Advice to a Soon-To-Be Grad from a Soon-To-Be Grad

As you look for a job out of college, here is what I have to say

You’re graduating! Seriously, congratulations. I am sure you’ve been working your freaking butt off for what’s to come. I can also bet you’re itching to leave and start life elsewhere. I’m graduating too, so I know what you’re going through.

So what are you going to do? What do you want to do? If you’re anything like me you want to go change the world and have a job that you’re extremely passionate about. You want to live a purposeful life and work for a company that meets your inner needs. I know I want that.

Even though you and I have this idea in our heads of what type of business or company we want to work for, I want to remind you of something. It’s something I’ve been thinking about and learned through my parents and mentors. I wrote this down myself so I don’t forget it.

Young people these days, like you and I, often want jobs that are fulfilling and purposeful. And that’s awesome and admirable. But sometimes, most of the time actually, young people have to learn to take jobs that don’t fulfill that inner desire. We must learn to take those less desirable jobs. Let me explain.

Sometimes to get to the place you want to be, you have to learn to discipline yourself and take the job that you don’t want right now, in order to reach the job you desire in the future. It’s a ladder. And you can only climb it with one thing: experience.

Let’s not kid ourselves, young people like us think we have it all down. We are the explorers of the Internet, the creators of social media; we helped shape it. Yes we do know a lot, no doubt, but often times our big heads get in the way of truly learning and growing. We think we know it all and therefore we deserve jobs that are high paying and meaningful. But most of the time, we don’t, simply because we lack experience. Once we can focus on learning and gaining real experiences, only then is when we can accept those purposeful jobs we desire with the pay we crave.

This is a reminder for me and you, lets not make the mistake of missing out on our dream job just because we don’t have the patience to wait and grow in experience.

Now, are you ready to graduate?