BOSTON (AP) — The executive chairman of Google Inc. has told Boston University graduates they can compete for jobs and solve problems as the first generation to be fully connected.

Eric Schmidt told more than 6,700 Boston University graduates on Sunday that they’re part of the first fully connected generation the world has known.

Schmidt, who ended a decade-long stint as CEO last year and turned the job over to Google co-founder Larry Page, acknowledged it’s not a great economy to find a job. But he said young people have a competitive edge, which he said is a mastery of technology and the ability to build and foster connections that no generation before has had.

Schmidt said the spread of mobile phones and new forms of connectivity can bring economic, political and social change.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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