April Kelly, social marketing trailblazer and author of the upcoming book Spaghetti on the Wall, met with Cornhusker Boys’ State delegates this morning to discuss the benefits and dangers of social networking. In her discussion, she encouraged delegates to check their Facebook pages to ensure that no documentation of questionable behavior exists, as the percentage of employers using Facebook to investigate potential employees is near 40% and rising. She also encouraged delegates to use social media to further their professional careers which are getting underway. Kelly suggested that all delegates join LinkedIn to connect with other professionals, and noted the benefits of having access to a second “tier” of professional connections, more easily explained as having connections to “colleagues of colleagues.” By building up this professional network, delegates would be able to expand their professional base, and may be more likely to get hired for a particular job or internship in the future. In fact, when looking at business profiles on LinkedIn, users are able to see if their connections, whether in a “first tier” or in a “higher tier,” have affiliations with those businesses. This feature easily gives users a point of access into a business. By the end of the discussion, nearly all of the delegates in attendance seemed interested in joining this social network.
April Kelly’s new book, Spaghetti on the Wall, is scheduled to be released in mid-July.
Richard Baier of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce met with delegates this morning to discuss the future of jobs in Nebraska. Part of his presentation addressed the goal to keep intelligent Nebraskans here in Nebraska and the steps that are being taken to do so. Baier was pleased to note that the number of delegates who envisioned themselves living in Nebraska at age 40 was significantly higher than it was 5-6 years ago.
Citizens and candidates had the opportunity to meet with representatives from the various political action committees of Cornhusker Boys’ State this morning. Citizens were able to get a feel for the interests of the different groups and make contributions as they saw fit. Candidates had slightly different objectives, seeking out support from the PACs, who can make campaign contributions or assist with the campaigns themselves.
This morning, John Morrissey, leadership trainer for Fortune 500 companies, former 25-year-veteran teacher, and friend of the Boys’ State Program, gave a presentation on the four different generations that make up the U.S. workforce. As the youngest leaders in our Nation, the delegates showed real interest in learning about how their own generation, “The Millennials,” thinks as a whole, especially in relation to the other three generations: “Traditionalists,” “Baby Boomers,” and “Generation X.” Each generation has been shaped by specific historical, social, and economic factors and events, such as the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. These different circumstances shape the way that individuals within each generation think about the world and live their lives. Knowing this important fact is crucial to be able to learn from and cooperate with members of other generations in the workforce and society at large.
In Bessey Hall this morning, delegates had the opportunity to work with Dr. Eric Thompson, professor of Economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Here, they learned about numerous aspects of small town economies across the State, including school consolidation, population shift, and agribusiness trends. For example, Dr. Thompson discussed that attracting and retaining young people in small communities requires more than just jobs, it requires a job market that can allow an individual to settle down in a community with the ability to change jobs and/or move-up in his/her field. In addition, delegates asked about the future of industries such as private space travel and tourism. It is safe to say that a majority of our delegates come from small town Nebraska, so this presentation gave important insight into these vibrant and vital communities, not only for the young men who live in them, but also for those coming from larger cities like Lincoln or Omaha.