Advice to the Class of 2015

As a new class of Rutgers University–Camden students prepares to graduate and embark on a new journey in their lives, two Rutgers–Camden alumni offer a few words of wisdom to prepare them for the next chapter.

Adrienne Kirby (CCAS ’79), President and CEO of Cooper University Health Care

Adrienne Kirby

Adrienne Kirby

Advice to the Class of 2015

Be prepared to work hard and show your employer that your job is important to you, not simply something you do to pay the bills. Employers can tell if someone is engaged and interested in the organization. Engaged individuals are always the ones who will be given more opportunity and the potential for advancement.

What did it take to launch your career?

The same advice I gave to the Class of 2015 holds true for how I launched my career. I decided early on in my career that if I was going to do a job, I was going to do it well. I made a commitment to bring my very best efforts to my position from day one. Because of that, I was noticed, mentored and given opportunity to grow.

What do you know now that you wish you knew then?

I wish I had known that time passes by so quickly! Before you know it decades have passed by, so you should enjoy what you do every day. Working hard does not mean drudgery, but rather you should feel challenged and excited about what you do. We all have good days and bad days, but you should have an overall feeling of fulfillment about what you are doing.  The day you don’t enjoy your position is the day you should think about doing something else. Also, have fun in your life!

What general life advice do you have for new grads?

The general life advice I would give new grads is to have balance in your life. All that hard work needs to be balanced with a good support system such as family or friends and having interests outside of work.  You must take care of yourself!

James McCarthy (SBC ’86), Managing Director, Investment Management Division, Goldman Sachs

James McCarthy, addressing graduates at the Rutgers School of Business-Camden commencement in 2014.

James McCarthy, addressing graduates at the Rutgers School of Business-Camden commencement in 2014.

Advice to the Class of 2015

My advice to the class of 2015 is “Don’t be afraid to chase your dreams.” Trust in yourself. Pursue a career that matches your interest and passion.

What did it take from you to be successful in your career?

Creating a clear vision of my career goals helped guide me in the beginning of my career. Find a role model or mentor that has the ability to motivate, inspire and guide your career.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you graduated from Rutgers–Camden?

John Lennon once said that “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”Every day of your life is a precious gift, don’t forget to enjoy the journey on your way to striving to fulfill your goals and dreams.

Congratulations to the RU class of 2015!

 

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