunity doesn’t come along.

While this may not be possible for all students, especially those graduating with a significant amount of student loan debt, students would be well served by heeding Branson’s words.  Sure, you may need to get a J-O-B but don’t stop thinking about how you can create your own ideal opportunity.

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