【新冠肺炎】比爾蓋茲一席話 能改變畢業生求職、HR請Fresh Grad心態?

【新冠肺炎】比爾蓋茲一席話 能改變畢業生求職、HR請Fresh Grad心態?
新冠肺炎疫情讓許多在2020年大學畢業生,失去了人生中最重要的一場畢業典禮。在美國的畢業典禮,名人畢業致詞是重要環節之一。但由於畢業禮無法進行《華爾街日報》邀請各界名人,為2020年的畢業生贈言,其中微軟(Microsoft)聯合創辦人比爾蓋茲(Bill Gates)就對畢業生有一番勉勵說話。
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絕大多數的畢業致詞無法改變歷史。但在1947年一個艷陽高照的下午,時任美國國務卿的馬歇爾(George C. Marshall)確實用一段致詞,改變歷史。

馬歇爾當時對哈佛大學畢業生致詞,這位二戰期間的將領提醒台下的畢業生,在幾千公里之外,二戰的餘波正讓歐洲陷入貧困、飢荒與絕望。他解釋,儘管美國人本身遠離了「地球上的麻煩地帶」,但卻有責任幫助歐洲。

就算你沒有聽過這段演講,或許你對馬歇爾計劃並不陌生。這個計畫加速了西歐的復興,迎來和平繁榮的新時代。

與當時一樣,今日的世界遭逢巨大災難與經濟衰退。許多國家將必須再一次同心合力重建。但這一次,對身為2020畢業生的你們來說,並不需要一位演講者告訴你們「地球上的麻煩區」在哪兒。我們所對抗的新冠朋炎不是地區性問題,而是貨真價實的全球危機。

處於這個世代,你們也許比任何長輩,更理解全球人口密不可分的關係。從你們會認字以來,就開始學著上網。你們接收著數千里以外的流行文化、新聞與社會觀點長大。盤旋於你們未來的種種挑戰,像是疫情、氣候變遷、性別不平等、貧窮也都會是地球上其他同儕所遭遇的難題。

那麼,這一切對於你們人生的下一個篇章有著甚麼意義呢?身為地球共同生活圈的一份子,你的行動將具有全球影響力。不管你的專業目標為何、不管你以哪裡為家、你怎麼定義自己,你將有或大或小的各種方式,讓這個世界變成一個更好的地方。

如果這場危機啟發了你追尋公職,這很好,卻也不是唯一的貢獻世界的方式。你始終可以運用聲音和選票推動改變。你可以擁護能為每一個人、每一個地方,創造更健康未來的政策。

不可否認,你們在艱鉅的時期進入人生的新階段。對許多人來說,畢業後的路會比你原先設想的陡峭得多。你們鐵定必須掛心好多事︰像是自己和家人的健康,以及就業市場是否會影響你償還學貸的能力──因此必須擱置「自己究竟能在改變世界上扮演甚麼角色」這樣的宏大問題,也是人之常情。

然而,不要質疑你可以發揮的空間,不論是眼下或是未來。畢竟,你所處的世界已經一次又一次證明了進步的可能──這個世界在戰爭摧殘後重建、戰勝天花、餵養了不斷成長的人口,更讓超過10億人爬出赤貧。

這些進步不是意外或出於運氣。而是一群人許下承諾用人生與志業換來的,他們願意貢獻於共同的使命,推動我們前進,而你們跟他們沒有不同。

2020畢業生,這不是輕鬆愜意的日子,但我們會安然度過。有了你們的領導力,這個世界將比以往更強大。

延伸閱讀︰【自我增值】Bill Gates︰新冠肺炎提醒我們的14事 打工仔、管理層均受用 Most commencement addresses do not change the course of history. On a sunny afternoon in 1947, then-Secretary of State George C. Marshall gave one that did.

Speaking at Harvard University, the former general reminded his audience that a few thousand miles away from where they gathered that day, the aftermath of World War II had plunged Europe into poverty, hunger and despair. The American people, he explained, had a responsibility to come to Europe's aid despite being themselves so "distant from the troubled areas of the earth." Even if you've never heard that speech, you are probably familiar with the policy agenda it proposed: the Marshall Plan, which helped speed Western Europe's recovery and usher in a new era of peace and prosperity.

Today, as then, the world faces mass suffering and economic devastation. Again, nations will need to pull together to rebuild. But this time, you, the graduating class of 2020, don't need a commencement speaker to paint a picture of the "troubled areas of the earth." The Covid-19 crisis we confront today is not a localized experience but a truly global one.

The inextricable ties between the people of the world are something that your generation understands better than perhaps any that has come before it. Many of you have been logging onto the Internet since you could read. You've grown up with access to pop culture, news and perspectives from societies thousands of miles from your home. And the major challenges looming over your future—disease outbreaks, climate change, gender inequality, poverty—are also being confronted by your peers in every part of the globe.

So, what does all of this mean for the next chapter of your lives? As a member of our global community, your actions can have a global impact. Whatever your professional goals, wherever you live, whoever you are, there are ways, big and small, that you can participate in making the world better for everyone.

If this crisis has inspired you to pursue a career in public service, that's fantastic—but it's not the only way to contribute. You can always use your voice and your vote to advance change. You can insist on policies that create a healthier, better future for everyone, everywhere—whether they live down the street or on the other side of the planet.

It's true that you are entering this new phase of your life at a daunting time. For many of you, the path you'd envisioned after graduation may suddenly be much steeper. With so many things to worry about—from your health to your family to what the job market means for your ability to pay off your loans—it is understandable that you may need to put on hold the bigger questions about your role in improving the world.

But there is no question that you have a role to play, whether that's now or in the future. You inherit a world that has already proven that progress is possible— a world that has rebuilt after war, vanquished smallpox, fed a growing population, and enabled more than a billion people to climb out of extreme poverty.

That progress didn't happen by accident or fate. It was the result of people just like you who made a commitment that whatever else they did with their lives and careers, they would contribute to this shared mission of propelling us all forward. Class of 2020, these are not easy times. But we will get through them. And with your leadership, the world will be stronger than before.

資料來源︰GatesNotes

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