The years right after graduation are incredibly exciting and yet fraught with fear and anxiety as well. I think a few ideas, pieces of advice, and viewpoints have helped me get to where I am, and I’ll share them here.
First, look at the world through an optimistic lens. Treat everyone you encounter as a potential friend, employer, neighbor, teammate – not as an annoyance or potential rival. The relationships you make will define you, and you never know who you might run into later on and what that relationship might become.
Luck is truly when preparation meets opportunity. You must be prepared to seize the moment, at any time.
Always have plans, but always be prepared for the unexpected. Life will inevitably throw you some curveballs, and it’s all about whether you can adjust your swing.
Treasure your friends and family, and be grateful for every moment you have with them.
You work to live, you don’t live to work. Love your work, but don’t let it define you. You will never regret having sacrificed a little work to have more time with loved ones. But you may well regret spending an extra hour in the office if it means missing a significant life event for someone you care about.
Take advantage of your newfound freedom. The responsibilities increase with every passing year. If there’s something you’ve dreamed of doing and you have the time and resources to do it, do it now.
Work before you go to graduate school. Give yourself some time to figure out who you are and what it is you really want to do.
Have 3, or 4, or 5 careers. There’s too much out there in the world to devote yourself to one job forever.
Finally, trust your heart. It’s right more often than you think.