During Commencement, I shared with our newest graduates an image that I have always found inspiring. Imagine that your life is like a giant oak tree. You start out at ground level and travel up the trunk. As you move higher, you encounter more and more branches. Some may represent a turning point in your career and others just a new set of experiences. The advice I gave the Class of 2012 was, “don’t let too many of those branches go by.” Climb out on a few of them. Each will help you gain new skills and new knowledge, and meet new people.
Summer is the perfect time for each of us to try out a new branch as well. As you begin planning for the year ahead, think about the kind of skills, knowledge, and experience you would like to acquire. If you are a manager, think about the skills you would like your team to develop, and consider how you can make their Pace experience even more stimulating and satisfying. Talk to one another about your strengths, areas of interest, and opportunities for improvement. Over the summer, Pace’s Human Resources Department will hold a number of seminars devoted Professional Skills and Performance Management, including customer service training, resolving conflict with peers, goal setting, leading meetings, correcting performance problems, and public speaking. Try one and see if it leads to a growth experience for you.
This issue of Opportunitas features a profile of Pace rising junior Kristie Dash, winner of our Success Stories Starts Here contest. As a Pace student, Kristie is living her Pace experience to the fullest, achieving a 3.9 GPA, pursuing internships in fashion and entertainment, holding down a campus job, and writing in her own blog. In her winning submission, Kristie wrote that last summer, “I really focused on preparing an amazing schedule for my sophomore fall semester.” This summer, think about your own “amazing schedule” and where it can take you.
Thank you for all you have done to make FY11–12 such a successful one for Pace. I am confident that FY12–13 will be even better!
Stephen J. Friedman