First, let’s congratulate the Class of 2012 for sticking it out and making their graduation moment happen which is testament these brothas and sistas are accomplished. People with degrees are accomplished people and stuck it out for themselves and that why they get paid more than other cats when it comes to salaries. Because they invested in their own education and achieved a goal, that is what matters and what speaks volume at the end of the day.
Many of you brothas and sistas are now grown and mature and been out in the real world for more than a minute. You have something the Class of 2012 do not have and that is real-world experience. During their graduation ceremony, they most likely heard from some notable person lecture them about chasing their spirit, following their dream and all that blah blah blah. But someone has to be real with them and talk to them about the journey going forward after graduation.
We already spoke about the current climate where unemployment among African-Americans is around 15% – 16% on paper but unofficially, we are looking at 38% to 60% in some African-American communities. The Class of 2012 has something that many of did not have growing up and that is on the other side of the world, they are graduating people of color in emerging nations who are going to compete for the same jobs on a global basis. In addition, we are beyond peak oil and the scramble for energy and food resources are real. However, in these dramatic changes, there is a dramatic opportunity for those that position themselves correctly.
What is your message, a real talk message to the brothas and sistas that make up the Class of 2012? Do you have any corporate experience you want to tell them in terms of what to do and not do? How about financial decisions while they are young? Do you have any relationship advice in terms of getting married fast or waiting for the right situation? Do they go global or do they go home and rebuild the community?
Trust me, they read this blog and they are listening – tell them the real talk.