SOUTH ORANGE, NJ  – Don’t be afraid to take chances.

That’s the advice area residents have for the Seton Hall University graduating class.

“Entrepreneurship is the only way out of financial hardship,’’ Visions Barber Shop owner and entrepreneur Terrence Brooks said.

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As the executive of the salon located in the heart of downtown South Orange cut the hair of a SHU graduate student, Brooks reflected on his journey to owning a business. He said that graduates should “keep your head up” in the midst of this changing work environment and take chances in order to achieve success.

Business owner “Ms. Henry” and niece Candice Harney of the Big Bamboo Restaurant, 1139 South Orange Ave., Newark, suggested the same "leap of faith" mentality.

“If you cannot find a job, create a job,’’ both women said simultaneously.

The owners of the Caribbean restaurant, located three minutes away from Seton Hall’s campus, emphasized internal happiness will “make you feel like you haven’t worked a day in your life.”

South Orange residents Elaina and Dan Svitavsky graduated from school during the last recession and said to take any opportunity available because “regretting an opportunity 20 years down the line will eat at you.”

Taking one job is better than no job, said the Turrell Avenue residents, as long as it is in your career.

The mother of three boys spoke about her backup plan if she could not find a way to utilize her finance degree.

 “My fallback was to take headshots and start auditioning for Broadway,” she said. “It just worked out that I did not have to do that.’’

Matthew Gould is a journalism major at Seton Hall University.