Advice for students?

Any words of advice for students? Do you have any closing thoughts on the future of work and the workplace, the jobs that are coming or simply words of advice for CSU students entering this new world of work?

Dr. Brooks: The art of negotiation is still very important and an important communication skill to teach our students. The articulation of people's desires and needs is kind of a constant thing everyone has to deal with across majors. The “60-year curriculum" stands out to me as something really important. It might help us to think and build our future capacity long-term for our university and for the world.

Dr. Greiner: Speaking to students, I would say, plan for your future, recognizing that you're going to go through a lot of iterations of what work might look like for you during your life course. And if your employer isn't going to provide for your retirement, figure out a way to begin to plan for it in your 20s.

Dr. Norman: I'm reading a book called “The New Education," by Cathy Davidson and she titles this generation “Generation Flux," in that they're caught in an age of precarious work and technological disruption. As professors, we have different ways of connecting with students. We're trying to set them up for success, help them help themselves and brace themselves for this world of flux. How do we reimagine the university where it's about investing in these student success practices, which, as I go around the Cal States, we are really good at, right? But what we might not do as well is sharing those good ideas across our campuses.

Dr. Thomas: In my work with emerging women leaders in higher education, I have five principles I share: I recommend that students become academically and professionally prepared as early as possible in their career so they can go in multiple directions. I mentioned authenticity earlier and I also stress self-motivation, finding a work/life balance, and taking charge of your life. Those would be my most important pieces of advice.