Ah, June has arrived. If you’re in our part of the world, that means fresh-cut lawns, summer love (or perhaps summertime sadness), cranking up the air conditioner — and forgetting how much we complained about the cold during winter.

But there’s something else special about June: it’s when fresh and eager IT graduates (congratulations!) are leaving school and forging their career path.

Now, we all realize that school is important. But we also know that the best teachers in life are Experience and Time. After all, being successful in IT is all about learning and doing, followed by more learning and doing…and then you just repeat until you retire or win the lottery.

Put Your Yoda Mask On

This month, we’d like you to put your Yoda mask on, reach into the depths of your experience, and share what you think all new IT grads need to know.

Obviously, we’re hoping that you don’t suggest “run for your life!” Instead, we’d like you to be a constructive mentor. Put it this way: if you could go back in time, what would you tell yourself when you first started in the IT world?

You can share as little or as much as you’d like. Even just a few words of wisdom from a wise Jedi master like you can make a BIG difference to someone who’s just starting out.

May the Gift Card Be with You

Just by participating in the poll, you’ll be automatically entered to WIN one of two $25 Amazon gift certificates. You might not get a “new car, caviar, four-star daydream and a football team” like Pink Floyd, but hey, you could be $25 richer. What’s not to love about that? Thanks, and good luck!