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Monday, June 19, 2017

Advice to the Class of 2017

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Do what your love. Be clear about what you are passionate about. What would be your biggest goals and dreams if you knew you couldn't fail? How would your life be different if you were living your dreams? What are you most scared of that’s been keeping you from going for it? What is one small action you can take to get closer to your goals?

I knew two UCLA students who graduated last year and had a hard time finding a job that they wanted. Both wanted to work in PR or marketing, but were unwilling to explore internship and other options. I tried to help them by relating my own job search experience and how my cousin got a paying job due to his internship experience. I also asked if they included their volunteer experience in their resumes. I didn't hear back from them. A few days later, a mutual friend told me that they moved back to their own countries because they thought it'd be easier to find a job they liked there. I wished them luck. Another thing about job hunting is to develop your network. It's mostly about who you, your parents and your circle of friends know. In this connected world, Social Media is a great way to get your foot in the door. Did you know that CEOs of companies think that engagement in Social Media leads to 78% better communication, 71% improved Brand image and 89% better connections? You are your own brand. Create a profile on It is the world's largest professional network with over 430 million members in 200+ countries. Publish and share content. I have built a presence in Social Media - it is helping me gain influence as a blogger.

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