What's one advice you would give to fresh grads?
Currently at my last year of collage education and would be thankful for any advice :) #college #education #career
Gurpreet’s Answer, CareerVillage.org Team
Congrats on being so close to graduation; I wish you all the best in your last year!!
Just because you're finishing college doesn't mean you have to have all the answers. Some people have a clear path (career goals, job lined up, where they want to live, etc.) while others have no clue what to do next. The one thing both types of these people need to remember is the saying, "Man plans and God laughs". I know many people who graduated college with a degree in X and ended up doing Y. You don't always know where life and opportunities will take you. Enjoy the remaining time in school, follow your interests and try different things. You will make mistakes, but that's okay. Now is the time to do that. You learn a lot more from your losses than your wins and it will benefit you in the long run. As you experience life, learn and grow, you'll find the right path for you. It may be vastly different from where you currently see yourself going and when you get there you'll look back and see the curvy road you took along the way. As I tell my kids, life is a roller coaster -- lots of ups and downs, sometimes scary, sometimes thrilling. Enjoy the ride...
Soo Ling’s Answer
I graduated university with a degree in Health Science, my first job was in a software distributor - worlds apart from each other. A decade on and I'm happily working in a tech company which I hadn't considered when I was still in school. So take a chance and don't stress too much - also good luck!
However, generally, approach the market with open mind. Having open mindset might even help you discover new options in terms of career path. We all know, it's hard to define a set goal at the very start of career journey, hence trying different things and learning from it would be of great help. Gaining good industry experience was my priority as fresh grad.
BTW, Congrats on completing this accomplishment!
I didn't do it and I regret it. You'll have the next 30-40 years to work in whatever career path you choose. So take some time to yourself and go see the world.
First thing is to take a step back and have a think about some of the key things you enjoy doing day to day, next how does this relate to your degree and possible career opportunities?
Reaching out to people who have a similar background to you, and understanding their career path could be really useful as it will show you the different avenues available to you - you can do this via LinkedIn and most people are always willing to help.
Try and get involved in some internship programmes, they can be a massive eye opener in showing you again what you like and what you don't like - narrowing your search.
Don't be afraid to try new things and approach everything with an open mind - it can sometimes be the most unexpected career paths that ends up being the right fit!
As I grew older (and hopefully wiser:)), I have learnt that the best way to deal with transitioning from the world (or you can even call it a bubble) academia to the real world is just to pursue what makes you passionate, while being relaxed and just go with the flow and what the world brings along!
While it's important to have a clearly defined plan and goals to achieve, it is important to keep an open mind and welcome different other paths that present themselves to you, because life happens when you were busy planning other things so just enjoy the ride!
"Wealth" is a matter of having more money than you need to meet your living expenses. Too many people tend to spend everything they make, and never get ahead. Use credit very cautiously. Avoid high interest cards. Track your EVERY expense, by category, so you can see where you can cut back. If your employer offers disability insurance, take it! It's easy to assume that nothing happens to young people, but believe me, it's not true! If your employer offers a 401 match, contribute the max that they will match, otherwise, you are leaving free money on the table. Do not buy a brand new car! There are better-priced good used ones out there. Don't buy the $100 warranty on a $500 item. Take care of your car and your HEALTH. They are what allow you to work!
Sometimes career opportunities come along that require taking a cut in pay, with opportunity to really earn good money in a couple of years. You need to be in a financial position to be able to afford to make that kind of move.
Congrats on sticking it out! Best of luck!