• Lindi Engelbrecht

10 Pieces of "New Grad Advice"

Graduation day's right around the corner. Graduating from #University, #Technikon or #College is one of the great accomplishments of your life. It means a great milestone of education has been achieved.


I thought it would be good to share a few tips that could benefit anyone just starting their career.

Even successful people failBefore their success, some of the world's most successful people experienced epic failure. We celebrate their success but often overlook the path that got them there. A path that is often marked by failure.

The brave fail often, because they try!

"You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it" - Maya Angelou

Be true to yourself

The one thing that you have that nobody else has, is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and play and live as only you can. Understand who you are and what you want. That's not about money or things, it's about what's in your heart.

"I can't tell you the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone" - Ed Sheeren

Embrace Learning

Remember that learning is a lifelong process, which means just because you have a degree, doesn't mean you know it all. Read books, find a mentor, and when employed be sure to check out an online course. The best investment that you can make......is in yourself.

Grab the bull by the horns

While fear is not uncommon at this stage of life, I encourage you to be fearless and move into the working world by jumping in with both feet, with passion and a commitment to succeed. Yes, it will mean leaving most comfort zones, which you've come accustomed too, but it's a necessary part of getting ahead and writing the next chapter of your life.

Find a values-driven company that inspires you

While it can be tempting to take the first job you're offered out of Varsity, it's important to find the right fit. My advise is two-fold: follow your passion and find a company that aligns with your core values.

Dress for the job you want, not the job you have!!!!

Sacrifice today to position yourself for tomorrow.

You can't have everything you want today so you need to work hard to put yourself in a better position in the future. Work harder that anyone else around you! The more you do early in your career, the more it will pay off later in life and you will be thankful. However be patient, be observant and be prepared.

Say YES to more things!

Say YES to more opportunities

Don't just follow your passion, but something larger than yourself

Jobs reportedly told Isaacson: "Yeah, we're always talking about following our #passion, but we're all part of the flow of history....you've got to put something back into the flow of history that's going to help your community, help other people...so that 20, 30, 40 years from now...people will say, this person didn't just have a passion, he cared about making something that other people could benefit from.

Don't get caught up in the comparison trap

This is your journey, each individual's #careerjourney is unique to them. Focus on your goals, your strengths....don't compare your chapter 1 with someone else's chapter 20.

As you embark on this new & exciting journey, remember this : Be stubborn with your goals, but flexible with your methods.