Mr Palm's address during the ceremony of distribution of certificates for the completion of the Social Business course on 7 October 2011 in Kukës - a livelihood and life skills programme - supported by UNICEF implemented in partnership with Don Bosco
On 3 December last year we were here together to inaugurate the opening of the Youth Employment Services in Kukës. That day I shared with you - the young people - my conviction that it is your initiative that makes the difference. You yourself can contribute a lot to the development of your country. You need to discover the entrepreneur spirit. Get ready for it. Learn how to present yourself at a job interview. And we hoped that the services in the Youth Employment Center will help you in this.
Today, I am happy to see so many of you have successfully completed the training course on social business organized by Don Bosco and Employment Services. This shows that the YES center has been useful in helping young people getting ready for employment. I understand that you have learned about the ethics of work, the basic accounting, how to communicate with clients, and your rights in the workplace. This is not the end of the road. It is the beginning. Use your knowledge to gain control of your life.
Perhaps you all heard about the death of Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple and one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time. I want to share with you what he had to say to students at Stanford University a few years ago. He talked about something we should remember, regardless age or education.
He said: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They know what you truly want to become.” Of course, to follow your dream, you need to work hard and prepare yourself. I hope this course helped you in this.
I thank the officials from Kukës, the Employment Services and Don Bosco for the work done. I congratulate in particular so many girls – ladies - that attended the courses. I also thank our collaborators in the UN system and the Spanish government who financed this programme.