'This Week' Transcript: Tim Pawlenty and Mitch Daniels

THOMAS: I think a lot of people set themselves up in college to go to school to find a job, but then they get their job and they get their career and they're unsatisfied, where you have two people here that have followed not just where the job creation market was, but they followed their own creativity and their own imagination and they found themselves loving what they do.

KIEL: Can I say, I think that what you're saying about being creative and thinking outside the box is definitely something our class and our generation has had to do in the past couple of years. I know for us, at the Harvard newspaper, people when I was a freshman were walking out the door to the New York Times or to the Wall Street Journal. And now that's just not an option for us anymore, so we're considering technology and media in a different way.

IMBRUCE: And that's where the next biggest company will come from. I mean, Facebook, which is going to be, you know, probably one of the world's biggest technology companies fairly soon, came out of a dorm room, you know, at Harvard sophomore year. So I think...


ZUCKERMAN: I'm thinking of changing my name to Zuckerberg...



WATKINS: Well, just to build off of what Lauren said, I feel like our generation is extremely resourceful. I mean, we grew up with information at our fingertips. And at the end of the day, we're going to have to put two and two together. And this just not having a job right after college is a small roadblock into what's to come, I think.

AMANPOUR: So what would you say -- what would you say is a wrap-up, is a final piece -- what would you say is a final piece of advice for our grads here?

ZUCKERMAN: Well, I mean, frankly, I would just get in the swing. You just have to get out there in that world and find a job, the best job that you can. I would not let it go -- too much time go by, because if you're sitting here a year from now without a job, frankly, you're going to be less employable than you are today.

AMANPOUR: Doug, advice, finally?

IMBRUCE: I agree with Mort. I mean, I think that, you know, situations are temporary and skills are forever, so it absolutely makes sense to go, get out there, get experience, and try to just be the best version of yourself you can be, and add value, and that will set you on, you know, certainly the right career path.

AMANPOUR: Lauren, what are you feeling now after this discussion?

KIEL: Hopefully a bit more optimistic. I think we're all kind of charging forth knowing that, you know, our first job might not be the job that we're going to have forever. We grew up in a world where our grandparents -- you know, both of my grandfathers worked the same jobs their entire lives.

ZUCKERMAN: My parents and my grandparents were immigrants. They didn't even speak the language when they came here. So when they came here and took the chances that it took to make this huge trip and start off with nothing, I mean, I give that -- those folks a lot of medals for courage.

IMBRUCE: The American dream is alive and well. I mean, I'm surrounded in Silicon Valley by tons of entrepreneurs from, you know, America, from abroad that have really, you know, contributed to society.

AMANPOUR: Well, on that very optimistic note, thank you to our entrepreneur CEOs and thank you very much to our students.

And we'll be right back in a moment.


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