3 Mistakes Fresh Graduates Always Make

Graduation is not the end, rather, it is the beginning of a long journey ahead of you. Whether it is a good or bad one depends on you but one thing is for sure, it is not going to be easy. The first thing all of us would do after we graduate is to look for a job. Not just any job, one that is stable, high-paying and in a well-recognised company. But is it really the dream job that you really want? Many of us are smart and have a bright future ahead but we are programmed in school to choose a job that is stable and tend to overlook points like if it is going to bring out what we are truly capable of. There are many such mistakes that graduates in Singapore often make today. And to avoid these mistakes, who better to learn from than some of the most successful people in the world? Hence, we went through countless hours of graduation speeches given by people like J.K.Rowling, Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs, Obama and even Bill Gates. In theses speeches, we noticed 3 common themes kept recurring. So we compiled them all into 1 video to help you avoid these pitfalls in your own life.
So what are some of these common pitfalls that you need to avoid?

1. Not following your dreams

We would all have been told that pursuing your passion is not going to go anywhere unless your passion is to become a doctor, lawyer or engineer. We are all made to get a degree, which some of us would never find useful in years to come. It is almost as if your life is set out for you and you are just following it blindly. And that is your first mistake. Think for a moment, what it is that you are truly passionate about. It could be art, animals, food, anything. Now, ask yourself, do you really want to leave this passion behind and go sit at a desk from 9 to 5? I am not asking you to throw away everything and run after your passion blindly because obviously, that is not logical. But what you should do is to at least work on it so that your passion will turn into a concrete idea. And that is when you can make your dream a reality. For those of you who have yet to find something you are truly passionate about, do not worry. It will take some time but eventually you will find it. This is what happened to one successful student, Philip Wang, who shares his life experiences in this video below. He had no idea that he would end up where he did when he first graduated but along the way, he found his passion and pursued it.

2. Being afraid of failure

Take Risks
Next, many of us are afraid to take risks and so we settle with what we get. Plus, with the economy not doing very good, it is harder to find a job so we tend to take the first offer we get. And that is the second mistake. Accepting a job just because it pays well is going to make you miserable for the time you are there. That is why many Singaporeans look so unhappy! If you don’t want to turn into a working zombie, you have to take risks. All of whom who are at the top did not get there by chance. It was hard work and risks, lots of risks. Yes, there is a possibility of failure but it is only through failure can you learn what works and what does not. In fact, failure will push you in another better direction. So if you have a talent you want to explore or if you wish to start your own enterprise, do it! There may be times where you feel like you have nothing but like J K Rowling said in her graduation speech, “Rock bottom can become a solid foundation.” All you have to do is to not be afraid of failure and push yourself.

3. Not Giving Back

Give Back
In Singapore, we are sometimes so consumed with work and money that we often forget about the less fortunate. How many Singaporeans can actually say that they regularly donate to charity or do volunteer work? Very few. And that is your third mistake. After you graduate, you will have the time and ability to give back to society. It could be monetary, volunteering or it could just be you standing up for those who do not have a voice. All that matters is that you use your position to make a difference. So when you graduate, keep in mind that life is not just about you having enough money to have a comfortable life. It is that and ensuring that people around you too can live a good life. Graduates, the journey ahead of you is not going to be easy but it is up to you to make it worth it. Make sure you avoid these 3 mistakes. And the path ahead of you will be filled with excitement. We wish you all the best on your journey!

By Vanathy