It's commencement time across the country. College seniors are donning their caps and gowns to receive the degrees they've worked so hard for. A whole new chapter awaits them and billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates is sending them out into the workforce with some sage advice. Gates took to Twitter to dole out a series of snippets of things he wished he had known before he dropped out of Harvard to start Microsoft. Gates focused his advice on what jobs he would be looking for it he was just starting out today.
"AI, energy, and biosciences are promising fields where you can make a huge impact," he said.
Earlier this year Gates expressed the belief that artificial intelligence has "phenomenal" potential and that anything in that field would provide a person with an exciting lifelong career. He also stated that the energy sector is in a huge growth spurt and needs to attract talent to develop reliable, cheap, and clean energy. Biotech, according to Gates, is another growing field where new workers will be able to search for cures for everything from cancer to obesity.
Gates also told today's new college graduates to surround themselves with "people who challenge you, teach you, and push you to be your best self." He reminded them to think of others and to consider the less fortunate. Gates said that his biggest regret is that it took him decades to learn about the worst suffering in the world.
"You know more than I did when I was your age. You can start fighting inequity, whether down the street or around the world, sooner," he said.
Gates wrapped up his series of Tweets by urging new graduates to be aware of the progress humanity has made. He believes the world is getting better.
"That matters because if you think the world is getting better, you want to spread the progress to more people and places."
That sounds like advice we can all use!