Respected Waterloo professor on why “safe” jobs are a myth

Monday, May 16, 2016

Students at the University of Waterloo will hear tomorrow why learning a skill and building a career around a “safe” job, could be riskier than pursuing their passions.

Respected Waterloo professor, Larry Smith, will speak at a sold out special event on Tuesday celebrating the launch of his new book called No Fears, No Excuses: What You Need to Do to Have a Great Career.

Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Federation Hall, University of Waterloo

Smith is an adjunct associate professor with the Department of Economics and with the Conrad Centre at the University of Waterloo, whose TEDx Talk - Why you will fail to have a great career - has more than 4.8 million views. In the book, Smith argues that young people who choose what they perceive as a safe career path, risk losing their job because they can’t compete with people who are passionately engaged in the field.

“I have not encountered a single student who had great skill who did not also have passion for the field of battle. Not one. And I say that after teaching 23,000 students. Passion’s link to innovative skill is clear. Passion brings an intensity of focus that effort, discipline, and persistence cannot match,” writes Smith in the book launched in April.

The event will include a candid conversation between Smith and University of Waterloo President and Vice-Chancellor Feridun Hamdullahpur.

Media wishing to attend the event must register by emailing Nick Manning.

-30-

Media Contact

Nick Manning
University of Waterloo
519-888-4451
226-929-7627
www.uwaterloo.ca/news
@uWaterlooNews

Attention broadcasters: Waterloo has facilities to provide broadcast quality audio and video feeds with a double-ender studio. Please contact us for more information.

  1. 2019 (123)
    1. November (2)
    2. October (15)
    3. September (15)
    4. August (10)
    5. July (7)
    6. June (8)
    7. May (14)
    8. April (15)
    9. March (15)
    10. February (8)
    11. January (14)
  2. 2018 (179)
    1. December (6)
    2. November (15)
    3. October (16)
    4. September (12)
    5. August (9)
    6. July (12)
    7. June (18)
    8. May (17)
    9. April (15)
    10. March (22)
    11. February (23)
    12. January (14)
  3. 2017 (129)
    1. December (9)
    2. November (9)
    3. October (11)
    4. September (16)
    5. August (8)
    6. July (7)
    7. June (12)
    8. May (13)
    9. April (8)
    10. March (18)
    11. February (8)
    12. January (10)
  4. 2016 (166)
  5. 2015 (229)
  6. 2014 (237)
  7. 2013 (180)
  8. 2012 (99)
  9. 2011 (76)
  10. 2010 (32)