Top 10 Pieces of Advice for College Graduates From Professors

May 5, 2017 Christopher Ruel

123496227.jpgWe recently asked educators about the advice they often give students who are about to graduate and begin the next part of their lives. Sixty professors responded, all providing excellent wisdom based on their own experiences. We’ve selected ten of the best to share with you and to use as a springboard should a student ask you, “What should I do now?”

Be humble and be willing to continue to learn. Education is a never-ending endeavor. —Professor Theopholieus Worrell, Delgado Community College

My advice is to be courageous. There is no better time in your life than now to try something new, move to a new city, start a job, etc. I often wish I was more adventurous early on, but mostly, the key is to know that you will only regret the things you never tried! —Professor Elizabeth Stelley, Richland College

Be true to yourself, your passions, and your long-term goals, but realize there are many ways to reach your goals, not just one path. What may look like setbacks can be the best lessons in life. — Professor Terry Thompson, Wor-Wic Community College

Remember to celebrate the smallest accomplishments. If you lose sight of your daily path, then your goals aren’t as joyful. —Professor Amanda Rosenzweig, Delgado Community

What you know and how good you are at doing it will only get you so far. It is just as much about the personal connections as it is your knowledge base (if not more). Get off your phones and Facebook accounts and connect with people face-to-face. I continually get job offers (even though I'm not looking), because of my connections. —Professor Reb Beatty, CPA, CFE, CGMA, Anne Arundel Community College

Take time to get to know the people around you, work hard and work smart. Remember the people who helped you get this far and pay it forward. —Professor Cynthia Peck, Delta Community College

See challenges as opportunities and never stop learning.—Professor Amber Raley, Dallas County Community College District

Don't be afraid to advocate for yourself because there is nobody who is going to help you more than YOU.—Professor Candace Witherspoon, Valdosta State University

Don't worry if you don't get your "dream job" or hired at one of the top firms. You may be surprised that you like a smaller firm, or your career may take a different and better path than you ever expected. Life is a journey.—Professor Melissa Shirah, Santiago Canyon College

Learn to talk with real people in person. Networking is a skill that can be learned. Personal connections make your career and life richer. Be proud of what you accomplished. Help lift someone else.—Professor Joan Barber, Delaware Technical College

Do you have a favorite tip you give your graduating students? Did a professor give you valuable advice before donning your robe and mortarboard? Feel free to share your inspiring words below in the comments below.

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