Your strength as a young person

Young people severely underestimate themselves. Why would anyone want to hire you? Because you are strong in vital ways.

1. Coachability
You can learn fast and pick up new skills. Veterans are set in old ways. Be a sponge, devour knowledge, ask questions.

2. Network
All your friends are smart college kids, soon-to-be grads. This is a ripe talent pool for hire. Work together on projects, make intros for companies.

3. Risk tolerance
You have nothing to lose, so you’re able to drop everything to work on exciting high-potential projects & companies. Take a gap year, join a lab, hustle your way onto a team.

Go out and prove yourself. You’ve got this.

Thoughts catalyzed by feedback from Sigil Wen