Connie's Corner

The Important Work You Do


“We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. All this we will do.”

President Barack Obama, in his inaugural address, may well have been addressing the WPI community—from the students and alumni whose career aspirations have no limit, to the faculty and staff who encourage and teach our students to find passion in all that they do, to the parents who support their sons and daughters in all of their endeavors. Everyone’s contributions are important.

So, here’s the question: Do you feel that what you are doing today is important? If the answer is yes, have you let those who support you know the significance of their work? Would they agree? Are you documenting your major contributions to your client, family, organization, or community? In unpredictable times, particularly, it’s a good idea.

If the answer is no, and you are not feeling valued, ask yourself, "What would my manager/spouse/colleague say if asked to specifically describe my contributions, lest they be fired for lack of a response?"

We know that the economy is difficult this year. Work— including the work we do as retirees—is the critical part of so many of our lives. Understanding where and how the value of your work contributes to life is, perhaps, what’s most important.

WPI graduates: That work began the moment you stepped onto campus, and it has flourished ever since. But if you should find yourself in doubt, don’t hesitate to contact us in the Career Development Center. We’ll help you see your strengths and get back on track!

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