Staffers from Business Insider have compiled a list of answers to the question: “What do you wish someone had told you at graduation?”
Alyson Shontell, Senior Reporter, SAI, wrote:
“Join a startup when you graduate run by seasoned, smart founders. In an ideal world, you’ll pick one that will grow far bigger than it is when you join it. Either way, you will get tremendous experience and get to try your hand at a number of different roles, which can help you decide what you actually want to do with your life. And if the company grows, your career can grow with it.”
Steve Kovach, SAI Editor, added:
“My advice is to not settle. There’s a good chance your first job will be something you hate. If that’s the case, don’t stop looking until you land somewhere you can see yourself working for several years.”
Transporter Reporter Alex Davies advised:
“Leave the country for at least a year. Chances are you can find a job in Europe, South America, or Asia teaching English.
You’ll have a good time, and won’t have to worry about a career for a year. When you come back you will seem more interesting to everyone, including potential employers.
It’s not like you’ll be missing out on a booming economy, either, and none of the people in my graduating class who left the country for a year had more trouble than usual finding a job upon their return.”