"Plastics" may have been the career byword for Benjamin Braddock back in "The Graduate," but things have changed 50 years later.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates tweeted out a stream of advice for new college graduates (and anyone else) on Monday, and though he referenced the "plastics" line, Gates has some different suggestions.
1/ New college grads often ask me for career advice. At the risk of sounding like this guy...https://t.co/C68mjJ5g44— Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 15, 2017
2/ AI, energy, and biosciences are promising fields where you can make a huge impact. It's what I would do if starting out today.— Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 15, 2017
And then Gates delivered a bit of an online graduation speech, musing on what he's learned since his own college days (he famously dropped out of Harvard in the 1970s after two years).
3/ Looking back on when I left college, there are some things I wish I had known.— Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 15, 2017
4/ E.g. Intelligence takes many different forms. It is not one-dimensional. And not as important as I used to think.— Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 15, 2017
5/ I also have one big regret: When I left school, I knew little about the world's worst inequities. Took me decades to learn.— Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 15, 2017
6/ You know more than I did when I was your age. You can start fighting inequity, whether down the street or around the world, sooner.— Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 15, 2017
7/ Meanwhile, surround yourself with people who challenge you, teach you, and push you to be your best self. As @MelindaGates does for me.— Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 15, 2017
And Gates wrapped things up with a reading recommendation -- Steven Pinker's 2011 book "The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined."
And then the billionaire got a little inspirational.
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