To all the graduates of 2013, we at NorthBridge Career Partners wish you a hearty Congratulations!!

Here’s to your future and to your success!

As you move beyond school and ahead into the world of work, we give you three items of advice:

KNOW YOURSELF:  This pithy expression is attributed to several sages, but most notably to Socrates over 2000 years ago in ancient Greece. In his works, Socrates is known to have said that he could not pursue other activities until he first knew himself.  At NorthBridge, this is the basis of our entire career planning work.  We believe that self-assessment is the critical first step to career success.  Knowing your natural preferences, skills, interests and values is the foundation to a solid career path.

TO THINE OWN SELF BE TRUE:  Shakespeare coined this in Hamlet as the father Polonius gave his parting words of advice to his son Laertes.  This career advice puts the focus on taking care of yourself, concentrating on what matters to you and what you are good at.  Develop your career plan based on a solid self-knowledge, apply that knowledge to determine what you’d like to do, and then create a strategic plan to get there.  You may want to take a break and consider your options, travel, continue your education, or do something totally different.   Whatever you decide, develop a plan that speaks to you.

JUST DO IT:  The Nike Company popularized these now iconic words to sell sneakers, based on the courage of Nike, the winged Greek goddess of victory.  Now that your education is complete and your career plan is in place, implement it.  In the words of the Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”  Take that step.  This is your time now. 

All the best Class of 2013!