Careers Advice

Be inspired: Graduation advice!

With graduation approaching, and huge congratulations in order, we’d like to share some advice for life beyond university.

Published: 15/06/2018

Graduation will be a day you remember for the rest of your life. It’s a milestone as you transition from learning to working. For many undergraduates, your whole life has been spent following timetables and being taught, your hard work translating into good grades rather than a growing bank account.

But now it’s time to enter the ‘real world’ armed with everything you’ve learnt. It’s time to leave your mark and make a difference. It’s time to make decisions and active choices about what’s next.

We wanted to share a few insights from global figures who have reflected on life’s challenges and how they made sense of their choices.

Steve Jobs, 2005

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards so you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future ... believing that the dots will connect somewhere down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well-worn path and that will make all the difference.”

“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 somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

J K Rowling, 2008

 “… Some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default.

“Failure gave me an inner security that I had never attained by passing examinations. Failure taught me things about myself that I could have learned no other way. I discovered that I had a strong will, and more discipline than I had suspected… The knowledge that you have emerged wiser and stronger from setbacks means that you are, ever after, secure in your ability to survive.”

Oprah Winfrey, 2013

“From time to time you may stumble, fall, you will for sure, count on this, no doubt, you will have questions and you will have doubts about your path. But I know this, if you’re willing to listen to, be guided by, that still small voice that is the G.P.S. within yourself, to find out what makes you come alive, you will be more than okay. You will be happy, you will be successful, and you will make a difference in the world.”

We hope advice from these iconic individuals will help to inspire you as you graduate from university this summer.

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