Advice for Graduates: Step Outside Your Comfort Zone and Set Goals for the Future

It is the time of year when graduates are coming towards the gruelling process of job applications and interviews. Perhaps you have already secured your ideal job which will set you up for your future career, or perhaps all of this is still ahead of you. Either way, I have some advice I’d like to offer to all graduates at this time.

It’s time for you step outside your comfort zone and think about your future.

You may face a lot of rejections and obstacles ahead of you, but below are some points I want you to remember:

Learn from the struggles and frustrations

There is always a struggle between “what I would like to do” and “what I should do”.

I have interviewed with a lot of senior candidates and found that passion is one of the main factors that helps to sustain a long-term career that can surpass different life stages. Those who succeed in everything they do and enjoy their jobs are always those who know what they like to do.

It’s normal to feel lost and frustrated along the way, but the process will definitely help you to know yourself better and discover what you like doing, and therefore what you need to do in order to be successful.

Be ambitious and set goals

Always be ambitious and set clear goals. These can be achievable monthly or quarterly short-term goals, as well as long-term macro ideas to strive towards.

Doing this will help to identify what’s important to you and what you need to do in order to achieve it.

Make mistakes and be adventurous

Remember that it’s ok to make mistakes. In fact, it’s actually important to make mistakes. I still have this quote from Neil Gaiman stuck to my desk from a New Year’s resolution I made years ago and I still find very inspiring:

“I hope you make mistakes, because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world.”

So don’t be afraid to make mistakes and be adventurous in seeking what you love to do, no matter if it’s for your career or your life outside of work. This is the best time for you to experience different things and make these important mistakes.

By writing this I have also given myself a chance to refresh myself. Let’s work hard together, graduates!

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