Best career advice from early 2022

NEW YORK (Reuters) – “It’s graduation speeches season, as the country’s newest college graduates hear a few select words to help them start their lives.

Advice tends to focus on the big issues in life: family, friendships, faith, purpose — and yes, work and money. Like it or not, our finances and jobs are a huge part of our lives, and we could all use a little guidance.

So what did the speakers at this year’s opening ceremony have to say about our financial future? Selection:

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Alison Felix, America’s most decorated Olympic track athlete

Tip: Know your worth and think about who will come after you

The legendary track queen and multiple Olympic gold medalist spoke at the University of Southern California, getting into the details of her famous dispute with shoe and apparel giant Nike Inc. (NKE.N).

“I was in the middle of two-year contract negotiations with Nike, and their initial offer was 70% lower than I had previously been – and that was even before they knew about my pregnancy. I felt worthless…

“Money felt like a slap in the face, but I can handle that. What I asked for was maternity protection…but they weren’t willing to give it all the math.

“Here’s where we are: I was pregnant, I was scared, and I was staring at a necklace that would provide me exactly what I asked for, but in a way that would only benefit me and not all women came after me…I knew what I had to do…The absolutely amazing thing is That after three weeks of writing an opinion piece, Nike did the right thing. They changed their maternity policy.”

Ken Jeong, actor and comedian

Advice: persevere

The actor who steals the scene from TV shows and movies like “Community” and “The Hangover” spoke at Tulane University in New Orleans, admitting he “never said what I’m going to say now” about bouncing back from the failure.

“People ask me all the time, What is your key to success? Is it talent? No. Is it luck? No, is she even smart? No. For class 2022 the key to success is perseverance…

“I came to New Orleans in a personal turmoil. I was in the University of North Carolina medical school, and the reason I came to Tulane was because I was exhausted. I wasn’t doing well in med school, and I was on the verge of failing. In fact, I failed. I failed not only On my first step in the medical board exam, I even failed my second step. It was the first time I really failed when I counted. Twice…

I didn’t know if the drug was right for me. I was at a crossroads, thinking I didn’t have what it took to be a doctor, and I really had to figure out who I was… Long story short, I was able to stay there, and by the end of the year, I had my step back for my board exams here in New Orleans and passed, and I managed Finally graduating from medical school. I had a second chance in life. I set myself back on the right track.”

Patrick Gelsinger, CEO, Intel Corp (INTC.O)

Tip: Find a mentor

The CEO of the chip-making giant at Ohio State University spoke about the importance of having one person — or even better, several — to help guide your career path.

“I got a phone call from Andy Grove, soon-to-be CEO, semiconductor genius, management expert, and future Time magazine’s Man of the Year.

He said, “I was impressed with your presentation, Pat. What do you read, what do you study, what are you working on, what are your career goals?” Well, I was shocked and muttered some lame answers.

“Reply quickly,” these are poor answers – be in my office in a week with better answers. That started a mentoring relationship that lasted for 35 years until Andy’s death.

“Guiding with Andy Grove was like going to the dentist and not getting novocaine. But these are the people you need in your life: If you’re going to get better, they’ll make you better. We are diamonds in the rough, and we need people like Andy Grove to get rid of those rough edges.”

“Every hugely successful person I’ve met can think of their own Andy Grove. I dare you: Do you have that influence in your life?”

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