Respected Mr. Hu, Ms. Elizabeth Crouch, teachers of Tsinghua University & Macquaire University, Dear graduates and guests,
Thank you for giving me the honor to be here in such an important day and share with you about my learning. By the time when I started to attend this program, there were only about 40 graduates. Now, there are about 200. I should say, a troop well-trained and well-equipped is poised to become an army in China’s financial industry. During the courses, teachers gave us comprehensive and feasible analysis and training, with both mathematical and English languages, which is quite rare in China’s university for finance courses. If you took part in the courses not just for passing the final exams, I’m sure you’ve gained a lot.
For that, a million thanks to all the teachers from Tsinghua University and Macquarie University.
This program is a special re-charge after your graduation from the universities. Lots of the students, carrying dreams and expectations, wish to enhance themselves to a new level with this program. As a veteran of 16-year working experiences and a team leader, I’ll take the liberty to give you some suggestions about your future work as reference, which is more about attitude than knowledge.
First of all, for those who don’t have too much experience in the society, please try to be focused. Start from the basics and be focused. Please remember to bring Macquarie’s and Tsinghua’s style into your daily work.
The reason for me to propose that, is because of the general situation that a lot of companies, together with me, are facing when trying to hire and manage the new graduates. For the past several years, a large portion of the new graduates are impractical.
They are lazy. They find faults with others and do worse themselves. They have no focused aims or persistency. We thought a lot about that. One of the major reasons is because, those gradates are the first group of people to enter the society as the result of the single-child policy. For the 1980s, people in China began to have a better quality of daily life, with more money to spend but only one child to slobber over. It’s a quite general phenomenon. Children of those families are getting used to gain the happiness from enjoying their life, not from putting in their own efforts and creating the value; they are getting used to praises, not critics; they like imaging, but lack the practical spirit; they know how to be smarter with observation, but don’t have capability to execute. If things turn out to be out of their expectation, they’ll just walk away.
We should have more strict requirements on ourselves. We should change way how we can gain the happiness. It’s not from enjoying your life, but from creating new value. Otherwise, it would be really hard for you to find an interesting career path in the future.
We should be really serious with the basics in our work. At the beginning stage, your work may not be as complicated or as interesting as what you have learned. There could be a gap between the reality and your expectation. But we should all take a more practical attitude and try to see whether we may be able to finish the basic work solidly and stably for two or three years. That will decide whether you would be a qualified worker for the future.
Another phenomenon is that the new graduates are not active enough. If a new graduate gets a task with clear requirements and measurements, he usually can deliver a good result. But if the task bears the mark of open style and uncertain measurements, lots of new graduates would be confused with what exactly they can contribute. They are barely capable of initiating anything. If nobody gives them tasks to do, they’ll just sit there, wasting their time. We know it’s mainly because of the examination-oriented education system and the bad habit of their parents to arrange everything for their children. During the process of growing up, parents and teachers set all the aims and arrange for all the things around. They don’t come into the habit of initiating something and solve it by themselves. They know how to answer the questions on their examination paper. But when facing open-style homework, they usually get lost or copy from other people’s point of view. That bad habit comes into being after a long-term practice.
We should train ourselves, from reactive to proactive. That’s the basic quality if you want to develop yourself from a common worker to a star worker or a manager.
Meanwhile, you should have confidence. For over ten years’ hiring experience, the students from Tsinghua are always the best compared with other school.
Secondly, for those who have several years’ working experiences, be strong, be solid, be brave, be more creative with your work.
A man at the age of thirty has a more stable world view and value proposition. After several years’ work, people become smarter and know a lot more of the knowledge of the world, together with the fact that our courses pay more attention to lower the risk and focus more on techniques. It gives you the engineer mentality and technical assets. When you reach that stage, if you want to achieve more, you need to have a bigger picture, take bigger risks, be brave enough to overlook rewards and think about things that other people dare not to, and to be initiative. The reason is simple. As you all know, the benefits are always very low when there’s no risk. You’ll never be able to get success which is doomed to succeed. No one can guarantee that. The age of thirty is the best period of everyone. Why not fight for it?
In the end, after all the learning from Macquarie, let’s review Tsinghua’s school motto“Self-Discipline and Social Commitment”. It contains the spirit of focus. It also contains the spirit of being brave. Macquaire’s first-class technique adding Tsinghua’s fine style will give us the full wind to move forward. Though the North Sea is far away, we’ll be able to reach it sitting on the whirlwind. We lose at sunrise, but we’ll gain at sunset.
The gigantic fish is about to change to the enormous legendary bird. Wish you all start from this moment!