An Open Letter to the Class of 2020

To the Class of 2020, 

You expected to put on your cap and gown. You expected to walk across the stage while your name was being read. You expected to shake hands while finally getting that little piece of paper you’ve worked so hard for. We know that your senior year wasn’t quite what you expected it to be – 2020 hasn’t been quite the same for us either. 

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic has not only changed the end of your collegiate career, but will transform the world you live in and your sense of normalcy. We’re sure you’re asking yourself a lot of questions right now: Will I still be able to move to the big city? Who is going to hire me now? Even if I get a job, will I ever meet my team? The future is uncertain, and that can be scary. 

Some of you may find yourself stuck at home with mom and dad, maybe you’re headed back to a part-time job in your hometown, others may have experienced the most tremendous kind of loss. COVID-19 has effected us all in so many different ways, and we get that you might be frustrated, upset or angry. 

Stay hopeful. Be positive. Don’t get discouraged

Things will get better – they already are. It won’t happen overnight. It will take weeks and months. But things will change and the world in which we live will have to transform. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Innovate. Respond to what is happening around you. How will you change the world? 

Your graduating class is being challenged in more ways than ever before. It won’t go unnoticed. You’ll be braver, more agile and have a better understanding of what this new normal will look like. Don’t be afraid to play on these strengths – turn this seemingly bleak situation into an opportunity to develop in new ways. Try something new, do something different, make a change. 

The future is yours for the taking. 

From all of us here at Gartner – congratulations. Your future is bright, we can already tell.


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