For the graduating class of 2014, we have good news and optional bad news for the brothas and sistas. The good news is the class of 2014 is the first class in over 10 years to graduate with an abundance of opportunities and can basically write their own check or choose their own venture to pursue, thanks to technology and new market demands. The optional bad news is for Class of 2014 cats who don’t want to hustle, think someone owe their ass a job and read too many books and chat too much and selfie too much and want to stay in the same place they grew up - well you cats going to have a no better life than the economic lost generation of your predecessors 10 years ago. Brothas and sistas have an interesting landscape in 2014 painted for them that allows opportunity I have not seen or heard before and let’s cover them: Globalization. It’s already brothas and sistas out there that helping mature and getting global markets ready for brothas and sistas to go overseas and work jobs and have opportunities. It is now common to see brothas and sistas working in Southeast Asia, Latin America, Africa, Europe and Middle East nowadays and networks are now more mature for brothas and sistas to pursue global careers worldwide. Wall Street is no longer the hotspot for financial, London is. Mobile. The smartphone has opened up a new global field of opportunity that is bigger than the dotcom boom of the 90s due to the global adoption of smart phones. While everybody in the world did not have a desktop computer in the 1990s, almost everybody in the world has a mobile phone with at least SMS or smartphone capabilities. This creates a whole new field of jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities that can explode worldwide. Circular Economics. Brothas and sistas can move away from the foolery of the previous generation buying McMansions, luxury SUVs and trips and going broke real fast, especially when the economy bottomed out. Life is good hanging out with friends using a deal found on Groupon, getting a ZipCar and driving around an urban city exploring random sites, saving up or getting on the payment plan to go to Electric Zoo, Coachella or TommorrowWorld and living in the new lifestyle format apartments hanging around cool people from all over. This allow Class of 2014 brothas and sistas to start saving their money and focus on living money-free and enjoying life to the fullest at a young age. We see very good opportunities for the Class of 2014 and this is the first time in history where brothas and sistas are going to start breaking the $150k-$200k job barrier off the bat. But there is a catch – the Class of 2014 have to have their ish together and focus on being entrepreneurial in both their career and personal ambitions. When applying for a job, show that you can do the new stuff by having an portfolio and be ready to pitch your talents like an entrepreneur and sell the living hell out of yourself. When doing for self, learn to focus on the hot markets and position yourself where you can contribute to social marketing, solar power, micro-controllers, business intelligence and data mining as well as mobile programming and mobile marketing implementations. Let me advise the Class of 2014 what we see is the biggest opportunity – retailing. The retailing industry is going through a massive change with the advent of mobile worldwide and the brothas and sistas who learn how to use mobile and program mobile and manage campaigns will find their behind working all over the world on assignment and getting paid serious bucks racking up airline miles. Buy online/pickup in store or BOPIS is serious business. Cash registers are being phased out and digital point-of-sale software is being in demand. Payments is a big deal for the most efficient transaction experience possible. I don’t give a damn what the Class of 2014 major/minor was in college, find a way to get into next generation retailing as your career. This is my analysis of the Class of 2014 and now I turn the mic to you brothas and sistas out there already in the real world – what advice or information would you offer our graduates entering the market? I can assure you that brothas and sistas are listening and want you to be as real with them as possible. Let’s hear what you have to say and keep it 100% for the brothas and sistas who made it and now ready for the world.