Word From An Old Soul: General Career Advice

Read about the ups, downs and possibilities that college can offer through a freshman student’s perspective.

By: Liana Sameth

The conventional wisdom is that there is a correlation between age and wisdom, but that’s not necessarily true. Anyone can give great advice! College is a place for personal and professional growth. Four years is a long time to develop personal, intellectual, social, and financial capital. Many students are excited about their careers and want to leap into the future. But remember to trust the timing of your life.

General career advice from a freshman:

“The unfortunate, yet truly exciting thing about your life is, there is no core curriculum. The entire place is an elective. The paths are infinite and the results are uncertain.” ~ Jon Stewart

We like to follow linear career trajectories but knowing how to navigate ambiguity and uncertainty in our lives is key. You have agency, the ability to make choices in the world. Every person needs to have a vision for themselves and values. Your twenties are tough years. When you leave college, you leave a community that’s similar to your age group. Making friends as an adult requires momentum, but it’s not impossible. Although not everyone is going to appreciate your work, the people who think like you will.

“The world is in perpetual motion, and we must invent the things of tomorrow… Act with audacity.” ~ Madame Clicquot

Become less risk-averse because the world stagnates without innovation. Always be open to new ideas that may cause a breakthrough in an organization.

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