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Congratulations – you did it! You’ve been working for this day for months – years even. How do you feel?

Right now, it’s likely a swirling teacup of emotions: excitement, relief, and pride mixed with a bit of nervousness, indecision and a dash of internal screaming. It’s absolutely normal to feel this way especially after accomplishing a long term goal.

You might also be facing the big question of what to do next and how to go about it. If the openness of opportunity feels a bit overwhelming, pause, take a breath, sit back and watch these five videos on life advice for after you’ve received the graduation papers.

Grit: The power of passion and perseverance  

After leaving a perky job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth left her high-pressure role for a more demanding job: teaching. She began teaching Year 7 students math in a New York public school and quickly realised that IQ wasn’t the only factor separating successful from struggling students. In this short, but to the point video, she talks candidly about her theory of “grit” and as a forecaster for success.

A kinder, gentler philosophy of success

Job snobbery is ripe in the 21st century. You encounter it within minutes – perhaps seconds – of meeting someone new, when you get asked that iconic question, “what do you do?” In this video, Alan de Botton explores our ideas of success and failure – and brings attention to the assumptions concealed in these two judgements. Witty and insightful, Botton makes a fantastic case to help us find true pleasure in our work.

Why 30 is not the new 20

Are you a 20something? Don’t want these years to go to waste? Here are three pieces of advice for how you can reclaim adulthood in the defining decade of your life.

How to return to work after a career break

Whether you’ve been out of the workforce 10 months or 10 years, heading back to work can be daunting. As hard as it might seem to get back into the work force, Carol Fishman-Cohen of assures it can be done. As someone who understands the challenges of re-launching their career firsthand, Cohen maintains that“returning to work successfully has less to do with how long you’ve been out of work, but more to do with the ability to figure out what you want to do professionally - and pursue it with creative strategies”.

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