More words of wisdom from the Portsmouth alumni community

Graduates sat in official graduation attire at their ceremony

Words of wisdom from one graduate to another

  • 13 July 2021
  • 3 min read

This year’s graduation ceremonies are in full swing and with many more graduates becoming part of the Portsmouth alumni community, former students have got in touch to offer their words of wisdoms for those starting the next part of their journey:

Paula Simpson

BA (Hons) Economics, 1987

Graduate in official attire sat on a leather sofa smiling at the camera

There is no right or wrong path to take. Always enjoy what you do.

Paula Simpson, BA Economics, 1987

Corinne Lavictoire

BA (Hons) Journalism with Media Studies, 2016

If it's hot on your graduation day, make sure you bring a bottle of water as it can get really hot in the graduation gowns and wear comfortable shoes as you are likely to be on your feet for most of the day. Make the most of every minute of your graduation day and take lots of pictures!

Allison George

BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2003

Congratulations! Any job is better than no job. You can keep working on the career thing, but I’d recommend earning and proving your work ethic from the off, no matter what that looks like – I think it's better than having CV gaps if you can do it.

Keep an open mind on what you want to do – I always wanted to be a researcher and finally started that job aged 40. I've had two careers before this. You can always change what you do!

Naheed Mirza

(MPharm) Pharmacy, 2020

Female smiling at the camera

Graduation is one of the most amazing days of your life. The most powerful thing which you have right now is your degree, which no one can take away from you. Graduation is your first step in making a difference in people's lives. The strongest factor for success is believing in yourself, believing you deserve it and believing that you will get there no matter what happens.

Naheed Mirza, (MPharm) Pharmacy, 2020

Hannah Morton

BSc (Hons) Geography, 2012

It's okay if you go into work or build a career that isn't seen as directly linked to your degree. Studying for your degree has given you a wide range of skills that can be applied in many areas of the workforce, not just specific subject knowledge.

Stian Engeboe

BSc (Hons) Music and Sound Technology, 2019

Not knowing what you want to do upon graduating is okay. Take it day by day. It's a big world out there so remember to be gentle with yourself and most importantly believe in yourself. Don't worry about asking questions, even the silly ones, as it'll make the workplace a better place.

Kevin McLennan

BA (Hons) Business studies, 2011

Remember in the real world you can fail, and it's a good thing as long as you learn from it. Now there's no grade to chase, create your own goals to achieve what success is to you.