A little over a year ago, I was a part of a small, under-the-radar group that was given the opportunity to attend the Georgia Tech commencement ceremony. I am a firm believer in doing one or two things that you really hate for the reason that you want to do them. In this case, I did not want to do anything. However, I was also looking for something to do.
I’ve never gone to college, so I was not aware of the entire college experience. I had not even been to a football game before I went to Georgia Tech, so I’m not sure what I was expecting at all. I’m guessing that I was hoping for a really cool campus, and not the kind of place that has a massive amount of students and a big lecture hall with a thousand TVs. I got disappointed in both.
I was not disappointed in Georgia Tech, I just did not feel like going. The campus was beautiful but I felt like I was just wandering around. In the end I guess I just wanted to get out. It was a nice and beautiful campus but it was not a place I would want to just wander around looking at all day.
As it turns out, Georgia Tech is the oldest public university in the country, and while it may be the nerdiest, I would argue that tech graduations are the nerdiest. They usually have a lot of expensive equipment and all sorts of cool people, but they also have a lot of students and students. When I was a student in the early 90s, I didn’t think I’d ever graduate.
Graduation is an opportunity for you to showcase your skills and your passion to your entire graduating class. We at Geography students tend to spend a lot of time building things that don’t even exist, such as models of buildings, but the reality is that students at tech graduations need to do something with the knowledge they have; they need to put it together. Tech graduations are the greatest of all time, and it’s a shame that it’s not more common.
Tech graduations are great, but you have to put in a lot of work to get them. The people who get to attend are generally the people who are the best at what they do. Its a rare person who can be totally self-assured and confident, or confident and not self-assured. In tech, there are a lot of people who are not so great at everything, but all of them are really good at something.
The problem with a lot of high school graduates is that they don’t really like what they do. They think they can do it and they are good at it, but they are so bad at it that they can’t do it. They forget that their real skill is that they are good at something, even if they don’t know it yet.
The problem with a lot of tech grads is that they dont really know what they are good at. I’m talking about the hard technical stuff, not all the marketing and PR bullshit that is part of a lot of school. I dont think this is a problem that is limited to this generation (if at all). This problem is one that we are seeing more and more as tech becomes more and more mainstream.
Tech grads are looking for jobs right now. This is unfortunate in that they are leaving a lot of schools with more than they can handle. It’s unfortunate because these students are the ones who will actually be building the technology that they want to work with. The problem is that they are the ones who are left out of the conversation. Because this generation is so used to a lot of buzzwords, they are not always prepared to hear what some of these words mean.
The problem is that the words that are considered buzzwords don’t actually mean much of anything. Sure, they might mean something to the people who are trying to implement them, but they don’t really mean anything to anyone else. The problem is that words like “enterprise” and “cloud” and “analytics” are often used by people who have never actually used them.