Advising Graduates


What is the best single advice you would like to pass on to new graduating class, regardless of their majors?

Advice and Guidance
Graduate Students
Hassan Qudrat-Ullah
1 month ago

11 answers


Aim high. Aiming low are hitting that target is undervaluing yourselves.

David Cottrell
1 month ago
I could not agree more with you, David. Much appreciated, - Hassan 30 days ago

Find a mentor.
Identify someone that you admire, someone that has achieved extraordinary goals that you aspire to, but also someone with integrity that values people and invest in humanity.
Having the right mentor is like a bridge over troubled water, a lighthouse on the dark horizon, an unspent penny in your pocket, cotton on a sore bruise and word of bravery when facing your giants.
A mentor's wisdom will empower, encourage and embrace your soul.

24 days ago
Someone in your team or in a different one? - Paolo 24 days ago
Would you like to share your own mentoring experience here, DIRK JONKER? - Hassan 19 days ago
Normally someone from outside Paolo, however, it does not exclude someone from your own team if that person is your ideal mentor,. - DIRK 16 days ago
I have had a mentor since 2003 which has been instrumental in my career as entrepreneur. He has extensive experience in banking and IT and I have learned numerous invaluable lesson with regards to business strategies and risk management from him - DIRK 16 days ago

Today, you have successfully graduated or will be graduating soon, entering into a new phase of life. You all must e filled with anxiety, apprehension and even fear of what future holds for you in store. Nothing new, every body goes through this and so are you.
You are currently at a greater advantage, having the liberty of trying multiple options and figuring out which is best alternative for you. You need to be little risk taker by exploring newer avenues, the traditional ones as well as the lesser known ones.
This is the right time, to realize that winning is not always important. More important question should be what did you learn.
Those with bigger plans have a bigger hurdle to face. Living upto the expectations of others. Society is general wants you to do what they think is best, which usually means avoiding big risks. But, what you need to recognize is that now is the time when you can afford to take those risks.
No matter what you do, always believe in your self and take the jump. 

Dr. Sriram Seshadri
1 month ago
Excellent pint! Thanks, dear Sriram. - Hassan 30 days ago

Choose your preferred area, start easy but be motivated and aim high as mentioned by David Cottrell, very high!

Paolo Beffagnotti
30 days ago
Well said, dear Paolo. - Hassan 30 days ago

Congratulations! You're now entering a new stage of your life. Be authentic, kind, and walk the talk, by aligning your values with your beliefs, thoughts, expressions and actions. Just follow this simple advise and you'll thrive as professionals. Good luck in your endeavors.

Fabian Szulanski
26 days ago
Thanks, David Cottrell, Dr. Sriram Seshadri, Paolo Beffagnotti, and Fabian Szulanski for excellent and insightful narratives. - Hassan 26 days ago

Many many congratulations !!

some points i need to discuss with you guys like

  • Life, fortune and mishaps are unpredictable, nobody knows what will happen.
  • Do not bear grudge towards those who are not good to you. No one has the responsibility of treating you well, except your family.
  • Life is short. So plan accordingly.
  • Love is nothing but a transient feeling, and this feeling would fade with time and with one's mood. If your so called loved one leaves you, be patient, time will wash away your aches and sadness.
  • A lot of successful people did not receive a good education, that does not mean that you can be successful by not studying hard! Whatever knowledge you gain is your weapon in life.
  • It is the right time to understand studying is different from learning.
  • Don't be sad or panic if you won't get job in starting of your carrier ,don't see others just see inside you and promise yourself to try harder next time.

All the very best for you upcoming journey.

Thank You

Fact DNA
26 days ago
Thanks, dear Fact DNA, well said. If I have to pick only one advice, from your very noble list what would recommend and why? - Hassan 23 days ago
Hassan Qudrat-Ullah I would suggest 'Life, fortune and mishaps are unpredictable, nobody knows what will happen.'. Because you know the meaning of life ,so don't be sad you loose.Just learn from past,wake up and go forward. - Fact 23 days ago
Thank you, dear Fact DNA. I have noted it with pleasure. - Hassan 22 days ago

Don't be resistant to doing the "dirty hands" or non-glory work, it gives someone an appreciation and understanding of the process when they get to be leaders. I have worked in a variety of production houses for printing, signs, silkscreen, and more. When I have the large budget and short time, I know exactly how to prepare files and artwork that respects the production staff, and my leaders by doing the most efficient job the right way the first time.

There's always someone to learn from, even if they are not driving a Maybach. Aspire to succeed in your career, and strike a balance of accomplishments and kindness. Try to give just as much as you make in "the intangibles" by volunteering, mentoring and providing guidance to others just like you were at one time.

When all else fails, stop, ask, be honest and humble, and make those around you better.

Troy Vera
22 days ago
Thanks for the excellent advice, dearTroy Vera. Yes, if we could make the life of even one person around us better, we are successful and worthy of celebration. - Hassan 22 days ago

Don't be afraid to fail. You will. Learn from failures. Make sure that whenever you do fail, you’re failing forward.

Vic Clesceri
15 days ago

Do not afraid to take rist and you will fine. Keep lerning and expermenting.

Ali Qudrat
9 days ago

Just be your self and always try to learn, you will be successful.

Bo Chen
3 days ago

Now you have achieved a goal that sets you on track of like. Yes, ups and downs, will be there. You, with courage, humility, and patience can overcome almost all the obstacles in your way. Only you and you can do, of not do, no one else.

Wasim Safdar
9 hours ago

Have some input?